New Jersey Governor Christie has held a couple of Town Hall meetings recently….
During those meetings national media types have been astounded to see that the Republican Governor has not been asked once about his dealings in the Bridge-Gate lane closure scandal….
NOT a peep about the Governor’s troubles…..
Even though 93% of people in the state are thought to knowledge of the scandal….
(Christie’s polling numbers HAVE dropped but his approval in the state these days is around 50%)
When governor Chris Christie announced the first town hall meeting of his second term, speculation was rampant that the governor would face a mob demanding answers over his role in the now infamous bridgegate debacle.
But while that meeting, held last week in Middletown, drew some residents peeved over the government’s response to Hurricane Sandy and the red tape they must navigate to fix their homes, not one attendee posed a question about the George Washington Bridge.
A fluke, many thought. Surely this week’s town hall meeting in Morris County would produce somebody – even if it was a plant by those eager to bring down the governor over the incident – who would step up to the microphone and take the governor “for a walk” as he likes to say, over bridgegate.
Nope. Not one.
So what gives? Is Christie lucky? Are the questions planted? Or does the general public just not care that much about bridgegate?
“I live in New Jersey and if you ask me to rank in order the things that are important to me to make my quality of life better – things I’m going to ask the governor if I only have one shot to ask a question- it’s not going to be about bridgegate,” said Monmouth University pollster Patrick Murray. If I have 10 questions, maybe. But not when I have just one chance.”
As for whether New Jerseyans actually care about the issue, Murray said they do, just not more than the things that effect their day to day quality of life….
Here’s Chris Clilzzia @ The Washington Post on the same question (I’d think he read the above linked piece also)…
No matter the reason, the lack of bridge-related questions is somewhat remarkable given the intense focus in both the state and national media on the story. Of course, if Christie continues to do town halls — and he will — there will likely come a time in the not-too-distant future where he will face a question about Fort Lee and how his Administration acted. That answer, which you can be certain Christie has rehearsed in his head (and maybe out loud with his aides), will be incredibly closely watched, re-watched, parsed and then re-parsed. It’s somewhat amazing it hasn’t happened yet….
Has the Media overplayed this story in New Jersey?