Yes, this is the best Republicans have to offer
Chris Christie’s Bridgegate scandal has not been shut down and it’s only getting closer to the governor.
Questions about his administration’s willingness to inflict traffic on taxpayers and a tangled web of conflicts of interest involving the governor’s associates at the Port Authority remain unanswered.
Now, reporting by The Nation‘s Lee Fang reveals how Christie donors seem to have used the Republican Governors Association to get around campaign finance laws and were rewarded with massive pension contracts. And suggestions that the former U.S. Attorney went easy on a human trafficker to get dirt on a small-town mayor add weight to The New Republic’s Alec MacGillis’ theory that Christie’s “entire career reeks.”
So what’s the governor doing this week instead of providing the answers he’s promised to his constituents?
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has become synonymous with the noxious brand of politics that Americans have come to despise. So it’s puzzling that instead of distancing herself from Christie, U.S. Senate hopeful Terri Lynn Land will be rubbing elbows with the nation’s most notorious governor at a fundraiser Christie’s hosting for her in Bloomfield Hills.
Christie also plans to join Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder at a separate fund-raising event in Grand Rapids for the Republican Governors Association according to media reports.
I’m always glad to welcome visitors to our fine state and, as I always say, don’t miss the Motown Museum. But it’s especially nice when a visiting Republican is the personification of why the GOP should not be trusted with the reigns of government.
Like Christie and Scott Walker, our governor Rick Snyder has raised his own questions about how he’s ignored the public will to please donors, particularly in the way union busting suddenly rose to the top of his agenda.
Terri Lynn Land’s political career can only be judged by her federal law-violating term as Secretary of State and her backing for the worst the Republican Party has to offer — including privatizing Medicare and Social Security — as a member of the Republican National Committee. She has made almost no public appearances as a candidate for the U.S. Senate but has time to coordinate with Super PACs and raise funds with a scandal-ridden governor.
While Christie’s prospects with voters have dimmed, he’s still a favorite of Republicans fundraisers including Frank Langone, the Home Depot billionaire who has threatened the Pope and thinks pointing out income inequality is like Nazism.
And for Snyder and Land, that is a good enough reason to make time in their schedules.
[Composite image based on Chris Christie photo by Gage Skidmore | Flickr]