As the broadening scandal involving New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and the closure of a roadway for political payback widens one thing is clear: Christie is either engaged in criminal conduct and should be prosecuted, or is such an inept executive, he should immediately resign, much less run for President.
If you’ve missed the story, a deputy chief of staff to Christie ordered lanes closed on the George Washington bridge as political punishment to the mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey who apparently failed to endorse Christie for re-election to governor.
That much is apparently not in dispute. What is presently in dispute is who knew what and when (oh God, if you’re old enough to remember, Watergate is screaming through my mind)…
As it became obvious that journalists were asking questions about the lane closures, Christie’s lackeys began to invent an elaborate story involving a traffic “study” necessitating the closures. Emails and text indicate a conspiracy among these folks to ultimately mislead the public about the true nature of the closures.
A few years ago here in Los Angeles a burgeoning rock group shut down a local freeway and performed on top of a truck as a publicity stunt. They were prosecuted and jailed. The freeway was shut down for less than an hour and no evidence of real harm was found.
In the case of Christie’s closure, there were four documented cases of emergency vehicles being obstructed, including one case of cardiac arrest. Here in California, willful obstruction of an emergency vehicle is a crime that can and does lead to criminal prosecution and incarceration.
So the rock group does time and Christie and his aides will likely face nothing worse than a political fallout.
Yeah, we live in a democracy. Yeah, equal justice for all….
If it is found that Christie knew about the actions of his aides, he needs to be prosecuted.
If it is found that Christie DIDN’T know about the actions of his aides, he is an incredibly inept executive officer and if he has an ounce of integrity, will resign.
…and justice for all.