Chris Christie is just another old-fashioned New Jersey boss

Before he became governor, Christie was a zealous prosecutor. And it shows, writes Terry Golway

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CHRIS CHRISTIE has always encouraged voters to see him as anything but a politician. His lips seem to curl with contempt whenever he mentions New Jersey’s state capital, Trenton. He has long portrayed himself as an everyday citizen who shared the electorate’s disgust with shady politicians.

Actually, before Christie became governor of New Jersey, he did more than simply sneer at politicians: he brought them into courtrooms in handcuffs. He was the federal government’s chief prosecutor for the state, and in that role he indicted dozens of political figures on corruption charges. Perhaps he gained his low opinion of politicians while preparing briefs against various mayors and low-level officials.

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