If Chris Christie is Found to Have Ordered Bridge Closure, This is the Only Acceptable Outcome

correct-the-recordBy now I’m sure most of you have heard about the bridge scandal going on in New Jersey concerning that state’s governor, Chris Christie.  While at first I didn’t think this whole situation would amount to much, it’s clear that as more details about this story become public, it’s becoming a much larger story than most had initially believed it might be.

Just from the little we know now it’s pretty clear this was an act of retaliation for something, and quite a few people were involved in it.

But of course, as it stands now, no evidence has linked Governor Christie with anything to do with this whole situation — aside from the general incompetence of apparently not knowing what his staff was up to.  In fact, Governor Christie professed his remorse, and apologized (multiple times in a two hour press conference), for the entire bridge scandal.

Still, Christie claims he didn’t know anything about it and definitely wasn’t the one who ordered it.

These are claims I find impossible to believe.

But when all the evidence comes out (and trust me, there’s still a lot we don’t know but will soon find out) if Governor Christie is found to have not only known about what was going on, but ordered it himself — there’s really only two things Christie can do:

  • Resign
  • Face impeachment

Do these two options sound extreme?  Yeah, they do.  But if evidence proves that Christie has lied about this situation, then it becomes something entirely different.

First, how petty does someone have to be to retaliate against somebody in such an immature way just because their ego was bruised?  If it was over this mayor’s endorsement, the endorsement didn’t matter — Christie was headed for an easy victory, so who really cares?  Well, someone with a giant ego, that’s who.  Which is why I find it hard to believe some aide ordered all of this.  Christie clearly has a fairly large ego, it’s absolutely believable to me that he thought he could order this (thinking no one would really notice) as a way to take a jab at a mayor who refused to endorse him for governor — or to retaliate against others if any of the other theories are to be believed.

Then there was his two hour press conference.  This is where he drew his line in the sand as far as his stance on his involvement with this issue.  If he is eventually found out to have been behind the lanes being closed on the bridge, how could anyone believe him after he held a two hour press conference professing his innocence?  It’s one thing to make a quick statement, lie, then admit you lied later.  It’s a whole other thing to lie for two straight hours.

And what about the dangers that could have resulted from this pathetic stunt?  Heck, how many lives were negatively impacted?  Imagine someone getting fired for being late for work.  Someone rushing to an important job interview, missing out on that job opportunity because they were stuck in traffic on that bridge.  To say nothing about the obvious issue of emergency responders.

The short-sighted ignorance behind this childish stunt is stunning, no matter who ultimately ordered it.

But how could someone remain Governor of New Jersey if they were found to have used their power to retaliate against a mayor or anybody else, then blatantly lied about it?  Especially when you factor in how many people have been fired, or forced to resign, for their involvement in this situation.

If they were fired or made to resign because of their involvement in this pathetic act of retaliation, then why would Christie face a different punishment?  Especially if it turns out that not only did he know about it, but he was a vital figure in its planning.

So, while Governor Christie has been mentioned as the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016 — he might want to worry less about that and more about remaining Governor of New Jersey.

Because if he is eventually linked to this scandal, I just can’t see how he remains in office.

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Jim Bean

    I agree with you, Allen (its truly a magical moment). In the same vein, do you agree that if Obama knew Susan Rice was giving the American people false information about Benghazi as she was delivering it, that he should be impeached as well?

    • Freeman Cooper

      Bean, the thing is, 1) what Rice said was what the intelligence community knew at the time (not to mention all the treason Issa committed when he leaked classified information and put the lives of thousands at risk by doing so), & 2) as it turns out, the video did contribute a part to the attack on Benghazi, meaning the GOP was talking out of its @$$ when they claimed the video had nothing to do with it. So, quit it with the GOP talking points, will ya?

      • Jim Bean

        (Update)

        The State Department on Friday for the first time blamed specific groups and militants for the 2012 Benghazi attack, designating them as terrorists — a move that further undermines initial claims the attack was spontaneous.

        The department announced that it was labeling Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi and Ansar al-Sharia in Darnah as terror organizations, in part over their role in the Benghazi attack. It applied the same label to Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia, over a separate attack on Americans in Tunis.

        The State Department also labeled as terrorists Sufian bin Qumu, head of the Darnah branch and a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, and Ahmed Abu Khattalah, head of the Benghazi branch.

        Shortly after the attack, administration officials indicated it was related to protests over an anti-Islam film that were raging elsewhere in Africa and the Middle East, describing it as spontaneous. They have since backed off that explanation, though have not ruled out the film as having played some role. Many lawmakers, though, have claimed the film was not a factor and the attack was planned by terrorists.

      • CherMoe

        Go back and count how many embassy attacks there were during Bush’s reign and HOW MANY PEOPLE KILLED. And how many Republicans DIDN’T say “boo?”

    • CherMoe

      Well, by your way of thinking, George Bush & Dick Cheney should have been impeached before Christmas of their first year of terror, because there were so many lies, manipulations, fabricated intelligence and corruption, that no one can even count them all. We all KNOW Bush should have been impeached. The hard part was getting people past the “nice, dumb guy image” whereas Christie comes off like a person suffering with Bi-Polar disorder and serious anger and power issues.

  • Pipercat

    Big “if.” I’m sure the truth will come out, because it always does. In the meantime, just sit back and relish all of the conflation fallacies as they hit the ground. Just make sure you don’t step in one.

  • Dorothy Dill

    He should also go to jail !!!!!!!

  • Tony Cox

    Put the Congress in jail for refusing to do their work. One year hard labor.

  • republicans are evil

    Firstly, I find no difference in this guy lying for 5 seconds or 2 hours. as far as i am concerned its all the same. Secondly, I hope the family of the elderly woman that died as a result of this, sues him personally and the whole stupid state for electing this asshole. New jersey, wtf where you thinking? I dont get how anyone in this country that isnt super rich, old and white votes for ANY republican. Republicans are traitors, and enemys of the state. period. No better than terrorists. In fact they are home grown terrorists. seriously, they cause more damage to all of us than al quieda ever could.

    • strayaway

      We don’t want to elect liars to be president. We have enough recent experience with that with Bush and Obama. Many Republicans cause problems as you suggest but I would extend your analysis to most Democrats. Why do TPP negotiations have to be held secret from Congress and who is asking to fast track the TPP for instance?

    • Missy

      All of NJ do not like him! It’s not NJ what were you thinking its Millionaires for CC what were you thinking??

  • Kevin Daugherty

    It’s called PD–plausible deniability……but if youre a fired employee, that goes out the window, especially under FBI pressure.

  • rossbro

    Yeah, Christie’s ego is as large as his huge ass.

  • Missy

    I could never stand CC!!! He did an ok job after Hurricane Sandy I will admit trying to get the funds that took so long to get but that was not his fault. But him not giving relief money to Hoboken is BS!!!! Then this? He is a bully to other states around him and probably to his own family and friends. We need someone who will do our state some good. All he does is make it harder for people like us to live in NJ. I was born and raised and things have never been this bad. He just needs to admit he ordered the closure so we can get someone in office that can do something for NJ!!!!