While most Republicans have kept their distance from Governor Chris Christie the former Mayor of New York City, Rudy Guiliani, has been willing to go on TV and other media outlets to push back against growing allegations of misconduct. Though his defense has not always been perfect, it has been consistent leading many to wonder why Guiliani had stepped forward.
Now the answers is clear. Guiliani is under contract with Mercury Public Affairs, the consulting firm for Michael DuHaime one of Christie’s closest advisors also implicated in the Hoboken/Sandy aid scandal as his firm did polling to show there was support for a real estate development project.
Mercury Public Affairs spokesman Michael McKeon confirmed the company had retained Bracewell Giuliani, the law firm founded by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani…
Giuliani has emerged as a defender for Christie as the U.S. Attorney and a joint committee of the state legislature have opened separate investigations into the lane closures in Fort Lee. Christie fired his deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly after a subpoenaed email revealed she had conspired to shut two of the three exits lanes, creating traffic jams and chaos for four days in September.
So the only person of any note publicly defending Governor Christie in the Bridgegate scandal is being paid by one of Christie’s closet advisors? Kind of sad really.
Governor Christie meanwhile, after claiming he would avoid the press to “focus on New Jersey”, has been out of state raising money for the Republican Governors Association. Christie recently went to Texas where he experienced a similar reaction the one he faced in Florida – the candidate for governor of the state did not want to be seen with him in public.
This has led some including former gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli telling Christie to step down from RGA and now GOP talking head Joe Scarborough labeling Christie and his scandals a distraction.
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said Monday that New Jersey Chris Christie has become a “distraction” to the Republican Governors Association.
“The fact is right now, he’s a distraction to the RGA,” Scarborough said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “If Republicans’ job is electing governors and you got a guy running the RGA that has Republican candidates running away from him, that’s a serious problem.”
Is the clock ticking on Christie’s tenure as leader of the RGA?
Resigning as head of the RGA could be the end of Christie’s political career, something he is surely aware of, so expect him to holdout as long as possible. Though on the bright side it will likely force him to live up to his claim that he will finish his term in New Jersey with a focus solely on the state.