By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
Our state’s social media sphere is all a-twitter over an eye-catching New Jersey Watchdog story detailing $360,000 in Christie expense account purchases over five years, better than 80% of which was spent on food and booze.
The article would be more powerful if it wasn’t full of weight innuendo. All the same, Save Jerseyans, I have NO problem with the media asking questions when we can’t pay for roads or pensions. That’s kind of what they’re supposed to do. If not the Fourth Estate, then who else? Right?
My only beef, as always, is with the stunning lack of balance out there in general. I’m not talking about Watchdog although its antipathy to Christie World is well-known.
How many of you have heard that, as of last summer, the Obama’s have spent $44,351,777.12 on travel expenses? And when you criticize Michelle Obama’s lavish travel bills paid by taxpayers, she’s inclined to dismiss your commentary as evidence of racism. I can understand why she doesn’t want to talk about it; her 2010 trip to Spain alone, when our country was still in the grips of economic turmoil, cost about $168,000 more than 5-years of Chris Christie’s food-and-drink-related expense account activity.
Does the Christie Administration deserve scrutiny? Yes.
All politicians deserve scrutiny. That’s my overarching point here.
So if a particular news source picks up and hypes this latest $300,000 Christie story, but hasn’t said peep about President Obama’s $44,351,777.12 travel bill, Save Jerseyans, then consider the source and weight it accordingly.