The Daily Show unveiled a new segment: “A Daily Show Tribute To Institutional Competence.” Out on the East Coast, New York and New Jersey’s upper-echelons of government are in full-on “fix it” mode, and the major casualty of this change is the current trajectory of political
The biggest BAMF of the week is that of Cory Booker, the Newark mayor. Already well-liked for his reputation for being hands-on, to the point of shucking off his security detail to save a woman stuck in a fire, as well as consistently utilizing Twitter to handle smaller citizens’ issues, Booker’s been killing it on the Sandy response.
When a Twitter user complained that there wasn’t any power in her house, despite living near the mayor and seeing that most of her block had power as well, Booker responded that she should just come over to his house until it gets figured out.
Later, Booker mentioned that they were getting lunch delivered to the “12 or so” hanging at his place. More recently, a woman asked for help: “I have twin boys. Asthmatic. No power. Can you help !?” Booker told her that he couldn’t immediately get power to her, but to DM (Direct Message) him to see if there were “other ways” to get them what they needed.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been rocking it up and down the coast as well, utilizing federal assistance to return power and get transportation back online throughout his state.
He’s also been increasingly praising President Obama, who recently toured the coast with Christie. The governor noted the president’s ability to cut through the red tape and push assistance through when needed. When asked on Fox and Friends about Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s potential for coming to meet him in New Jersey, Christie was clearly ruffled, saying in his direct way that he didn’t want or need the candidate to show up.
“If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics, then you don’t know me,” Christie said.
Meanwhile, as I wrote this, Mayor Booker posted five more Tweets, either reporting the state of places he’s toured or responding to his constituents.
Question: Does it really take a damn hurricane to get folks to actually, y’know, do their jobs?