Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Chris Christie Will Never Be President, Part 4,372

The guy is a jerk.

“Is it conceivable that Chris Christie knew nothing about the plan for retribution? It’s conceivable,” he said. “It’s not conceivable that this behavior is not going to be acceptable to the governor.”
It was the governor’s penchant for confrontation that first propelled him onto the national stage in 2010. As he pushed to cut public employee benefits, his staff celebrated video clips of him dressing down teachers at town hall-style meetings by posting them on YouTube. (“You want to come up here? Come up here,” the governor said to one teacher, a fellow Republican, who hesitated until the governor’s security state troopers gave him no choice. Mr. Christie wagged his finger as he lectured the man, then dismissed him from the hall.)
But his confrontations are not always that public.
In 2011, Mr. Christie held a news conference where he accused State Senator Richard J. Codey of being “combative and difficult” in blocking two nominees. Mr. Codey, a Democrat who had served as governor following the resignation of James E. McGreevey, responded by noting that he had not only signed off on the nominations, but had held a meeting to try to hurry them along.
Three days later, Mr. Codey was walking out of an event in Newark when he got a call from the state police superintendent informing him that he would no longer be afforded the trooper who accompanied him to occasional public events — a courtesy granted all former governors. That same day, his cousin, who had been appointed by Mr. McGreevey to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was fired, as was a close friend and former deputy chief of staff who was then working in the state Office of Consumer Affairs.
“I understand politics, that a new administration comes in,” Mr. Codey said. “But this wasn’t about the usual he brings his own people in. This was all about sending a message.”
The governor laughed at the allegation of retribution; his spokesman called the Democratic party chairman who complained about it “clueless.”

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