Chris Christie Likes One Class of Public Employee: Himself

As we’ve seen before, one category of lavish spending on public employees that Christ Christie likes is lavish spending on himself, as when he was a US Attorney he repeatedly came in over-budget for his travel expenses without proper justification. Similarly, Steve Benen’s been noting that Christie and his Lieutenant Governor decided to take simultaneous vacations, leaving the state in the hands of an Acting Governor during the snow emergency gripping the state.

It’s not the biggest deal in the world, but I do think it’s telling in a small way. After all, the whole point of having a Lieutenant Governor is that this kind of thing won’t happen. Imposing a “no simultaneous vacations” rule would be inconvenient—folks like to travel on Christmas—but failure to impose such a rule vitiates the public function of the offices. You’d think a governor so eager to be filmed dressing-down sundry public employees for living high on the taxpayer’s money would be more sensitive to these problems, but he seems to have a giant blind spot when it comes to his own conduct.