By Cheryl K. Chumley – The Washington Times
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie used to have a political career, a support base and the respect and admiration from frustrated Republicans everywhere who were fighting the good fight but being thwarted by bully-type Democrats, thuggish union members and a complicit far-left media.
And then he went to the beach. And there, the last remnants of his political capital roasted and burned. What a fall from grace.
Who can forget the widely watched video of Christie taking on the teacher unions, putting the arrogance of an educator in its rightful place? That was back in 2010, but it was an eye-opening moment for the political world, one that set Christie’s mouth as a shining example of bold, brash Republican righteousness.
A taste: “New Jersey has some of the best schools in the nation and this administration has done nothing but lambast us,” said one teacher, to Christie during the 2010 town hall.
She went on a bit, criticizing Christie for his leadership and ultimately blaming his administration for her looming inability to pay her bills. And Christie’s response?
Classic. He began by respectfully denying that he’s lambasted the teachers. And when she smirked?
“If what you want to do is put on a show and giggle every time I talk, I have no interest in answering your question,” he said, telling her to “sit down” if she didn’t want to be respectful.
That was the Christie that Ann Coulter wanted for president — that the conservative base in America cheered.
It’s been a long journey from that moment for Christie, one that saw his golden political star tarnish with a bridge-closing scandal, a couple too-cozy moments with Barack Obama, a failed presidential run in 2016 and finally, a bungled position with the incoming President Donald Trump administration that saw him replaced by Vice President Mike Pence.
All that’s recoverable, though. Time would’ve given Christie another chance in the political world — another opportunity for high-ranking public service.
But this beach trip, caught on camera, is an optic that’s going to be tough to survive.