Chris Christie's newly bumpy road to 2016
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Being the boss is chris Christie’s brand. In a slick-talking business, New Jersey’s Republican governor has made bombast his signature and has turned a temper into an asset. He berates hecklers, shouts at the press and has confronted a detractor on a boardwalk, ice cream cone in hand. He has a job to do, decorum be damned.
But there is a delicate line between rhetorical bluster and official bullying, and his staff appears to have crossed it. Emails and text messages released on Jan. 8 as part of an investigation into lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in September suggest that a top Christie aide deliberately snarled traffic on the nation’s busiest span to inflict retribution on a political opponent.