Chris Christie’s Nixon Side Danger Sign

Once upon a time there was a rising star in the Republican Party named Chris Christie.

He is the Governor of New Jersey and last November was re-elected by an overwhelming margin, and thus considered a strong candidate to be his party’s nominee in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

But that was light years from his situation of today, when he is fighting for his political survival, all because of, first, unacceptably base actions, and secondly, because the explanations he gave for what happened was later overturned by the facts.

For four days in September tens of thousands of drivers “boiled” in their cars in the Fort Lee area as Christie’s people  decided to close two lanes on the George Washington Bridge that connects New Jersey and New York in order to punish (!) the Mayor of Fort Lee, who refused to support Christie’s re-election bid.

This might expect to happen in other countries, but not in the state opposite Manhattan. Christie was forced to grant a media interview in which he apologized on Jan. 9 to the residents of New Jersey, Fort Lee and the drivers who were afflicted for hours.

It was a good, proper and smart move that might bail him out as Governor, but his chances to be a presidential candidate have been damaged seriously. For years, Christie cleverly and carefully cultivated an image of a different politician: a clean politician who calls a spade a spade, a politician who put the interests of the people above partisan considerations.

That is how he justified the warm welcome he extended to President Barack Obama in the wake of hurricane Sandy days before the Presidential elections, which several commentators along with Republican candidate Mitt Romney, claimed contributed to his party’s defeat .

But the bridge incident – he claims not to have known about it, which is somewhat hard to believe – reveals a Nixonian quality in his administration if not in his own personality, a thoughtless and intemperate vindictiveness that makes him dangerous for the country.

In an email exchange among his assistants, when someone expressed concern that school buses were trapped in the traffic jam created by the bridge lane closings, David Wildstein, an old friend on the Port Authority of New York and Jeersey – whom Christy denounced finally – replied: “They are the children of Barbara Buono voters” – his Democratic opponent for Governor.

Shame on them.

5 Comments

  1. Nice rage picture to lead the story, well done. Funny, I don’t remember any editorials with an angry picture of President Obama leading any article ending with the same “Shame On Them” line at the end regarding any in the conga line of events, such as:

    Benghazi, IRS Harassment, Press Wiretapping, PRISM citizen surveillance, 1st president to come out in open support of gay/lesbian marriage, even though 31 States have amended their State Constitutions defining marriage as only between one man and one woman, spend a trillion dollars on shovel ready jobs that he later admitted never existed, 157 golf outings as food stamp recipients double and job force participation is the lowest since the end of WWII.

    Oh yeah, he said they were “phony” issues ….

  2. Nice rage picture to lead the story, well done. Funny, I don’t remember any editorials with an angry picture of President Obama leading any article ending with the same “Shame On Them” line at the end regarding any in the conga line of sad events, such as:

    * Benghazi
    * Al Qaeda gaining ground in the middle east while Christian communities are extinguished.
    * IRS Harassment
    * Press Wiretapping
    * PRISM citizen surveillance
    * 1st president to come out in open support of gay/lesbian marriage, even though 31 States have amended their State Constitutions defining marriage as only between one man and one woman
    * Spent a trillion dollars on shovel ready jobs that he later admitted never existed
    * 157 golf outings so far as food stamp recipients double in 6 years and 92 million (including a record amount of women) not in the labor force as participation is the lowest since the end of WWII
    * For every 1 new job – 5 leave the work force

    Sheesh we can go all day with these …. but we wouldn’t want to upset the ruling class cocktail circuit. Let’s just keep quoting the NY Times and go back to sleep.

  3. …you forgot to mention the gun “walking” to Mexican drug cartels as part of the “Fast and Furious” fiasco which led to the killing of a US border agent and Obama’s shameless abuse of our Constitution by essentially legislating with “pen” via executive order in order to bypass Congressional debate. No doubt, our esteemed President’s fascist-like proclivities make Nixon look alike a choir boy. Unfortunately, Governor Christie lost me months ago after ripping libertarians — including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) — for challenging government surveillance programs that you (and I) find repulsive, claiming “This strain of libertarianism… is a very dangerous THOUGHT” (emphasis mine). Any hubris filled politician who claims he has little or no tolerance for “esoteric debates” is equally “dangerous” and worthy of contempt.

  4. Another example of TNH’s biased reporting. Can someone from this news organization please explain why it is so beholden to the Democratic party and other far-left groups and individuals? And calling TNH a “news organization” is being very generous. You have unfortunately devolved into yet another branch of the Democrat Ministry of Propaganda. You would think that this Administration’s treatment of journalists would serve as a “red flag” for those in the news media industry. But, of course not. I just received an E-mail this week regarding TNH’s 99th anniversary that recounted the virtues of the paper and how it has served as an excellent source of information for the Greek American community on not only issues relevant to the diaspora, but also stories that are noteworthy on the domestic and geopolitical fronts. While reading that E-mail, I thought to myself, “Is this a joke?” TNH should be ashamed that it has become just another, smaller version of the NYT. Do you run your stories by the Dems prior to printing or do you just let their reps write the articles from the beginning? This article, like 90% of the others you write, is a joke. The worst part is that you are doing the opposite of what your mission should be. Instead of informing people, you traffic in misinformation and outright lies. While the failed policies of socialism and leftist principles have resulted in a bankrupt Greece for decades, you relentlessly support them here, in the U.S., as if the problem with socialism is simply the venue. GET A CLUE. I will not be renewing my subscription. Nor do I expect a reasoned, sincere response.

    1. Dear Kimolos,

      Your posts interest me for various reasons, and I am writing the “reasoned sincere response” that you didn’t expect.

      I take interest in what you write because I am often described by readers as being “too conservative,” and so I can’t help but chuckle at the notion that my writing in any way seems to emerge from the “Democrat Ministry of Propaganda.”

      Of course, editorials, op-ed pieces, and Letters to the Editor belong on the opinion pages, and they are not objectively “good” or “bad.” By their nature, they are subjective.

      What is objectively “bad,” though, is when a newspaper injects its opinion into a NEWS story, as I have long criticized the New York Times, for example, for having done over the past two decades.

      What we strive to do at TNH is keep the hard news stories informative, and partake in – and encourage – a respectful but lively exchange of ideas on the opinion pages, and in these forums.

      But if you have specific examples of opinions (whatever they might be – and whether you agree with them or not) in news stories, then that is something that needs addressing, and I would appreciate you presenting any such examples of which you are aware.

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