So, I live in New England, not New Jersey. As a consequence, this whole Chris Christie bridge scandal has no direct effect on me whatsoever.
I am interested to watch it all unfold, though, and to watch the pundits on the right twist themselves into Windsor knots trying to say that this whole episode is going to be GOOD for Christie’s run at the ’16 presidential race.
The way I see it, there are only two – possibly three – logical explanations for Christie’s involvement in this whole mess. Either A) he had NO idea that any of this stuff was going on (and continued to not know about it, even after the rest of the country had heard about it through news reports and social media), in which case he’s a terrible leader with no control over his office and has no business being President; B) he KNEW what was happening – ordered it, in fact – in which case he’s a terrible leader who has no respect for the power and responsibility that comes with authority and has no business being President; or C) he didn’t know about it beforehand, but found out about it either while it was still happening (the lane closures happened over, what? Three or four days?) or immediately afterward, but did nothing until the pressure from the press became too much to ignore, in which case he’s a terrible leader who can’t control his staff or create an ethical environment in which a staff can operate and has no business being President.
I have never liked Chris Christie, even when the liberal media were falling all over themselves trying to show him love and respect when he consented to be in the same camera frame with President Obama. I think Christie is a bully – with all that label implies – and I really, really don’t want to see him elevated to the highest office in the land. It is my sincere hope that this scandal becomes his undoing, but I’m not overly confident that it will be; it seems the only people who are undone by shit like this are Democrats.
Time will tell.