Bridgegate? Or just water under the bridge? Gov. Chris Christie first fired his deputy chief of staff and then pondered at a lengthy news conference Thursday how some in his administration could have orchestrated the shutdown of lanes in Fort Lee near the George Washington Bridge. Now New Jersey voters are weighing in: How does this affect their views of their governor? Here's one perspective.
COMMENTARY | Chris Christie has risen to the top of the GOP's all-stars. But his star may not be burning as brightly today due to scandal.
I live in Clifton, just north of Newark, and I voted for Christie in the fall when he won handily. But this incident -- a revelation out of left field, for me at least -- has me re-thinking my admiration for him. Most worrisome, I believe Christie's staff acted in an irresponsible and childish manner that does reflect badly on his leadership skills.
Still, I do not believe this incident will cause Christie too many problems in the 2016 presidential election, should he run. The GOP will most likely rally around him because he is so popular and he can garner votes from Democrats and Independents. I admired his bipartisanship; he always seemed to reach across the aisle. And there is not anyone else with the star power Christie posses now in the GOP.
And Christie appears to be truly sorry: "I come out here to apologize to the people of New Jersey. I am embarrassed and humiliated."
I hope he can regroup and move on from the scandal.
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