A Bad Speech Was Delivered by Christie

For a blunt-speaking presidential hopeful, that State of the State address was pretty passive.

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National Journal
Ron Fournier
Jan. 14, 2014, 12:16 p.m.

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New Jer­sey Gov. Chris Christie said Tues­day “mis­takes were clearly made,” pass­ively voicing his de­fense in a bridge-jam­ming scan­dal that threatens his pres­id­en­tial dreams.

After his State of the State ad­dress, which was de­livered by an in­fam­ously blunt-speak­ing gov­ernor, a chro­no­logy of the scan­dal was pub­lished be­low.

Christie was try­ing to win reelec­tion by a wide mar­gin so that people would con­sider him a vi­able GOP pres­id­en­tial can­did­ate.

He was lead­ing his Demo­crat­ic op­pon­ent by a lot. Some people close to him were angry at some people op­posed to him. That was the be­lief, any­how.

Some traffic cones were put in traffic lanes across the George Wash­ing­ton Bridge.

Traffic was jammed and eye­brows were raised.

Bucks were passed. Aides were dis­missed. Apo­lo­gies were giv­en. Mean­while, wrong­do­ing was covered up be­cause crit­ic­al evid­ence was still not dis­closed.

Pres­id­en­tial as­pir­a­tions were jeop­ard­ized.

A bad speech was writ­ten. It was de­livered by Christie and, after a while, it was ended.

Did it work? Time was telling. Facts were still in need of check­ing.

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