Letter: Christie scandal sounds like abuse of power

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To the editor:

Bill Clinton never inhaled and Richard Nixon was not a crook. Just because they said it, is it true? Gov. Chris Christie similarly expressed himself and posed as a victim. Do politicians consider the general public naïve, or in fact stupid?

On Thursday, Jan. 9, the governor of New Jersey had us all involved in a therapy session. His press conference lasted almost two hours, in which he appeared to be the victim of the George Washington Bridge scandal. For a hands-on, forceful guy, he was misled by his staff and had to throw them under the bus. Can we believe that such a person knew nothing and had nothing to do with the scandal?

Didn’t Christie cause former Gov. Richard Codey to lose his police protection? Why? He disagreed with him. The loss was unprecedented for a former governor. Didn’t Christie bully the teachers’ union and its members? Ask a Rutgers professor who lost his financing via Gov. Christie.

These and many other instances have shown the vindictiveness of Mr. Christie. The Fort Lee instance is just another example of payback.

Why wasn’t the problem corrected four months ago? Did a deputy chief of staff incite the bridge closing on her own? Did two Port Authority appointees resign for no reason? So many unanswered questions.

Why now is the U.S. Attorney investigating? There are subpoenas flying around and there are state and federal investigations, not only in New Jersey, but possibly in New York.

Did Bridget Kelly cause this problem? I doubt it. Unless there’s a deal, Bridget Kelly can destroy Christie and may under oath by telling the truth,

This smacks of arrogance of power. When trouble abounds, the spin begins. Spin is closely related to lying, and time will tell. When the facts are revealed, it’s quite possible that the governor will not last out 2014.


William Murphy
Cape May

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