With Christie leaving, there is a clearance sale on his bobblehead dolls By Mike Kelly
Dan Williams is no fan of Chris Christie. After all, he runs an anti-Christie Facebook page with the mocking title “N.J. Governor Chris 'Numbnuts' Christie.”
But Williams, 66, a retired golf course manager from Mendham, knows a good deal when he sees one. And a chance to slap Christie’s noggin — symbolically speaking, of course — was too good to pass up.
So on Friday morning, after his daily Google search for bad news about Christie for his Facebook page (named for one of the governor's signature insults against a state legislator), Williams placed an order for one last souvenir of Christie’s tenure in Trenton — a Christie bobblehead doll.
Williams got one on sale, for $13.
The price was meant to match Christie’s most recent approval rating. But it was also yet another reminder of how low Christie will have fallen by the time he leaves office on Tuesday, when Gov-elect Phil Murphy takes over.
A Rutgers-Eagleton poll released this week showed that just 13 percent of New Jersey residents hold a favorable view of Christie — the lowest approval rating of any governor since Rutgers began polling a half-century ago.
And now comes the clearance sale of Christie bobblehead dolls for $13.
In the summer of 2016, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee — yes, dear reader, there really is such an institution — thought it saw a good deal in Christie.
Christie had ended his quest for the Republican presidential nomination. But it seemed that the GOP’s frontrunner, Donald Trump, might pick Christie as his running mate.
The Hall of Fame, which maintains a collection of some 7,000 vintage bobbleheads and runs a store in downtown Milwaukee, saw a chance to make some money. It invested $3,500 to create 500 bobbleheads to sell of a slightly thinner-than-life Christie with his jacket open and his right fist raised.
The price would even have an electoral feel to it — $20.16 in a nod to the 2016 election.
But then Trump rejected Christie as a vice presidential candidate.
And the Hall of Fame was left with more than 300 unsold Christie bobbleheads.
Phil Sklar, the Hall of Fame's co-founder and CEO, says the Christie bobbleheads sat in a warehouse for a year. A few sold here and there. But Sklar says his Hall of Fame was facing a major loss.
Just as New Jersey was preparing to rid itself of the real Chris Christie, Sklar was trying to get rid of all those Christie bobbleheads in his warehouse.