On Friday, tragedy broke out as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie visited Seaside Heights: a fight broke out between him and “Jersey Shore” star Snooki.
Christie was walking around the boardwalk after having appeared on NBC’s Today when Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi confronted him to defend her idiotic show. The two engaged in a heated conversation, with Snooki tweeting shortly thereafter, “Getting told why we are bad for jersey. Amazing.”
Snooki told Christie to back away from her at one point. “Why are you standing so close to me?” asked one of the cast member’s mothers. Christie can then be seen saying, “You asked for my opinion.”
Playing the moderator was Deena Cortese, who told Christie she was from Jersey (and did not mention that she was a blast in a glass). Christie said, “I know you are, I was talking about her.” Deena replied, “And guess what? I thought you did a good job with the hurricane.”
Then Snooki cut in again: “I just wanted to meet you, and just, hope you start to like us.”
Christie ended the meet-and-greet by shaking hands and walking away, presumably to hit the GTL (gym, tanning, laundry). “He just doesn’t like us,” Snooki told a nearby cameraman. That’s what happens when you’re unsuccessful in snookin’ for love.
Conservatives and the mainstream media have a complicated relationship, to put it lightly. However, the schism between the two got personal this week when NBC’s Brian Williams and conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh went at each other over their differing opinions.
Williams first called out Limbaugh for saying New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie acted as a “Greek column” for President Obama in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. During the closing monologue of his Thursday night NBC broadcast, the anchor said: “After all this loss you might be curious as to why Rush Limbaugh went after Gov. Christie today. It was because he was getting along so well with the president, working together, saying nice things about Barack Obama.”
“Just when we think the storm wiped away everything, we learned politics survived,” he added.
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This stage and this moment are very improbable for me.
A New Jersey Republican delivering the keynote address to our national convention, from a state with 700,000 more Democrats than Republicans.
A New Jersey Republican stands before you tonight.
Proud of my party, proud of my state and proud of my country.
I am the son of an Irish father and a Sicilian mother.
My Dad, who I am blessed to have with me here tonight, is gregarious, outgoing and loveable.
My Mom, who I lost eight years ago, was the enforcer. She made sure we all knew who set the rules.
In the automobile of life, Dad was just a passenger. Mom was the driver.
They both lived hard lives. Dad grew up in poverty. After returning from Army service, he worked at the Breyers Ice Cream plant in the 1950s. With that job and the G.I. bill he put himself through Rutgers University at night to become the first in his family to earn a college degree. Our first family picture was on his graduation day, with Mom beaming next to him, six months pregnant with me.
Mom also came from nothing. She was raised by a single mother who took three buses to get to work every day. And mom spent the time she was supposed to be a kid actually raising children – her two younger siblings. She was tough as nails and didn’t suffer fools at all. The truth was she couldn’t afford to. She spoke the truth – bluntly, directly and without much varnish.
I am her son.
I was her son as I listened to “Darkness on the Edge of Town” with my high school friends on the Jersey Shore.
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I wouldn’t have expected New Jersey to take the lead on this, but under Chris Christie’s leadership they’re renouncing their membership in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative – this according to Tim Wheeler at a Baltimore Sun blog. I hope this is the start of a trend, with Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Maine racing to see who’s next to pull out of an organization which is unecessarily increasing electric rates in the name of combatting so-called global warming.
It’s interesting as well how Wheeler couches the $162 million Maryland has “raised” (read: extorted out of utility companies and job creators) from the series of auctions held over the last couple years. In truth, our state has helped to create yet another vast wealth redistribution scheme, with dollars flowing from “rich” companies to poor home occupants who need help paying their bills, which are increasing thanks to the state’s mandate. These increases aren’t helping the utilities’ bottom lines.
Yet before I praise Governor Christie for his decision to withdraw, it’s clear that he only believes the organization is “a failure” because his state has passed laws which more directly address the issue. Unfortunately he’s still swilling from the green Kool-Aid, and those who believe he could be the savior of the Republican Party’s 2012 chances had better know where he stands on this issue – it looks pretty well left of center to me.
Certainly Maryland can claim a similar set of regulations in addition to the RGGI statutes, but Governor O’Malley still believes that combatting so-called manmade global warming is “a fight for our children’s future.” At the rate Martin’s driving jobs out of Maryland, our childrens’ future will be spent in states like Texas, Virginia, or Florida anyway.
Besides, any decrease in carbon emissions may well be traced to the economic slowdown rather than any impact RGGI has created. There was a reason cap-and-trade died in Congress last year, and it was because the issue was properly couched as a job-killer and wealth redistribution scheme designed to favor particular “green” businesses at the expense of more tradtional, proven energy sources like coal, oil, and natural gas.
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