I don’t know about you guys but I find the the media’s use of the term “Bridgeghazi” for l’affaire du pont Christie disgusting. It is an attempt to trivialize Benghazi. It diminishes the importance of an issue that hasn’t been fully explored, one where people died at the hands of our enemies, and equates it with state officials allegedly exacting political retribution.
Not really that unheard of in Jersey politics.
Just a reminder – if you want an example of how the Jersey Donks play the Tony Soprano political game, just recall the not so distant past and Democrat Senator Robert “Torch” Torricelli, his connections to campaign funding from North Korea and how, when it was clear that Torch was going to lose to a Republican, the Jersey Democrat machine colluded with the New Jersey Supreme Court to bend the law to allow them to pull a NJ antique liberal, leftist religious relic Frank Lautenberg out of cryostasis to take Torch’s place on the ticket.
The New Jersey Supreme Court, disregarding utterly the rule of law, has chosen to circumvent the state legislature and interpret a provision of New Jersey law to mean the opposite of what the law expressly says. Nothing could be clearer than the procedures duly enacted by New Jersey’s lawmakers “in the event of a vacancy, howsoever caused, among candidates nominated at primaries.” Those procedures apply only when the “vacancy shall occur not later than the 51st day before the general election.” Ignoring that crystalline text, the seven Supreme Court justices declared, in effect, “We will write the law as we prefer it to be, no matter what the voters of New Jersey, through their elected representatives, have decided.”
As a result, unless the U.S. Supreme Court intercedes, ex-senator Frank R. Lautenberg’s name will appear on the ballot instead of the Democratic Party’s nominee, Sen. Robert G. Torricelli, who resigned from the campaign not 51 but 35 days before the general election. Rationalizing its power grab, the state Court invoked “the public interest,” “the general intent of the election laws,” and “the two-party system” – terms that appear nowhere in the relevant statute. In short, by assuming legislative functions, the New Jersey court has made a mockery of the doctrine of separation of powers – a centerpiece of federal and state constitutions and a bulwark against governments that might otherwise abuse their citizens.
I’m not a Christie fan, I actually think he is a disaster for Republicans, doomed to follow in the footsteps of famous “moderates” like G.H.W. Bush, Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney – but the feeding frenzy of the rabid leftist Jersey and national media is worth note.
Reverend Wright – ho hum. Benghazi – fake scandal. IRS punishing Tea Party conservatives – they probably are racist anyway. Kermit Gosnell running a human abattoir, aborting black babies – local news story. Two closed toll booths and a temporary traffic snarl – national emergency and the end of a political career.
Just take this as a lesson that the only unpardonable sin in NJ politics (and apparently at the national level) is losing to the GOP candidate. When you view it through this lens, the reporting from Trenton should come into focus.