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The Christie conundrum

Chris Christie is an illustration of that vanishing political breed—a (sorta) liberal Republican elected in a 'blue' (Democratic) state but able to orchestrate productive action with Democrats. The New Jersey state Senate has 24 Democrats and 16 Republicans. There are 48 Democrats and 32 Republicans serving in the General Assembly.

Photograph courtesy David Shankbone, Wikimedia Commons
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, pictured April 27, 2011 at the 2011 Time 100 gala.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie is either: a vicious, down-and-out bully who, with malice and forethought, sought to punish the mayor of a city who had declined to endorse him for re-election by instigating a massive traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge, creating record-setting congestion in his city. Under the guise of a “traffic survey,” tens of thousands of drivers were stalled, emergency vehicles delayed (perhaps resulting in the death of one individual), and countless gallons of fuel wasted; or a blunt-talking, “tell it as it is” politician betrayed by staff that lied to him about the objectives and consequences of the “traffic survey.” His profuse, profound apology to all concerned, preceded by firing all concerned with creating the traffic jam, demonstrates the true character of the man undone by trusted associates.

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The Christie conundrum

Chris Christie is an illustration of that vanishing political breed—a (sorta) liberal Republican elected in a 'blue' (Democratic) state but able to orchestrate productive action with Democrats. The New Jersey state Senate has 24 Democrats and 16 Republicans. There are 48 Democrats and 32 Republicans serving in the General Assembly.

Photograph courtesy David Shankbone, Wikimedia Commons
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, pictured April 27, 2011 at the 2011 Time 100 gala.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie is either: a vicious, down-and-out bully who, with malice and forethought, sought to punish the mayor of a city who had declined to endorse him for re-election by instigating a massive traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge, creating record-setting congestion in his city. Under the guise of a “traffic survey,” tens of thousands of drivers were stalled, emergency vehicles delayed (perhaps resulting in the death of one individual), and countless gallons of fuel wasted; or a blunt-talking, “tell it as it is” politician betrayed by staff that lied to him about the objectives and consequences of the “traffic survey.” His profuse, profound apology to all concerned, preceded by firing all concerned with creating the traffic jam, demonstrates the true character of the man undone by trusted associates.

  

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Monday, April 20, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Vickers honoured at Douglas C. Frith dinner April 2, 2015

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The Château Laurier Ballroom was packed on Tuesday, March 31 for the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians dinner.
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The evening began with RCMP Cpl. Craig Kennedy's rendition of O Canada.
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Ambassador to Ireland Kevin Vickers was recognized as an honorary member of CAFP for his heroism as the Sergeant at Arms during the Oct. 22 shooting.
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Peter O'Brian, Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett and Steve Paikin.
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Rob Nicholson and former Liberal MP Sue Barnes.
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Conservative MP Dean Allison.
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Kevin Vickers and Conservative MP Ray Boughen.
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International Union of Operating Engineers' Steven Schumann and Canadian Labour's Nathan Rotman.
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House Deputy Speaker Joe Comartin.
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Mary Dawson, Senator David Smith, and Sharon Sholzberg-Gray.
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Senator Art Eggleton and Conservative MP Earl Dreeshen.
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Independent MP Brent Rathgeber in conversation with TVO's Steve Paikin.
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Andrew Cardozo, Pearson Centre president.
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Conservative MP Jay Aspin and Kevin Vickers.
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Lobbyist Leo Duguay.
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TVO host and author Steve Paikin gave an impassioned speech on what he's learned about the allure of public life.

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