Online exclusive: D.L. Stewart: NY-area politicos, open the bridge and hold the pizza

Last week was a tough one for New York-area politicians.

First there was New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who may or may not have burned his bridge to the White House.

Then Bill de Blasio, the recently-elected mayor of New York City, followed up “Bridgegate” with “Pizzagate.” Or, if you prefer, “Forkgate.”

De Blasio, who is of Italian extraction, was photographed at a Staten Island pizzeria last Friday eating his smoked mozzarella and sausage pie with a fork instead of picking it up and eating it with his hands.

“Disaster,” a New York magazine writer declared.

“Blasphemy,” another diner at the restaurant insisted.

“Grounds for impeachment,” a New York Post twitterer tweeted.

Several New Yorkers scoffed that a gaffe like that is all you could expect from a guy who already has blasphemed by being a Boston Red Sox fan.

I was tempted to contact Dayton’s newly-elected mayor to get her views on the subject, but I didn’t think it was worth wasting her time. Beside, I really don’t care if she eats pizza with her hands, a fork or not at all.

But I wouldn’t mind hearing Her Honor’s thoughts on why it’s legal in this town for pizza to be cut into tiny little squares instead of wedges, the way nature intended.

Contact D.L. Stewart at D.L. Stewart’s That’s Life column appears every Sunday in the Life & Arts section of the Dayton Daily News and here at

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