Let’s try and make this news as apolitical as possible, shall we? As local New Jersey news site Parsippany Focus reports, NJ Governor Chris Christie raised a lot of eyebrows during his recent interview on radio program Ask the Governor when he called on the show’s main sponsor – Lester Glenn Auto Group – to loan a new Corvette to the show’s host.
Christie has been accused of dodging the majority of local news media ever since the “Bridgegate” scandal broke, thrusting the Governor into an unfavorable light. But he’s made an exception to his abstinence from the media, in the form of the not-exactly-hard-hitting, monthly Ask the Governor program on New Jersey 101.5.
On the February 25th broadcast of the program, host Eric Scott admitted that he isn’t paid much for interviewing the Governor, prompting Christie to devote a sizable portion of his airtime to petitioning the show’s primary sponsor to set him up with a new car. Sponsor Lester Glenn Auto Group was listening, and Dealership President Adam Kraushaar soon stopped by the studio to personally deliver a dark blue Chevrolet Corvette to loan the radio host, free of charge.
The central issue here is, of course, whether host Eric Scott can very well remain impartial and maintain his journalistic integrity in light of such a gesture from the Governor. What no one seems to be asking, however, is how Scott could conscionably have implied on-air that he’s underpaid by the very network that he was representing…