WASHINGTON, January 13, 2014 — Last week the story broke that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie may, or may not, have been involved in the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge in order to punish a local Democratic mayor for refusing to support him. Now, we are hearing that the embattled Garden State governor may have used Hurricane Sandy relief money to pay for tourism commercials featuring himself and his family.
Let’s break those two particular scandals down.
First, BridgeGate is just ridiculous on its face. Governor Christie fired his high school friend and longtime employee as well as a few others over this incident, and then swiftly apologized for over one hundred minutes on national television. To paraphrase, I’m sorry this happened, I fired those responsible, I’m pretty pissed, this happened under my watch, I am embarrassed. That was basically what the man said, and people are saying it was not sincere. Maybe they think it is not sincere because we have not even seen what a politician looks like when taking responsibility for a scandal in recent memory, on the national stage anyway. Anthony Weiner does not count because his second apology was basically, I’m sorry you don’t accept my behavior as normal.
When you boil down to it, the motives behind BridgeGate do not make much sense. One has to assume that Chris Christie is a relatively intelligent man, being a red governor in a blue state, being considered for national office, a stretch I know, and he has to be a somewhat skilled politician. So how does it benefit him, American skeptics, to close down the lanes of a bridge to punish a local mayor for not supporting him in a state election? Does that mayor have something Christie wants? Does the mayor owe the governor money? This was a stupid move, and considering that Gov. Christie is the frontrunner for the GOP in 2016 it does not compute that he would try to pull off something this petty and small. This sounds exactly like what Christie is saying it is, in-house ridiculousness and overzealous nonsense on the part of his staff. It benefits the Governor nothing and only hurts his only still developing national image. That being said, if he did order this done he is an idiot.
Let’s look at Sandy Advertising Dollars Gate, and how stupid this scandal is too. The scandal alleges that Governor Christie embezzled money from the funds supposed to go to help rebuild after Hurricane Sandy decimated the area. Now a federal investigator will look into why Chris Christie paid $2 million more for tourism ads that featured him and his family, rather than ads which would not include an appearance by the governor. The idea being, Chris Christie used federal money to propel himself to the national spotlight.
This is just stupid on its face. Over a $2 million difference in contracts, the federal government is going to investigate Chris Christie over possible embezzlement charges. They have the nerve to use words like “no-bid contract” and “embezzlement” when the President of the United States flew around the country on Air Force One in 2011 and basically used taxpayer dollars to fund his re-election campaign. But no, that’s not under federal investigation because in the government it is a law that nothing can make sense, making sense is against the law.
One is not denying, at all, the possibility of Chris Christie using Sandy dollars to propel him into the national spotlight. But while it did serve the purpose of making him more visible, it also showed the State of New Jersey that they had leadership, that someone was looking out for them, and oh he happens to be a 2016 Presidential hopeful. If the federal government wants to make a case out of this $2 million dollar infraction, perhaps they should start investigating everything that spent too much money on no-bid contracts like oh, almost everything in the government.
Nothing moves this fast in Washington without a motive, and the motives behind this investigation are purely political. Damage has been done to Barak Obama’s image as a result of recent scandals, and damage has been done to his allies as a result of the revelations in Robert Gates’ new book. Because of this damage, President Obama needs breathing room for his allies Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton, and the best way to do that is bury their foremost rival, Chris Christie, in scandal. To put it into perspective, Congress has only recently appointed a federal investigator to look into the events surrounding Benghazi, and that particular event resulted in four American dead including an ambassador. Chris Christie spends a questionable $2 million and there is already a federal investigator?
That dog don’t hunt. In fact that dog chases his tail all day and then gets upset when he makes himself dizzy. This investigation is purely political, it reeks to the sky of hypocrisy, and is simply the result of the most powerful man in the country doing his best to knock out the rival of his allies before they even have a chance to weigh in and go to the mat.
It will not end here. This will not be the last scandal we hear of concerning Christ Christie. He popped his head up too early, and the farmers plow is about to save his head. Now that there is blood in the water, and he is vulnerable to attack, look for more and more people to come out and say that Christie has done this, or he paid me to do that, and summarily it will lead to retreat from the lime light. Those who broke BridgeGate probably were not prepared for him to take such swift action, fire those allegedly responsible, and take full responsibility. And despite that being exactly what he needed to do, he is not immune from the next round of scandals that have been lined up to throw his way. Things will get darker before they get brighter for Governor Christie, but if history teaches us anything it is that these to scandals are the beginning of an all-out assault on the presidential hopes of the Governor of New Jersey.