Governor Christie wants an apology from the press. (Politicker and Vice). As a citizen of New Jersey, a blogger, and a card carrying member of the newspaper guild, I would like to apologize for Governor Christie.
I am sorry that the Governor of New Jersey settled New Jersey’s $9.0 Billion damages suit against Exxon Mobil for $225 Million, pennies on the dollar, 2.5 ¢ on the dollar (NY Times, here) but I’m glad NJ General Assembly Judiciary Chairman John McKeon is fighting the settlement (NJ Journal, here).
I am sorry that the Governor of New Jersey, who in 2011, before Superstorm Sandy said, “climate change is real…. human activity plays a role” and that climate change is “impacting our state” (Star Ledger, here) has, since Sandy refused to acknowledge any role climate change may have played in Hurricane Sandy, calling it “a scientific discussion and debate that I’m simply not engaged in” (Star Ledger, here).
I am sorry that the Governor of New Jersey is an arrogant bully and an obnoxious thug who’s only decisions while governor seem to be which contracts to reward to which cronies (“Politics, Policy & Jersey“) and which non-allies to punish.
Governor Christie may or not have directly ordered the closing of the George Washington Bridge, aka “Bridgegate,” as an act of retribution against a political non-ally. However, whether he ordered it or not, and whenever he knew about it, he clearly created the cultural milieu in which such an action was desired. As such, he has demonstrated a lack of fitness for office and an incapacity to govern.
Most of all, I’m sorry the voters of New Jersey elected Christie in 2009 and re-elected him in 2013.