Chris Christie's political scandal is shocking for so many different reasons.
Here are three that immediately come to mind:
1) How could Mr. Christie's staffers (or the governor himself) think that sabotaging city infrastructure and creating havok on the George Washington Bridge - one of the state's most heavily trafficked arteries - would be the best way to exact political revenge on Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich as payback for not endorsing Mr. Christie?
Memo to the Christie camp: The governor is the chief executive of the state of New Jersey. A crucial part of his job is ensuring that the state's transportation systems are in good shape. This attempt at political revenge was the equivalent of shooting your own soldiers.
2) How could the Christie camp be so miffed that Mayor Sokolich didn't endorse a politician from the opposite party? Real Politik is all about bipartisan cooperation, but is it that uncommon for democrats not to back republicans?
3) How did the Christie camp suddenly forget that the governor was a leading candidate for the president? Before Bridgegate, Mr. Christie routinely made presidential short lists for liberals and conservatives alike (including this columnist). Why risk squandering all that goodwill over a petty, bush-league political vendetta?
One last thought on the scandal.
Having worked in a political administration, Real Politik finds it extremely unlikely that Bridgegate was the result of staffers gone rogue. It seems beyond naive to believe that an action of this magnitude involving an agency like the Port Authority could have been carried out without a blessing from the top.
Only time and a federal probe will tell.
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