New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wasn't calling tourists stupid two weeks ago.
He was urging visitors to his state to abandon their plans to travel to the Jersey Shore and was warning residents to brace for approaching Hurricane Irene.
Christie had a more self-serving message Wednesday during a news conference in Atlantic City designed to bash Las Vegas, his state's chief competition for gambling dollars.
"There is no reason people should go to Las Vegas in the summer," the Republican governor said.
"Why would you go to the middle of the desert in the summer?" Christie said. "You'd have to be stupid to do that."
That sort of stupid strategy, governor, won't help New Jersey's image.
Christie supplied the sort of fodder that keeps late-night host David Letterman and his writers in business with lines like these:
■ Top Ten Signs You're Watching a Bad Morning Show: "It's called 'Wake Up, Newark!' "
■ Top Ten New Slogans for New York City: "New Jersey's Psycho Cousin."
■ Top Ten Least Popular Tourist Attractions: "Six Flags over Newark."
■ Top Ten New Tourist Slogans for New York: "New York: the Gateway to Newark."
■ Top Ten Rejected Methods of Execution in N.Y. State: "Giant catapult that flings you to New Jersey."
■ Top Ten Signs Your Kid is Going to a New York City School: "Every driver's ed class ends with lesson on dumping bodies in New Jersey."
■ Top Ten Signs You're at a Bad Political Fundraising Dinner: "It's $10,000 a plate, but the food costs extra $9. Held at a Fuddruckers in Parsippany, New Jersey."
■ Top Ten Signs You're not Going to Win the Miss USA Pageant: "Instead of a sash, you have 'Miss New Jersey' tattooed on your ass."
Someone tried to whack former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman in Los Angeles last weekend.
The former mob attorney took a bullet while filming an episode of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" with Ted Danson and Frances Fisher.
Goodman found himself in a familiar setting: A scene of the show was shot on a set that was a re-creation of the Mob Museum, which opens early next year in the old post office building downtown where the Kefauver hearings took place in 1950 to investigate organized crime.
The upcoming episode was written by Dustin Abraham, a Las Vegas native and graduate of Chaparral High School.
Abraham was mentored during high school by Anthony E. Zuiker, creator of all three "CSI" franchises.
THE SCENE AND HEARD
"Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria will be announced soon as the Woman of the Year for Nevada Ballet Theater's Black and White Ball Jan. 28 at Aria resort in CityCenter.
MAY I RECOMMEND ...
Prost! Legendary entertainers Siegfried & Roy will tap the ceremonial first keg of Oktoberfest at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at Hofbrahaus Las Vegas. The event signals the start of a six-week celebration for lovers of German food and beer.
Miss America Teresa Scanlan of Nebraska, speaking to fifth- and sixth-graders at Agassi Prep on Thursday. Magician David Blaine, performing magic tricks for female revelers at Surrender (Encore) on Wednesday night. Also there: Mexican actor, singer and model Gabriel Soto.
THE PUNCH LINE
"You're not a Hells Angel if you moisturize,or if you know where the nearest Whole Foods is." -- Craig Ferguson on weekend motorcycle riders