One day after Chris Christie was mocked for standing behind Trump, calls for Christie to resign are hitting the headlines like a one, two punch. Actually, if you are keeping track, it’s seven. Christie dumped his hopeless run to the presidency in early February and threw his (considerable) weight – wink, wink – behind GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. For that, the New Jersey governor was condemned by over a half-dozen of his city’s newspapers, his backers have wholly carped on him and Christie’s poll numbers have plummeted.
Writes USA Today on March 2, via MSN News: “Seven New Jersey newspapers issued a joint editorial Tuesday calling on Gov. Chris Christie to resign in the wake of his failed presidential campaign and his subsequent endorsement of rival Donald Trump.”
During Trump’s Super Tuesday victory speech, Christie was propped up behind Donald’s shoulder, and looked equal parts uncomfortable and confused as he listened with a furrowed brow as his former opponent spouted platitudes and promises. The odd display spawned the hilarious twitter hashtag #FreeChrisChristie, but the worst came a day later.
Six Gannett-owned newspapers unleashed some backyard belittling of the fact that Christie now sheepishly stands in the shadow of the GOP bully. Among them, the Asbury Park Press, the Cherry Hill Courier-Post and the Morristown Daily Record – all owned by the USA Today network – did not mince words while delivering a strong denunciation.
Speaking of Trump’s shadow, the papers wrote: “Christie’s distraught expression as he stood with Trump during the press conference on Super Tuesday showed that even he can barely stomach this act of hypocrisy and opportunism. He looked like he had been taken hostage, or hit in the head.”
“We’re fed up with his opportunism, we’re fed up with his hypocrisy,” the editorial continued, demanding that Chris Christie resign. “We’re disgusted with his endorsement of Donald Trump after he spent months on the campaign trail trashing him, calling him unqualified by temperament and experience to be president… For the good of the state, it’s time for Christie to do his long-neglected constituents a favor and resign as governor. If he refuses, citizens should initiate a recall effort.”
The complete editorial can be read here.
“Gov. Chris Christie has made it abundantly clear that governing New Jersey is a distant second priority for him, far behind the demands of his personal ambition… he has sacrificed every scrap of his credibility in this craven grab at national power.”
The article claims Christie spent 261 days out of state last year – nearly three-quarters of his time as governor – and after traveling around with Trump, they are fed up. “In any other job, he would have been fired long ago,” the board wrote in its scathing editorial.
“His craven endorsement of Donald Trump is only the final blow, the moment when he lost any last shred of credibility. His fulsome praise of Trump, after his stinging condemnations only a few weeks ago, is impossible to believe.”
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