(TRENTON) — Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer) issued a multimedia package Wednesday on Gov. Chris Christie’s use of a state police helicopter for personal travel.
The multimedia package consists of a video of Assemblywoman Watson Coleman commenting on the governor’s personal use of the helicopter at a time when he is demanding increased budgetary sacrifices from New Jerseyans across the board.
The audio file is available upon request.
A transcript of comments from Assemblywoman Watson Coleman is appended below:
Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer):
“This morning when I read the newspaper and saw that the governor had taken a helicopter ride to his son’s baseball game — he and his wife — I was shocked.
“I was shocked because it’s both extremely insensitive and I was shocked because I didn’t think that he would stoop to such audacious stupidity, to think that the people of the State of New Jersey would think that was appropriate.
“We just finished our budget hearings. We’re poised for a very difficult discussion on issues that affect the poorest, the weakest, the frailest, and the eldest, as well as taxpayers and working families. And he’s asking everybody to make a sacrifice; at the same time, he thinks he can trot around for personal reasons at the taxpayers’ expense.
“That was very poor judgment for the governor to do that.
“And I would expect the people of the State of New Jersey to let him know that.
“Call his office and just register their displeasure with the cavalier way in which he identifies who needs to be sacrificing.”