Friday, March 20, 2015

Could this be the end for Governor Christie?

By Richard K. Barry

Is there any way New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's political career can survive his natural inclination to engage in Soprano-esque gamesmanship? Likely not.

The latest is this, reported by The Wall Street Journal:
Federal prosecutors issued a new subpoena to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey this week seeking possible evidence of claims New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration retaliated against the Democratic mayor of Jersey City.

The subpoena seeks records from a broad range of former authority officials regarding their interactions with Jersey City, according to a person familiar with the matter, including two Christie allies who resigned from the authority amid the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal, David Wildstein and Bill Baroni.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has said that the Christie administration punished him when he failed to endorse the governor’s reelection in 2013.

In politics, "enemies" get frozen out all the time. Political retaliation is hardly new. But intentionally inconveniencing or endangering citizens to make a political foe look bad is at a different level. It's simply Nixonian, and we've seen all together enough of that, thank you very much.

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