Christie's bus in Parsippany

Paul Panayiotou was among the crowd at the Empire Diner in Parsippany this morning awaiting the arrival of Chris Christie’s gigantic bus …  In contrast to the young people waving signs, the retired Panayiotou was more reflective.

“I watch the news every day and it’s getting to be ridiculous  … New Jersey is the most expensive in everything” .

A few minutes later, Christie’s bus rolled in. After making the rounds of those having a late breakfast, Christie addressed his supporters.

“We’ve got 24 hours and we can’t take anything for granted,” he said, adding that after tomorrow night, he wants the Republican party to be “united and strong.” Keeping in mind how negative Steve Lonegan’s campaign has been, what are the chances of that?

“I’m a forgiving guy,” said Christie. Yeah, but is Lonegan?

Christie is on the last day of a three-day bus tour around the state. Someone not on the bus is John Inglesino.

Christie called the “controversy” surrounding Inglesino “a bunch of silliness.”  Lonegan is running ads suggesting that Inglsino’s part-time job with state Sen. Joseph Pennacchio is a reflection on Christie. That’s a stretch to say the least.

Christie found time to salute Morris Plains Mayor Frank Druetzler, who was in the audience and who he identified as another ardent Met fan.

Yep … hip, hip hooray for Ron Kanehl.

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About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

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