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The Christie conundrum

By David Jones      

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.

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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