In a span of just a week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, he of possible presidential aspirations, found himself at the center of two scandals: his office’s involvement in lane closures that created massive traffic delays at the George Washington Bridge, a brewing controversy that he had managed to plausibly deny until the press got a hold of text messages and e-mails to the contrary; and his use of federal Sandy aid to shoot a series of commercials starring him and his family, spending now under federal review. The two scandals may not seem similar; one is about political retribution, the other about potentially inappropriate spending. Both are also, however, about the abuse of power. And, more importantly, both illustrate flaws in government far more than they do flaws in Christie. Both of the scandals, writes Ed Krayewski, present an opportunity for the not-so-small government Republican to start earning some small government credentials.
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