It is Time Chris Christie Played the Humble Card?

Monday, January 13, 2014

Gov. Chris Christie arriving at Fort Lee to apologize to Mayor Mark Sokolich after Gov. Chris Christie arriving at Fort Lee to apologize to Mayor Mark Sokolich. (Spencer Platt/Getty)

What was supposed to be a two-week long victory lap has turned into the worst period of Chris Christie’s political career. He’ll try to right the ship today in his annual State of the State address, where he’ll face the very legislators who are leading the Bridge-gate investigation and make his case for what he wants accomplish this year.

“Throw all the blueprints to the wind,” says John Mooney, founding editor of NJ Spotlight. “He’s got to stay on the message that he’s the guy to get things done – that’s what’s gotten him this far.”

Mooney has interviewed government insiders who say the scandal over lane closures at the George Washington Bridge will change the way Christie governs.  In the State of the State address, he expects Christie to talk of tax cuts, his success rebuilding the state after superstorm Sandy, and a rosy outlook for job growth in New Jersey.

Whether Christie will mention the growing controversy over the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge is anybody’s guess, Mooney says.  “Some people I’ve spoken with in Trenton think there’s a good chance he’s going to address all this." 

“He may play the humble card.”


Comments [3]

Paul Simons from Philadelphia

Crimes were committed, serious crimes. Lucky no one was injured or killed in these punks' manufactured traffic jam.

Jan. 14 2014 01:19 PM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

It is actually time for the guv to lay all his cards on the table. His Oscar-nominated press conference Thursday seems to have been designed to conceal his true knowledge of events. If someone would kindly piece together all those rogue e-mails in chronological order and add the ccs and bccs, we'll see who planned what, who was informed when and have a handy timeline of events that should clear the fog. This could be fun.

On the other hand, it could very well be that he's innocent and we've started the sentencing phase too early?

Jan. 14 2014 10:57 AM

Humility is not a card the Governor holds. So, he can play a wild card or a joker as a proxy for true humility.

Jan. 14 2014 09:35 AM

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