Let's see... we were talking about, what again? Sig lines? Nope, that's not it. Alexis de Tocqueville? Nope again. Oh, yes, I remember, it was about the governor of New Jersey! Since I live way on the other side of the country, I'm not too familiar with New Jersey and its culture and politics, so, let's look at what the locals have to say about their governor:
linkThe late Rutgers professor Alan Rosenthal saw $169,000 for one of his programs stripped from the state budget after he cast the tie-breaking vote for a legislative redistricting map that favored Democrats. Christie used his line item veto power.
The governor also used his vast authority to cut off state Sen. Richard Codey’s security detail and fire two people close to the lawmaker after Christie accused Codey (D-Essex) of messing with one of his cabinet positions.
Another time, Christie used the veto pen to slice $3.8 million for lawmakers’ staff salaries out of the budget after Democrats sent him a budget he didn’t like.
During his town hall meetings and his recent re-election campaign, Christie proudly displayed his brusque personality, saying he learned to tell it like it is from his outspoken mother. Voters will never have to wonder where the governor stands on an issue, he likes to say.
At Thursday’s marathon news conference, Christie showed none of the angry tirades that have earned him the reputation as a bully.
Would it be out of character for Christie to cause a traffic jam as a political payback?