Friday, November 6, 2009

Today's Required Reading: Harlan Coben Provides Flesh-and-Blood Portrait of NJ Gov-Elect Chris Christie

Full disclosure: Harlan Coben is one of my favorite authors. (And if you've never read any of the titles from his Myron Bolitar series, you're in for a treat.)

Retiring Guy is currently
listening to the audio version.

Link to November 5 New York Times op-ed piece by Harlan Coben, "Chris Christie Confidential".

Excerpt: Growing up in Livingston, N.J., Chris and I both attended Heritage Junior High and Livingston High School. Chris was always quick with a smile, loved to do impressions of the teachers, had an easy laugh. When we were in seventh grade, our homeroom team won the intramural basketball championship. Chris wasn’t the best player on that team, but he was the glue. He would seek out each player’s strength and talk it up (to a terrible athlete: “Harry, you are an amazing defensive player!”). If he hadn’t gone into politics, he’d have made an excellent coach.

Chris and I had parallel New Jersey upbringings. We were both born in Newark in 1962. Our fathers were both conservatives, our mothers skewed more liberal. But while Chris favored Dad’s political viewpoint, I ended up a mama’s boy. From a fairly young age, we began to disagree on a host of issues, though we never fought about it. I credit him for this — he’s always been more tolerant than me.

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