Last fall NJ Governor Chris Christie won his re-election bid. Remember how he split the “special election” for the open Senate seat from the general election? Then, it was discovered that the George Washington Bridge became a scandal! Seems that some lanes were unexplainedly closed near Fort Lee, NJ. It was rumored that the closures were a “payback” to the mayor of Fort Lee for not supporting Mr. Christie. Christie’s people, and he himself, said that was total nonsense. The lanes were closed due to a traffic study. Problem was no one had ever heard of any planning for this “study”.
Today, a report from the Bergan Record shows that high-ranking aides to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie coordinated the closures as political payback against Fort Lee’s Democratic mayor. The Bergen Record came into possession of a trove of email correspondences between Christie aides and officials at the Port Authority which appear to validate that the lane closures were not a result of a “traffic study” as the Christie administration claimed. Rather the closures were a coordinated attack designed to punish the mayor of Fort Lee for not endorsing Christie in his re-election bid.
Bridget Anne Kelly, one of three deputies on Christie’s senior staff, about three weeks before the closures wrote an email to David Wildstein, a Christie childhood friend and a former executive at the Port Authority, saying it was “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” Wildstein’s response: “Got it.”
In a separate correspondence, Wildstein dismisses an unknown person’s (the documents have been partially redacted) concerns that the lane closures would affect New Jersey residents. “I feel bad about the kids,” the unknown person texts Wildstein. Wildstein responds, texting, “They are the children of Buono voters.” Barbara Buono was Christie’s Democratic opponent in 2013′s gubernatorial election.
As the story broke and local officials were puzzled about the lane closures, a Wall Street Journal reporter called Wildstein. Wildstein then sent a message to Former Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni on the afternoon of Sept. 17 telling him a Wall Street Journal reporter had called him on his cell phone.
“Jesus,” Baroni responded, before advising Wildstein to call Drewniak, Christie’s spokesman. Christie’s campaign manager exchanged messages with Wildstein the next day blaming the Fort Lee mayor. “The mayor is an idiot,” Bill Stepien, Christie’s campaign manager, wrote to Wildstein on Sept. 18, in reaction to the Wall Street Journal story about local officials’ complaints. “Win some, lose some,” Stepien wrote.
Wildstein responded to Stepien: “It will be a tough November for this little Serbian,” an apparent reference to the Fort Lee mayor, who Baroni also referred to as “Serbia” in text messages.
These is just one example of just how Nixonian Chris Christie is. He has already been shown publicly berating a public school teacher on camera after she questioned him about his firing thousands of public school teachers when he cut $1 Billion for the state’s education system. He is known as a “bully” pure and simple. This is a perfect example of that bullying. He doesn’t care how many people are affected by his bullying either. Just so he gets the last word in.
Those were all traits of Richard Nixon. Richard Nixon was a bitter, evil man. He had an inferiority complex so bad he really believed that everyone was out to get him. His complex became to rank with fear that he organized the infamous “plumbers unit” which eventually led to his forced resignation rather than face an impeachment trial.
Now we have a Governor in New Jersey who is displaying the same tactics as Richard Nixon. He is a bully. He, at least to me, thinks everyone is out to “get him”. He is willing to disrupt the lives of thousands of people just to score political points against his opposition. How much more Nixonian can you get?
Here is the really scary part. He appears to be planning to run for President in 2016! To make matters worse, he also appears to be the darling among several of the more “established” Republicans. Sorry, but we cannot afford another Richard Nixon in the White House. As it has been said before, if we forget history, we are doomed to relive it! If somehow Chris Christie gets into the White House, all I can say is “be afraid. Be very afraid”.