Chris Christie bridge scandal gets the Jon Stewart treatment (video)

As you may now know, probable 2016 GOP presidential candidate Chris Christie is facing withering criticism for shutting down traffic at the George Washington Bridge last fall in apparent retaliation for the local mayor not supporting Christie’s re-election.

Reportedly, the shutdown delayed EMT response to a missing child, a man with a heart attack, and one 91 year old woman who had a heart attack and later died, according to CNN.  Calls took three times as long as normal.

Christie is now denying that he was aware of, and behind, the vindictive actions, but Christie was already battling the accurate perception that he’s too much of a hothead.  He regularly calls reporters “idiots,” and condescendingly yells at constituents who criticize him.  This infamous photo, by Dave Weigel, during the fall campaign really says it all:

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Republicans have attempted to spin Christie’s bravado as “fresh,” and “honest.” But Christie’s oversized anger problem doesn’t come across as “straight talk,” it comes across as Tony Soprano.  The guy is a bully.  And a hothead.  He’s prone to emotional explosions.  And that’s not the kind of the person you want in the Oval Office.


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  • Bozzy Lewis

    Just saying….I wanted to put that out there. It may seem “racist” and of course it is a perceived stereotype and generalization. However, the fact remains;he is still a bully, arrogant and vengeful !

  • James

    I feel like this is kind of racist…

  • Bozzy Lewis

    One has to realize, he is half Sicilian and half Irish. Sicilians are notorious for being vengeful and the Irish have a well-deserved reputation as being very nasty. These two groups when merged together via intermarriage can produce offspring with very toxic personalities…..and that is what Christie has !

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    I am a fan of Perdue, and he can take it. Right or wrong Bill stands up to troll bullies.

  • smkngman3

    ” But Christie’s oversized anger problem doesn’t come across as “straight talk,” it comes across as Tony Soprano.”

    Considering Christies Mob ties………..
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/24/nyregion/24christie.html?_r=2&ref=nyregion&

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    Who knows if Christie actually ordered this episode to happen. Layers of underlings serve their purpose – as the Nixon People used to call it – “Plausible Deniability.”

    And like Watergate, it will be the undoing of Chris Christie. It may not drive him from office (probably won’t), but he can kiss any further political ambitions goodbye. Rightfully so, he’s a Rageaholic.

    What will be interesting is the liability on the part of the State of New Jersey for the woman’s death. They were acting in their official capacity as officers of the state. While the principals may not face criminal charges, I’d think that the state has some liability here and it may cost them dearly, both in actual money and prestige (well, we are talking New Jersey, so maybe not much prestige).

    Of course, Christie’s response would be something like “You idiot, she was old anyway!”

  • Steven Leahy

    I do think Christie’s bullying, abrasive nature probably pervades his staff, hence the actions by some of his staff. Look, I am no Chris Christie fan, hate his politics, and don’t usually like his manner, and particularly resent him for his earlier actions on gay marriage – but I don’t think he was complicit in this action and he came across as very credible in his press conference.

    I don’t think the man’s stupid, and it makes no sense he would direct such a trivial and petty action out of vindictiveness (and risk the major fallout that would ensue and likely destroy his career) when he was poised to easily win the governorship – by getting into a huff over some no-name politician in a small suburb of Newark and NYC. I do think he had a rogue staff that had an air of entitlement and invincibility, and he is to blame for the culture that generated and accepted that mentality.

  • silas1898

    Good thing the bus was stuck in traffic. She might have gotten hurt. waahh

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    I’m no fan of Mr Perdue, but that was uncalled for.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    An actual Republican death panel.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Double snap!!!

  • Bill_Perdue

    What do you mean ‘your kind’.

    Do you mean gay, or left wing or Obama critic. Are you a bigot, or a right winger or just an Obama adorer.

    As for Benghazi, Americans who invade other peoples countries and murder civilians should expect a military response.

    With regard to Romneycare it’s Obama’s retention of the private insurance and pharmaceutical companies control of medical care that creates the problem. Private profit is the sole reason for the existence of the right wing scam know as Romney/Obamacare. It was created by the the Heritage Foundation. “The best-known and most influential right-wing think tank, the Heritage Foundation owes much of its success to savvy marketing and PR and the generous donations of right-wing benefactors, foundations and wealthy corporations. http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/heritage-foundation

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INZQkYi3A4M

  • Lawerence Collins

    He threw his chief of staff under the bus today and fired her..I so don’t get what people see/saw in this fraud!

  • Lawerence Collins

    Like you or any one of your kind actually care about human life! I’m shocked you’re not trying to blame this on Obama or the ACA, or better yet, Benghazi!

  • Indigo

    Uh-oh! It’ll be unintended manslaughter if it goes to court but in the court of public opinion it most certainly looks like murder.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Now it’s murder. Someone died.

    “A political retaliation scandal that erupted around Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday may be about to get worse. In September, according to a report from the Bergen Record, paramedics trying to reach an unconscious 91-year-old woman in Fort Lee, N.J., got stuck in a traffic jam that had apparently been created by Christie’s associates as political punishment for the borough’s mayor, a Democrat. … The woman later died at a hospital of cardiac arrest, according to a Sept. 10 letter that EMS coordinator Paul Favia sent to the borough’s mayor.” http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-new-jersey-bridge-death-20140108,0,2864014.story#axzz2pvDPXFhf

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    If Christie actually had no idea what was going on in his own office, and with one of the most important agencies it is his job to oversee, it either makes him willfully ignorant, or utterly incompetent. If he’s the kind of guy who would hire and appoint people that wouldn’t even protect him as governor, it begs serious questions about his capability as a manager and leader. If he really had no idea what was going on, his only option should be to immediately and unceremoniously fire absolutely everyone involved. If he doesn’t do that, the only remaining option is really that he at least knew about it all along, if not came up with the idea in the first place. No matter what you want to believe, it makes him unfit to manage a Taco Bell, much less govern a state.

  • therling

    And this is a guy whom some people want to give the authority to use nuclear weapons?

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