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Gov. Christie Appearing in Ridgewood Fourth of July Parade

Gov. Chris Christie at a town hall event in Vernon, NJ on June 28. Photo credit: Tim Larsen/Office of NJ Gov. Chris Christie
Gov. Chris Christie at a town hall event in Vernon, NJ on June 28. Photo credit: Tim Larsen/Office of NJ Gov. Chris Christie
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be leading the Ridgewood Fourth of July Parade, sources told Patch Saturday.

According to two village officials, the Republican governor will be making a brief speech during the flag raising portion of the ceremony in the morning.

Christie and his family will be riding in the first division of the parade along with Ridgewood officials, the Fourth of July Committee said Monday. He's the first governor to appear in the 103rd annual parade since Christie Todd Whitman.

A Christie spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment.

The governor's addition to the annual parade shouldn't come as much of a surprise – he arrives in town on July 3 for a Republican fundraiser at the iconic Bank of America Building on East Ridgewood Avenue.
SusieHomeMaker June 30, 2013 at 04:56 PM
real mature, folks
RdgwdGRock June 30, 2013 at 05:24 PM
he will be a float unto himself; with wheels on his shoes and streamers on his body
Marianne Herrmann June 30, 2013 at 09:10 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/10/nyregion/10christie.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
KenC June 30, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Why all the snarky comments? Just say you don't like him. You disagree with him.
Ridgewood Mom July 01, 2013 at 08:04 AM
Its so sad to see our parade degenerating into a partisan political rally.
Bob Royal July 01, 2013 at 09:45 AM
Ah, liberals the most tolerant people in the world. Always quick to make fun of someone's weight if that someone is not one of their own. What in God's name does his weight have to do with anything? Moreover, he is trying to do something about his weight for health reasons. You liberal hatemongers should be ashamed. And what's more, having our Governor at the parade does not make it a political event.
KenC July 01, 2013 at 10:03 AM
"partisan political rally"? How do you figure that? This man was elected governor and happens to be running for reelection this year. Do you expect him to avoid public appearances until November? Would you call it a political rally if a politician you approve of were to participate in the parade?
Brian July 01, 2013 at 10:23 AM
I have no love loss for the governor but there is a basic respect for the office that should be demonstrated. From gay marriage to Superintendent salaries to unions, etc. I could not be more opposed to the governor; however, the 4th of July parade is a time to enjoy the festivities not complain about high ranking officials attending.
kerry July 01, 2013 at 10:25 AM
Christie is a mean sprited man and has been a divisive governor pitting people against eachother for his own political gain. He is not a gentleman. I do not condone the comments about his weight but he inspires that gutter talk with his own rhetoric. Politics aside its like having snookie and the jersey housewives in our parade.
Rene July 01, 2013 at 12:22 PM
The Governor is coming to Ridgewood on the fourth. That is pretty cool. Lot of class on the Patch making fun of his physical appearance. I for on think it is an honor to have him come to our area on such a great holiday. Respect the position.
paul smith July 01, 2013 at 06:17 PM
so if you have a problem with him...call him out during the parade... show your face.....real courageous with the weight shots by the cyberspace weasels....at least folks like kerry put a name on and say something worthwhile.. unlike g-wuss rock and moist muffin... keep postin' from mommy's basement....oh yeah, I'm not a big fan of the gov either...
SusieHomeMaker July 02, 2013 at 09:32 AM
Amen Bob Royal & Rene .... oopps, I hope the 'Amen" doesn't offend anyone :-)
kevin July 02, 2013 at 11:14 AM
What is the big deal, Jon Corzine marched in the Montclair, NJ parade back in 2006, did that make the Montclair Parade a partisan event?
KenC July 02, 2013 at 12:30 PM
When someone here calls something a "partisan event" they seem to mean "I don't like the guy". This is a July 4 parade and the guy is the governor. If you don't like him, work to defeat him in November.
paul smith July 02, 2013 at 12:36 PM
KenC, you are dead right.
kevin July 03, 2013 at 11:07 AM
Kerry- comparing the governor to snookie and the NJ housewives? Please grow up. And could you give me a substantial example instead of your blah blah blah, walk and talk with the sheep politics.
kevin July 03, 2013 at 11:12 AM
Just so you know the flag raising is at 9:00 but the ceremony starts at 8:30. And I hope they grease the gears to the flag raising mechanism this year, you could lose a filling listening to that racket. See you on the fourth!
DD July 03, 2013 at 01:30 PM
" He will make the parade all about him. Yuck." So you're saying that somehow, magically, he'll will all of other participants and the onlookers into doing things his way and shining the spotlight on him. Brilliant.
kevin July 03, 2013 at 02:04 PM
And Christie will be at the flag raising, leading the parade, all of the parade. Very clear to me James
kevin July 03, 2013 at 02:08 PM
Hey DD, have you ever seen the Ridgewood Fourth of July parade, it is two and a half hours of Americana, fire trucks little league teams, bands and twirlers etc. You will see the Governor for two minutes and he will move on. Just relax and see you at the parade!
Ridgewood Mom July 03, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Christie and the Tea Party.
kerry July 03, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Kevin, Thank you for your kind advice. Here is CNN footage of Christie acting like a Jersey reality TV show character at a news conference http://youtu.be/ZFGupfFquP0 If that doesn't convince you, search for the video of him eating an ice cream cone surrounded by bodyguards at the jersey shore as he threatens a passerby. Real classy stuff.
kerry July 03, 2013 at 05:00 PM
DD Dont be so silly. I was being sarcastic not literal
bruce b July 04, 2013 at 08:40 AM
Love this guy. Finally someone who supports those who actually take risk and work hard. A bit of patience is needed for him to clean the financial catastrophe created by our last two governors
Ridgewood Mom July 04, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Bruce, Christie is well known for attacking people who take risks and work hard. Consider his attacks on teachers, for example.
delgado July 04, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Christie said he was going to lower taxes, he failed, he was booed along the entire parade. He is a fraud and will not be elected.
paul smith July 04, 2013 at 10:52 PM
@ridgewood mom... don't agree with his tact on teachers but the teachers are ill served by their high priced reps...when he went after the police unions they matched his volleys with their own and he backed down quickly... that's politics.... the teachers should get rid of the amateurs representing them (who the rank and file keep in their high paid perches) and get real flacks, which they can do for less than they're paying the kahunas representing them now...
kevin July 05, 2013 at 10:08 AM
Thanks Kerry just watched the video, wow that's your example, he asked reporters to stay on topic, and the reporter could not do it, must be nice living in your world of candy canes and popsicles where everybody gets along.
paul smith July 05, 2013 at 10:20 AM
and the bottom line is, a great parade... nicely done yet again...
kerry July 05, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Calling him a stupid idiot is not necessary and beneath his position and his education. But you seem to like that kind of stuff so to each his own.

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