It has been headlining these days. Republican Governor Chris Christie. The George Washington bridge. Lane closures. Political retribution. Oh my, this is not just a simple teenage prank – they got “authority” in the wrong hands.
You all probably know the whole story by now. Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie’s deputy chief of staff, ordering David Wildstein through email the closing of two of the three lanes (September 9-13, 2013) at the George Washington bridge to get back at Democrat Mark Sokolich (Fort Lee mayor) who did not endorse Christie in his last gubernatorial campaign. Then Christie washing his hands on the said incident – that even highlighted the death of a 91-year-old woman – fired his aides as a result.
Hmm… isn’t this immaturity?
Hey, he’s even vying for a presidential nomination?? So, as a wanna-be president, shouldn’t he display emotional stability?
Okay, he insists he never knew about this. Oh?! Then how much more if he’s handling the whole country instead of just a state? Ugh! It may not just be a traffic jam but plane collisions! God forbid.
As the head, one should be aware of what’s going on especially with his aides and close associates. Yes, that’s bit tough, but that’s why more than having them submit reports – you got to keep an eye from afar. Then again, to save some trouble, hire only “unselfish” and “confident” people. You would know one when you see one – after all, only an angel knows an angel. That is if you are indeed a good soul.
With this traffic scandal, many analysts speculates from legal consequences to the end of his political career. Ooh, just like that in a snap – eh, though some stills sees some hope in repairing Christie’s image. So, see? Think before you act. No. Think harder. How could you not know what’s going on?
Well, there are two kinds of mistakes. Revocable and irrevocable.
Then again in politics, if you do not directly make amends with those you faulted, you may not get that second chance. In this case, while the incident equated Christie with “greed”, it would take him sincere remorse – that is without “finger-pointing” but taking the blame – to calm those burning coals. Do not appear defensive but learn to listen.
Now, his opponents would keep pounding while his party-mates would start reflecting…
But for Governor Chris Christie, it’s time to exhibit patience and tolerance.
What’s your take?