He also gained a reputation for hating unions, which quickly endeared him with the Republican voters. His biggest fights have been against pension benefits (which he had slashed) and the teacher’s union.
He hates teachers? Hates unions? Hates people? This guy seemed destined for greatness in the Republican Party, and that was precisely the track he was on. Swaths of GOP voters began to call on Christie to run for President in 2012, and tons of polls showed that he’d be competitive against presumptive nominee Mitt Romney.
Christie, hedging his bets, decided not to throw in against Romney and instead bid his time.
By the autumn of 2013, Governor Christie was consumed by scandal. A few of his top lieutenants had ordered the closure of two out of three lanes leading to the Fort Lee access point onto the heavily trafficked George Washington Bridge.
The move was said to be an act of retaliation against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, who declined to endorse Chris Christie for re-election. The order to close the lanes was totally traced to Christie’s office. Christie denied giving such an order, or even being aware of its existence.
The scandal also brought to light another, lightly discussed point; which is that Chris Christie has been kind of a shitty governor.
Before leaving the race, however, Christie did have one noticeable impact: he managed to slap Rubio around the New Hampshire debate stage, causing him to underperform in the next few contests, perhaps ending the last glimmering hope of a non-Trump Republican nominee.
And so, here we are. Dozens of newspapers have come out to condemn Christie for his endorsement, his would-be benefactor orders him to-and-fro, and he has an 30% approval rating in New Jersey, and no prospects of advancement with the electorate or even his own political party.
He managed to spit in the faces of his own constituents, bolster Donald Trump, and achieve absolutely nothing for himself except becoming the biggest fuck in American politics.