As a Last Official Act Gov. Christie Declares December 23rd State Festivus Day

Gov. Christie stands next to traditional Festivus Poll during Ceremony. Credits: Joey Novick

As a Last Official Act Gov. Christie Declares December 23rd State Festivus Day

Early this morning, Gov. Christie signed a resolution declaring December 23, 2017, State Festivus Day in New Jersey.

The press release noted that “Since 2009, Gov. Christie has been airing his grievances on a regular basis since he took office. This is really nothing new for him.”

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Festivus is a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 as an alternative to the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas season. Originally a family tradition of scriptwriter Dan O'Keefe, who worked on the American sitcom Seinfeld, Festivus entered popular culture after it was made the focus of the 1997 episode "The Strike".

The non-commercial holiday's celebration, as depicted on Seinfeld, occurs on December 23 and includes a Festivus dinner, an unadorned aluminum Festivus pole, practices such as the "Airing of Grievances" and "Feats of Strength", and the labeling of easily explainable events as "Festivus miracles".

Over the years, Gov. Christie has aired his grievances to many in New Jersey: he called New Jersey Star-Ledger editor Tom Moran “thin-skinned”; he told the media to "take a bat to Senate majority leader Loretta Weinberg”; and referred to Reed Gusciora as “numbnuts”. Additionally, he has referred to the New Jersey Education Association as everything from “idiots” to “drug mules” to “disgusting”.

The governor’s office reached out to former cast members of Seinfeld and invited Larry David to attend the Festivus proclamation signing ceremony at the Statehouse.

Mr. David could only be reached through his spokesperson, Gilbert Vogel, who said, “Mr. David is a Democrat and would not be attending any function hosted by any Republican.”

However, at the ceremony the governor’s favorite character, the “Soup Nazi” was represented by Larry Tomashoff, the Brooklyn born actor who played the role. “No soup for you, Governor!”, Tomashoff kept on yelling in the background during the ceremony.

This evening, the governor is hosting a Festivus dinner at Drumthwacket, where Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senate majority leader Loretta Weinberg will be in attendance. After the dinner, as is Festivus tradition, the governor will challenge his guests to "Feats of Strength" where the head of the household must be pinned.

Sen. Loretta Weinberg joked, “We’ve never been able to pin down the governor on anything.”

New Jersey: What Exit? is a political satire column.  Joey Novick has been a political comedian, camp counselor, editorial director, attorney, busboy, professional speaker, child actor and an elected official. But not necessarily in that order.  To read more of Joey's writing, please visit

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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