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A governor, a bridge ... and political bullying

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has a reputation. Actually, he has several reputations. One of the less savory ones is that of a bully. In December, the New York Times tallied up a few of his nastier moments. The story is eerily prescient, mentioning allegations that Christie aides ordered the traffic tie-up on the George Washington Bridge in September, charges that at the time Christie described as preposterous. On Wednesday, those nasty allegations got a little less preposterous. And so the governor talked the talk of the unwitting and wronged victim. In a statement, he said: "What I've seen today for the first time is unacceptable. I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn that not only was I misled by a member of my staff, but this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made without my knowledge." Go ahead, tally it up: In just two sentences, he managed to slip in three references that he didn't know about the conduct and four references that he was really mad about it. Those aides may not tell the boss everything, but they sure can write press releases!
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