The New Jersey governor now in the middle of a political scandal over George Washington bridge lane closures has a reputation for hardball politics.
He's stripped a former governor of his police escort, he's pulled funding for a political scientist who declined to endorse Republican redistricting plans, and his office has pressured prosecutors who were investigating a Republican sheriff and fundraiser.
The New York Times reports he's also bought up what appears to be bogus ethics complaints against one Columbia University professor who's questioned Christie's plan for a gas pipeline through New Jersey. The pipeline comes up for a vote tomorrow.
Kate Zernike, who covers politics for the New York Times, joins Here & Now's Robin Young to discuss the governor's history.
- New York Times: Stories Add Up as Bully Image Trails Christie
- Press of Atlantic City: Fight over pipeline to B.L. England plant comes to head
- New York Times: Fighting a Pipeline, but Feeling and Fearing Christie’s Influence
This segment aired on January 9, 2014.