By 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:
- 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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