To ready himself for a huge week in the Bridgegate crisis, Gov. Chris Christie took his two sons on a secret trip to Florida to zen out on some New York Mets spring training baseball.
Dressed casually, Christie hung out with team captain David Wright in the clubhouse. He looked decidedly relaxed when former Met Tim "Give Me The Lefty" Byrdak ran into him at a nearby bowling alley. And he watched Saturday's 8-3 victory and Sunday's 11-1 loss from owner Fred Wilpon's box.
The jaunt was not on Christie's public schedule. We were told he was headed to Georgia for Republican fundraisers and a closed-door speech to a conservative group, but then he headed further south. He told reporters he wouldn't talk because he was on "vacation."
The governor has a big week ahead of him. Two key witnesses in the Bridgegate scandal are in court today, and there are now three federal investigations into his administration. So watching the Mets was likely a welcome distraction. He is a legitimate Mets fan -- he gave up his season tickets before he became governor and instead became buddies with the owner. For many years, he took his lunch to work in a Mets lunch box he got as part of a giveaway at CitiField. And his son, Andrew, once interned for the team.
Monday was Christie's 18th day out of town this year.