Andrea Bernstein, who won a Peabody award for her work uncovering abuses of power in the Bridgegate scandal, is the author of American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power (2020) and the co-host of the Trump, Inc. podcast from WNYC and ProPublica. (January 2020)

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Corruption with No Consequences, from Bridgegate to Impeachment

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie accompanying then Republican frontrunner Donald Trump at a Mar-a-Lago press conference on Super Tuesday, a few days after Christie had abandoned his presidential campaign and endorsed Trump, Palm Beach, Florida, March 1, 2016

The traffic scheme on the George Washington Bridge also had a more general purpose: to telegraph to every other Democratic official in New Jersey that it was better simply to fall in line with Chris Christie’s political wishes than to cross him in any way. This type of behavior is precisely equivalent to the conduct for which President Trump was put on trial. It now appears that both abuses of power will be sanctioned, with potentially crippling consequences for fighting corruption in America.