It seems like it was another lifetime ago that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was the superstar of the Republican party. I can remember election night 2013 when almost every political pundit on television was proclaiming him the clear front-runner for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
To be fair, it made sense. He’s a Republican who had just won a very decisive victory in what’s not exactly a “red” state. In the minds of many of these so-called political experts, Christie had proven that he could win over Democratic voters.
Well, that momentum lasted all of a couple of weeks before the infamous “bridge scandal” broke, essentially dooming any sort of hopes Christie had at becoming president. While there’s not been any evidence as of yet directly linking him to the scandal, you have to be pretty gullible to think that all of this went on without him knowing anything about it. He either:
- Ordered the bridge closure himself but has covered his tracks well. – or –
- He’s incompetent.
And the more people dug into Christie following the bridge controversy, the more people began to see just how crooked and shady he is.
Take for instance a recent scandal involving over $82k in taxpayer money he apparently spent on concessions while attending NFL football games.
Yes, a “fiscally conservative” Republican spent nearly six-figures on… snacks.
(Yes, it’s there for the taking, but I’m not going to get started on the fat jokes. He’s a big guy who apparently bought a lot of snacks on the taxpayer’s dime; you can make of that what you will but I’ll steer clear.)
Christie paid for food and drinks at MetLife with a debit card 58 times over the 2010 and 2011 NFL seasons, accruing a bill of $82,594. That means he spent an average of nearly $1,500 on food and drinks every time he attended a football game.
The money came from Christie’s state allowance, a $95,000 sum he’s given on a quarterly basis to be “used for official receptions on behalf of the state, the operation of an official residence, for other expenses.” Hot dogs and beers obviously qualify as “other expenses.”
Granted I know that NFL games aren’t exactly a cheap event to attend nowadays – but $1,500 a game? Especially when you take into account that he’s spending the taxpayer’s money on this junk.
Now, is what he did illegal or against the rules? Probably not. But it’s like I say quite often, just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should do it. Often the difference between an ethical person and an unethical person is the decision to not do something that they can probably get away with doing.
To be honest, for a while I thought Chris Christie might be one of the few bright spots for the GOP. While I would never call myself a fan of Christie, at least he seemed like someone who wasn’t afraid to speak out against some of the more ridiculous aspects of his party. Unfortunately, once you learn more about him, you really start to wonder if anything he does is genuine or does it just suit his own selfish desires and ambitions.
Personally, I don’t see how Christie could possibly even think about running for president in 2016. While his arrogance might still push him to declare his candidacy, it’s obvious he stands absolutely no chance at winning his party’s nomination, let alone becoming president.