- Posted January 9, 2014 by
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Christie Owns Up - Is It Enough?
In a press conference this morning, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie owned up to his responsibility in the George Washington Bridge fiasco and that he made wrong decisions in holding close and trusting some of the people around him, including his deputy chief of staff and former campaign manager.
But is it enough?
Only the people of New Jersey can determine whether Christie has taken the appropriate and enough action in this unfolding scandal. How the citizens of New Jersey respond to the Governor could have ramifications beyond the state borders.
Christie's aspirations for the White House may be in jeopardy. But with his press conference today, he may have quelled some of the doubts that have been raised in the minds of Republicans in the heart land.
It was already going to be a hard sell for Christie to win over very conservative primary and caucus voters in the Midwest and the South. This, however, may give those voters even more pause and cast Christie as like every other politician rather than the different breed that he has attempted to portray over the past four years.
As head of the Republican Governors Association, Christie may regain his footing as he goes out, raises money for Republican candates and stumps for those candidates on the trail. But this incident may cloud faith in his judgment and ability to keep his own staff in line.
By coming out and taking responsibility for the very evident vicious political ploy aimed at punishing a Democratic mayor who did not support his re-election campaign, Christie may have, barring any new revelations, made this scandal a minor issue should he run for the presidency in 2016. At the same time, it does call into question Christie's judgment of people with whom he surrounds himself.
It also seems to place him in the same vein as another chief executive who professes constantly to not know what is going on within his administration.
From the Cornfield, Christie came out contrite and less combative as is his normal personality. Christie took responsibility and has taken action and vowed to take more action if needed.
The question remains for his constituents in New Jersey: Is it enough?
Any talk of national political ambition is on hold waiting for Garden State voters to determine the Governor's fitness to continue and whether they will accept his apology.