New Jersey’s Top Paper Wonders If Christie Can Be Trusted ‘As A Potential Future Leader Of Our Country’

The largest newspaper in New Jersey responded to the latest revelations in the George Washington Bridge scandal with a blistering editorial of Chris Christie and his staff.

The Star-Ledger’s editorial board, which endorsed Christie for re-election last year despite “deep reservations,” argued Wednesday that the governor’s presidential pedigree should be questioned amid the latest development in the scandal.

His attempts to laugh this off now appear to be dishonest, though we can’t yet be sure that he personally knew about the correspondence of one of his top aides. Still, Christie bears responsibility either way. If it turns out he did know, he is obviously lying and unfit for office — let alone a 2016 presidential run.
And even if he did not, his officials are liars. If Christie can’t control them, how can we trust him as a potential future leader of our country?

Documents obtained by TPM and other outlets implicate some of Christie’s top aides in the scandal. The trove of emails show officials talking about the order to close lanes on the bridge.

“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” wrote Christie’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, Bridget Anne Kelly in an August email.

Christie has denied that the closures were politically motivated, but Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich has speculated that it was done because he did not join other Garden State Democrats in endorsing the governor’s re-election 2013 bid.

Following the release of the emails, Sokolich said it was clear he had “been punished not for something I’ve done, but for something I didn’t do.”

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

Sincerely,
TPM Staff
Latest Livewire
Comments
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Reporters:
Newswriters:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: