Jennifer Rubin: Christie Should Stop Talking About Bridge-gate

Friday, 28 Mar 2014 06:21 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may further hurt his brand by continuing to defend himself against the bridge-gate scandal, according to conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin, author of the Washington Post's "Right Turn" blog.

"There comes a point at which the press conferences, the interviews – he did one with [ABC News'] Diane Sawyer last night — become counterproductive," Rubin told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"In other words, all they do is absolutely fix this scandal to Christie, so you can't see him without thinking: scandal. He and his team have got to, at this point, begin to say less rather than more."

This week, a team of lawyers hired by Christie to conduct a $1 million independent probe of bridge-gate, concluded the Garden State leader knew nothing about his top aides engineering a massive traffic jam in Fort Lee, N.J. for three days in September, 2013, for political payback.

"Frankly, I thought that's why they were hiring the lawyers so that the lawyers can deal with these questions and Christie can go back to being a governor," Rubin said.

She said Republicans have yet to find anybody with the same bipartisan popularity of Christie for a presidential run in 2016.

"No one has been found yet who is Mr. Charming, who is going to come sweep the Republicans off their feet and give them essentially Chris Christie without the baggage," Rubin said.

"In other words, give them somebody who has big bipartisan appeal but doesn't have a scandal that's going to become a distraction and they haven't found that person. Maybe they will.

"[Former Florida Gov.] Jeb Bush says he's going to make a decision whether to run by the end of the year. [Rep.] Paul Ryan [of Wisconsin] will do the same. We'll see. If that happens, then you may see the air, such as it is, fly out of the Christie balloon. But so far, he's kind of been treading water and that's because the rest of the field has been treading water."

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

McCaul: Shut Down Obama, Not Government, Over Immigration

Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 13:33 PM

Republicans aren't going to shut down the government over President Barack Obama's immigration order, House Homeland Sec . . .

SNL Mocks Obama's Amnesty Bill with 'Schoolhouse Rock' Skit

Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 12:56 PM

Saturday Night Live took on President Barack Obama's executive order to halt deportations of up to 5 million illegal im . . .

Santorum: Obama's Order 'Opens Pandora's Box' For Future

Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 12:27 PM

President Barack Obama opened Pandora's box for every president in the future with his executive order on immigration, . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved