I don’t always read the communications from groups vying for my attention to tell me how corrupt the scandal-plagued Gov. Chris Christie is, as Bridgegate, RGA tours and potential contest with Hillary Clinton heat up the public’s interest. After all, we’ve had this guy’s number for a long time.
But plenty of people haven’t. And so, I’m passing on to you an accessible guide to what American Bridge, who did the compiling, calls:
Crooked Chiefs – read it all
A lot of them involve money, rewarding political cronies with lucrative contracts, misuse of public funds. A few of them are just bizarre and darkly creative ways – wow, Nevada – to be an SOB.
By their count, nearly half of the GOP’s governors are tangled up in scandal. Chris Christie’s RGA touts “the future of the GOP rests in the hands of the Republican governors.” If that’s their case, it’s not only fair game to take a hard look at the stable Christie presides over, but to keep some of the factoids at the ready the next time one of your Republican friends (I have plenty) suggests their party governs better, and with better family values (heh) than the Democrats (who are themselves deeply imperfect; we’ll save that for another day).
In 1996, James Carville (an effective strategist mostly for DLC blue dogs, and not my fave) wrote a smart little book called We’re Right, They’re Wrong that served as an accessible handy guide for how to deal with the kinds of conversations that you get into with Republican neighbors at a BBQ, people who (then) thought Newt Gingrich was a godsend. I think of this list that way. The Christie section is long (and doesn’t even cover everything) but at your next BBQ, you can trot out not only his history, but in context the awful behavior of the GOP governors he not only joins but leads.
Below, some samples from Christie’s corrupt GOP cronies.