Source: The Nation
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie mounted what the New York Daily News aptly termed a "pathetic" defense amid the growing scandal arising from the abuses of power that gridlocked access lanes to the world's busiest motor vehicle bridge. In the wake of his claim that he had been "betrayed" by his closest aides, his campaign manager and his appointees, there were still some politicians and pundits who imagined Christie might be a presidential prospect. But as Thomas Kean, a former New Jersey governor and a Republican elder statesman who was once Christie's mentor, said, "You look at [his governing style] and ask, do you really want that in your president?"
The ultimate answer will be no. Even before the September lane blockages in Fort Lee were recognized as an act of political payback, it was clear to anyone paying attention that Christie had earned what 2013 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Barbara Buono referred to as his "reputation for utilizing the levers of power to exact political revenge." National Democrats let Buono down in her challenge to Christie, failing to provide her with the resources and support that might have opened up a real debate about the governor's abuse of power. These days, however, there is growing acceptance that Buono is onto something when she says, "He's somebody who wants to lead our nation and be the chief executive over the largest, the most powerful, military force in the world. And he can't be trusted to manage the busiest bridge in the world."