MSNBC host Joe Scarborough pushed back Monday on a New York Times story that described the lavish travel and celebrity-filled world of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, The Washington Free Beacon reported
Speaking on his "Morning Joe" show, Scarborough noted that presumed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had enjoyed the same perks as Christie, whose luxurious global travel and frolicking abroad with rock stars like Bono were the subject of the Times piece.
"I'm just curious if The New York Times
is going to write a story about Hillary Clinton and the lifestyle that she has led over the past 30 years, along these lines," Scarborough said.
Of the Clintons, a former first family, he said: "They have lived an extraordinarily lavish life that very few people, in not only America, but the planet, have lived. They have lived like kings and queens.
"They talk about one night when Chris Christie was around Bono. Would we like to count the nights the Clintons have been around Bono, Beyoncé, rock stars, kings and queens?"
The Times piece, which outlined the governor's penchant for first-class benefits, did note that Clinton enjoyed the same luxury travel perks now used by Christie, former head of the Republican Governors Association, who is currently on a trade mission to the U.K.
Wrote the Times: "Mr. Christie is hardly the first politician, in either party, whose embrace of luxury travel has prompted criticism. Hillary Rodham Clinton, for example, a potential Democratic candidate for president, is known for her dependence on private planes often paid for by others."
But the Times piece cast an eye on Christie, who it said was elected as a regular guy, only to quickly enjoy the perks of his power.
The Times reported: "The governor, a Republican now preparing a run for president, shot to national prominence as a cheese-steak-on-the-boardwalk Everyman who bluntly preached transparency and austerity as the antidote to bloated state budgets.
"But throughout his career in public service, Mr. Christie has indulged a taste that runs more toward Champagne at the Four Seasons."
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