Watergate was the scandal that took down the presidency of Richard Nixon. Will Bridgegate be the scandal that not only kills New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s hopes of a 2016 run for the presidency, but it could also end his career as governor.
Back in early January, the news of a bridge closing scandal that possibly involved Christie was broken and the liberal mainstream media went into a feeding frenzy likes sharks on an injured whale. The top liberal shark that jumped into the fray was US Attorney General Eric Holder who quickly announced that he would launch an investigation into the closing of the lanes of traffic on the bridge to determine who was responsible. That wasn’t surprising considering that a number of political analysts considered Christie a top GOP candidate for president in 2016.
The media continued to feed on the story for about a month and when the carcass was believed to be clean, they became less interested and we don’t see as many articles about Christie’s guilt as we used too. However, the matter is far from over. It seems that Holder and Obama have turned the matter over the US District Attorney for New Jersey Paul J. Fishman, who just happened to have been appointed to the US DA position by Obama in 2009.
Fishman has now convened a grand jury panel to investigate any possibility of Christie’s involvement in the intentional closing of the traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge that connects New Jersey with Manhattan. The formation of a grand jury indicates that there is probable cause to investigate the possibility of criminal charges that could be filed against Christie or anyone else involved.
Mike Drewniak, Christie’s press secretary spent two hours before the grand jury, however, Anthony Iacullo, an attorney involved with the case claims that his client is not the target of the grand jury probe. Iacullo told ABC News:
“We’re here to answer questions and that’s what Michael did today.”
“I’m not going to get into the specifics as to what would be discussed in the grand jury. I would say though that Mike is a witness and we have been assured that he continues to be a witness throughout these proceedings and Mike has continued to cooperate as requested by the government into this inquiry.”
Even though nothing has officially linked Christie to being behind the closing of the traffic lanes, New Jersey residents are beginning to abandon their beloved governor. According to Rasmussen Reports:
“Forty-seven percent (47%) now say they are less likely to vote for Christie to be president in 2016 because of the Fort Lee incident, up from 39% three months ago. Eleven percent (11%) are more likely to vote for him in 2016, but that’s down from 14% in the earlier survey.”
“Perceptions of Christie’s job performance have suffered as well. In January, 60% approved of the job he was doing as governor, with 29% who Strongly Approved. Now 50% approve, with 22% who Strongly Approve.”
“Thirty percent (30%) of Garden State voters consider Christie less ethical than most politicians, compared to 21% who felt that way three months ago. Twenty-two percent (22%) say he’s more ethical than his political peers, down from 33% in January, while 43% say he’s about as ethical as any other elected official.”
“Forty-eight percent (48%) view Christie favorably, while 51% share an unfavorable opinion of him. This includes 21% with a Very Favorable view of the embattled governor and 32% with a Very Unfavorable one. In January, his favorables were 55%, his unfavorables 44%, including Very Favorables of 29% and Very Unfavorables of 22%.”
I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m quite pleased to see Christie’s popularity falling away and hopefully Bridgegate will be his political downfall and ruin his chances for any run for the presidency. I was strongly against Christie as a VP running mate for Romney because of his liberal views on so many issues and his open welcoming of Muslims with known terrorist connections. I’m not sure there would be much difference between Christie and Hillary Clinton in the White House. In my opinion, there are three Republicans that I would hate to see run for president above all others and they are Chris Christie, John McCain and John Boehner in that order.