Once upon a time, the Republican party of the United States was a party of ideas. Not everyone agreed with their ideas, but at least the party had ideals. In many cases, a sense of noble purpose that spoke to their role as champions of the free market also, with ideas and strategies that went far beyond “be against whatever the black guy says”. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie used to be one of those rare, post-9/11 Republicans who seemed to still have a good head on his shoulders. One who wasn’t blinded by racist, partisan, Tea Party stupidity. Here he is (rightfully!) defending Judge Sohail Mohammed in 2011 …
… showing himself to be a smart, decent human being. At some point, however, Christie’s mad grab for cash and power made him lose sight of the Republican ideal of the free market. He showed as much when he stabbed Tesla in the back in a bizarre political move last week, which drew the ire of everyone.
As NJ.com reporter Paul Mulshine put it:
On the right, the National Review said that our governor “slapped free markets across the face.” In the middle, a headline in the California-based magazine Wired read, “New Jersey Bans Tesla to Ensure Buying a Car Will Always Suck.” And on the left, the Daily Kos accused Christie of being “in the pocket of the Koch Brothers and/or their Big Oil pals,” adding, “Maybe Christie figured he’s on his way down the drain, so he might as well do one last solid for his puppet masters.”
It seems, then, that Governor Chris Christie is well and truly sunk. It’s too bad, too, because the strong, smart New Jersey Governor who stood on those steps and defended Judge Mohammed in that 2011 video looked really, very, pretty convincingly Presidential to me. Here’s hoping he gets his head out of his a** before that Eddie Munster-lookin’ s***weasel Paul Ryan gets nominated for- anything, really.