Christie Endorsement: "We Blew It"

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Gov. Christie denies having any knowledge of the lane closures at a January press conference. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

Despite "deep reservations," The Star-Ledger endorsed Chris Christie for governor last Fall. Now, they say they "blew it." Tom Moran, columnist for The Star-Ledger, talks about the newspaper rescinding their endorsement, and looks back at how they made their choice between two "flawed human beings."


Tom Moran

Comments [10]

MaryC3 from Bergen County, NJ

I respect Mr.Moran and his editorial board for their honesty in revising their original endorsement.I'm glad that they admitted that they blew it in endorsing Christie. That takes courage, but it is the decent thing to do.
I too was taken in by Christie's personality and humor; l now see other sides to his character. He is not at all the bipartisan moderate that I thought he was. He has had some serious ethical lapses in his history, and there are big problems involving the management of Sandy funds.
I have done more reading, and I will say that I blew it too. I misjudged him.
I am very disappointed in him, but he is not the guy for NJ or for the presidency.

Feb. 11 2014 11:08 PM
Adam from NJ

Who will pay attention to the Star Ledger's endorsements next time?

Feb. 11 2014 03:08 PM
RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey


"Nj 11/2013 with turnout less than 40% no one voted for anyone. more Nj voters supported mitt in 2012 then chrissy in 2013.
Voters asleep at the wheel of democracy"

And what put the voters to sleep? (though in my opinion 40% is way more than 'no one'.) Could a lack of taking the shenanigans seriously have something to do with it? Christie sowed the idea that he was a 'reach across the aisle, get it done' guy. The merest scratch of that veneer produced a fuller picture that he was an arm-twister who is willing to enrich his donors at the public's expense if it gets him elected. A vibrant press that follows facts and reports them would have turned out this truth early enough for the voters - even the 40% who still bother -- to have made a better choice at the polls.

Would Christie have then lost to Buono...Probably not, but the outcome would have been more legitimate. As it is, we have four years of a guy that hoodwinked us.

Feb. 11 2014 11:15 AM
BK from Hoboken

@EZ- under investment? We have been throwing money at education in NJ for generations and still have not seen any positive results in Abbott districts. It was time for something new, someone not afraid to break up the stagnant status quo that obviously was not working. Here in Hoboken the per pupil spending is pushing $25k. For that much we should shut down the BOE and just send all the kids to private school. Buono was the typical old jersey democrat who is beholden to public employee and teacher unions. Se couldn't find one program to cut?

Feb. 11 2014 11:02 AM
Rosie from Bergen County

Shame on the Star Ledger!. Didn't they do their research? Mr. Christie's record through out his political career has been less than stellar. Republican voters are dogmatic so they would vote for the devil himself if he was a Republican candidate but anybody else who voted/endorsed him, shame on you for not doing your homework!
"We knew he was a bully but.." are you kidding me? What a lame, shameful excuse for a bad decision!!

Feb. 11 2014 10:53 AM
Mike from Tribeca

What does your guest think of the Christie administration's announcement that they will not allow any of its members to testify before the legislative committee?

Feb. 11 2014 10:49 AM
Tony from Canarsie

Of course the Star-Ledger endorsed Christie. They hate workers and love privatization.

Feb. 11 2014 10:46 AM

Nj 11/2013 with turnout less than 40% no one voted for anyone. more Nj voters supported mitt in 2012 then chrissy in 2013.
Voters asleep at the wheel of democracy

Feb. 11 2014 10:44 AM
EZ107 from NYC

Mr. Moran says he regrets endorsing Christie (knowing that he's a bully); yet he still favors Christie's education policy. What does Mr. Moran think is substantial about Christie's education policy if not just bullying and blaming teachers for structural deficiencies due to generations of under-investment. What does he think of Ms Farina's policies in NYC.

Feb. 11 2014 10:40 AM

Suddenly has become so relevant and interesting for readers and obviously writers alike. Citizens, politicians and even reporters acquired political capital they seem to have believed they needed in order to dare question their elected officials -- and even their very system.

Can the guest comment on why it took such a dramatic act (stopping everybody in their tracks for days) to rouse the sleeping giant that is us?

In other words -- has the guest learned anything from this incident about when to hit the emergency button?

* And does the Star Ledger consider itself a leader or a follower of public sentiment, and has that position changed at all in light of these recent events? If so, please give examples of how. *

Feb. 11 2014 09:53 AM

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