Until recently, Chris Christie had a level of popularity that made him the poster child for gop presidential pipe dreams. Despite his temper, his disregard for frugality when it comes to living off the public dole, and his frequent insulting, loud-mouth retorts to questions that displease him, large numbers of republicans saw him as perhaps the one viable 2016 candidate, separating him from members of the extreme tea bagger wing.
While most republicans will not, yet at least, connect him personally to “Bridge-gate”, believing deep in their souls that it was only ill-advised staffers who concocted the scheme out of their brilliant and deceitful minds. But, the weekend’s new revelations of the withholding of Sandy relief funds to the city of Hoboken unless the mayor were to accede to demands to approve massive developments to the benefit of Christie’s number one confidant, David Samson, and others, shed new light on the Christie administration and Christie himself.
Much more than a “dirty trick” straight out of the Watergate playbook, this constitutes major felonies that may well land some people in prison. Maybe Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, maybe community affairs manager Richard Constable, maybe ….. well, an even a higher-up.
But in my opinion his true character was never as evident until his statement a day or two ago where he made a half-assed apology for the jokes he made in response to the first round of “Bridge-gate” questions, those jokes where he laughed off the incident as inconsequential, too far beneath him to even think about, those jokes where he said he was out there on the bridge setting out traffic cones. Well, his recent statement was that he apologized now and would not have made those jokes if he had known that his senior staff members had been responsible for the event.
was ebbing from injured veins. He owed and still owes them a real apology regardless of who was responsible.
Christie is personally responsible for the havoc created whether he ordered the closure himself or whether he created a climate where staffers, at the top or at the bottom, believed that such as event would be something that would make him happy, something that he could joke about to the press and public.
This is the real Chris Christie, for all to see. Maybe he’s not a viscous tea bagger the likes of Rand Paul or Ted Cruz, but he is no more qualified to be president than any of them.