Christie and Clinton are beset by scandal as 2016 nears. Both Democrat and Republican Party advisers try to paint a rosy picture on their respective candidates as scandal and controversy rain down around them. New Jersey governor Chris Christie has been tearing up the scandal sheets with his confrontational encounters and bridge closures, while Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State, has been at the center of the Benghazi controversy. Both are expected to run for the 2016 Presidential Election.
I was blindsided!
Governor Christie held a press conference today to address accusations that political vengeance caused the lane closures of the George Washington Bridge, which snarled traffic and hindered paramedics from reaching a 91-year-old woman suffering from chest pain. She later died. Christie’s staff has been questioned about actions taken against Fort Lee mayor Democratic Mark Sokolich. Sokolich endorsed Christie’s opponent for New Jersey governor.
Christie appeared humble and sincere when making his statement. He apologized to the people of Fort Lee and to the members of the New Jersey legislature and expressed concern over the unacceptable conduct of some of the people on his team. Christie went on to state he failed to understand the nature of the problems and was told the lane closures was a traffic study, nothing more.
After senior staff members were interrogated, Christie terminated Bridget Kelley due to her lies in the matter. Incriminating emails, Christie claimed to have seen for the first time yesterday morning, proved Kelley’s involvement resulting in her immediate termination. Christie vows to continue questioning his staff personally to uncover more information; he promises to take appropriate action.
“I am responsible for what happens under my watch.” Christie stated during the press conference, “I am embarrassed and humiliated by these events.”
Christie reported he wil apologize to Mayor Sokolich and the Fort Lee community personally; they were treated callously.
Christie’s opponents are not easily swayed by his apology and denial of his staff’s actions. Instead they question, if Christie didn’t know about the lane closures, why didn’t he know? Did he actually know but there’s more to the story that has not come out? Can he win the 2016 GOP nomination with this scandal hanging over his head?
Christie is not the only presidential candidate beset by scandal, Hiliary Clinton faces her own dirty laundry as 2016 nears.
What difference does it make?
Speculation of a 2016 presidential run has placed Clinton in the spotlight, and has brought Benghazi to the forefront. Republicans claim al Qaeda played a significant part in last year’s deadly attack of diplomatic offices in Benghazi, Libya. Clinton faces ongoing allegations that her future presidential run determined her vote against the surge of Iraqi troops in 2007. Last year’s Benghazi attack continues to plague her as polls show Americans believe they were misled. A YouGov poll showed 44% of those polled believe Obama and his administration deliberately misled the country.
When questioned by Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin during a tense Senate inquiry session about the terrorist attack, Clinton explored, “With all due respect…What difference at this point does it make?”
Even though next presidential election is still two years away, candidates need to concentrate on cleaning up their act and stroking public opinion. It seems this advice has missed the top two contenders for the next election as Christie and Clinton are beset with scandal as 2016 nears.