Former Missouri lawmaker turned prison inmate says Christie woes aren’t behind him

A former Missouri state senator turned professor of politics and advocacy after spending time in federal prison for campaign finance violations says New Jersey’s governor is “actually in worse shape than he was in when the scandal first broke.”

Jeff Smith, a former Democratic lawmaker, penned a piece for POLITICO magazine describing how Gov. Chris Christie’s legal woes stemming from the George Washington Bridge lane closure are far from over.

“I noted this divide in January, when I predicated that Christie’s real problem was legal, not political, and that he would ultimately be brought down not by Bridgegate itself but by an unrelated investigation stemming from it in the same way that Monica Lewinsky had nothing to do with an ill-fated Arkansas land deal called Whitewater and Al Capone went down for tax evasion,” Smith wrote. “Federal prosecutorial tentacles would make an octopus envious. And so despite two marathon press conferences, a 360-page report produced after an internal investigation by Christie’s lawyer Randy Mastro and beheadings for much of his inner circle, Christie is actually in worse shape than he was in when the scandal first broke.”

Former Missouri lawmaker turned prison inmate says Christie woes aren’t behind him