Mayor Michael Bloomberg has found himself thrust into a "chopper-gate" controversy Friday after the avowed environmentalist avoided the traffic congestion at last night's U2 concert by taking to the air.
What's more, the mayor's pilot used the gas guzzler to go there twice – once for a test run.
CBS 2 caught Bloomberg's chopper buzzing the Meadowlands as he searched in vain for the right place to land the chopper so the mayor could go to the U2 concert. It was a test run, and the pilot botched it, so when he came back with the mayor, he had to land farther away.
But it left the oh-so-green mayor's face oh-so-red on Friday. CBS 2's Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reminded Bloomberg that it takes a lot more energy to fly a chopper than a car, wasting a lot of energy.
"I suppose you could say that, but there's other ways to get around," he said. "Some are more energy efficient, I could have walked or swam across the river as well, that would have used less."
It was a "gotcha" moment for an avowed environmentalist.
"Helicopter rides to concerts, celebrity endorsements, a $200 million campaign – maybe Mike Bloomberg would be better suited to running for mayor of Hollywood," said Anne Fenton, a spokeswoman for Thompson.
The mayor is so green that five different environmental groups refused to comment about the story.
Yeah, "green" in a different sense...