Yes, it is Richard Nixon's birthday
today, someone on Twitter pointed out.
Though he denies, it has been deemed that Chris Christies, New Jersey's wildly popular and entertaining governor, a man who decries politics and is celebrated for his ability to get things done and step across the aisle, is the top presidential candidate for the GOP.
He may be, but he is struggling this week as Bridgegate, as Twitter is calling it, explodes, the scandal that he has long denied but appears to have seen his administration punishing a town's residents with a poorly timed traffic study that snarled traffic.
As a commuter, messing with the drive is one grave sin. Not as sexy as an affair, for the media, but for people stuck in traffic, politics wasting our time and productivity is unforgivable.
How Christie handles it is the key. It's not like his weight and eating a donut on late-night TV. Early thoughts are that blaming others and firing them quickly will not do the trick.
The governor's lengthy press conference avoided the usual advice of keep it simple and apologize and then get out of the room. He took the questions, which is good. He rambled on and expressed many emotions, but who knows how people will take that attitude.
Here's what people were saying on Twitter, looking at the Bridgegate hashtag, which is always loads of fun and very insightful:
- Siouxsie Sue @JanisIanCurtis
I had to stop listening to Christie, my quota of male blathering was hit for the day. #bridgegate
- Jennifer Maurer @Maurer_Jen
Can't get the image of Christie in boxers and suspenders in his bedroom, turning red as he read the news on his iPad. Argh! #bridgegate
- Matt Arco @MatthewArco
Christie #bridgegate press conference approaching 1.5 hours. Press corps laptop batteries beginning to die. This one may be next…
- R.S.S. @_R_S_S_
Why would Kelly lie to Christie about actions that couldn't possibly benefit her personally in the slightest? #bridgegate
- Kellan Martz @KellanMartz
Chris Christie is trying his best but not coming off as fully believable. He had to know about #bridgegate to some degree. embarrassing 4 NJ
- Brian Garcia @CieraRio
Breaking News: Jersey Shore cast hopes people don't judge whole state by actions of Chris Christie. #bridgegate
- Erik Rhine @Erhine1
Chris Christie is taking more heat from the media over #bridgegate than Obama got for the IRS, NSA, Obamacare, national debt, and so on.
- DamienMShirley @DamienMShirley
Chris #Christie isn't a good Gov if he doesn't know what the people in his own office--including close advisors--are doing. #Bridgegate
- Frank Scandale @FScandale
""#bridgegate @PoliticalStile asking the right question: why did your staff think they could do this?
- The Daily Edge @TheDailyEdge
Christie: "I believe the people of New Jersey will forgive me. Especially when they see my sad face" #bridgegate pic.twitter.com/pBhXmj64la
- Kathy Gray @michpoligal
Chris "I am not a bully" Christie presser going on for more than one hour. #bridgegate.
- Sheryl Kaye @sherylkaye
This presser has turned in to self indulgence true to who @GovChristie is. Already over an hour and 15 minutes and counting. #bridgegate
- Scott Wooledge @Clarknt67
Not sure #NJ's @GovChristie is now accomplishing anything more than ensuring there is TONS of video for the 24-hour news cycle. #bridgegate
- April @ReignOfApril
Why wouldn't Christie request the same documents/emails, etc the Bergen newspaper has? That really makes no sense. HUGE problem. #BridgeGate
- Chelle @chellegaylor24
He fired his Deputy Chief of Staff without even talking to her. No surprise there, most bullies are cowards. #bridgegate
- Andrew Jerell Jones @sluggahjells
It's gotten so bad for Christie, Fox News has pulled the plug and left the press conference #bridgegate pic.twitter.com/apWkOTM8i9
- Alex Trillo @atfiles
1 hour and 22 minutes. An apology has turned into an episode of Biography. #bridgegate #mediahasnolife
- Robert Mitchell @RLM_3
Chris Christie is picking a fight with a true fighter. Mayor Sokolich will start issuing receipts and I can't wait! #bridgegate
- Midterm Machine @MidtermMachine
Christie can't stop lying or blaming other people! It's pathetic and disgusting. Be a man fess up! #bridgegate #ChrisChristie
- Scott MacNeil @WinnipegFatArse
Chris Christies's body language in this "long march" presser leads me to believe his bravado & confidence is ebbing. #BridgeGate
- kherman @kherman
Christie sending diplomat extraordinaire Dennis Rodman to Fort Lee to smooth things over. #bridgegate
- Sam @ohsam
I wish someone got fired every time there was inexplicable/unnecessary traffic #bridgegate
- Deborah NYC @DebsWorldNY
Funny, never seen Christie be this humble and respectful when at a school meeting w/ general public or teachers. Actual VOTERS.
- Greg Kielec @gkielec
Let me know if Gov. #Christie suddenly sprints across the room and knocks over an elderly lady. #FordChristie #bridgegate
- John M. Becker @freedom2marry
BAHAHA RT @GlennThrush: Having exhausted credentialed press, Christie is now fielding questions from drifters and custodial staff #Bridgegate
- Elsie Snuffin @ElsieSnuffin
It's Richard Nixon's birthday. How's that for timing? I mean, if you're going to jump... #bridgegate pic.twitter.com/AVOBAArhNX h/t @BeschlossDC