The daily STEW (Star-Telegram Editorial Writers): Aides to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie apparently engineered a traffic jam at the entrance to a key bridge last year as retaliation against a mayor who would not endorse Christie for re-election. Does this harm Christie as a White House contender, or could Americans be in the mood for a political strongman as president, a la LBJ?
This shows mismanagement of tax funds resulting in at least one death due to slowed ambulance response. The governor is the manager; therefore at fault, and we will see an investigation resulting in a resignation. His whole career is over — not just the presidency. Derek Lee Snow
I sure wouldn’t vote for him. That is a very selfish and juvenile move. American politics these days could not handle a strongman like LBJ. …He got things done without worrying about offending anyone and everyone, as it has become today. We need someone like that … Susan Taylor Eurto
Not that I condone the lane closures, but I don’t see why we should assume that the action would prevent him from reaching the top office. “Apparently,” Hilary Clinton is the Democrat’s heir apparent to the Oval Office and look at the stuff she has been accused of. Timothy Fish
This damages my respect for Christie’s ability to chose staff that works for the people. Snub the individual; don’t complicate the lives of citizens unnecessarily. Fort Worth people experience the difficulty of road construction everyday. Don’t mess with the roads. Michelle Henk
Christie is a “big” fraud. His background as a lawyer is mired in cronyism and bullying. Bear Rich
It doesn’t matter if he knew or not. It shows that his staff felt they could get away with it. As with the president, he has no control and is not projecting the attitude that this would not be an appropriate thing to do. Carol Walthall Fine