So why haven’t I talked about Chris Christie causing traffic problems to punish a Democratic mayor for not endorsing him? Well… two reasons. First is that it doesn’t say anything new about Christie. He’s a bully, we knew he’s a bully, and this doesn’t change that opinion. Second, though, is that this is how New Jersey works. It’s the way New Jersey has always worked. Politics in New Jersey is a contact sport, no holds barred, the only rule being don’t get caught.
So yeah, Christie is a bully, and yeah, he threw his staffers under the bus and used the Nixon defense (“it was rogue staffers! Honestly!”). But this doesn’t change anything about Christie, or about New Jersey. New Jersey apparently likes bullies. They elect one of them. Well, they got one with Christie. I suspect if anything this just improves New Jerseyite’s opinion of Christie, to the point where they would vote him in for a third term as governor if they could. Sad for them — and for us — they can’t. I say “for us” because you know that Christie is running for President… and he’s one of the few Republicans who is not clearly insane and thus unelectable.
- Badtux the Politics Penguin