Following Gov. Chris Christie’s failed presidential campaign and subsequent endorsement of Donald Trump, six New Jersey newspapers published a joint editorial on Tuesday, calling for Christie to resign his position as governor.
The six newspapers, which are all owned by Gannett, issued the call for Christie’s resignation after a press conference on Monday where the governor refused to answer any questions not related to his recent nomination of a state Supreme Court judge. When he was asked why he wouldn’t answer any questions, he responded like a spoiled child: “Because I Don’t want to.”
The joint editorial reads:
What an embarrassment. What an utter disgrace.
We’re fed up with Gov. Chris Christie’s arrogance.
We’re fed up with his opportunism.
We’re fed up with his hypocrisy.
We’re fed up with his sarcasm.
We’re fed up with his long neglect of the state to pursue his own selfish agenda.
We’re disgusted with his endorsement of Donald Trump after he spent months on the campaign trail trashing him, calling him unqualified by temperament and experience to be president.
The editorial then demands Christie to resign his position as governor, adding that if he chooses not to step down on his own, the people of New Jersey should start proceedings to have him removed from office.
For the good of the state, it’s time for Christie to do his long-neglected constituents a favor and resign as governor. If he refuses, citizens should initiate a recall effort. And we’re fed up with his continuing travel out of state on New Jersey’s dime, stumping for Trump, after finally abandoning his own presidential campaign.
The joint editorial then gives Christie a scathing reprimand for his refusal to answer questions from journalists, charging that by doing so, he is also refusing to answer to his constituents. After asking in writing a few of the more pressing questions that the failed presidential hopeful had managed to elude so far, the papers again called for Christie to step down as the governor of New Jersey.
It has been obvious for at least two years that Christie has put personal ambition ahead of the interests of New Jersey citizens. Sadly, members of his own party have displayed no backbone in trying to rein him in. When he has said “jump,” they have responded, in unison, “how high?” And the Democratic Party’s weak leadership has failed to fill the power vacuum. Christie has taken his hands off the rudder, and no one has rushed forward to help steer the boat.
New Jersey needs someone whose full attention is devoted to making life better for New Jersey’s citizens. That won’t happen until Christie steps down or is forced out.
Presumably, Christie will ignore the public call for his resignation. He certainly hasn’t cared about what is in the best interest of New Jersey in a very long time, if ever, so it would be shocking to see him choose the good of his state over his own ego and self-interest. Whether his constituents have had enough and are ready to start the process of impeachment remains to be seen, but we certainly know where these journalists stand.
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