NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie finds himself ensnared in child's play.
The Republican governor addressed the press on Thursday to apologize for lane closures to critical highways in New Jersey seemingly ordered by close aides, who did so as political revenge.
But the criticism isn't simply about a few traffic lane closures; instead, it paints Christie and his administration as approving actions more characteristic of youngsters than professionals.
"There are lines of politics that you do not cross," Michael Goldman, a 45-year Democratic consultant, said in a phone interview from Boston. "It's a scandal because there is a sense that after an election is over that the job of a Republican, Democrat , independent -- whoever wins -- is to do public service."
Christie is two months removed from a landslide reelection victory, and possibly a year and a half shy of launching a national campaign to run for the Republican presidential nomination. In the year leading up to the Fort Lee bridge closing scandal, which emerged Wednesday, Christie had drawn national attention as a GOP figure who retained office in a typically Democratic state, and who stood side-by-side with President Barack Obama a week before the 2012 presidential election and thanked him for his help in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Now, though, the release of emails from some of the governor's senior staff who called for lane closures of critical commute routes to New York City and elsewhere -- supposedly ordered as a type of punishment on Fort Lee Democratic Mayor Mark Sokolich for not supporting Christie's reelection campaign -- could create the perception that Christie is an overgrown child.