Maybe the national attention and pretty-pleases of folks like me have, um, gone to his head?
Allahpundit’s wry one-liner captures the rest:
When he got there, he hopped in a limo that drove him … 100 yards to the field.
Jonathan Tobin at Commentary thinks it’s a symptom of a larger problem:
As Alana noted, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is taking a pasting from Democrats and the press over his use of a state helicopter to attend his son’ baseball game. But I think this is more than a case of bad optics. Christie, a politicians who has rightly earned the admiration of much of the nation for his tough talk about curbing spending on entitlements has come down with a bad case of a different sort of entitlement problem: an addiction to entitlements for politicians.
We’ve all seen it happen before. A man of the people who is elevated to a high political office often starts out humble and down to earth, just as Christie has been. But it takes a lot of discipline and self-denial for anyone in such a position to not start thinking that they are entitled to be treating as a visiting potentate wherever they go. The State Trooper escort, the big car and yes, even the private air transport available to governors starts to seem normal and even ordinary. The temptation to take advantage of these perks even when it isn’t necessary or work-related is great. The tendency to think that one is indispensable and worthy of special treatment becomes second nature.
How disappointing that the man has succumbed to politics as usual, eh? But better that we learn now than later.