New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has had such a fall from grace. He is no longer popular in New Jersey. He lost badly in the Republican primaries. He didn’t make the cut to be Donald Trump’s vice presidential nominee. And now, he is probably off the list for attorney general should Trump win on Tuesday.
Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, the former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, were both found guilty late Friday morning of charges that included conspiracy, fraud, and civil rights deprivation in the “Bridgegate” case, in which traffic was intentionally tied up near the George Washington Bridge to harm a Christie political opponent.
Christie glued himself to Trump after he dropped out of the primaries. But he seemed to distance himself after the video emerged of Trump talking with Billy Bush about grabbing women’s private parts. Perhaps, though, he still had hope of playing a significant role in a Trump administration, either within the White House or as attorney general.
It would seem impossible for Trump to make Christie the AG after Kelly, one of his closest aides, was convicted of conspiracy and fraud.
Christie was supposed to be Trump. He was the tough-talking, politically incorrect, no-nonsense fella who was going to take it to the Democrats. But he got out-Christied by Trump, who usurped Christie’s role as tough guy, even making Christie seem diminutive by comparison. And now it seems he’ll have to slog through one more year as governor before putting his name on the masthead of some New Jersey law firm and appearing occasionally on Fox News to remind himself of what things used to be like.
Of course, who knows? In America, there are always second acts.