“I am not going to allow the media and the hacks in the Democratic Party to turn this into something that allows them to do what they always like to do, which is get away from serious issues where you have to make hard choices for things that matter, because they want to have a circus.”
That’s what Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said as he and the Republican Party reimbursed the state more than $3,300 on Thursday for his use of a police helicopter to travel to his son’s baseball games and to meet with political fund-raisers. Christie insisted that he had done nothing wrong and that he had made the payments – a day after his office said he would not – just to put to rest an issue that suddenly dominated news coverage in the state.
Compare that response to what a fellow Republican had to say about “Weinergate”. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor called Thursday morning for Democrat Rep. Anthony Weiner to “come clean” and give a clear explanation of how a photo of a man’s crotch ended up being sent to a woman in Seattle (though it was deleted before she even got it) through his Twitter account. Cantor complains “There’s a lot of explaining going on without a lot of clarity.”
Christie blamed the media during his non-apology. Anthony Weiner, on the other hand, has nothing to apologize for. He’s the victim, yet he’s the one some have called for to resign? There’s something wrong when the target of malfeasance is painted as the bad guy. Just ask the people who used to work for ACORN. Just ask Mary Landrieu. Just ask Shirley Sherrod.
But don’t even bother to ask Chris Christie, because in his case, there is no comparison.