I have a friend living in Southern California who is an actor. Whenever he appears on a TV show or movie, my wife and I always try to watch it. At one point, he had a reoccurring role on a daytime soap opera. Even though it really tested our support, out of friendship we began taping the show. Never having watched a soap opera before, I was immediately struck by the poor acting, low-cost sets, and the strange and poorly written scripts that always leave the viewer wanting to see the next show. (My apologies to you soap opera fans.) Yet despite all of that, I would always ask my wife what happened on the show when I got home.
New Jersey politics has always held my interest much like a bad soap opera. Yes, the script writing can be strange. Think back to Governor McGreevey breaking his leg while walking on the beach and to Governor Corzine’s e-mail exchanges with Carla Katz.
While these low-budget productions and poorly written scripts have been satisfactory for previous New Jersey governors and politicians, it is not satisfactory for Governor Christie. He is looking to move from the soap operas to the big time. And you don’t get any bigger star than Oprah Winfrey. (more…)