If you buy DougJ’s theory that Northeastern politicians are too abrasive for general consumption, and I do, isn’t the New Jersey bridge closing the perfect torpedo to sink Chris Christie’s battleship? In case you missed it, one of his toadies shut down two of the three inbound lanes on the George Washington bridge to punish Fort Lee, NJ for voting Democratic:
Mr. Christie laughed off the idea that he had been involved in a matter as small as closing bridge lanes, and his chief appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees the bridge, insisted that the lane closings were simply part of a traffic study.
But on Friday, the man who ordered the closings — a high school friend of the governor’s who was a small-town mayor and the founder of an anonymous political blog before Mr. Christie’s appointee created a job for him at the Port Authority — resigned, saying the issue had become “a distraction.”
And testifying under subpoena in Trenton on Monday, bridge workers described Mr. Christie’s associates’ ordering the closings, and called the different maneuvers “unprecedented,” “odd” and “wrong.” There was, they said, no study.
Steve Benen has more here. The obvious question, if anyone at the endless Republican debates has the kidney to ask it, is how Christie plans on punishing states that don’t vote for him for President.