New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is dealing with the biggest national political scandal of his career.
The revelation that his top aides appeared to orchestrate the closing of several lanes on the world’s busiest bridge to punish a local Democratic mayor of Fort Lee has stunned the political world.
Christie insists that the news stunned him too. But how he handles this crisis could affect his ability to stay the front-runner in GOP politics going into 2016. The scandal also threatens to damage his management credentials as a governor, which have been one of his competitive advantages over other prospective 2016 presidential contenders.
There’s plenty of advice for Christie to go around. We collected some of the offers on crisis management via social media:
If I were Christie, I would go on camera, show how angry he is, dismiss his staff and apologize to the public – and the mayor. Be blunt.
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) January 8, 2014
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) January 8, 2014
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) January 8, 2014
Carville: Christie needs to get to Fort Lee pronto, walk around, make your statement, be contrite, human, get out in front.
— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) January 8, 2014
Kean to Christie: “My advice to him: get it all out now.” http://t.co/GLPCqfvKLi
— Robert Costa (@costareports) January 8, 2014
Advice for the Christie administration from The Godfather http://t.co/zFVh8Licuk
— BuzzFeed Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 8, 2014