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January 23, 2014

RONN MOTT: Chris Christie

From what I have seen, and what I have read, I really like Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. My admiration sprung up when he slapped down the fools of the Fox News Network during the last presidential election that took place during Hurricane Sandy. The question asked of him by one of the couch-sitting trio was, “When is Mitt Romney coming to New Jersey?”

Christie teed off on them. They tried to make a political statement out of it and the governor let them know this wasn’t a political situation. (Mitt Romney was a candidate but had no power to move federal aid to assist the people in New Jersey.) Chris Christie warmly welcomed the president (a Democrat) and it angered the political right wing. When it came to federal aid and assistance, Christie knew which side of the bread was buttered. If you don’t get this, it simply is the sitting president can help the situation in New Jersey with the effects of the hurricane. Fox News was terrible during the election. They proved they not only couldn’t count, but really had no knowledge how the government works.

Christie was moving along toward assisting the Republican Party by getting himself nominated to run for the presidency in 2016. They first had to get him re-elected as the governor of New Jersey. He won it in a walk. He is caring, brash and sometimes moved to almost rudeness in his “telling it like it is.” Obviously, his aides, the people closest to him, were eager to make his election as big as they could. Enter the log jam of traffic on the Washington Bridge that links New Jersey to New York.

Now, if the reports are accurate, it appears the governor’s staff closed some of the lanes of traffic to allow the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., to know that the governor has the power and the mayor should back him. What appeared to be smooth sailing has turned into a political storm. The Democrats in the Legislature of New Jersey have jumped on this like a duck on a June bug. The right wing of the GOP has come to the attack with the hopes of getting one of their Tea Party know-nothings elected through the primary system on the GOP ticket.

Christie first apologized to the people of the state, especially to the town of Fort Lee, and he denied knowing anything about the Washington Bridge situation. I, for one, hope he is telling the truth. Christie reminds me of another political war-horse I admire tremendously. I’m writing here about our late president, Harry S. Truman. On Mr. Truman’s desk there was a sign, “The buck stops here.” President Truman took it to heart, and it appears Christie does the same.

If the governor of New Jersey is honest in what he has said and if he survives all of the political uproar, he has a chance of becoming president. He also has a chance of getting the Republican political train back on the track where it belongs and out of the insanity that has been placed there by the Tea Party right-wingers … those who have done terrible damage to the party that started with Abraham Lincoln running and being elected to the presidency.

Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on Tribstar.com, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.

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