6 NJ Papers Call on Christie to Resign

'What an embarrassment. What an utter disgrace'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2016 11:00 PM CST
Updated Mar 2, 2016 1:00 AM CST
6 NJ Papers Call on Christie to Resign
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie introduces Donald Trump at a rally in Millington, Tenn., on Saturday.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

It's not just this New Hampshire newspaper that's fed up with Chris Christie after he endorsed Donald Trump for president: Six New Jersey papers issued a joint editorial Tuesday calling for Christie to step down as governor of the state, the Hill reports. "What an embarrassment. What an utter disgrace," reads the editorial from the Asbury Park Press, the Cherry Hill Courier-Post, the Morristown Daily Record, and others that are part of Gannett's USA Today Network. The editorial calls Christie out not just for his endorsement of Trump but for his "arrogance," "opportunism," "hypocrisy," "sarcasm," and "his long neglect of the state," which includes quite a bit of travel "on New Jersey's dime" as he campaigned for president and now as he campaigns for Trump.

"For the good of the state, it's time for Christie to do his long-neglected constituents a favor and resign as governor. If he refuses, citizens should initiate a recall effort," says the editorial, which notes that on Monday, Christie actually refused to take any questions other than those having to do with his nomination of a potential state Supreme Court justice—an unheard-of restriction for the press corps. And Christie has actually held very few press conferences at all since Bridgegate, making him quite inaccessible to the media. Asked on Monday why he wouldn't take other questions, Christie responded, "Because I don't want to." "Can you imagine any other governor saying that? Or President Barack Obama? Is that what Christie would have told the national press corps if he became president?" wonders the editorial, which calls for Christie to be "forced out." Read it in full here. (More Chris Christie stories.)

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