Every day we learn a little bit more about how Chris Christie operates. And everything we learn underscores his philosophy: “Do as I say, not as I do.”
“Do as I say, not as I do” – moving violations edition
Today, NJ 101.5 reported that Chris Christie was stopped for speeding when he was U.S. Attorney and got “lenient treatment” during the stop. Police on the scene learned that his vehicle was unregistered and uninsured – but he was allowed to drive away anyway after Christie named-dropped his title.
Little rankles voters more than officials abusing their positions to get lenient treatment for moving violations. Traffic tickets have ended careers in New Jersey before. Attorney General Zulima Farber resigned
in 2006 after allegations she tried to get special treatment for her boyfriend in a traffic stop.
“Do as I say, not as I do” – financial disclosures edition
On Tuesday, the No. 2 prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office abruptly stepped down after her ongoing and previously undisclosed financial relationship with Christie was revealed.
Brown was overseeing public records requests for Christie’s travel, correspondence and other issues while she also owed Christie $46,000. He didn’t report the loan or the income on his taxes and ethics filings.
Christie prosecuted other officials for the same violations.
“Do as I say, not as I do” – following the law edition
Newspapers around the state editorialized against Christie for talking to Bush operative Karl Rove while he was U.S. Attorney about running for governor. Christie was supposed to follow the Hatch Act, which prohibits apolitical federal employees from putting a campaign together.
Some highlights of their editorials and columns:
Burlington Times: “…what really bothers us is the admission that Christie spoke with Karl Rove, adviser to former President George W. Bush, during his time as U.S. attorney. Rove has said that they discussed Christie’s interest in running for the state’s highest office. That means that Christie may have been actively pursuing the governorship while serving as a federal prosecutor. And that’s a violation of the Hatch Act, a law that restricts employees of the executive branch of the federal government, as well as state and federal employees, from any political activity.”
Alfred Doblin, Record: “White Knight Christie has fallen off his horse. There are no seat belts on saddles…But New Jersey doesn’t need a white knight. It needs an honest broker…Sin of omission? Sin of commission? Either way, the truth is compromised.”
“But Brown’s sudden resignation only ensures that the Jersey media will continue to focus on Christie’s ethics as a major storyline in the governor’s race during the summer doldrums.”
Meanwhile, Governor Corzine continues to gain ground in the polls. A new poll by conservative polling firm Neighborhood Research has the race at a dead heat. And thanks to his stewardship, the economy shows sign of improvement, with 13,000 new private sector jobs added. The campaign gave people the opportunity to tell their stories with this video.