Many of the political pundits have short memories when they say that Gov. Chris Christie has a carefully crafted image as a straight talking non-partisan who is above petty politics. That image only works for people who don’t pay attention or don’t live in New Jersey.
As US Attorney, unlike eight of his brave colleagues who got fired when they refused the orders of the Bush Administration to conduct political inquiries during election season, he began a political and bogus investigation of US Sen. Robert Menendez that went nowhere.
He lied about being in “constant contact” with State Senate President Steve Sweeney during a deadly snowstorm while he was in Disney World.
He lied about his administration botching an application for millions in federal education funds, blaming the Obama administration.
He cut off funding for a nationally-recognized center for abused children in retribution for its Board member criticizing his illegal firing of the African American Public Defender. Then he lied about it.
The examples of his lack of “straight talk” and his “petty politics” are too numerous to list in a letter. But his recent political bullying and retribution endangered the lives of New Jersey citizens who live near the George Washington Bridge. Then he lied about it. That’s criminal. He should be impeached.
Nancy Erika Smith is a labor lawyer representing workers. Her office is in Montclair. Bob Braun’s Ledger welcomes guest bloggers.