Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, seems to have received some outrageous backfire after being considered a “bully.” His recent actions were perceived as an abuse of power. Meanwhile, the governors approval rating by the New Jersey voters dropped within just one month. It was also reported that the Monmouth University Poll released that a majority of New Jersey adults think Chris Christie has not been completely honest.
Here are some reasons why people may believe he is not totally trustworthy.
When the George Washington Bridge to Fort Lee had been partially closed by the orders of the Christie administration, the press and state legislature asked him if he had any idea or anything to do with the massive traffic jam resulting in school delays and other unnecessary chaos. Christie denied he had any knowledge or involvement with the bridge scandal. As investigations proceeded to search through emails trying to uncover the truth behind the bridge scandal, emails circulating Christie and his administration uncovered that he was involved for political retribution against the Democratic Mayor of Fort Lee, Mark Sokolich. Seen as Chris Christies’ first act of being a “bully,” the backfire he received after the truth was not going to end there.
Although Christies’ campaign ad funding had already been approved due to the agency bidding higher than a competitor, it was reported that $25 million in funds for Hurricane Sandy relief were improperly used on a tourism marketing campaign ad. Despite the report, he went on to say in his 2014 State of the State speech “From the very beginning, the priority was putting those with the greatest needs and with the most limited financial resources at the front of the line.” Christie states “The bottom line is this: we are a long way from the finish line, but we are a long way from where we were one year ago. Challenges remain and I will not rest until every person hurt by Sandy has their life back. That is my mission.”
Mayor of Jersey City, Steve Fulop, and Mayor of Hoboken, Dawn Zimmer, both declined to endorse Christies’ re-election. As a result, Fulop was unable to get any more meetings regarding key governmental issues with the state commissioners. Zimmer claims she received less post-Sandy preparation funding. Later it was found that in the released emails during the bridge scandal investigation, Fulops’ name had appeared several times.
It is the people of the United States that are responsible for making sure the U.S. government is serving the people properly. When one is representing a state, it is the residents’ job to make sure they are not abusing that power. It is reassuring for some to see that the residents of New Jersey are not going to accept Chris Christie and his administration acting out in such ways. It is reassuring for some to see that there is a backfire toward these politicians when these acts take place. If there was no backfire, then in all probability, Chris Christie (and his administration) would not be targeted as being a “bully.”
Christie mentioned in his State of the State speech “The last week has certainly tested this administration. Mistakes were clearly made. And as a result, we let down the people we were entrusted to serve. I know our citizens deserve better. Much better.” It becomes clear that in order for politicians to avoid negative responses from their people, they must change their behavior.
After his speech, the people should not expect to see or hear anymore Chris Christie “bully” backfire.
Opinion by Brittany Varner-Miller