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Christie gains respect for doing what Obama won’t: Holds people accountable

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
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Republican Chris Christie is no friend of tea party members, who consider the brash New Jersey governor too liberal for their taste. Nonetheless, the co-founder and national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots gave “the big guy” props for knowing how to accept responsibility — something President Obama seems incapable of doing.

The moment Christie discovered his staffers were responsible for lane closures at the Fort Lee, N.J., end of the George Washington Bridge, he fired two of them, made a prolonged apology and answered every question posed by the media.

And what of the president? The Tea Party Patriots’ Jenny Beth Martin said the comparison is an embarrassment to Obama.

“Abuse of power by government officials is wrong, whether it’s closing lanes in Ft. Lee, using the IRS to target political opponents, or waiving the law regarding ObamaCare,” Martin said in a statement, according to Breitbart News. “Today, Gov. Christie held some subordinates accountable. Time will tell whether this is enough. We’re still waiting for President Obama to hold anyone accountable.”

Each time a new White House scandal makes national headlines, the president calls a press briefing announcing he’s going to get to the bottom of it and will hold those responsible accountable. Within a week comes the stonewalling; a week later, it’s added to his list of “phony scandals.”

But the president doesn’t do it all on his own — he has help from the media.

The three major networks — CBS, NBC and ABC — dedicated 17 times more coverage to Christie’s “Bridge-Gate” in the first 24 hours than they reported on the IRS scandal during the past six months, according to NewsBusters, which reported:

Since the story broke on Wednesday that aides to the New Jersey governor punished a local mayor’s lack of endorsement with a massive traffic jam, ABC, CBS and NBC have responded with 34 minutes and 28 seconds of coverage. Since July 1, these same networks managed a scant two minutes and eight seconds for the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups

And that’s just one scandal. The Independent Journal Review lists a full 24 scandals involving Democrats that were under-reported , “that make news media’s ‘bridgegate mania’ look like a joke.”

Of those attributable to the Obama administration, the review included Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS targeting scandal, the tracking of AP/Fox News reporters, Obamacare’s no-bid contract awarded to a friend of the first lady’s and the National Security Agency scandal.

I can’t say I’m a Christie fan — he leans way too far left for me. But my respect for him has multiplied many times over in the last few days.

“America’s Mayor” Rudy Giuliani weighed in on the Christie press conference on Fox & Friends Friday. Watch that clip here:

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