“Hardball Politics”

The New York Times, Monday, January 13, 2014

Adding to Christie’s Troubles, a Rift With a Former Mentor Widens, by Kate Zernike

“It is a sign of increasing trouble for Mr. Christie, then, that former Governor Kean–a man he frequently calls his mentor–has been leveling some of the sharpest criticism at him following revelations that Christie aides ordered lanes closed to the George Washington Bridge in September as an act of political retribution…

The first cracks (in the Governor Christie, former Governor Kean relationship) came after Mr. Christie’s reelection, when the governor worked to oust Mr. Kean’s son, Thomas Kean Jr., from his role as leader of the Republican Minority in the State Senate…

In his interview with the (Washington) Post, former Governor Kean said Mr. Christie’s treatment of his son has been typical of the hardball politics the governor had brought to his office. ‘If you come back at him,’ he said, ‘he’s going to come back at you harder.”

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