NJ.com: Christie Says Media Should 'Take the Bat Out' on Weinberg
Governor blasts Weinberg over comments in Star-Ledger article, report says.
Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday that State Sen. Loretta Weinberg’s comments in a recent Star-Ledger article were hypocritical and said reporters should "take the bat out" on her for collecting a pension and paycheck at the same time, NJ.com reported.
Christie’s harsh words came after an April 3 Star-Ledger article quoted Weinberg as saying the governor has a double standard in criticizing his political allies. The article focused on Christie’s silence when political allies, namely Democratic powerbrokers, conduct business in ways the governor has attacked when done by others.
The article was also published before Christie had made public comments criticizing Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. for collecting a pension and working a job he “retired” from. DiVincenzo was able to do so legally and has since apologized.
Weinberg said in an April 4 blog post she also was collecting a pension and salary.
“After a major financial setback resulting from my so-called "Financial Advisor" investing all my money (including my IRA) with a man I never heard of (read: Bernie Madoff) a colleague suggested that I would most likely qualify for my pension,” Weinberg said on the blog BlueJersey.com.
"She is the queen of double standards," Christie said of the Teaneck Democrat. The governor made the comments during a statehouse press conference Wednesday and shown in a video on NJ.com.