Magazine December 31, 2016, Issue

Letters

Prosecutor, Heal Thyself

An item in the Week in the December 5 issue begins: “If there’s anything more New Jersey than having a corrupt political figure create artificial traffic troubles to torment a political rival for no obvious end than sadistic enjoyment, we do not know what it is.” One thing that’s more New Jersey was the near-universal response in the state when it was first reported that Chris Christie’s “traffic survey” had slowed traffic at the George Washington Bridge’s Fort Lee exit to a crawl: “How can they tell?” The surrounding area is notorious for having New Jersey’s worst traffic, and that’s a distinction that we Garden State residents do not take lightly (in fact, Fort Lee’s traffic was recently rated worst in the U.S. by a trucking-industry group). Adding congestion to Fort Lee is like carrying coals to Newcastle, or toxic waste to Linden.

Or corruption to Trenton. Another thing we take seriously in New Jersey is our crooked politicians, and here, sad to say, Chris Christie barely even makes the list. Jailing New Jersey politicians has become a wearisome ritual, like grounding your 17-year-old for staying out past curfew, and many of them were put away by Christie himself, in his days as a U.S. Attorney. He presumably knows where the bodies are buried, and how to run a payoff scheme — which makes the Fort Lee affair even more puzzling, because Jon Corzine, Jim McGreevy, Bob Torricelli, and Bob Menendez all got something for their misdeeds, but Christie’s scheme paid off in neither love nor money. That’s the second thing everyone in New Jersey asked about Chris Christie and Bridgegate: “What was in it for him?” Or as Thomas More might have said: “It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world . . . but for Fort Lee?”

Charles Grayson

Elizabeth, N.J.

Ping-Pong Politics

David French’s “Trumpocalypse” (December 19) is about as measured an assessment of President-elect Trump as I have seen, and I hope that our friends on the left take note — for their own sake. A hysterical reaction to Barack Obama made many conservatives susceptible to an extreme candidate on their side, a hysterical reaction to Donald Trump threatens to do the same to the Left, and no good can come from a politics that oscillates between extremes.

Jerrod Payton

Greensboro, N.C.

The Well-Given Damn

Far be it from me to make such a claim, but I think William F. Buckley Jr. would have found a special pleasure in Daniel Foster’s “A Course on Cursing” (December 19). Sometimes, a bad word is just necessary, as WFB seemed to understand. After all, he didn’t write simply, “Cancel your own subscription.”

Kimball Loyd

Dallas, Tex.

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Prosecutor, Heal Thyself An item in the Week in the December 5 issue begins: “If there’s anything more New Jersey than having a corrupt political figure create artificial traffic troubles to ...
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Law & the Courts

Why Wasn’t Andrew McCabe Charged?

The Justice Department announced Friday that it is closing its investigation of Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s former deputy director, over his false statements to investigators probing an unauthorized leak that McCabe had orchestrated. McCabe was fired in March 2018, shortly after a blistering Justice Department ... Read More
Law & the Courts

Why Wasn’t Andrew McCabe Charged?

The Justice Department announced Friday that it is closing its investigation of Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s former deputy director, over his false statements to investigators probing an unauthorized leak that McCabe had orchestrated. McCabe was fired in March 2018, shortly after a blistering Justice Department ... Read More
Elections

Trouble in the Workers’ Paradise

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is precisely the sort of campaign surrogate you want, especially if you are Bernie Sanders: She is young, energetic, charismatic, popular (with the people she needs to be popular with, anyway), and, happily, currently ineligible to run for the presidency ... Read More
Elections

Trouble in the Workers’ Paradise

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is precisely the sort of campaign surrogate you want, especially if you are Bernie Sanders: She is young, energetic, charismatic, popular (with the people she needs to be popular with, anyway), and, happily, currently ineligible to run for the presidency ... Read More
Law & the Courts

The Roger Stone Double Standard

Whether Roger Stone, the loopy, self-aggrandizing political operative, deserves nine years in Supermax for obstructing an investigation into Russia–Donald Trump “collusion” is debatable. Whether the powerful men who helped create the investigation that ensnared Stone have been allowed to lie with impunity ... Read More
Law & the Courts

The Roger Stone Double Standard

Whether Roger Stone, the loopy, self-aggrandizing political operative, deserves nine years in Supermax for obstructing an investigation into Russia–Donald Trump “collusion” is debatable. Whether the powerful men who helped create the investigation that ensnared Stone have been allowed to lie with impunity ... Read More