Thursday, January 9, 2014

Chris Christie Bites Off More Than He Can Chew

I know, the headline's not a perfect fit to the story, but I couldn't resist.

When Rachel Maddow started reporting on this story some time ago, I was only moderately interested. The offense itself--purposefully tying up traffic for several days in the city of a mayor who would not endorse Governor Chris Christie--seemed kind of silly. I mean, it seemed like a prank that got out of hand. But when you find out the extent of the snarl, the hours of traffic for four days, stranding kids on school busses, and preventing emergency responders from getting to their calls? It became more serious.

Ack! Dude's kinda scary up close, ain't he?
Image from source, New York Daily News
Then you have Christie first denying any involvement while belittling the charges and insulting those who would dare ask the question. There were developments along the way, and Christie said that he'd discussed the matter with his staff, and there was nothing to it. There were more developments, and more developments, and finally, the news comes out that it was Christie's office behind the planned traffic jams.

So, what did he know, and when did he know it? This guy's supposed to be an awesome leader, on top of everything. And we're supposed to believe his closest staff did this, let it blow up into a huge story, and Christie just found out? Really?


Christie’s Waterloo 
In the best possible light, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie built a top staff of lying thugs who threatened lives and safety to serve his political ends. If not, Christie is a lying thug himself.
Emails and text messages among his close aides made public Wednesday documented that in September they gleefully engineered George Washington Bridge lane closures to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee for failing to endorse their boss’ reelection. . .

Read more at: New York Daily News


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