I've been following this closely. I live in NJ and I've hated that fat bastard from the start. He's a bully, a fraud and a crook. And his popularity annoys and perplexes me to no end. I just don't get it.
I find one particular video most telling (which his own people record, edit and post on youtube, because that is the image they are selling). It is the one where he confronts a man at the boardwalk. The guy told him to give teachers a break. Christie charges him, shouting at him, telling him to "just walk away! Just! Walk! Away!" All the while with a vanilla ice cream cone in his hand. Why don't you have another one with sprinkles, governor? Who does that? Do adults behave that way? I remember that kind of agressive nonsense from high school, but not since.
I have wondered about his relationship with his wife. Does she know? Does she approve? Or has she worked out a dual concept of her husband, ignoring what he does at work, and only judging his "home" self?
I am grateful to see that now he is a dead man walking. He knows it. You can see it in his demeanor. All it takes now is one email or one employee getting immunity and it is over.
Four terrific posts from Esquire on on The Big Chicken, as Charles Pierce calls him. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/chris-christie-countdown-clock-012914http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/wildstein-christiehttp://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/christie-super-bowlhttp://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/chris-christie-allies-020314
They make a good case for the inevitability of it. He will not finish his term and I suspect he will serve some time in jail. I hope so, anyway.
But I think these also show the inevitability of corruption in our system. It seems the only people who even want to work in goverment in the first place are those who would use it to enrich and empower themselves, no? Only those who are most driven, who are most willing to do or say whatever it takes, end up in office. Psychopaths. You could fire or arrest the entire state government and in three months we'd be in exactly the same place we are now, only with different names and faces. Our system of government was supposed to prevent this.
I don't know what the answer is. Is it just America? Is it like this everywhere? Should we draft our representatives and legislators? How do we appoint benevolent despots?
The Democrats can't seem to get a good candidate for Governor,
it is because of the structure and hierarchy of the NJ dems. Everything goes through party bosses. As a result, candidates are hand picked by the bosses because they will do what they want, not because they are seen as viable candidates by the public.