What a Difference A Day Makes

What a Difference A Day Makes

Some of you may remember a song popular many years ago called "What A Difference A Day Makes," about the things that could happen in just 24 hours. I was thinking about that the other day when I re-read the cover story in the July 2013 issue of Philadelphia Magazine. The title of the article, written by Michael Smerconish, was "Can Chris Christie Go All The Way?"

The article was generally positive, citing Christie's "brash, no b.s. style" and his "willingness to reach across the (political) aisle," including his praise for President Obama's actions following Superstorm Sandy. The article even listed, under the heading "The Quotable Chris Christie," many of the verbal punches he threw at reporters whose questions he didn't like and at New Jersey legislators with whom he disagreed. Depending on your point of view, his remarks could have been called "colorful," but in fact they were downright nasty.

A lot of the feel-good attitude toward Christie began to change in September 2013, two months after that article appeared, when three lanes were closed on the George Washington Bridge, reportedly the busiest in the nation, creating huge traffic jams for several days. All of this was tied back to two of Christie's associates, one in his office and the other his appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Things have gone downhill for Gov. Christie ever since.

He fired two of the people in his executive staff, several officials of the Port Authority have resigned (all of whom were appointed by Chris Christie), the New Jersey legislature and the U.S. Attorney have begun investigations and issued subpoenas and, more recently, a criminal investigation of the Port Authority has begun.

Throughout this mess Gov. Christie has maintained both his innocence and his ignorance of what was going on in his office and on the bridge. But public opinion has not been favorable to the governor as one revelation after another has been unveiled by the media, especially MSNBC, which has bashed him on a daily basis for the last several months. 

It makes you wonder, however, who Is Chris Christie?  Is he the take charge, in-your-face, so-called Jersey-style politician who takes care of his friends and crushes his enemies?  The mild-mannered, pleading "Golly, I never knew what was happening" guy on TV? Or a legitimate presidential candidate who goes "to see Sheldon and Miriam in Las Vegas" and stands in line with the other pols trying to shake the money tree?

One thing is sure.  Everything changed on that day in September when the first traffic jam occurred on the George Washington Bridge. Does all of the above answer the question posed by the Philadelphia Magazine article — "Can Chris Christie Go All The Way?" Only time will tell. 

 What a difference a day makes.

Beau Weisman, Editor