Christie’s former running mate invokes Nixon in Bridgegate commentary

Former Assemblyman Rick Merkt is the first of Governor Chris Christie’s former allies and fair weather friends to prematurely dance on Christie’s political grave.

Assembly candidates Chris Christie and Rick Merkt examine the ballot in 1995

Assembly candidates Chris Christie and Rick Merkt examine the ballot in 1995

Merkt, who was Christie’s running mate for Assembly in 1995 and ran a lack luster primary campaign against Christie in 2009, compares the governor to disgraced former President Richard Nixon in a interview with former MMM contributor Olivia Nuzzi for New York Magazine.

“You know, reading the reports about the GW bridge fiasco, I recalled how similar the governor’s conduct during the re-election campaign was to that of President Nixon during his victorious re-election campaign in 1972,” he said. …

… He had no need to engage in an abuse of power to win re-election, and, in fact, he won by a landslide. But Nixon just couldn’t help himself; he did it anyway; he eventually got caught, and it cost him his office and political career. One might surmise that it was the arrogance of power that did him in, but I suspect it was really his control-freak nature and deep vindictiveness fundamental to his nature. …

Remind you of anyone we know? I doubt the comparison will long be lost on New Jersey Democrats, who already smell blood in the water. …

…. Merkt says several people he spoke with in Trenton agree with the predictions that this will be the end of the governor’s 2016 presidential bid. “Given his vindictive nature, I always sensed that Christie would implode at some point, but I did not foresee it happening so soon or over such a petty matter,” said Merkt. “By the way, my recollection is that Nixon crushed McGovern by a 60 percent to 38 percent margin, a margin virtually identical to Christie’s victory over Buono.  Funny how history repeats itself.”

Politicos with Christie envy might as well get their names in print over the next week or so.  I think Christie will land on his feet and end up being an even more respected leader before the dust is settled on Bridgegate.

Before long Christie will be compared more to Truman than Nixon.  Watch for a “the buck stops here” Town Hall Meeting in Fort Lee before the end of the month.


Posted: January 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

5 Comments on “Christie’s former running mate invokes Nixon in Bridgegate commentary”

  1. Oh My said at 1:06 pm on January 9th, 2014:

    how the worms come out of the woodwork.

    The real worms missing though are bill, Ambrosio and Sage. Looks like Sage and occasionally Ambrosio found a new home over at the Nudniks because they accept their hateful ways, any thing to damage a Republican is the APP’s motto I say.


    Silence Dogood, Redux

  2. Republican in name and actions said at 2:24 pm on January 9th, 2014:

    This is a big scandal?

    If the Gov was a Dem the liberal media would not even cover this on a slow day.

    I just listened to some liberal talking head on TV say that this is the biggest scandal in the last few years.

    When the Commentator asked him if he considered the IRS targeting conservative groups a scandal, he said there is nothing to that no scandal there. He was asked if fast and furious was a big scandal and claimed that there is no proof the admin did anything wrong.

    Are you kidding me…….

  3. @Oh My said at 4:24 pm on January 9th, 2014:

    So, you read the APP despite calling them the Nudniks, lol. I have read all the comments on that site, including the names you reference I gotta agree with them, sorry to say.

    This was real bad what was done to these people–the kids going to school?? Really?

  4. This was really bad what was done to these said at 9:16 am on January 10th, 2014:

    people. Yes it was bad.

    I guess its not really bad that ATF agents were killed by guns provided by the Obama administration.

    I guess its not really bad that the Justice Department investigated Journalists.

    I guess its not really bad that our people were left to die in Bangazi and then the administration that did it covered it up.

    I guess its not really bad that the IRS was used as a tool against groups that do not agree with Obama. Oh and yes he just announced that one of his biggest donors will be heading a new investigation.

    I guess its not really bad that the President lied to the American People about Obamacare. Oh thats right in your world he did not lie.

    Oh yes I know you believe Obama had nothing to do with any of this. That he know noting about it, but you do not believe that Christie did not know about closing lanes on the bridge.

    Here is the difference. Christie took responsibility. Fired the people that were responsible. Met face to face with the Mayor who’s City was impacted. He did what a leader does.

    Obama does not lead. He lies.

    Now Obama appoints a Federal Prosecutor to investigate. What a Hypocrite, unreal. We have other things to investigate. (See the list above.)

  5. @@Oh My said at 12:02 pm on January 10th, 2014:

    Yes, I do read the Press online. I like to know all of the “lies and misstatements” that are “fit to print” by the Nudniks.

    But, “This was really bad” sums it up, so you can add this to your pipe and smoke it:


    As to the hateful Sage posting over at the Nudniks, he is just angry he wasn’t hired for a position in the sheriff’s department I think and keeps running with a tired old pony of a charge, one that has no legs and has never been found to have any legal standing. Hence, he’s just a tired and scornful hater.


    Silence Dogood, Redux.