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Chris Christie’s no good very bad year, told entirely in news headlines

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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.

As you read the last year’s worth of Chris Christie headlines, we suggest you listen to the theme from HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm or “The Sound of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel:

 Oct. 10, 2015: Back in the pack, this is not the campaign Chris Christie envisioned

Oct. 15, 2015: Nobody likes Chris Christie: He’s polling at 5 percent in his own state

Oct. 19, 2015: Snooki: Chris Christie Is a ‘Scary Man’

Oct. 22, 2015: Chris Christie Clashes With Veteran Nurse Over Medical Marijuana

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

Oct. 29, 2015: N.Y. Times calls on Christie to quit prez race; Christie says no way

Nov. 5, 2015: Chris Christie Has No Chance of Getting Into the Next Prime-Time Debate

Nov. 5, 2015:


Chris Christie to Miss Main Stage at Next GOP Debate

Nov. 11, 2015: Bridgegate Defendants: Christie’s Team Hiding Thousands of Documents, Including Christie Emails

Nov. 12, 2015: Panel’s verdict on ‘Happy-hour debate’ turned out sad for Chris Christie

Nov. 17, 2015: Christie on refugees: Not even 5-year-old orphans

AP Photo/David Goldman

Nov. 18, 2015: Christie touts his time as U.S. attorney, but draws scorn of cops

Dec. 2, 2015: Once Embraced by Chris Christie, New Jersey’s Muslims Feel Betrayed

Dec. 10, 2015: Chris Christie’s approval rating in New Jersey hits new low

Dec. 29, 2015: Trump eviscerates Christie for being ‘a little boy’ during Obama visit

Jan. 25, 2016: ‘Want Me to Go Down There With a Mop?’ Chris Christie Says About NJ Flooding Cleanup

Feb. 3, 2016: Chris Christie Promises to Beat Hillary Clinton’s “Rear End”

Feb. 10, 2016: Chris Christie Drops Out of Presidential Race After New Hampshire Flop

Feb. 19, 2016: Chris Christie’s Bridge-Gate legal fees exceed $10 million

Feb. 26, 2016: Chris Christie endorses Donald Trump

Feb. 28, 2016: Chris Christie Struggles To Explain Trump Endorsement In Train Wreck TV Interview

Feb. 29, 2016: Chris Christie is now ruined

AP Photo/Mel Evans

March 1, 2016: Six N.J. newspapers call on Christie to resign

March 1, 2016: Chris Christie Introduces Donald Trump, in What Appears to Be a Hostage Situation

March 1, 2016: Super Tuesday: Twitter Ablaze With Chris Christie “Hostage” Jokes

March 6, 2016: SNL skewers Chris Christie’s ‘sad, desperate’ press conference with Donald Trump

March 14, 2016: Christie skips N.J. trooper funeral to campaign for Trump

March 24, 2016: Back in New Jersey, Chris Christie tussles with state politicians

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

AP Photo/Mel Evans

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

May 9, 2016: Chris Christie Will Start Planning the Trump Administration

May 20, 2016: Donald Trump Tells Chris Christie: ‘No More Oreos!’ (VIDEO)

June 9, 2016: Chris Christie Comments On Attractiveness Of Women Tennis Players

June 15, 2016: Chris Christie Denies He Is Donald Trump’s “Manservant”

June 30, 2016: Christie’s N.J. approval rating ‘stagnant and historically low,’ poll says

June 30, 2016: Gov. Chris Christie Being Vetted as Potential Vice Presidential Pick for Trump

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 15, 2016: Chris Christie Lost Out on the Job He Wanted. And His Bad Year Got Worse

July 15, 2016: Former Chris Christie ally pleads guilty in bribery case involving United flight

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

AP Photo/Mel Evans

July 19, 2016: ‘Lock her up’: Chris Christie leads mock trial of Hillary Clinton

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

Aug. 10, 2016: Aide Said Christie ‘Lied’ About Staff Not Being Involved in Bridge Lane Closures

Sept. 18, 2016: Christie falsely claims Trump hadn’t talked ‘birther’ for years

Sept. 19, 2016: Prosecutor: Chris Christie was told about plan to close lanes on bridge

Sept. 19, 2016: Both Sides in Bridgegate Trial Agree: Christie Lied About Lane Closings

Sept. 20, 2016: Christie’s Popularity Still Plummeting as ‘Bridgegate’ Trial Begins

Sept. 22, 2016: Christie should be impeached if he lied about Bridgegate

Oct. 4, 2016: Chris Christie Has Squeezed the NJ Transit System to Its Breaking Point

Oct. 5, 2016: Bruce Springsteen Can’t Stop Laughing At Thought Of Christie Fist-Pumping At His Concerts

Oct. 13, 2016: Judge Finds Probable Cause to Probe Chris Christie Over Bridgegate

AP Photo/Mel Evans

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

Oct. 31, 2016: Defense in Bridgegate case calls Chris Christie and crew ‘cowards’

Nov. 4, 2016: Former Christie Allies Guilty on All Counts in George Washington Bridge Trial

Nov. 5, 2016: Chris Christie’s no good very bad year, told entirely by news headlines


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