On November 29, 2002, we noted here in â€œSpendinâ€™ of the Greenâ€ that New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey resisted production of the financial records of his â€œtrade missionâ€ to Ireland, the Governorâ€™s â€œancestral homeland.â€ The Gov was accompanied by his wife, 8 staffers and a security detail. No doubt he resisted making the records public because the tab for the trip that was touted in advance as costing us $20,000 ended up costing $105,000. Nevertheless, the Gov finally conceded that the records had to be produced under New Jersey law. Having been caught trying to pull a fast one, he apologized and directed the Democrat Party to reimburse the state for $70,000 of the bill. I believe the only thing he is sorry about is being caught.
Well, today the New York Times reported that the Democrat Party will have to write yet another check to the state â€“ this time for $18,200 for 14 personal trips the Gov took in the state-supplied helicopter. Apparently, the Gov is fond of flying, as his office reported that Hizzoner took 272 helicopter trips in his first ten months in office. Mind you, New Jersey is not exactly the size of Texas, so 27 helicopter trips per month (at $1,200 per hour) seems a bit much, no?
More Jerseyspeak. After reading â€œJeetyet? No. Joo?â€ here (see December 2, 2002), my daughter wrote to remind me of another bit of Jerseyspeak. More specifically she described how we tend to mangle the words â€œall rightâ€ by pronouncing them as one word — â€œerright.â€
She writes: â€œHere it is in contextâ€
Person A: Hey, would you mind taking out the garbage?
Person B: Yeah. Erright.
(Several minutes pass.)
Person A: Would you mind taking it out now?
Person B: Erright already! I’ll do it now. Erright?!?
Or, perhaps, more realisticallyâ€¦â€¦â€¦
Taxpayer: â€œHey McGreevey. Itâ€™s only a five-mile trip and there is no traffic. How about taking the frigginâ€™ car?â€
McGreevey: â€œGoddamn newspapers. Erright already!!!!â€
New Jerseyâ€¦â€¦.Only the strong survive.