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Chris Christie Resign, Say 6, No, Make That 7 Newspapers Now

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By    |   Thursday, 03 Mar 2016 09:16 AM

The New Jersey Star-Ledger on Thursday joined six other local papers in calling on Chris Christie to resign the governorship.

"Gov. Chris Christie has made it abundantly clear that governing New Jersey is a distant second priority for him, far behind the demands of his personal ambition… he has sacrificed every scrap of his credibility in this craven grab at national power," wrote the editorial board of the Star-Ledger, referring to Christie's former presidential campaign. 

The editorial noted that the governor spent 261 days out of state last year, which is 72 percent of 2015. That percentage has gotten even worse in 2016.

"In any other job, he would have been fired long ago," the board wrote.

The editors then produced a litany of the state's problems that Christie has yet to resolve.

"Atlantic City is about to go bankrupt, and yet he sat on a reform package for six months without explanation. The transit system is in disrepair, with our link to New York City vulnerable to a crippling breakdown, and he watches passively as the transit fund drifts towards bankruptcy. New Jersey's fiscal crisis is the nation's second worst, and he has charted no viable path towards a political deal."

The scathing editorial concluded that Christie's "endorsement of Donald Trump is only the final blow, the moment when he lost any last shred of credibility. His fulsome praise of Trump, after his stinging condemnations only a few weeks ago, is impossible to believe…How much time will he spend in coming months campaigning for Trump?"

The jeremiad echoed much of what six New Jersey newspapers, all Gannett-owned and part of the USA Today Network, wrote in a joint editorial published Tuesday.

"For the good of the state, it’s time for Christie to do his long-neglected constituents a favor and resign as governor. If he refuses, citizens should initiate a recall effort," wrote the Asbury Park Press, Bridgewater Courier News, East Brunswick Home News, Morristown Daily Record, Cherry Hill Courier Post, and Vineland Daily Journal.

"It has been obvious for at least two years that Christie has put personal ambition ahead of the interests of New Jersey citizens," the papers added.

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