In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into the 4th of July weekend use of the New Jersey beaches by Governor Chris Christie. Governor Christie had closed the beaches in a budget dispute but was still able, as Governor, to give himself and his family full access to the now wide open beaches on the recently passes holiday weekend. We consider Governor Christie’s example of undeserved privilege in the context of ethical leadership and tone at the top. Matt draws upon his Catholic school education to remind us that undeserved privilege is private law, as “privilege” comes from the Latin privus, private law; and lex, law. It’s a private law that benefits only one person, who doesn’t deserve it.
Read more about the issue and Matt’s thoughts on his blog post Tone at the Top Gone Wrong: The Christie Example.