Good parents move heaven and earth to show up for their children’s events, don’t they? How many times have you scrambled from work to attend a play or a game so your child would feel encouraged, and you wouldn’t miss that small (yet very big) moment that mattered to your child?
I’ve dashed from borough to borough in taxis, subways, and buses doing all I could to just get there to see my child while also fulfill my work obligations. So why would it be different for a politician?
Governor Chris Christie took a helicopter ride yesterday to attend his son’s high school baseball game and some people are up in arms over it.
For sake of full disclosure the helicopter was a state vehicle valued at $12.5 million. A black car waited him to drive him from the helicopter to the field which was 100 yards away. Christie and his wife stayed until the fifth inning to watch their son Andrew, who is starting catcher for his high school team.
Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak defended the use of transportation. ”It is a means of transportation that is occasionally used as the schedule demands. This has historically been the case in prior administrations as well, and we continue to be judicious in limiting its use.”
I honestly don’t think it’s a big deal. Surely his schedule is beyond packed. When he left in the 5th inning, he was on his way to a meeting in Princeton with a group of Iowa activists. Was it pompous to land a helicopter on the field? Perhaps. But would his son always remember that his dad showed up for his game? I’ll bet on it.
What do you think? Was it over the top for Christie to use a state helicopter? Or was it something any parent would have done if given the tight schedule and opportunity?
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