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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gives a news conference in Trenton January 9, 2014. Christie on Thursday fired a top aide at the center of a brewing scandal that public officials orchestrated a massive traffic snarl on the busy George Washington Bridge
I'm sure New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's thinks this is great political news for him:
A traffic jam orchestrated by members of Gov. Chris Christie's administration and responsible for days of gridlock in northern New Jersey appeared not to cause poor medical care or leave critically ill patients dying, according to a comprehensive review by The Associated Press of emergency dispatch audio, call logs and interviews.
But while the traffic jam may not have killed anyone, it easily could have:
The lack of life-or-death consequences reflects good fortune, not good planning.
Given that Christie sees himself as the biggest victim of this scandal, I assume he thinks he got really lucky that nobody died as a result of his administration's political tactics, because that would be really bad PR. But the truth is that his constituents are the lucky ones: Christie's team gambled with their lives, and they lived to tell the tale. It was bad enough as it was—but it could have been worse.

But if you're a Chris Christie partisan, and you think it's good political news when you see a report saying that at least nobody died thanks to the governor's traffic jam, then you just don't know how truly screwed you really are.

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