The Downfall of NJ Governor Chris Christie!
I have never been a fan of Chris Christie. In fact, I predicted that he would have serious financial/political problems in NJ once he pandered his way into the Trump pre-election organization. I strongly suggested that Christie be thrown out of the Trump transition team because he was incompetent, arrogant, and morally corrupt.
I am not gloating on Christie’s inevitable misfortunes. I am highlighting the course of a highly compromised politician who has zero self-awareness nor any concern for others [who have been loyal to him]. In contrast, Trump values efficiency, loyalty, and manifests concern for others who do and do not work for him.
The following quote is from NYTimes [Dec.27, 2016]: “It’s hard to find anyone [Christie] in recent memory who is in such disfavor.”
Although he thought he was capable and worthy of running for the 2016 Presidential, he did not want to admit to himself that he was and still is a man of few achievements. He is a self-aggrandizing narcissist who easily transmuted into a major NJ blowhard. His boisterous claims as an effective manager/politician have led the great state of NJ into virtual bankruptcy, affording Wall Street the unique opportunity to downgrade NJ into junk bond status.
Similarly, his notable cowardliness with regards to his political cohorts, deserting them in a crucial moment of need, afforded him the opportunity to hang his loyal minions out to dry in the ‘bridge gate scandal.’ Remember that’s when he created the major traffic jam for 1000s of citizens to satisfy his petty revenge against the Ft. Lee Mayor [who presides over the George Washington Bridge].In an effort to resurrect his tarnished image, Christie had the brilliant idea of renovating the State House for $300M at a time when the state is basically insolvent.
He also boasted to everyone who would even listen that he would become a major radio personality and book writer. Sure. Next, he went on to publicly criticize Trump’s intimate WH circle of advisors as ‘disasters’: Jared Kushner, Stephen K. Bannon, and Reince Priebus. Of course, Christie assured everyone that it was simply a question of time before Trump would call him back to fix the mess. I smell spoiled, sour grapes.
Chris Christie personifies everything that is wrong with a professional politician cum lawyer. He never had to start a business or knows how to run a ‘mom and pop shop’, let alone a highly industrious state like NJ. Christie, like most blowhards, has no basic skills other than pandering for favors from his superiors and demeaning his subordinates.
What Trump saw in this man was an opportune moment to fill in the gap before he finally congealed an effective transition team with real businessmen and managers. Christie’s present legacy to the good people of NJ is high property taxes; the nation’s highest foreclosure rate; and the most underfunded pension system.
As Christie called one of his local politicians the following, the description would certainly apply to him as well: