Steve Chapman on Chris Christie and the Perils of Power

Chris ChristieMany Americans might have learned from watching
Chris Christie’s marathon news conference on Thursday, but none
more than Meryl Streep. If there is anything she doesn’t know about
acting, the governor of New Jersey is the person who could teach
her. No one has ever done a more convincing portrayal of
incredulous innocence than his. This is the same governor who, when
state legislators raised questions about the now-infamous lane
closures on the George Washington Bridge, snorted that “it just
shows you they really have nothing to do.” In December, however,
bridge workers testifying under subpoena before a legislative
committee said the closures were “unprecedented” and “wrong.” A
wise citizenry, writes Steve Chapman, would take this episode as a
warning about the dangers of ceding control over our lives to the

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