Bill de Blasio: In the City That Never Sleeps

I start every morning with New York 1, it may be one of my favorite morning news programs.

The simple news channel is one of my favorite perks of living in the city, but with the NYC elections coming tomorrow, discussions of the mayoral candidates to replace Michael Bloomberg has been the topic of almost every discussion.

I’ll start by saying I’m not a fan of the Republican candidate Joe Lhota, but I have one outstanding issue with the Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio.

He’s lazy.

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Photo Courtesy of Associated Press

Apparently, de Blasio was late to an 11:30 meeting Saturday morning. Why? According to Politicker, because he had received a phone call at 5 earlier that morning and that threw off his sleep cycle.

Really?!

How many of you are hard working employees that have to be to work before 8 or 9? Why should a candidate for mayor be allowed to consistently show up late to functions that are for him?

New York is supposed to be the city that never sleeps, but a mayor that likes to stay up late and can’t get up in the morning doesn’t sound like the type of person that is going to be concerned with anyone much beyond himself.

I’m still trying to wrap my head around New York politics, but I don’t think location changes what is acceptable and what is just pure lazy.

Chris Christie: Number 1 Draft Pick

Home Raising Grants(Photo: NJ Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)

New Jersey governor Chris Christie may rub some people the wrong way, and may also have no intention of saving the GOP from its current dismal state. Let’s be real, at this point there aren’t too many options that could make things worse for the Grand Old Party.

But in the world of Fantasy Politics, the newest series to Freelance Rider, Gov. Christie is the first round draft pick to lead the team to glory.

It’s true, Gov. Christie, despite his physical appearance, can be a little rough around the edges, but I think that’s exactly what American politics could use. Christie has made it clear numerous times that he won’t let the media push him around, and if the occasion calls for it, he won’t hesitate to push back.

To me, this is the “quarterback” that the team so desperately needs. With former contenders willing to sit in the pocket and wait for opportunity to develop, Christie isn’t afraid to make moves, to go out on a limb, if it means that he can make a difference in the long run.

The example that stands out the most, and the primary reason I have no issue expressing my support for Gov. Christie came from his May interview with Brian Williams on NBC’s Rock Center. At 3:30, Christie is confronted by a frustrated resident of the Jersey Shore, and Christie does the unimaginable.

He puts the responsibility on the people, making clear his “damned-if-I-do, damned-if-I-don’t” situation facing Sandy recovery.

There comes a time and a place when you want more a friendly face, a leader that isn’t afraid to get their hands dirty. Because of that, I’m taking New Jersey governor Chris Christie in the first round as quarterback for the 2016 GOP White House team.