Jamie Fox. Christie cabinet member, former United Airlines lobbyist, long-time New Jersey political operative.
Oh, and a guy with connections to both the Bridgegate and the Chairman’s Flight scandals.
NJPR’s Matt Katz joins host David Furst to talk about his reporting on a man who has somehow avoided the scrutiny of legislators investigating Bridgegate. Fox worked for three out of the last four Democratic governors. He’s currently Christie’s transportation commissioner. Matt says even though he is “linked to two of the most notorious scandals to hit the administration,” Republicans AND Democrats in New Jersey seem to leave Fox alone.
Governor Christie was left for dead in the Hawkeye State, with polling numbers placing him near the back of the pack. This week, he picked up big endorsements from Iowa business leaders and was back in the state for another town hall event.
On one hand, the endorsements carry a lot of symbolic power. They come from a group that tried to recruit him to run for president in 2012 but, until now, shied away from supporting Christie this time. Joel Aschbrenner, reporter with The Des Moines Register, joins us to assess what value these endorsements have for the average voter.
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