Chris Christie update: Toast in Texas

The embattled GOP governor gets a chilly reception in the Lone Star State

Published February 6, 2014 2:18PM (EST)

Chris Christie                          (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)
Chris Christie (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)

In his capacity as the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Chris Christie has decided to hit the road for a few fundraising events. Yet while Christie is hobnobbing with Republican donors and other GOP-friendly audiences, the press continues to examine his alibis for the Bridgegate scandal — and raise further questions. No matter where Christie goes, it appears, his troubles are not far behind.

Here's the latest:

  • On Thursday, Christie will be in Texas to fundraise for the RGA and to prove to Republican Party donors and power brokers that he's still a viable candidate for 2016. You can get a sense of what a tough sell that is, though, by the fact that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot, who's running against state Sen. Wendy Davis for Texas' governorship, has declined to meet with Christie. Ditto incumbent Gov. Rick Perry.
  • A recent report from the Bergen Record pokes a hole in Christie's earlier attack on his high school acquaintance and former appointee to the Port Authority, David Wildstein. In Christie's bizarre response to Wildstein's allegations that "evidence exists" showing Christie knew more about Bridgegate than he's let on, the governor cited Wildstein's being "publicly accused ... of deceptive behavior" by a teacher, when he was in high school, as proof of the man's duplicity. As odd as Christie's reaching all the way back to Wildstein's high school days for ammo was, the Record finds out that this attack isn't even true: Wildstein and the teacher in question reconciling and jointly agreeing that the whole incident had been nothing more than a "misunderstanding."
  • In other news of Christie push-back unraveling, Talking Points Memo has created a timeline of Christie's "evolving answers" as to when he learned about the lane closures and traffic on the George Washington Bridge.
  • The New York Times finds, unsurprisingly, that the Democratic Party has jumped all over Christie's troubles as of late, hoping to turn him into "a toxic figure" and put an early end to any hopes of Christie's to run for president.
  • And since a picture says 1,000 words, here's a new political cartoon from Stuart Carlson that's making the rounds. It rather succinctly depicts Christie's current situation.

By Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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