ICYMI: Christie pushing ethics in his opponents' hometowns

In case you missed it, this story ran in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Chris Christie Road Show began its fall tour last week with a new set list but the same swagger.

Following on his successful 2010-11 trek, when he repeatedly called for an overhaul of public employees' health and pension benefits, Gov. Christie now is pushing a package of ethics proposals that he introduced more than a year ago.

As he did in town halls before a summer hiatus, the former prosecutor identifies his adversaries and tells his adoring audiences in plain-spoken, aggressive, and occasionally funny ways why those foes are wrong, lazy, and/or blatantly incompetent.

His opponents could be identified last week by where Christie chose to visit. First up, on Monday, was Union Township, home of Joseph Cryan (D., Union) - perhaps Christie's most consistent critic in the Assembly. On Wednesday, the governor went to Sayreville, hometown of Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D., Middlesex), chairman of the state Democratic Party. 

Through the ethics-focused town halls, Christie is able to accomplish his immediate political mission - supporting Republican legislative candidates - while pursuing a heroic goal that he says has been thwarted by a recalcitrant Democratic Legislature.

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