There is no doubt that Chris Christie is a polarizing figure for those both on the left and the right sides of the american political spectrum. When the New Jersey governor embraced President Obama days before the 2012 election, he drew praise from the left, and ire from the right. The former lauded Gov. Christie for seemingly rejecting “partisan politics” and “doing what was best for the people of New Jersey,” which apparently meant accepting a gratuitous amount of federal disaster relief money in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The latter considered Christie a traitor and for the most part disowned him.
Although not good for the Republican party nationally, Christie’s very public praise and endorsement of The President appeared to be a shrewd political move, especially for someone eyeing a presidential run. Indeed, as the 2016 election draws closer and each party begins to finalize their list of potential candidates, Christie’s name no doubt features prominently among republican circles who recognized his cross-party appeal. His gamble, however, might have worked too well; his popularity has made the democratic party machine, including their favorite daughter Hillary Clinton, nervous. Thus came the scandals, the hollow-point bullets of political warfare. No sooner had Christie successfully defended against the “Bridgegate” allegations, was he blindsided by a number of accusations alleging Christie’s government misused the Federal Sandy aid money. Though tearfully thanking The President and his government for their “support” after the hurricane might have seemed a smart move in 2012, in 2014 Gov Christie is learning a valuable lesson, one that we Vermonters should take to heart: All federal money comes with a price. Gov Christie, finding himself increasingly alone, is certainly paying that price. Abandoned by conservative and mocked by liberals, fighting off the circling vultures of the media, I have to wonder if Governor Christie regrets his supposedly “brilliant” actions, or if he remains resolute, clinging to the dubious old adage, “all press is good press”
-Michael Miley, Editor-in-Chief
October 20, 2012 at 3:25 am | | No comment