Things could be getting worse for Chris Christie. Coming on the heels of the Bridgegate scandal, the feds are now investigating his use of Hurricane Sandy relief funds to create tourism advertising featuring him and his family. These new revelations could be damaging to his national ambitions seeing as his performance during and after the storm has been a big part of his political brand.
“Now it wouldn’t be shocking if Chris Christie in fact did use federal money in order to push himself considering what he’s willing to do and lengths which he is willing to go to push himself,” pointed out Morning Answer co-host Ben Shapiro. “This is sort of the problem with Christie, no matter how you slice it, the pattern of personality – of behavior – is of someone who is very, very self-aggrandizing and that is not a good thing for Chris Christie. He comes off as a guy who is mostly interested in Chris Christie.”
Elisha Krauss interjected, “We know that all politicians are selfish and about themselves, but some are actually good at pretending that it’s not about them. With Chris Christie, it’s so obvious that it’s about him all the time then you wonder…how more obnoxious he is behind closed doors.”
Later on, Ben Shapiro brought some historical context to the Bridgegate scandal. He relayed the story between Henry II and the Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket. Henry II was at odds with his Archbishop and asked "will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?" Two of his knights went ahead and killed Becket.
"This happens in American politics all the time," explained Ben. "Somebody at the top level says 'Will no one rid me of this irksome priest?' and then somebody lower down figures out well...it's a career move if I help them out with this particular problem. He went to say that he could see how this might have happened with Christie and Bridgegate and that this is the problem with an unanswerable bureaucracy.
Click on the player above to hear Ben Shapiro and Elisha Krauss discuss the new and old scandals plaguing the Christie administration.