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On Second Thought

Published: Monday, Jan. 13 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie removes his coat following a visit City Hall Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, in Fort Lee, N.J. Christie traveled to Fort Lee to apologize in person to Mayor Mark Sokolich.

Kathy Willens, Associated Press

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You remember the bridge to nowhere? New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may have just driven the bridge to oblivion.

Gov. Christie is proof that people may be apathetic about politics until you start messing with commuter traffic. Even Mussolini knew enough to keep the trains running on time.

Christie’s staff apparently orchestrated needless lane closures on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge as political payback for a mayor who refused to endorse Christie’s re-election. Actually, this sounds pretty tame by New Jersey standards. Nobody actually ended up in the water, if you know what I mean.

This is what’s known as trafficking, New Jersey style.

This does, however, make it harder for Christie to convince voters he wants to end gridlock in Washington, seeing as how his staff caused it in New Jersey.

Just imagine if Christie were to become president. He could order the Army to attack Harry Reid’s home state of Nevada. That’s one way to end a filibuster.

Won’t pass his budget recommendations? We’ll see how Congress feels when all the airports shut down.

Christie may not end up in the White House, but his claims that he didn’t know what his administration was doing sound pretty presidential right now.

For his birthday way back when, JFK was serenaded by Marilyn Monroe. For his birthday last week, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un was serenaded by Dennis Rodman. Yeah, that sounds about right.

Before playing an exhibition game involving former NBA players and the North Korean national team, Rodman engaged in a profanity-laced tirade against a CNN interviewer. Later he apologized, saying, among other things, he had been drinking. Apparently, he stayed sober enough in North Korea to realize his team had better lose the game.

You can’t really blame Rodman for liking Kim. He may be a murderous dictator presiding over widespread poverty and death camps, but Kim is just about the only person on the planet these days who wants to put Rodman back in the news.

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ new book should have been titled, “Why no future president will ever again appoint a cabinet member from the opposite party.”

Gates’ new book says Vice President Joe Biden has been wrong on virtually every issue over the last four decades. This is news?

Jay Evensen is associate editor of the Deseret News editorial page. E-mail him at even@desnews.com. For more content, visit his web site, www.jayevensen.com.

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