The big Christie news today:
The drama began Tuesday afternoon as RNC officials led campaigns on a walk-through of the debate site. After touring the stage, candidates got a peek at what their greenrooms looked like.
Trump was granted a spacious room, complete with plush chairs and a flat-screen TV. Marco Rubio got a theater-type room, packed with leather seats for him and his team of aides. Carly Fiorina’s room had a Jacuzzi.
Then there was Chris Christie, whose small space was dominated by a toilet. So was Rand Paul’s.
“This is ridiculous,” fumed Christie’s campaign manager, Ken McKay. “We’re in a restroom.”
The two most disturbing aspects:
- That this IS the big news. Most arenas would not be equipped with ten spacious greenrooms anyway and at this point in the election cycle debate venues should only need to cater to the top five prima donnas, at the most. Hasn’t four years of free media time gotten Christie’s message out there to that 1% who bought it?
- Back in New Jersey we have people who would be thankful for a room with a toilet but their protests go unheeded:
In the gleaming marble plaza of War Memorial Park in Trenton, where a bronze statue of Victory leans toward the Statehouse, another memorial went up Tuesday to woefully mark the third anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.
This one was made of wood slats and boards from a few houses wrecked by the storm that made landfall at the Jersey Shore Oct. 29, 2012. On the display were pictures and paper baggage tags that spoke of all else that was lost.
To bring attention to the fact that so many people remain out of their primary homes, several grassroots groups organized a three-day camp-out at the park. By mid-day Tuesday about a dozen members of the New Jersey Organizing Project were there with back packs and sleeping bags, prepared to hunker down for what would be a breezy, chilly afternoon, a cold night, and expected high winds and heavy rains Wednesday.