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NJ State Sen. Doherty: Christie Can Blame Himself for Bridge-gate

By    |   Tuesday, 05 May 2015 07:38 PM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has only himself to blame for the Bridge-Gate disaster that's brought indictments against three former aides and damaged the GOP, a bitter state lawmaker charges.

In a full-throated denouncement of the potential 2016 presidential candidate, Republican state Sen. Mike Doherty says Christie's "obsession" to get "100 Democratic mayors" to ensure a wide margin of victory in his 2013 re-election "led to this entire … scandal," the news website PolitickerNJ reports.

"He’s got no one to blame but himself for this fiasco," Doherty says, adding that Christie also ignored fellow Republicans who helped make his career possible.

"I think I represent a lot of people who think he used us to get into the office, and then when it came time to use up some of that political capital that we helped him garner, he decided he was not going to expend any political capital on any of the Republican candidates, he was just going to use it for his own ambition," Doherty tells the website.

Doherty charges, for example, that Christie showed up at for one 2013 campaign event just ahead of the vote at a popular food stand, "Hot Dog Johnny's," in Doherty's district, but wouldn't let any of the candidates speak.

"There were no speeches, none of the candidates running were allowed to speak, there was no platform or microphone, no nothing," Doherty says. "And we just stood around, freeholder candidates, sheriff, legislative candidates, Republicans, and basically stood around … and waited for the bus to show up, and the governor got out, and he was surrounded by what I felt was an extremely large number of states troopers."

"He didn’t want to be seen with Republicans or campaign with Republicans," Doherty adds. "It was like an ego trip, as opposed to actually trying to help Republicans get elected. It was almost as if it was an obligation but he really didn’t want to be seen with us."

Christie's myopic pursuit of re-election ultimately hurts the GOP in New Jersey, he says.

"One of the fundamentals of leadership is caring about your team, is not leaving anybody behind," he says. "The team goes across the goal line together, and a leader feels bad, ashamed, embarrassed when he leaves people behind. And here there was not even an effort to bring the team across the finish line. There was merely an effort for promoting himself. And we lost a tremendous opportunity."

Doherty now thinks Bridge-Gate is "going to be a continuing dark cloud over the state of New Jersey, it’s going to diminish the reputation of the Republican party, and good luck to somebody running in 2017."

"We have a lot of problems, and we’ve been pulled into this storm that appears it’s going to last another couple of years," Doherty adds. "I’m sick and tired of it, frankly."

The governor's office declined to comment, the website reports.

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