New Jersey paper says right-wingers in denial over bridge scandal


The Newark Star Ledger editorially muses over certain political reactions to the budding scandal involving Chris Christie:

Somehow, the right’s response to Chris Christie’s still-breaking Bridgegate scandal has devolved into this: Why are you writing about New Jersey traffic jams, because Benghazi!

In letters to newspapers and online comments, in phone calls to their favorite conservative radio and TV pundits, conservatives are in a state of collective denial: They refuse to acknowledge there’s anything to Gov. Chris Christie and the George Washington Bridge scandal until President Obama and the consular attack in Benghazi get equal time.

The Republicans’ nothing-to-see-here talking points come from on high: Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee (and, like Christie, a Morris County guy) praised Christie’s 111-minute apology news conference last week, suggesting others should follow the governor’s lead: “Now, only if Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton would give us 111 seconds of that, would we find out some things we want to find out about Obamacare, Benghazi, the IRS.”

On “Fox News Sunday,” Karl Rove responded to Bob Woodward’s to Bob Woodward’s comment that the Bridgegate scandal was significant because it originated in Christie’s office: “So did Benghazi, and so did IRS … come out of appointees of President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton!”

What’s clear is that, scandal or not, most of the Republican Party won’t abandon Christie – the only GOP candidate assumed to have the juice to compete for the White House in 2016. Just the opposite: They’re circling the wagons and shoveling Benghazi and other old news at the public to divert attention from headlines coming out of New Jersey.

What’s the difference? Here are three reasons the unrelated Bridgegate and Benghazi stories aren’t getting equal time – and shouldn’t.

Read the whole thing HERE.





  1. Just heard on the radio, in a statewide NJ poll, Cristi still has 59% of people supporting him. Just goes to show that “my guy right or wrong” prevails. Sick, sick, sick. Just wait, if he gets elected to the presidency, watch how that NSA data is used to punish people who don’t support him. He’s shown us his true color and the people still support him by a majority in his own state. What does that say about the people? How will the country vote? I say about 50% would vote for him. Enough to get him elected. Scary.

    • I seriously question if Christie can even win the nomination. Most on the far right HATE him. Of course, 95% of the far right has no idea what is actual positions are. For example, Christie is anti-LGBT rights, he’s pro-life, anti-union, and refuses to raise taxes one dime, even on millionaires.

      With that kind of record, you would think the far right loonies would love him. But all they see is the pics of him with Obama and it drives them into a crazed frenzy. In their book he is RINO enemy #1.

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