It’s early in this latest political “scandal” (let us unleash a thousand air-quotes!) involving Governor Chris Christie, but here are some basic guidelines to help you navigate.
- This will get a lot of play as it involves a GOP governor (almost used air-quotes on GOP there). If it were a Democrat, it would be washed away with a simple “Neither I, or anyone in the governor’s office would do such a thing.” and that would be that, but this involves a Republican, so game on.
- Is it a big deal? Yes, anytime government is used for petty vindictiveness, it’s a big deal, but whether it gets ink depends on point 1. Stepping out of the bubble of MSM tyranny, is the story a big deal in actual reality? Again, yes, for two reasons: 1) It appears to be an abuse of power either by Christie or a rogue staff-member; 2) If Christie is indeed running for president, this is the kind of stuff he can’t have happening. Hillary can do this 12 times before lunch and it wouldn’t make a blip on the radar, but he can’t afford these kinds of mistakes. At worst, it’s Nixonian, at best, it’s amateurish.
- Remember now that we have yet to hear Christie’s side of the story. However, I will admit that the fact we have yet to hear a peep out of him is telling. This is a rather long, war-room session for something many are calling trivial.