Christie, critics paint by number

Following Chris Christie's rather bellicose pursuit of a reportedly belligerent critic while toting an ice cream -- talk about problematic political "optics" --  the governor's super-savvy media team  cooled things off with a bit of good humor.

A post on the governor's website Wednesday, headlined "Christie by the numbers," spun some fun with a pithy blend of bona fide and fanciful statistics.

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And given what officials describe as the boardwalk critic's boorish and profane insult about Christie's weight, the list's alleged "David Letterman fat jokes" factoid (327,832) was a tasty  example of the governor's ability to poke fun at himself.

Some critics who shout on websites rather than boardwalks countered with a list of their own,  featuring -- as does this NJ Spotlight story -- differences between the wishful thinking and actual revenues that relate to the purported "Jersey Comeback" you may have heard about on NJ-101.5.

Late in the week, an Atlantic magazine blogger weighed in as well, noting that with the "numbers" post, Christie's peerless press office managed to persuade journalists to pay attention to a press release.

Which is no small thing.

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