Yesterday, on 101.5FM Governor-Elect Chris Christie took yet another potshot at those who did not support him for governor: The NJEA, who has been attempting to set up a meeting with Christie, to no avail. He said, “Teachers are not the problem. It’s the over-politicized of the leadership of their union.”
He is still in campaign ‘play to the crowd’ mode. And he needs to get in governing mode. That comment was unneeded and unnecessary, especially coming from a guy who so clearly used the U.S. Attorney’s office in very political ways himself.
Star-Ledger columnist Tom Moran described Christie thusly: “Christie has a history of provoking pointless political fights, going back to his early days in Morris County.” And that, Christie “has an arrogant streak that could cripple his effectiveness…”.
Over the passed few weeks, Christie has made comments about Democratic Chairman Joe Cryan; (“I would suggest to Mr. Cryan to get out of Democratic State Committee chairman mode, and that he get into the mode of governing,”); Assemblyman John McKeon, and the bill to change the way NJ replaces a seated US Senator, (“He’s lying… That's L-Y-I-N-G!…I mean, come on, this is the kind of garbage I was sent here to fix. There are no niceties to put around this…”.).
Governor-Elect Christie: you won. Be a good winner. There’s more than enough need to take time and choose your battles. So, in the interest of ‘how to be a good winner’, I offer these timeless tips, courtesy of "ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN" by Robert Fulghum.
Of course, you need to take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your work in government. Good luck, and have a wonderful Christmas with your family.
• Share everything.
• Play fair.
• Don't hit people.
• Put things back where you found them.
• Clean up your own mess.
• Don't take things that aren't yours.
• Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
• Wash your hands before you eat.
• Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
• Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
• Take a nap every afternoon.
• When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
• Be aware of wonder.
• Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
• Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.
• And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.