Christie in Union Beach

June 12, 2013 | Politics
Buoyed by fresh polls that show his potential for a landslide on track, the governor was back on shore duty, highlighting recovery work done at two schools in Monmouth County.

By David Cruz
NJ Today

Buoyed by fresh polls that show his potential for a landslide on track, the governor was back on shore duty, today highlighting recovery work done at two schools in Monmouth County, visiting with students and staff who had just recently returned to their buildings.

Christie met with seventh graders at Union Beach Memorial, who gave him a book of essays recounting their reactions to the storm that almost destroyed their school. Afterwards, the governor spoke to the press, saying he was unconcerned with his opponent’s labor endorsement today.

“I’m holding myself up at the podium not to faint in shock that the AFL-CIO endorsed Sen. Buono,” joked Christie.

It wouldn’t be a Christie press conference if the didn’t throw a haymaker at a Trenton institution. In this case, it was the League of Municipalities, which issued a report yesterday proposing income tax reform.

“The League of Municipalities, as far as I’m concerned, could go out of business cause all they do is put out stupid reports like this,” he shot back, “and run corrupt conventions every year in Atlantic City where I arrested more people when I was U.S. Attorney than any other spot over the course of time because public officials go down there and they’re more interested in taking envelopes of cash from contractors than they are about actually doing something good for people.”

Polls show the governor getting especially high marks for his handling of the post Sandy recovery. It’s a major theme of his campaign and one for which his opponent still has not found an effective counter, so as the summer heats up voters can expect to see more of the governor down the shore.