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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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Sunday, September 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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