By David Cruz
Gov. Chris Christie has been away for a few days, and it’s hard to say whether the press was extra eager to get his take on current events, or whether the governor just had a bunch of stuff on his chest he needed to get off. In either case, the governor took the opportunity to come out blasting away at his critics, including union leader Milly Silva, who joined the race this week as Barbara Buono’s running mate. Yesterday, she called him a bully.
“Listen, I get called something every day, so it really doesn’t matter to me,” he said of Silva’s comments. “I never heard of her until this weekend, so it’s hard for me to have any judgment on her. I just hope she is able to make time in her busy schedule this year to actually vote in the gubernatorial race, unlike last time.”
As for his nascent war of words with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who mocked Christie as a “gimme gimme gimme governor,” Christie waved off talk of a feud between the two potential future presidential candidates, but added, pointedly: “New Jersey is a donor state and we get 61 cents out of every dollar we sent to Washington. Interestingly, Kentucky gets $1.51 on every dollar they send to Washington, so if Sen. Paul wants to start looking where he wants to start cutting to afford defense, maybe he should start looking at cutting the pork-barrel spending that he brings home to Kentucky.”
The governor’s office makes a distinction between what’s political and what’s governmental, but if the latter happens to help the former, that’s OK with them, too.
The governor also made a campaign stop in Palisades Park, where he picked up the endorsement of prominent Korean-American leaders, talking up his record of support for the Asian-American community, suggesting that Democrats — who rejected his Korean-American Supreme Court nominee last year — were foiling opportunities for the community to advance.
“That can’t happen unless everyone gets an equal opportunity, and this community — the Asian-American community in general and the Korean-American community in particular — has not been given the types of opportunities historically that they’ve earned,” he told a crowd in a local restaurant.
The governor also tried to put some distance between himself and Iowa Congressman Steve King, who labeled most Mexican immigrants as drug mules.
“I think it’s an awful comment, and one that he shouldn’t have made,” Christie said. “I sometimes am shocked by the level of intolerant comments that otherwise intelligent people will make. I’m very disappointed.”
If the governor was supposed to be worried by the fiery new number two on the Democratic ticket, he showed no signs of it today. If anything, he seems confident that his opponent may have played her best hand a full three months before election day.