The excellent Mark Magyar, at NJ Spotlight, gives a superb summary today, of both:
1). Christie's gigantic scam to steal a couple Billion dollars from the PA, to fund stuff he refused to pay for in the proper and legal ways;
2). The monumental fraud involved in the quickly-worsening fiscal disaster that Christie has endowed to NJ with his purposeful fraudulent bungling of the pension system.
It's very clear by now that the 'Grand Bargain' Christie made with the unions was an absolute fraud from Day 1. Literally.
He literally never intended to keep his promised funding schedule. It was just words.
He knew he could bully the unions into making huge concessions if he'd promise to fund on schedule, and he knew he could play those concessions for HUGE political mileage around the country.
(He was the 'hero' who put those 'low-life teachers' in their place.)
He fully expected to be off to Washington, as President-Elect, by the time the bills came due. The people left behind could deal with the fallout. Why should he care?
It was, very simply, a scam.
It will cost NJ Multi-Billions of dollars over the coming years, and the teachers will probably never get the money they were promised.
Same thing with the ARC Tunnel. He knew full well that cancelling it was a disaster for New Jersey, and he couldn't possibly have cared less.
It allowed him to steal a couple of Billion dollars from the PA coffers (though, of course, he did have to break about a dozen laws to do it --and he's probably gonna end up in jail because of it), and pretend that his budget was sound --pretend that he was somehow 'fiscally responsible'-- and sell it to the clueless national media, and the completely soul-less Republican power structure.
The guy was never even really the Governor of NJ. He never cared the tiniest bit about the affairs of our state, or its well-being.
It meant, and means, nothing to him, except a source of funding to bankroll his infinite personal greed and ambition.
The people of NJ will be paying for his crimes, in a thousand different ways, for the next thirty years.
If things go well, and the Gods are on the right side, and Christie goes to jail for twenty years,... it STILL won't be good enough.
If he dies in Prison, and ends up losing all of his personal assets to various civil suits,... I guess that would be a pretty decent start.
It would be nice if we could send him to Git-mo, but I suppose I'd settle for a life term at Danbury or Englewood (where he might be able to share a cell with his soul-brother, Blagojevich).
Maybe that'll make the next scumbag-in-waiting think twice.
(I need to go watch a Seinfeld re-run now, or something, to try and get the sickening thoughts of this monster out of my head, so I can sleep.)