It wasn’t that long ago that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was the toast of the town. He had cruised to an easy victory in his re-election bid and all people could talk about was him being the next great hope for the Republican party.
Heck, I even saw several different polls that had him leading potential Democratic candidate (and massive favorite to become president in 2016) Hillary Clinton. Something no other potential Republican contender had yet to accomplish in any credible polls.
And even though all of this happened only a couple of months ago, Chris Christie’s star has certainly fallen.
After the “bridge scandal,” and now the most recent allegations by the Mayor of Hoboken that Christie withheld Hurricane Sandy relief funds because she refused to approve a redevelopment plan he supported, Christie’s popularity has plummeted.
In a recent poll, Americans responding that they have an unfavorable view of Christie doubled since this time last year. A year ago, the same poll showed only 17 percent of Americans had an unfavorable view of the New Jersey governor, but following the recent scandals that have plagued Christie that number has doubled to 34 percent.
Also a telling sign is a poll that showed most Americans don’t believe that Governor Christie had nothing to do with the now infamous “bridge scandal.” The poll showed that 58 percent of those asked don’t believe Christie when he says he had no knowledge of the bridge controversy, which saw two lanes of the George Washington Bridge closed in an apparent retaliation against a mayor who refused to endorse Christie for governor.
Which is a feeling I’ve echoed myself. I just find it incredibly hard to believe that Christie knew absolutely nothing about this. Personally, I believe he’s the one who ordered it — even if the evidence we currently have access to doesn’t confirm that.
Though the allegations of withholding of Hurricane Sandy relief from the town of Hoboken by its mayor might turn out to be far more damning.
Staging a political stunt such as closing a few lanes of a bridge in a pathetic retaliation ploy is one thing — withholding disaster relief in an effort to force a redevelopment project is a whole other level of corruption and unethical behavior.
I guess time will tell how this all plays out as more evidence is sure to be made public, but I think it’s safe to say that (at least for now) Christie’s time as the “darling of the Republican party” is pretty much over.
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