The seeds of the destruction of New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s reputation were sown in 2013 when members of his staff plotted to create traffic jams on the George Washington Bridge, apparently as political retribution against a local mayor for not supporting Christie in his bid for re-election. Yesterday, two former aides to Christie were found guilty of all charges in connection to the “Bridgegate” scandal.
Christie has said he had no knowledge of the plan, but his political goose could well be cooked.
Let’s think back, for a moment, to happier days. In the early stages of the 2012 presidential election season, Christie was considered a favorite for the Republican nomination. He had impressed Roger Ailes, then the CEO of Fox News and long seen as the kingmaker of the party (who has seen his own fall from grace). Christie was a rising star, poised to become the new face of a Republican party that needed a facelift.
He opted not to run in 2012, saying it was “not his time.” A year later, “Bridgegate” happened. Still, Christie remained popular within the party, so he decided to run for president in 2016.
With the scandal looming, however, Christie flamed out of the primaries. He then endorsed Republican nominee Donald Trump, but was passed over as his vice presidential choice in favor of Indiana governor Mike Pence. Christie has since become historically unpopular in his home state and a maligned figure throughout the United States.
Oct. 19, 2015: Snooki: Chris Christie Is a ‘Scary Man’
Oct. 22, 2015: Nurse Held by New Jersey Over Ebola Exposure Sues Christie
Oct. 25, 2015: Chris Christie, Sipping a Smoothie, Was Kicked Off an Amtrak Car For Screaming on His Phone
Nov. 11, 2015: Bridgegate Defendants: Christie’s Team Hiding Thousands of Documents, Including Christie Emails
Nov. 17, 2015: Christie on refugees: Not even 5-year-old orphans
Dec. 10, 2015: Chris Christie’s approval rating in New Jersey hits new low
Feb. 19, 2016: Chris Christie’s Bridge-Gate legal fees exceed $10 million
Feb. 26, 2016: Chris Christie endorses Donald Trump
Feb. 29, 2016: Chris Christie is now ruined
March 1, 2016: Six N.J. newspapers call on Christie to resign
March 14, 2016: Christie skips N.J. trooper funeral to campaign for Trump
March 25, 2016: Chris Christie positions himself to be Trump’s running mate
March 31, 2016: Totally Not-Sad Governor Chris Christie Spends Morning Defending the Way He Eats M&Ms
April 7, 2016: Gov Chris Christie’s Chief of Staff resigns
April 14, 106: Chris Christie’s Communications Director to Step Down
April 14, 2016: Cruz: Christie in ‘own private hell’ over Trump
April 28, 2016: Christie’s approval rating in NJ hits all-time low
April 29, 2016: Bridgegate scandal still looms for Chris Christie as trial of former Port Authority exec ramps up
May 6, 2016: Trump to hold rally to help Christie pay debts
June 15, 2016: Chris Christie Denies He Is Donald Trump’s “Manservant”
July 15, 2016: Trump announces Pence as his VP, passing over Christie
July 15, 2016: Twitter trolls Chris Christie after Trump picks Pence for VP
July 18, 2016: Chris Christie’s week from hell: Five of the governor’s appointees have drawn the attention of federal prosecutors over corruption allegations
July 19, 2016: Chris Christie on Trump VP snub: Disappointed but ‘over it’
July 21, 2016: Chris Christie used #BringBackOurGirls against Hillary Clinton, and it didn’t go down well in Nigeria
Aug. 10, 2016: Chris Christie Can’t Escape Bridgegate
Sept. 18, 2016: Christie falsely claims Trump hadn’t talked ‘birther’ for years
Sept. 22, 2016: Christie should be impeached if he lied about Bridgegate
Oct. 5, 2016: Bruce Springsteen Can’t Stop Laughing At Thought Of Christie Fist-Pumping At His Concerts
Oct. 19, 2016: The Inglorious End of Chris Christie
Oct. 25, 2016: Chris Christie Is Over
Oct. 27, 2016: Chris Christie’s epic collapse
Oct. 30, 2016: Trump offered Christie his VP slot — then rescinded it
Oct. 30, 2016: Paul Manafort tricked Trump into switching from Christie to Pence by faking airplane malfunction
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