New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was once of the first Republican candidates for president who supported Donald Trump in the primaries, and he’s been a stalwart of the campaign ever since. Christie led Trump’s presidential transition team throughout the general election, and he spoke out often in favor of the nominee even when other prominent supporters were criticizing him in the press.
With all of that loyalty, you’d think that Christie would have an obvious place in Trump’s administration. But according to a new report from the New York Post, Christie’s Bridgegate scandal is not sitting well with the president-to-be.
“Trump thought it was shameful that Christie didn’t take the fall for [convicted aide] Bridget Kelly,” a source told the paper. “Trump is really angry that Christie is sending a soccer mom to jail. He believes 100 percent that Christie was behind it all.”
Kelly and Port Authority official Bill Baroni were convicted this month of orchestrating the lane closings of 2013 that caused a traffic nightmare on the George Washington Bridge. Several witnesses at the trial insisted that Gov. Christie was aware of the plot, but Christie himself maintains ignorance.
Trump, however, is reportedly not buying Christie’s innocence.
“Trump really doesn’t like it when married women with kids get hurt in politics,” said the source. “Trump was pretty disgusted with Christie. She was a factor in the decision because Trump didn’t like seeing her crying.”
Hmm, this is the terrible misogynist that all the protesters are worried about?
Trump sees what most of New Jersey and the rest of the country sees, which is that there’s something not-quite-believable about Christie’s denials. It’s not even the witness testimony that speaks the loudest; it’s our own common sense. What political staffer would take political revenge on behalf of their boss…without his consent or desire or even his knowledge? It just…doesn’t quite make sense.
But hey, sometimes people do things that don’t make sense, and Christie is correct in maintaining that there is no hard evidence connecting him to the plot. He could be innocent, just as he claims.
Still, perception is reality, and Trump campaigned on a platform of draining the swamp of political corruption. A Chris Christie appointment, at this stage, could endanger that message.
There is reason to believe the Post’s story. On Friday, we saw Vice President-elect Mike Pence take control over the transition team, relegating Christie to a lesser position.
“They want to drain the swamp, and having Christie there is just plugging it up,” the source told the Post. “He was tolerated in the past because he was viewed as a kind of nice Tony Soprano. But now that Trump is the president-elect those days are over.”