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Christie's Apology and Firings Are Not Good Enough-- Prosecute Perps

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Chris Christie's has fired key people and apologized. That's not good enough. He says, "I'm responsible for this. The buck stops at my desk."

It's not good enough because Christie put the people who conspired to punish political opponents into power. Christie gave them the free rein and trust to operate independently. 

The abuses of the citizenry happened because of the decisions and judgment made by Chris Christie. He says that the behavior and language used in the emails was not acceptable. But he created the milieu. He formed the team. He set the values and guidelines. This abuse of power fulminated out of a culture of contempt and arrogance, of nastiness and meanness that did not just pop out of nowhere. 

Christie says he was told it was a traffic study. We don't know if he knew or not. We don't know if he is lying. It doesn't matter. Leaders are accountable. Christie says, "I delegate enormous authority to my staff... I do not manage in that kind of micro way." This is a confession of guilt. This is an acknowledgement that his style of leadership produced this shameful behavior. 

CNN reports, in an email press release,
" September lane closures near the George Washington Bridge connecting New Jersey to Manhattan snarled traffic for days in Fort Lee, New Jersey -- an event that was not only inconvenient but also potentially delayed emergency services, endangering people's lives, New Jersey state Sen. Ray Lesniak told CNN's 'New Day.'"
It is not enough that he fire the people who perpetrated the actions. Those people should be prosecuted. I'm not a lawyer, but abusing the power of government the way these people did should be illegal. Christie, if he's really going to go all the way in trying to clear his name, should invite the independent appointment of an independent body to investigate this, with the intention of prosecuting and jailing the perpetrators. 

When protestors disrupt traffic the police arrest them. Protesters are engaging in civil disobedience, knowing they are at risk of being arrested, jailed and fined. The people Christie has fired did something far worse. Christie, as governor, probably has the power to order the state police to arrest and charge these people who have left him "heartbroken, incredibly disappointed and ... just stunned." He says he hasn't gotten to the anger stage yet. That is very telling. How could a leader who has purportedly had his trust betrayed, by people who abuse thousands of citizens, not be furious and outraged?

Frankly, there's no way Christie can apologize his way out of this situation. He failed. But his failure to go all the way in making the perpetrators accountable will absolutely show his true colors.

If we the people and the media cut Christie slack on this, as I'm pretty sure people like David Gregory and the folks at Fox News will do, then we will be setting a precedent where the old canard of using "plausible deniability," which has been used in countless movies, can be pulled up and used for the most heinous, egregious abuses. 

Saying "I didn't know" is not acceptable. 

Update From the NY Times:
" The United States attorney for New Jersey, Paul J. Fishman, opened an inquiry after the matter was referred to the office by the inspector general for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridge."

 

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Oh, please. If he were a Democrat you would think ... by Joe Reeser on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 11:12:25 AM
Actually, I had originally included in the articl... by Rob Kall on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 11:37:07 AM
For example, I've called on Obama to fire the NSA ... by Rob Kall on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 11:40:31 AM
Irrelevant. Christie did generate this climate w... by Sun King on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 2:55:05 PM
Here we don't believe reflexively Democrats can d... by Maxwell on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 3:01:30 PM
ABSOLUTELY NOT!  This is not a politician hav... by Neal Chalabi Chambers on Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 10:22:12 PM
I'm watching this now, and it's nauseating. He's t... by Patt Reid on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 11:16:14 AM
It's about time the dirty illegal behavior of thes... by intotheabyss on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 11:42:25 AM
Truly this is probably just (but not even) the tip... by Neal Chalabi Chambers on Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 10:24:31 PM
Fire and prosecute these people and we should fir... by Tom Dawson on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 12:29:11 PM
Well, I agree about the politicians. The TV news... by Sun King on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 2:49:38 PM
I think you are trying to muddy a very serious and... by Neal Chalabi Chambers on Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 10:26:53 PM
When a Naval ship tens aground the Navy removes th... by Hosea McAdoo on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 12:31:32 PM
The culture in the governor's office is usually co... by Disillusionist on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 3:57:01 PM
Christi may well have stopped short of calling for... by Michael Gillespie on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 12:33:25 PM
Ah, the echoes and the schadenfreude!   I... by William Boardman on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 1:13:30 PM
Too Bad. Christie had a good shot at high office. ... by John Lake on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 1:54:10 PM
Hang 'en high! ... by Sun King on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 2:45:41 PM
High enough to assure no one in the world will mis... by Neal Chalabi Chambers on Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 10:28:45 PM
As Francis Urquhart/Underwood would say:  You... by Maxwell on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 2:53:32 PM
The problem is, so many rarely DO self-destruct..... by Sun King on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 3:08:14 PM
So often politicians are battling media wars over ... by Neal Chalabi Chambers on Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 10:30:33 PM
I was surprised the apologizer said, in what is n... by Robert S. Becker on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 3:33:39 PM
I agree, Robert...Christie seems to fit the psycho... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 9:25:53 PM
Watching some of the insincere apology tour today,... by John Sanchez Jr. on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 4:33:18 PM
He always reminded me of one of Tony Soprano's co... by Donn Marten on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 5:45:54 PM
'Texas Zamboni'. Lol. Beautiful. ... by Tom James on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 10:20:54 PM
Yes, it does. I am no fan of Christy, although he... by Jack Flanders on Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 6:20:40 AM
There are other stories that affect our lives, bu... by Maxwell on Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 9:20:01 AM
"I also think that the MSM covering this more tha... by Maxwell on Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 9:09:33 AM
Benghazi was no more than the usual political atte... by Neal Chalabi Chambers on Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 10:34:26 PM
Hard to know what MSM Mac Ford watches, sinc... by William Boardman on Saturday, Jan 11, 2014 at 10:40:54 AM
I suppose that we can draw some comfort from the e... by John Sanchez Jr. on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 6:59:01 PM
I don't believe he didn't know, I suspect he prob... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 9:23:27 PM
"I don't believe he didn't know, I suspect he pro... by Maxwell on Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 8:57:12 AM
Sign Working Families' Petition here: Working Fami... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 9:27:52 PM
The problem is not that the immoral activity was o... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 3:00:38 PM
When underlings break laws on behalf of bosses, th... by Neal Chalabi Chambers on Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 10:41:15 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ry4ZPLAP0bk ... by Kat on Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 4:09:55 PM
Rachel Maddow has an alternate theory on the Chris... by Amy Schreiner on Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 5:06:18 PM
Oh, its so fun to watch when the Dems drop their '... by Samson on Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 10:10:53 PM
I suppose you are the Republican who screams blood... by Neal Chalabi Chambers on Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 10:42:58 PM
The American People MUST demand the immediate resi... by Neal Chalabi Chambers on Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 10:12:07 PM
That anyone would even care about this is irrefuta... by Rand Clifford on Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 11:44:44 PM
    A person died and hundreds of p... by Bob Gormley on Saturday, Jan 11, 2014 at 9:24:38 AM
 Don't the employees of Christy have a mind o... by Bob Gormley on Saturday, Jan 11, 2014 at 9:22:44 AM
Maybe that old Devil made them do it.  Fooled... by Robert S. Becker on Saturday, Jan 11, 2014 at 12:01:37 PM