The Christie Phenomenon in Action

Crooks and Liars has the story of how the Newark Star-Ledger calls The Luckiest Man in America (aka Chris Christie) “fraudulent” and “hostile to low-income families.” But then turns around and endorses him.

Do you ever wonder why Governor Chris Christie has a good chance at the presidency in 2016, even though he’s been a miserable failure for New Jersey? Then read this endorsement from the Star-Ledger’s editorial board for Governor.

They endorsed him, even though he’s refused to speak to them for four years running–while Buono did a full interview. They call him a failure with a big, fat ego who is more about spin than the truth. Oh, I guess their most important criteria is that he plays a mean game of town hall.

The endorsement is indeed the model of the kind of lack of self-awareness that usually attends a rationalized acquiescence to seduction. The highlights:

Gov. Chris Christie is the most remarkable political talent America has seen since Bill Clinton…..

Balance that against his measurable failures, and you have to conclude he is much better at politics than he is at governing.

  • The property tax burden has grown sharply on his watch.
  • He is hostile to low-income families, raising their tax burden and sabotaging efforts to build affordable housing. He’s been a catastrophe on the environment, draining $1 billion from clean energy funds and calling a cease-fire in the state’s fight against climate change.
  • The governor’s claim to have fixed the state’s budget is fraudulent.
  • New Jersey’s credit rating has dropped during his term, reflecting Wall Street’s judgment that he has dug the hole even deeper.

Yeah, my boyfriend is kind of an asshole, I know. But he’s not a bad guy.  Bob Braun has the answer to the Ledger.

What is extraordinary about  today’s Star-Ledger editorial endorsing Chris Christie  is that it invites readers to follow an immoral—or, at least, amoral—path: To vote for a man its anonymous author points out is “hostile to low income families” by raising their taxes and “sabotaging”  affordable housing. The writer asks us to vote for a man who is a “catastrophe” for the environment and “fraudulent”  in his budget. The newspaper concedes he is destroying our independent judiciary.  New Jersey’s largest daily further asks us to embrace someone who is at least borderline corrupt because he made sure a friend won a no-bid state contract.

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