Christie to host 100th town hall (that's 150 hours of Christie)

Gov. Christie answers questions at the National Guard Armory during a town hall meeting in Vineland. The Thursday event was somewhat more subdued than other Christie town halls have been as Christie discussed his plans to send nonviolent drug offenders to treatment instead of prison. (Michael Ein / The Press of Atlantic City)

The Gov. Christie Town Hall has become as much a part of the Chris Christie brand as storm fleeces, presidential rumors and aggressive exhortations ("Get the hell off the beach!").

These town halls have allowed him to bypass the filters of reporters and Democrats and speak directly to tens of thousands of constituents. Over (by my count) 150 hours of town halls in three years of his term, Christie has pushed legislation, answered tough/easy/absurd questions, told jokes, caused controversy and teed off on Democrats and reporters, unabated, to largely adoring audiences.

In other words, town halls have been a key to the 70-plus percent approval ratings Christie is now enjoying.

On Wednesday, as Christie's re-election campaign heats up, the governor holds his 100th town hall in the gymnasium of the Saint Mary of the Pines Parish Center in Manahawkin, Ocean County. And since Christie's team doesn't let any milestone pass without a video tribute, the Christie Chronicles got a sneak peak at a video about the hours of set-up involved in preparing one of these events. Here it is: