Scandal-plagued New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) reportedly gave away pieces of metal salvaged from the wreckage of the World Trade Center as gifts to his political allies. According to the New York Times, the twisted chunks of metal were presented to a group of mayors who endorsed Christie ahead of his bid for re-election in 2013.
An investigation into Christie’s handling of the state’s Port Authority has revealed that the one-time 2016 hopeful was using the transportation nerve center as a “de facto political operation,” handing out political favors to supporters and pursuing vendettas long before the still-unexplained closing of George Washington Bridge in 2013.
Sure, there's a "more of the same" element here to Mr Scandal-Plagued, but this caught my eye because of the sheer bad taste of what is being alleged.
And it's not just reflecting on Mr. Christie: while he gave it away those mayors are to bl;ame A) for even taking it and B) taking it as political bribery. Double+ ugly:
The Port Authority was crucial to Christie as a means of winning the endorsement of Democrats and union leaders, said the Times, which Christie used to strip his Democratic gubernatorial challenger Barbara Buono of allies and political capital.Perhaps I am wrong, but this sort of use of materials from that event seems flatly inappropriate. Maybe that's just republicans being republicans.
Then more about misuse of Hurricane Sandy funds....leaving thousands to languish while he and the cronies used money to scarf up desirable real estate.
What strikes me, as an overview of "Christiegate", and aside from the rampant criminality, there is a foot-thick layer of tackiness, bad taste, and utter callous disregard for the lives of other people.
The true face of the Republican Party in 2014.