In a 2003 interview on New Jersey Network
, legendary Hudson County insider Paul Byrne
offered up some free advice: "Politics 101 in New Jersey: don't tick off the U.S. Attorney." Apparently suffering from a huge shortage of testosterone, it seems the Democratic elite in this very blue state follow Politics 101 rather religiously — top political leaders have absolutely no interest in talking about Christopher Christie
, the federal prosecutor and the state’s #1 Republican.
Attempts to get key Democrats to talk about why the U.S. Department of Justice initially placed the corruption-busting Christie on a list of prosecutors to be fired, and the reason he was eventually taken off the list, were mostly unsuccessful. That means that the advice of Paul Byrne (who pleaded guilty to corruption charges made by Christie's office) trumps any advance preparation to help Jon Corzine beat Chris Christie in the 2009 gubernatorial election.