Rick Hill is bringing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to Montana help him close the lead Steve Bullock has built in fundraising. As the Billings Gazette reports, Bullock has about five times the funds.
Hill calls Christie “one of the biggest stars in the Republican party.” Christie is definitely big, as big as a planet if not a star. As for his celebrity status among the national GOP, it’s easy to see how it has come about. For Christie has the basic prerequisites that all GOP stars must have: he’s run up a massive budget deficit –the second largest in the nation, he talks constantly about “less government,” and he makes a sport of beating up on public employees even though he once was one himself.
In fact, one of Christie’s favorite sports is to stage public events in hopes of getting some teacher or other civil servant to ask him why he has frozen or cut wages, or why he has cut school funding, or why he doesn’t send his children to public school (like the Montana governor). Then, he pounces on the questioner, and shouts at them and tells them to go to hell, or berates them as stupid, lazy or undeserving.And so, into a state with the largest surplus in America, brought about by smart management by Democratic officeholders, comes this crude slob to talk about his idea of how to manage state finances, to try to raise money for a career politician. This should be very enjoyable. His trademark disrespectful behavior that causes the TEA Party to swoon has already worn thin on the Jersey shore, (his popularity has waned) and Montanans have no interest in it at all.
The best part, though, is that he’ll be speaking to an audience that includes a bunch of angry people, cheering and whooping in a state of idiotic rapture when Christie slobbers about “too much government.” Among these will be Betti Hill, who not only was a state employee for the better part of her career, but used the position to deliver a large sack of taxpayer money to her husband regularly while she was a top aid to Gov. Martz.