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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 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK's 'A Taste of the Arctic' shindig on April 7, Ottawa, photographs by Cynthia Münster April 14, 2014

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A happy crowd at ITK's 'Taste of Arctic' at the NAC gathers for a picture. The annual event, held in Ottawa by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, is meant showcase Inuit culture. Some 350 attend the party, including a number of MPs, Senators, Cabinet minister, lobbyists and journalists.
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National Inuit Leader and ITK President Terry Audla shows off his seal vest to Employment Minister Jason Kenney.
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Environics' Meredith Taylor and Greg MacEachern with ITK's Stephen Hendrie.
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Justice Minister Peter MacKay, his son Kian, and ITK president Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK president Terry Audla and Abbas Rana, assistant deputy editor at The Hill Times and Party Central columnist.
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Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, ITK President Terry Audla, Laureen Harper, and local Ottawa photographer Michelle Valberg.
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ITK President Terry Audla and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.
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A platter of smoked fish.
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Conservative MP Colin Carrie.
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Seal hash martinis.
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NDP MP Dennis Bevington, who represents the Western Arctic, N.W.T., and Chris Farris.
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ITK President and National Inuit Leader Terry Audla.
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Beatrice Dear entertains the crowd.

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