Paul Giorgio: Will Bridgegate Cost Christie the GOP Nod in 2016?
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
You see, Christie’s administration actually hurt the very people he claims to champion. The working stiffs of New Jersey, who tried to go to work, but were stuck in 4 hour traffic jams for several days.
Because the Democratic Mayor of Fort Lee New Jersey refused to endorse Republican Christie. There seems to be a little bit of Richard Nixon in this Governor. Christie was comfortably ahead of his democratic rival by about 24 points, much like Nixon against George McGovern. And just like Nixon, a landslide was not enough, for the rotund chief executive of the Garden State.
The Garbage State
Christie has turned the Garden State into the Garbage State. This has all the earmarks of the Watergate scandal. Remember it’s not the crime, it’s the cover up. Thank God Richard Nixon did not have emails back then.
And speaking of emails-why would the Governor’s top aides email each other about their shenanigans. Those emails are a public record. No they should have remembered what Martin Lomansky and old Boston Ward Boss once said. “Never write when you can speak, never speak when you can wink and never wink when you can nod.”
The attacks on Governor Christie are pure politics. He has angered a great many people, including the TEA Party who saw his embrace of President Obama as treason. Couple this with the Democrats goal of blooding the man that they perceive as the toughest Republican in 2016, with his potential Republican rivals piling on and you now have the makings of great political theater.
The Democratic controlled State Assembly has issued a slew of subpoena’s, concurrently, the Feds at the urging of New Jersey Democratic Congressman Frank Pallone, have begun an investigation into Bridgegate and Christie’s use of Hurricane Sandy funds. All the while his fellow Republican candidates for President sit quietly by.
The beginning of a great political drama
All in all not a good week for the Governor.
The question remains, can Christie recover? I think so, but does he have enough time to recover and win the GOP nomination in 2016.
I don’t think so. Last week most people in American and most Republicans had no idea who Chris Christie was. Now the only thing they know is that he is the fat Governor of New Jersey who screwed with working people’s lives and may have even cost a few lives from the first responders who could not get through. Watch those lawsuits next.
In the real world of politics, you have very few opportunities to let the voters see who you are and make their judgments. Because this happened in New Jersey, so close to the media centers of the world, it has been amplified. Listen, if this happened in Kansa, it would not be this big of a story. In this case proximity is important and it spells doom for the nascent Christie for President Campaign.
Christie already had a few strikes against him-he comes from New Jersey, the same home state of Tony Soprano. He is William Howard Taft fat. And he or his administration took their political wrath out on working people.
This is the beginning of a great political drama.
Paul Giorgio is a longtime Democratic Party Activist who has worked on numerous campaigns. He was a Lead Advance Person for President Clinton & Vice President Gore. He was Deputy Director of Special Events for President Clinton’s first Inauguration. He has been elected a delegate to numerous Democratic National Conventions and recently served as one of President Obama’s representatives on the Platform Committee. In 2013 he was chosen as a Presidential Elector. He is the President of Pagio, Inc., publishers of Pulse Magazine, Vitality Magazine and Worcester Medicine.
Related Slideshow: New England Communities With the Most Political Clout 2013
The Sunlight Foundation, in conjunction with Azavea, released data maps this week showing political contribution dollars to federal elections dating back to 1990 -- by county.
GoLocal takes a look at the counties in New England that had the highest per-capita contributions in the 2012 election cycle -- and talked with experts about what that meant for those areas in New Engand, as well as the candidates.
24. Cheshire County, NH
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $9.88
Total contributions: $759,209
Cheshire is one of the five original counties in New Hampshire and was founded in 1771. The highest point in Cheshire County is located at the top of Mount Monadnock, which was made famous by the poets Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.
21. Hampshire County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $10.41
Total contributions: $1,664,077
Hampshire County has a total area of 545 square miles and is located in the middle of Massachusetts. Hampshire County is also the only county to be surrounded in all directions by other Massachusetts counties.
20. Barnstable County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $10.90
Total contributions: $2,348,541
Barnstable County was founded in 1685 and has three national protected areas. Cape Cod National Seashore is the most famous protected area within Barnstable County and brings in a high amount of tourists every year.
19. Berkshire County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $12.49
Total contributions: $1,624,400
Berkshire County is located on the western side of Massachusetts and borders three different neighboring states. Originally the Mahican Native American Tribe inhabited Berkshire County up until the English settlers arrived and bought the land in 1724.
18. Essex County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $13.22
Total contributions: $9,991,201
Essex is located in the northeastern part of Massachusetts and contains towns such as Salem, Lynn, and Andover. Essex was founded in 1643 and because of Essex historical background, the whole county has been designated as the Essex National Heritage Area.
15. Addison County, VT
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $15.49
Total contributions: $569,299
Located on the west side of Vermont, Addison County has a total area of 808 square miles. Addison's largest town is Middlebury, where the Community College of Vermont and Middlebury College are located.
11. Bristol County, RI
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $20.91
Total contributions: $1,027,472
Bristol County has a population of 49,144 and is the third smallest county in the United States. Bristol County was originally apart of Massachusetts, but was transferred to Rhode Island in 1746.
10. Grafton County, NH
Contributions, per capita, 2012 :$20.95
Total contributions: $1,868,739
With a population of 89,181, Grafton County is the second largest county in New Hampshire. Home of New Hampshire’s only national forest, White Mountain National Forest takes up about half of Grafton’s total area
7. Middlesex County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $32.81
Total contributions: $50,432,154
Middlesex County has a population of 1,503,085 and has been ranked as the most populous county in New England. The county government was abolished in 1997, but the county boundaries still exists for court jurisdictions and other administrative purposes.
6. Nantucket County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $33.41
Total contributions: $344,021
Nantucket County consists of a couple of small islands and is a major tourist destination in Massachusetts. Normally Nantucket has a population of 10,298, but during the summer months the population can reach up to 50,000.
4. Dukes County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $36.32
Total contributions: $618,960
Consisting of Martha’s Vineyard and the Elizabeth Islands, Dukes County is one of Massachusetts’ top vacation spots. Originally Dukes County was apart New York, however it was transferred to Massachusetts on October 7, 1691.
3. Suffolk County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $40.73
Total contributions: $30,323,537
Suffolk County has a population of 744,426 and contains Massachusetts’s largest city, Boston. Although Suffolk’s county government was abolished in the late 1900’s, it still remains as a geographic area.
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