- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, said it’s his work for more gun control — along with his anti-smoking and healthy eating campaigns — that have won him God’s favor and a sure spot behind the Pearly Gates.

His exact words, made in context of discussing his smoking cessation and anti-obesity pushes, as well as his concerted crackdowns on private gun ownership, to the New York Times were: “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”

Mr. Bloomberg, 72, made the remarks after mentioning his growing distress over the number of former college classmates he’s noticed in the “in memoriam” pages of his school newsletter, the New York Times reported. Mr. Bloomberg’s just reached his 50th anniversary of his college graduation.

While mayor, Mr. Bloomberg pushed to ban Styrofoam containers, trans-fats, certain tobacco sales, and super sized sodas, to name a few.

He’s also pledging $50 million to build a coalition — similar to Mothers Against Drunk Driving — to take on the National Rifle Association.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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