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January 12, 2014

DUVALL: Christie and Cuomo a study in contrasts

Tonawanda News — New York and New Jersey share many things: A couple football teams, one of the world’s largest metropolitan centers, a reputation for rather pushy residents. 

The governors of these two states share almost nothing in common.

We’ll start with Chris Christie, the bellicose Jersey guy who’s been derisively described as the second most important Boss from the Garden State.

His administration’s monstrously stupid effort to tie up traffic to exact political retribution against a small-time mayor who wouldn’t endorse Christie’s re-election campaign is the epitome of childish. 

Did Christie’s team — we assume, for now, the governor isn’t so dumb as to go on TV howling he knew nothing of the plot if he actually did — really think no one would notice a massive four-day traffic jam on the world’s busiest bridge? Did they think no one would ask the obvious question: How come those lanes are closed for no reason?

Their answer when the inevitable questions were asked: We were doing a traffic study and it determined when we close lanes traffic backs up.

Snookie and J-Woww could have come up with a better answer than that.

Christie’s long-winded mea culpa was the stuff of political legend. He talked for nearly two hours and somehow by the end of it seemed to imply we should feel bad for him because he was the guy who got lied to — “betrayed,” to use his word.

Bill Clinton would be proud.

Perhaps my favorite part, though, was when he declared “I am not a bully.” 

Folks, anytime a politician makes a direct statement denying a personality trait the opposite is pretty much always true. (To wit: “I am not a crook.” “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” “I’m a decider.”)

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