Christie said he has been the most accessible governor in recent memory

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday dismissed the accusation by Democrats that he is being inaccessible by holding town hall meetings during the day, when most people are at work.


He said he doesn’t have any plans of holding them at night, adding that he’s been more available to the public than prior governors.


“I don’t think there’s a governor who’s made himself more available,” he said. “How many town halls did Jon Corzine do?”


Corzine did hold public hearings when promoting a toll hike plan to fund the transportation projects. However, the strategy backfired, having met with a lot of criticism, and the plan was shelved.


Christie also disagreed with an observation in a recent media report that his town hall meetings are homogenous and are solely packed with supporters.


“I don’t think there’s any lack of diversity at the meetings.


He called the stacked accusation made yesterday by Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19), of Sayreville, “crazy” saying there would not be any Youtube moments if they were.


“If it was stacked, why would I be arguing with people.”


He added that he has done some 56 town halls in the past 20 months and has thus far received more than

257,000 letters and emails, easily surpassing the 96,000 Corzine received during his four-year term.


“I think that’s making yourself pretty available.”

Christie said he has been the most accessible governor in recent memory