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So here’s a nice little thinky piece on income disparities and how the merely wealthy see themselves as not especially rich, particularly not when compared to their obscenely wealthy friends. It takes as its focus New Jersey Gov. Christie, whose family income came to a mere $698,838 in 2013 ($160,054 from his job as governor, and $475,854 from his wife’s income at an investment bank), according to his taxes. And yet, even though that’s definitely enough to put him into the top 1 percent of earners, Chris Christie doesn’t feel rich, as he explained in New Hampshire Friday.

“I don’t consider myself a wealthy man,” he said, and frankly, we believe him!

As Daily Beast reporter Olivia Nuzzi explains, this shouldn’t be too surprising, because compared to all his pals and supporters, Chris Christie is just barely scraping by with an estimated net worth of $5 million. Which makes Christie “exactly like many other technically rich people: not very self-aware.” That seems like a pretty compelling reason to support his candidacy: He’ll at least be in touch with the anxieties of the people he’d actually represent, though he may not quite be as in touch as Ted Oh God No Cruz, whose 2012 annual income was estimated at a bit over $1.2 million. (For comparison purposes, the amount we rounded by was a hair over $53,000, which as it happens is right around the median household income in the USA.)

But the point here, as Christie explained Friday, is that it’s really hard to be at the very bottom of the One Percent:

Listen, wealth is defined in a whole bunch of different ways, and in the end, Mary Pat and I have worked really hard, we’ve done well over the course of our lives — um, but, you know, we have four children to raise and a lot of things to do, so, no, I don’t, I don’t consider myself and I don’t think most people think of me that way.

By any objective measurement, Chris Christie is a rich man. But no, he does not feel like a rich man, because his bestest pals are fucking obscenely rich, while he is merely richer than 99 percent of Americans. There’s just such a big range of richness among the very, very rich, and even though a helicopter takes him to his kid’s ball games, poor Chris Christie feel like he’s just barely making it:

He has flown on private planes provided by Woody Johnson, the owner of the New York Jets, Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino owner and Republican donor, and Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys. And he has been the guest of King Abdullah of Jordan—“a friend,” an aide told The New York Times — who put him and his family up for a weekend in a hotel with rooms costing $30,000 a night.

Get used to that kind of friend, and you’re going to feel pretty darned strapped when they ask you to pick up the check. Heck, you might as well be one of those minimum-wage workers who have to live an entire year on about half the value of your hotel room in Jordan. And even as a poor struggling U.S. Attorney, Christie liked to stay at the Four Seasons in Washington, which was pretty much a Motel 6 by comparison, costing only “several hundred dollars per night.”

Are you ready for the best paragraph in the whole piece?

“I try to squeeze all the juice out of the orange that I can,” Christie told The New York Times in 2014. “I really relish these experiences and exposures, especially for my kids.” In other words, Christie would like to scale back government spending — except on himself.

Nuzzi points out that Christie is not the only rich person who feels like they’re just one paycheck away from … well, not the streets exactly, but maybe having to drive those streets in a slightly smaller Mercedes:

A 2011 Gallup study found that people earning over $250,000 a year (i.e. rich people) were utterly confused about their taxes.

The majority of them believed they were being taxed too much, but the majority of them also believed that “upper-income people” (i.e. them) were paying either their fair share or not enough in taxes.

In any case, Chris Christie just wants you to know that he isn’t a rich guy. And the truly disgusting thing is that considering the company he keeps and whose money he would really like access to, he really is the pauper at the table. Still, it’s nice to know that he’s concerned with how well all Americans do, wherever they might fall within the top 1 percent of income.

Yes, Hillary Clinton is rich, too, and she should feel pretty stupid about her claim that after leaving office, she and Bill were “dead broke.” And yes, Barack Obama is rich, although as a black president, he really isn’t allowed to have nice things. But neither of them is talking about how we need to slash taxes so that America will be prosperous again, so that counts for something we guess.

[Daily Beast / Forbes]

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  • NorthStarSpanx

    By Rush’s logic, Ted Cruz and Chris Christie, both married to financial executives, wouldn’t be here running to lose for President today if they hadn’t married well?

    • jmk

      Silly banana…. no, no, no! That doesn’t apply to them because they’re not ladies!

  • It’s just like I was saying to Lady Chesterton at tea in the solarium the other day at my country place: it is such a struggle to make ends meet these days. And don’t get me started on finding a good housekeeper!

    • dslindc

      Tell me about it. I have to have my house manager split his time between our Summer house and our main residence to keep everything in order since we can’t have one in both places.

      • Me not sure

        I’d bitch but the Gulfstream is fired up and waiting. Gotta run!

        • dslindc

          You’re so lucky. We had to switch from full-time pilots to on-call from a service. It’s just terrible not to have our own.

          • Who can afford jet fuel anymore?

          • Me not sure

            I know. The German we had tried to kill us!

        • Reddishrabbit

          I prefer travel by Zeppelin, just more comfy and a great way to remind the plebs to work harder and have rich parents/political connections.

          • Me not sure

            Stay out of New Jersey there’s only room for one gas bag in that state.

          • Objectifer

            Plus, also, too NJ is not a good mooring for Zepplins in general, as the Germans can attest.

          • Me not sure

            Damn German pilots, they’re always up to something!

          • riledupone

            Oh, the inhumanity.

    • Reddishrabbit

      That’s why I like to fire one of servants randomly to instill some fear.

      • Rabbit_Rebozo

        In these tight times I just set my fox hounds after them. That way I kill two birds with one stone.

  • Nounverb911

    If all goes as planned, Christies next job will pay $.28 per hour stamping out license plates in the Federal slammer.

  • Lizzietish81

    You know who else was utterly confused about class distinction?

    • dslindc

      Every GOP candidate ever?

    • That barista who keeps calling me by my first name?

      • guppy06

        Your parents named you “Asshole?”

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      Ms. Frizzle?

    • Virginia Dreaming

      Students?

    • say wha

      Every PE teacher ever?

    • JMPesq

      Louis XVI?

    • Zippy

      Mr Hand?

      • mtn_philosoph

        Mr. Slave?

    • SuspectedDemocrat

      Creationists have a problem understanding genus and species, I wouldn’t dare ask them about phylum or class.

    • Atlanta school teachers?

    • Rabbit_Rebozo

      All those who, for the last 90 years, have insisted on referring to the USS Colorado-class ships as USS Maryland-class?

      • guppy06

        Jane’s or GTFO!

    • Anarchy Pony

      The morons at the rundown corner tavern near my house that put up the mitt signs in 2012?

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    Poor baby. I wonder if there’s a government tit around somewhere he could suck on?
    Wait, what?

    • schmannity

      No no no no no! No tits and Christie in the same post.

    • Barley_Brains

      Yes, he has two floppy governor tits.

  • Joshua Norton

    an estimated net worth of $5 million.

    Yeah, but one big pig out at the local DQ could pretty much wipe that out!

  • Bitter Scribe

    He’s still around?

    • Lizzietish81

      Still governor of New Jersey. Scary hunh?

    • chicken thief

      Oh, ya, he’s ‘around’. In fact, he’s so around that two families of four had to leave NH just so he could squeeze into the state.

  • say wha

    WHAAA WHAAA WHAAA!!!

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    So the Christie’s after-tax income, assuming a 30% rate (which there’s no way they’re paying) is about $1450 a day, or as much as I make every three weeks. And I’ll bet you anything he never does has to pick up the check.

    • mtn_philosoph

      That’s appreciably more than I earn in a month.

  • schmannity

    Two Republican presidential candidates have investment banker wives and they both feel middle class. Keep fucking that plutocrat, Teabaggers.

    • Amy!

      You know, it makes me wonder how that happened (and if anyone knows).

      Did the wives get these jobs before or after the husbands were identified as political prospects? I mean, I know John McCain is a true Horatio Alger story: he married a woman who inherited money. But these guys? Others that I sort of vaguely recall?

      It’s just that it would be such an effective scam/grift: rich CEO-level dude identifies available young politico, offers spouse 1%er job. If they aren’t doing this, why not? I can’t imagine that there’s any way to regulate it.

      • Objectifer

        True story. I once gazed upon Cindy McCain’s bare ass. Back when that meant something.

      • Barley_Brains

        I like to think that they got the great jobs before their scumbag husbands become politicos. They were working so hard at doing a good job, they did not realize that their husbands were grifters. When reality hits, we’ll see of what they are made.

  • Spotts1701

    Well, an abrasive personality does present an obstacle to suckering the rubes.

  • diogenez

    “I don’t consider myself a wealthy man,” he said,”

    …as he wiped wiped the dreams of children and other crumbs from his massive quavering jowl.

  • Zippy

    Tevye weeps…

  • elviouslyqueer

    Mary Pat and I have worked really hard

    Your wife is an investment banker, asshole. Which means the only “hard work” she’s ever done is filing her nails while her computer boots up. And the only time she’s probably ever broken a sweat was at the tennis court.

    • Zippy

      fucking her tennis instructer

      • elviouslyqueer

        And trying to keep her hair from getting mussed while getting pounded by Pablo takes some doing, also too.

        • Toomush_Infer

          BUT! – is Pablo getting overtime???? I don’t think so….

        • guppy06

          That’s why you schedule tennis lessons before your hair appointment!

      • Beaumarchais?

        Given her options, none of us can blame her for that.

    • Barley_Brains

      Well, maybe Mary Pat did – based on salary. Not so sure about the Gov tho.

  • schmannity

    In other news, Christie considers himself of average build.

    • Tallmutha

      Well, have you seen the gluttons he hangs out with?

  • JustPixelz

    Christie’s $160K annual income is … 9 times NJ’s minimum wage

    His family’s $58,000 monthly income is only $57,000 more than SNAP benefits for a family of 6. Although I don’t see Christie going on the SNAP diet anytime soon.

    • behaveyrself

      His mansion has a swimming pool and his garage is larger than most Newark, NJ apartments. I have no envy or concern; I just can’t understand how he’s able to say “I don’t consider myself” wealthy:

      http://www.celebrityhousepictures.com/chris-christie.php

      • Anarchy Pony

        It’s called relative deprivation, which is a stupid consequence of basic psychology that makes people that are very well off think they aren’t because they associate with even wealthier people.

  • Vecciojohn

    Are you rich by American standards? Take this simple test.
    You get a medical bill for $200,000 and you are uninsured. Do you:
    1. Kill yourself now and get it over with.
    2. Cash a few bonds.

    • 3: Say fuck it, who needs a credit card these days?

      • sillyclucker

        4. Start a Gofundme account even though you could have signed up for Obamacare.

    • Zippy

      Trick question

      find me one rich person without insurance…

      • chicken thief

        And a supplement on that insurance. And a lawyer to haggle the cost down.

      • mtn_philosoph

        Once you reach the tens of millions level, having insurance coverage isn’t a priority. You can easily cover the costs of any treatments you might ever need out of pocket.

    • Toomush_Infer

      See – this is why you are not rich, Vec – those bills are for services already rendered – that makes them negotiable and infinitely spread out over time…

  • JMPesq

    You are rich, you angry shouting fuck. What you are not is someone who has any shot at winning the nomination for the Presidency – if you actually believe you do, well then I’ve got a bridge with a mysterious traffic jam to sell you.

    • Toomush_Infer

      Shhh – don’t tell him, yet!….

  • Zippy

    This is the crux of what is wrong with today’s GOP…

    a bunch of dirt poor rubes who see themselves as one break away from being rich being conned by a bunch of wealthy leaches who see themselves as not rich- not one of them has the self awareness or smarts to figure out the truth

    • willi0000000

      a.k.a. the lottery as a financial plan.

      • Reddishrabbit

        I sunk my IRA into that, the Nigerian Prince told me it was a sure thing.

        • david green

          Wait! The Nigerian Prince has been talking to you TOO. . I’ve been two-timed!

          • Reddishrabbit

            I knew I should have listened to the Nigerian Central Banker instead of that prince. Maybe he still has my 64 million in the account as he promised.

  • sillyclucker

    He needs to renegotiate his contract and charge by the pound.

  • fawkedifiknow

    Fat cat, indeed.

  • chicken thief

    Chris makes $160 and his wife $475? Seems like he’s a net loss on the bread winning/bacon bringing home to bread eating/bacon consumption scale.

    • Zippy

      But his connections and political power open all the doors his wife’s company walks through

  • chicken thief

    On the plus side: Chris didn’t yell at anyone to sit down and shut up.

  • MrBlobfish

    New Quinnipiac poll shows New Jersey really doesn’t like him. Lowest rating yet.

  • Toomush_Infer

    Chris Christy – the Kris Kringle of Koch….

  • Come here a minute

    It’s so embarrassing to have to bum a ride on your buddy’s private jet rather than flying your own.

    • jmk

      Quel dommage!!

  • Paperless Tiger

    Well, in that case, it’s easy to understand why he wants all the poor people to starve.

  • Zippy

    OT Dear feckless media, please STFU about about the date being 4/20. You’re the only ones that care- pot smokers don’t give a shit. They’re not going to smoke any more (or any less) than they did yesterday or will tomorrow. And short term memory loss or not- even the worst stoner has heard you tell that same tired old “real story behind 4/20” story that you trot out every single year on this day for the last 20 years that they’ll never forget a single boring detail, even if they never hear it again. Do us all a favor- puff, puff, pass on rehashing it all again…

    • Seriously

      Are you high? I didn’t see any mention of 4/20 in this article.

      • Zippy

        hence the initial caveat- OT for off topic

        cable TeeVee news can’t shut the fuck about it

        • BackDoorMan

          … which makes me grateful it’s only one day – given that cable news usually takes a non-story and beats the living shit out of it for a nearly interminable amount of time. Almost makes me wish a kid would fall in a well somewhere.

      • TheBidenator

        Yes

        • Zippy

          It’s 4:20 somewhere

          • BackDoorMan

            It was a couple of years ago now, but I managed to find myself in Amsterdam on 4/20… and at 4:20… oddly enough, it really only had significance to me. Got more than a few quizzical looks when I hoisted a bowl and said “Happy 4-20!”… maybe it was a language thing. Or they just thought “fucking tourist”. Either way, great memories, man!

    • Keith Rodgers

      “rehashing” eh

      ISWYDT

    • doktorzoom

      It is, however, the reason that this is Boise High School’s senior ditch day. Bastard that I am, I sent Kid Zoom off to school anyway.

      • Anarchy Pony

        Are you sure he got there?

      • Zippy

        I hope you at least put a joint or two in his lunchbox for the occasion

        (also too, as a young pinhead, every day was senior ditch day for me. It’s amazing how much trouble one can get into when the teachers think you’re one of the smart ones and make the mistake of giving a teenage boy independent study)

      • Barley_Brains

        Meh. Bastard one day. Prince the next. It all works out in the end.

    • leemoder

      You know who ELSE had a birth…uh, thought 4/20 was a…pretty nifty date on the calendar.

      So, it’s a bit of a stretch. I figure I’m entitled to a Godwin hack.

    • OneYieldRegular

      They should just rename my entire neighborhood 4:20.

    • mtn_philosoph

      In Colorado, every day is 4/20.

  • Callyson

    If being self-delusional counts, every GOP politician is rich…

  • willi0000000

    i wanna be rich so i have a reason to feel poor.

  • jmk

    As the late Mrs. Stuyvesant Fish lamented from her home in Newport at the turn of the 20th century, “we are not rich…we only have a few million.”

    • Rabbit_Rebozo

      In Palm Springs, they think homelessness is caused by bad divorce lawyers.

      – Garry Trudeau

      • YourMom

        Sadly, I’ve known a few women who DID end up that way. Their husbands hired attorneys who advised them to drain the bank accounts and rack up a bit of debt before filing for divorce. The wives ended up homeless.

        • Anarchy Pony

          Yeeesh.

  • sosuume

    “Rich is Never Rich Enough.” Catchy. Clever. Fits on a GOPer’s bumper sticker. Yah, Let’s go with that.

    • willi0000000

      along with “The Poor Can Never Be Thin Enough”

      • YourMom

        The Poor Can Never Be Thin Enough: Vote GOP There. Fixed it.

        • mtn_philosoph

          The Poor Can Never Be Fined Enough.

  • Monsieur_Grumpe

    You could eat real good on 5 million.

    • Beaumarchais?

      Apparently!

    • BackDoorMan

      … you could eat real good on the *interest* on $5 million… especially since the rich get a much better rate than the poors because, you know, rich.

  • Fitzgerald Chesterfield

    Don’t worry Governor Christie, I’m sure your treasure is waiting in Heaven.

    • Blank Ron

      Or some other afterlife place. Perhaps a warmer one.

  • elpinche
    • Cowpocalypse_Now

      “I want THAT stack of cheeseburgers!”

      **fixed**

      • Monsieur_Grumpe

        Pull my finger… I dare you.

    • TheBidenator

      “You’re next to get your face sat on, bitch!”

      • BackDoorMan

        “No soup for you!”

        (this is a caption contest, yes?)

  • Rabbit_Rebozo

    Obnoxious, toxicly mean-spirited asshole says what now?

  • Virginia Dreaming

    I bet he can barely afford Springsteen tickets.

  • Blank Ron

    I don’t consider myself a wealthy man, but that’s because my net worth consists of a 4-year-old iMac, a rusty Mazda, and a big pile of Studebaker parts. Or do I add in the value of the porn collection?

    • Toomush_Infer

      describe the porn collection…

    • TheBidenator

      I hear you, I’ve got a 6 year old Toshiba (the Rolls Royce of cheap laptops), an old rusted Geo, a flat screen teevee and a PS-4. Oh and a 4-year college degree with a strong GPA that up ’till now has been completely fucking useless, so I’m going to grad school thus I can continue to be completely destitute with no guarantee of relief while the rest of my youth drains away while no other good options exist. America, land of opportunity, fuck yeah!

      Oh and I’m too poor and cheap to pay for porn…

      • Toomush_Infer

        You have a PS4???!!!!….

      • Blank Ron

        No need to pay for porn. That’s why God invented torrenting!

      • Blank Ron

        Oh, and I feel for you. My youngest is in the same position, with a fresh BA in history and no job prospects that don’t involve a paper hat…

      • anniegetyerfun

        What the fuck, you have YOUTH?? You lucky bastard.

    • BackDoorMan

      That depends… is the porn collection vintage? Bettie Page pictorials, peep-show spoolers, Victorian era smutty postcards (especially the French ones), 8mm underground films, first edition illustrated Kama Sutra… those are worth something. Grainy VHS titles and well-used copies of Playboy, not so much.

      • Blank Ron

        Oh, I could never collect that sort of thing. I’d constantly be afraid of things getting sticky.

  • Toomush_Infer

    Asking Christy to understand his place on the wealth scale? – a bridge too far…

    • JAWs

      …that he’ll then delay with traffic.

  • TheBidenator

    Poor Chris Christy and the indignity he must suffer for only being sort of rich…the man has dreams, ya know! He’d sell his state and the country to just have one taste of that brass ring, he coulda been a contenda! Now look at him, fat and sickingly rich well in excess of his abilities! The injustice of it all, next you’ll be telling him to go walk his fat ass around the block a few times…can’t you see he’s suffering here?

    • BackDoorMan

      “He’d sell his state and the country to just have one taste of that brass ring […]”

      Didn’t he amply prove that when he turned a potential multi-billion lawsuit settlement against an oil company into a few millions for the state of Joisey? (and ignore the fact he defends what he did). I have no doubt he expects the fossil fuel industry to pay his way into the White House. Although in this case, it will probably just be a tour ticket.

  • lesterthegiantape

    He brings home the bacon all right. After that, who knows what happens to it.

    • Wombat

      We all know what happens to it.

      • BackDoorMan

        “… git into mah belly!”

  • calliecallie

    Jersey IS a more expensive place to live. Not like being a five-millionaire in Michigan. So for grins I googled our governor’s net worth. I knew he was rich, but I didn’t know how rich: $230 million net worth. Fuck. That would really go a long way in a place like this.

    • orygoon

      Well our Governor seems modest-income enough, but she’s governor by surprise, and has only been governing for a few weeks.

  • Toomush_Infer

    I don’t feel rich, either….

  • Lefty Frizzell

    Interesting article about this. Neither rich people nor poor people have any idea at all just how rich rich people are:

    http://paxonbothhouses.blogspot.ca/2014/09/americans-have-no-idea-how-bad.html

  • doktorzoom

    True fact: First draft of my headline was “Poor Chris Christie Is Not A Rich Man. He’s Not Even A Millionaire!”

    Because, like a typical poor person, I was only thinking of his annual income, and not considering his net worth. I felt like such a rube when Rebecca mentioned net worth in the Chatcave — oh yeah, people who run this country — who aren’t most of us — have net worths!

    • leemoder

      Fun concept, ain’t it?

    • Wombat

      I, too, have a net worth. It’s just not a positive number. Honestly, I’m not even sure it’s a real number.

      • Amy!

        Complex? Or simple, but imaginary?

        I suppose it could be integral ….

        • Morsum me

          Undefined.

      • BackDoorMan

        I’m a self-made man. I started out with nothing, and I’ve managed to double it.

    • JD Mulvey

      Pretty simple really… For me, my income is eleven dollars a week of food stamps plus an average of about six bucks a day from returning bottles and cans to the supermarket.

      My estate, on the other hand, consists of a bicycle with one functioning brake, one pair of levis, four t-shirts, and a copy of Cheech & Chong’s “Los Cochinos” LP –which I KNOW is worth something.

      So I totally know where the Governor’s coming from.

      • BackDoorMan

        … except the Governor has never ridden a bicycle, Levi Strauss doesn’t make jeans that will fit him, t-shirts are something that he spilled tea on, and he hates weed so Cheech & Chong are right out. But otherwise… yeah.

  • Gleem-McShinez

    Where does it say your net worth has to be a positive number?

    — Donald T.

  • Ted Oh God No Cruz, whose 2012 annual income was estimated at a bit over $1.2 million

    That’s a lot of cash to carry around while he’s in in the back of the pickup with the other foreigners.

    • BackDoorMan

      When I read that Rafael had an annual income more than C.C., my first thought was… “where does this come from?” Is he skimming from Pastor Daddy’s scam church collection plate? Or do Senators make more than Governors – at least on the declared income?

      • Tom Piper

        He has a wife who works at Goldman Sachs. Apparently she’s higher up the ladder than Christie’s wife, “Mary Pat”.

        • BackDoorMan

          … ahh, I forgot to take in the earnings of the Missus (she’s not supposed to count because, woman). However, it now occurs to me that both he and wife are being paid ridiculous sums for “working” at… what exactly?

  • guppy06

    I’d share my own personal net worth, but I don’t think Disqus would allow me to change the font color to red.

  • guppy06

    A man who earns less than his wife can’t possibly push Family Values (with a straight face)!

  • Alex Grey

    *sad face*

  • OneYieldRegular

    Nobody forced him to have four kids.

    • BackDoorMan

      Are you sure? He IS Catholic, after all.

  • Wombat

    It must be tough trying to raise four kids on a mere $700k a year. I’ll bet they can barely put food on the table. I really feel for that guy. Said no one ever.

    • Tom Piper

      Christie doesn’t look like he’s missed many meals.

      • Biff52

        But I thought it was just the poors that were obese?

  • Robert Weiler

    Worth mentioning that Christie and his family also get to live in a mansion rent free. It’s amazing that more poor and middle class folks don’t take advantage of that option.

    • JD Mulvey

      The poor just refuse to boostrap the way the Guv did.

  • orygoon

    Hey my friends. Remember that for the perspective of the site’s advertisers, we are all very rich people. I myself am ever so net-worthy, and my income pours in torrentially, and ditto for you.

    • mailman27

      *cough, hmmph* Precisely!

  • JAWs

    Yet somehow, this “poor” person is not suggesting he gets off the government teat. Funny how such things slip the mind.

  • Ravini

    Man oh man, that Mary Pat can not only bring home the bacon she can fry it up in a pan. A lot of it, apparently. Maybe a bacon milk shake with bacon bit sprinkles.

  • Zhu Bajie

    What about his bribe/kickback income? Did he declare all that in his income tax? You just know the governor of New Jersey doesn’t just have a conventional income.

  • Celtic_Gnome

    Where’s that tiny violin when you really need it?

    • NorthStarSpanx

      Every violin looks tiny in his hands

  • DahBoner

    5 MILLION DOLLARS????

    That’s a lot of dough…

    Nuts.
    http://media0.giphy.com/media/SV9v8TiGqPuIo/giphy.gif

  • Serolf Divad

    Ha! What a friggin’ amateur!

    Let me school you, Mr. Christie, on how you’re supposed to answer that question:

    Reporter: Mr Politician, your latest political initiative seeks a *lowering of the minimum wage* and yet your tax returns show you made $500,000 last year from speaking fees alone. Do you consider yourself wealthy?

    Politician: When I look at my two little girls I realize that I’m the richest man in the world! Next question!

    Reporter: But you realize the average person in you state has to get by on…

    Politician: I’m sorry, I answered your question and now it’s time to move on to a reporter who hasn’t had a chance to ask a question.

  • Ryan Denniston

    Better work harder for Huckabee’s time slot!

  • Greg Mulka

    Median household income is right around 53k. You need roughly 70 to 75k to be financially secure.
    Kill me now, kill me now.
    Cuz I’m gonna die poor anyway.

  • Elliot Carver

    He isn’t necessarily incorrect. Rich is entirely a relative term. If you make $500,000 a year and live in 15 Central Park West with Russian oligarchs, corporate raiders and Wall Street CEOs, I guarantee you that you won’t feel rich. However if you take that money and move to Jonesboro, Arkansas, you’ll probably feel different.

    Christie would feel better if he started hanging out with poor people, maybe some starving artists, hipsters, day laborers, university lecturers and street performers.

  • SWEETSWOO

    I want that fat arse in jail for his criminal activities! Starving people and children while spending 300 thousand dollars of Taxpayer dollars on SNACKS and lunches for his tub of lard mouth is NOT only disgusting but a waste! He needs a wake up call —

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