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Christie, Newly Demoted from Trump Transition Team, Faces Calls for His Impeachment

New Jersey governor Chris Christie has had a bad week.

On Thursday, a top New Jersey legislator called for Christie’s impeachment, and today, vice president-elect Mike Pence replaced him as chair of president-elect Donald Trump’s transition team.

New Jersey senate majority leader Loretta Weinberg called on Vincent Prieto, the assembly speaker, to bring an impeachment vote to the floor because of Christie’s alleged involvement in “Bridgegate.” Weinberg claimed that Christie was aware of his office’s politically motivated decision to close lanes leading to the George Washington bridge. The latest six-week Bridgegate trial, which concluded with two of Christie’s two former aides being convicted, unveiled “considerable testimony”  implicating Christie, she said.

Christie maintained his innocence throughout the trials. Either way, his political future seems bleak. Heading into his final year in office, his approval rating has sunk to a record low of 19 percent. Before the 2013 revelations, Christie’s approval rating was 70 percent. Time flies.

Austin YackAustin Yack is a William F. Buckley Fellow in Political Journalism at the National Review Institute and a University of California, Santa Barbara alumnus.

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