MILLINOCKET, Maine, January 12, 2014 – In the book and movie “A Bridge Too Far,” the World War II Allies took on a difficult task, and they failed. It looks like New Jersey governor Chris Christie is in the same position. Not long ago he was the favorite candidate-to-be of the establishment Republicans. He hadn’t announced his intention to run for President in 2016, but most expected that he would.
Things changed at the end of 2013. Democratic operatives and certain media outlets began to accuse him of being a bully. This allegation was underscored by the revelation that from September 9 through September 13, 2013, access lanes from Fort Lee, N.J., onto the George Washington Bridge leading into New York, had been ordered closed by some of Christie’s aides.
This created massive traffic hassles, turning the usual bad experience of getting on the bridge into an epic nightmare. Fort Lee commuters, vendors and emergency personnel had to backtrack and detour to gain access to the bridge, traveling miles out of the way and enduring even more hours of gridlock. Since Fort Lee mayor Mark Sokolich had not endorsed Christie in his latest bid for governor, it was thought to be a “payback” political stunt.
People resigned, one person was fired and Christie held an hour and a half news conference to declare he was not responsible for the incident and that he was not a bully. Note to Chris: If you have to say it out loud in front of a lot of people, it’s already too late. Ask Christine O’Donnell how that worked out.
It remains to be seen if his now tarnished image can regain its presidential momentum. After the George Washington Bridge controversy, reclaiming the front-runner status may prove to be Chris Christie’s “A Bridge Too Far.”
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