Our Fame-Hungry Governor Meets His Match(es)
It’s been way too long since I’ve posted something new. So to liven things up around here, let’s check in with what our lovely governor has been up to.
When he’s not stealing from the poor to give to the rich or fighting those horrible people known as teachers, Chris Christie is busy with some pretty important things. Like jokingly appointing a four-year-old as governor for a day. The clip is 12 minutes long and gets boring after the first 30 seconds. But don’t worry. I did the grunt work of watching it, so I can fill you in.
It was pretty much just an incredibly staged press conference, with Christie putting the kid in charge and making his twin brother Lieutenant Governor, a useless position currently held by someone named Kim Guadagno. The boys’ apparently fame-hungry parents are also there. It’s pretty nauseating. But the worst part was when Christie told his young proteges not to go on vacation at the same time, making light of the incident when he and Guadagno (whose main, if not only, responsibility is to be in charge when the Governor is out of state) were both on vacation during a horrible blizzard.
This whole spiel was in response to a supposedly viral video in which that little boy (who is three at the time) is crying because he wants to be Governor. Go ahead and watch it. Notice anything funny about it? Like how the whole thing seems completely staged? That kid is totally fake-crying – where are the tears? And how come despite “crying” hysterically, he can still put together whole sentences like “Everyone tells me I’m too small to be the Governor of New Jersey.” When I was three, I’m fairly certain I didn’t even know what a governor was. It’s more than obvious that this kid was fed these lines by his parents.
And in the middle of his incessant whining, the father asks the other kid who the governor of California is, to which he responds, “Ar-nol-shorts-ah-neh-gawww!” The mother then prompts him to do an impression of Arnold. Rather than saying “I’ll be back” or “Hasta la vista, baby!” the kid says, “Who is your daddy and what does he do?” I didn’t even know this was an Arnold quote, so how the hell does a three-year-old? I wonder how many takes the parents had to do to get their kids to remember their lines correctly.
So what was the point of all this? Why waste a day doing a phony press conference? My guess is that Christie wanted to soften his image and show that he likes kids, despite his repeated efforts to slash education funding and vilify teachers. As for the kids? It’s clear their parents are trying to make them famous, and this little incident gave them their
fifteen twelve minutes of fame. Though something tells me that won’t be enough. Don’t be surprised if you see these twins on the new Bravo reality show, Real Jersey Boys of New Jersey. And you can bet Uncle Chris Christie will be making plenty of guest appearances.
Thanks to Nick for passing this story along. If there’s anything going on in New Jersey you think I should write about, send me a note at email@example.com!