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Response to rocktivity (Reply #107)

Wed Aug 19, 2015, 07:08 AM

108. Where Have I Seen This Before.....

perhaps the Star Ledger editorial board is following your posts?

Christie's glaring hypocrisy on Clinton

Gov. Chris Christie can't believe the nerve of Hillary Clinton — sending private emails in her role as Secretary of State, and then deleting them. Imagine if, in the wake of the Bridgegate scandal, he had done the same thing?

"Can you imagine if, after the bridge investigation began, I came out and said, 'Oh, by the way, I have done all my business as governor on a private server and I have deleted now 30,000 of those emails, but trust me, none of them had to do with the bridge," the governor scoffed on CNN. "Give me a break."

Except that we don't have to imagine. Christie did, in fact, delete a dozen text messages sent during a Bridgegate hearing, which his office has gone radio-silent on ever since.
Granted, Clinton screwed up, too. Even though she is far from the only Secretary of State to do business on private emails — Colin Powell did also, and got rid of all of them— there is still no legitimate reason to establish a system that allows you to control the release of public information. Maybe Clinton wanted to remind us how difficult it is to trust her.

But who, exactly, is Christie to be criticizing?

He's one of the most secretive governors New Jersey has ever had. He charged that "Mrs. Clinton doesn't answer any questions," and slammed her for "refusing to be transparent." Yet Christie has used taxpayer dollars to fight dozens of public records requests, and gone months without holding a press conference, or even allowing a single question from the press at his public events.

Then, of course, there is Bridgegate. The whole premise of Christie's attack — that he would have gotten all kinds of grief if, after the feds started investigating, he had deleted emails — is not the same situation that Clinton finds herself in. She is not under federal criminal investigation, then or now. Christie's administration was under investigation, and he did delete texts directly related to the wrongdoing at the core of the scandal.

They were sent to his staff member while she was attending a televised hearing in which the top Port Authority official from New York testified the lane closures were not, in fact, a traffic study — blowing the whole cover-up story. What was in those destroyed messages, and why did the governor erase them?

And the most notorious email to emerge from this whole scandal —"Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" — was also sent from a private account, by a Christie staffer. So we're surprised Christie decided to go there. Maybe he heard Jeb Bush blame Hillary for Iraq, and figured there was nothing left that you couldn't go after her for.

"If Mrs. Clinton starts to answer questions, interact with people, maybe her poll numbers would be different," Christie said.

Imagine if, in the wake of Bridgegate, he had taken his own advice.


http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/08/christies_glaring_hypocrisy_on_clinton_editorial.html#incart_river

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