Bridgegate was a scandal that I never really got interested in. For me it was sort of petty college prank level stuff. My reaction was more “really, this is what they’re going with?? as opposed to a reaction of “He. Must. Resign. Today.”
The Star Ledger beat the drum daily for years and that was tiresome and I would scroll past the articles. I did a lot of scrolling. Actually most articles on NJ.com are worth scrolling past. But that’s another post.
So the Governor’s office had a press release noting the fact that the matter is over. http://nj.gov/governor/news/news/552017/approved/20170127c.html
Did it derail his career and Presidential aspirations? I think they were pretty much done without it. The man can talk. I’ll give him that. He can think on his feet when confronted. But as far as getting things done and governing? I think he missed so many opportunities that we will be bearing the brunt of it for years. NJ is sliding downward. Just drive around if you don’t believe me. Not crashing, but sliding downward. He didn’t do much to arrest that.
If he had more traction in the polls he would have gotten more scrutiny on his record. The things he touted as “fixed” are in fact not fixed at all. The property tax “fix” is nonsense. Towns just discovered that they can peel off services and bill for them separately.
He really didn’t get very much done.
What I think would have really killed his candidacy even if he survived the scrutiny was his plan to “save” Social Security by introducing means testing. So once again, if you worked and saved and were able to squirrel away enough to retire, the government would look at what you had and determine that the 15% or so percent that they withheld from you and your employer would no longer be yours anymore, and be handed to some impulsive and irresponsible person who didn’t save.
Which, as far as government behavior goes, is pretty typical.
But that is a crappy solution to the problem. A partial privatization would have fixed it without pain. A transfer of a portion of funds to an individual account where you could determine the allocation (so you had a shot to get it to get some return on investment) could have worked better. But to turn around and tell a large segment of the population they’ll get nothing and like it? Whomever his pollster was that said it would fly should have been escorted out immediately.
With his eviction off the Trump transition team, it’s not clear what’s next for him. At least I would think he won’t lose billions of dollars of his customers money trying to bolster a hare-brained investing scheme, like some people we know.