Chris Christie’s 2014 is off to a rough start. He has already been accused of being involved in more than enough political scandals, but now The Newark Star-Ledger, which had endorsed Christie for governor, has announced that it “regrets” supporting him.
Tom Moran, editor of the Star-Ledger’s editorial page, wrote today that the paper “blew” its endorsement. Moran explained that the paper knew Christie was a political ruffian, but they didn’t think he was this bad:
Yes, we knew Christie was a bully. But we didn’t know his crew was crazy enough to put people’s lives at risk in Fort Lee as a means to pressure the mayor. We didn’t know he would use Hurricane Sandy aid as a political slush fund. And we certainly didn’t know that Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer was sitting on a credible charge of extortion by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.
Whatever that has been happening to you in these first two months of 2014, it can’t be as bad as what Christie has gone through. First, his administration was accused of closing several GW bridge lanes as retribution for a political snub. Then, Hoboken’s Mayor, Dawn Zimmer, claimed that Christie had threatened to withhold Hurricane Sandy relief funds unless she supported one of Christie’s projects. And if that wasn’t enough, an ex-Port Authority official said Christie knew about the GW lane closings, despite Christie’s insistence that he didn’t.
Yeah, we’d say that’s enough to make the Star-Ledger retract that endorsement.