It is this reputation that catapulted him into the front ranks of contenders for the GOP presidential nomination for 2016. Even now, with Christie caught in the middle of the “bridge-gate” scandal — abusing the power of his office to exact retribution on his political opponents, behavior that may result in criminal charges — the media pay almost no attention to what he did as New Jersey’s chief executive.
In fact, Christie is a hard-line anti-government, social, and big-business conservative in the same mold as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The only difference is that Christie has to contend with a Democratic majority in the NJ legislature, which sometimes serves as a constraint on his right-wing proclivities. When Christie plays the no-nonsense tough guy, it is usually aimed at the most vulnerable people in society. But he gets all warm and fuzzy when it comes to the rich and powerful. He represents the Trenton Tea Party but with a special affection for Wall Street and big business.
If Christie is able to survive the current “bridge-gate” scandal – primarily by blaming his top aides and political cronies – the media will have another chance to examine Christie’s scandalous record as a governor who caters to the rich and powerful and has consistently been a right-wing foe of the poor, women’s rights, gay rights, immigrant rights, unions, public education, the environment, affordable health care, and affordable housing.
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