PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Dom Giordano talked with CNN’s Jake Tapper earlier today on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT about the political scandals surrounding New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Tapper responded to criticisms that the media has a vendetta against Christie after new allegations surfaced that the Mayor of Hoboken, Dawn Zimmer, was threatened that her city would be cut off from Hurricane Sandy relief funds if she did not approve a separate, non-related development project saying, “when a public official comes forward with a charge like this, on the record, it’s definitely news worthy.”
Giordano asked Tapper how much he’s covered the scandal involving the New Jersey Governor, and what drives the amount of attention he does get. Tapper responded, “We haven’t been covering it feverishly as if this is the only story worth covering. [But] it’s clearly a story. The guy is, according to polls right now, the front-runner for the Republican nomination, a powerful governor that was just re-elected overwhelmingly, and Chairman of the Republican Governors Association. I don’t see how it’s not a story.”
Tapper said that one of the reasons the scandals around Christie have received such high profile attention in the media is that they are easy for the general public to digest.
“It is very easy to understand some of these allegations or the emails and what they seem to suggest about causing traffic [delays] purposely,” Tapper said.
To that point, when asked to compare the scandals around Christie to the questions remaining about scandals that have recently dogged the Obama administration, Tapper replied that his son understood what’s been dubbed “Bridgegate” or “Bridgeghazi,” but, “I think it would be difficult to explain the questions about whether the IRS gave undo scrutiny to conservative or other political groups to see whether they qualify for classification in the tax code. I think my four-year old would struggle with that, if not fall asleep.”
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