Saturday, January 11, 2014

Christie Repeatedly Accused Of Political Retribution

Whether or not Gov. Chris Christie (R) of New Jersey had prior knowledge about the George Washington Bridge scandal, he has repeatedly been accused of political retribution. In his press conference Thursday, Christie said, “This is the exception. It is not the rule of what’s happened over the last four years in the administration.” It is worth considering whether the scandal truly is an exception–and whether Christie created a culture of bullying and vengeance that his aides carried forward:

...while Christie claimed that this was “not the way this administration has conducted itself over the last four years” and denied being a bully, accusations of political retribution have long surrounded the governor. For instance, former Gov. Richard Codey (D) accused the Christie administration of “sending a message” by denying him state trooper protection after he publicly disagreed with Christie. The same day, a Codey cousin was fired from his position at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a former Codey aide was removed from the New Jersey Office of Consumer Affairs.

After then State Sen. Sean Kean (R) told a reporter that Christie erred in not calling for a state of emergency sooner, during a 2010 blizzard, Christie’s staff banned Kean from attending the next news conference Christie held in Kean’s home district. A Christie aide told the Star-Ledger that Kean “got what he deserved.” Rutgers Professor Alan Rosenthal saw his state funding slashed after backing a re-districting map more favorable to Democrats and last year, confirmation of a judicial candidate recommended by State Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R) suddenly stalled after the legislator voted against Christie’s public medical education system reorganization.

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