Faust

Chris Christie should value his soul more than thirty pieces of silver.

Just a month ago, there he was in New Hampshire warning of the evils of Donald Trump.

At a town hall meeting in Portsmouth, N.H., Mr. Christie expressed disbelief at Mr. Trump’s comment Saturday that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and lose no support in the 2016 campaign.

“It’s pretty amazing to say it, isn’t it?” Mr. Christie asked.

Briefly slipping into an impression of Mr. Trump — “We’re stupid,” he deadpanned in a throaty baritone — Mr. Christie said he empathized with voters who want to “burn Washington down.”

“But who’s going to rebuild it once it gets burned down?” Mr. Christie said. “That’s what you’ve got to think about.”

By nominating the wrong candidate, he continued, “We could wind up turning over the White House to Hillary Clinton for four more years.”

That prospect, he said, would be “like the eight years we’ve just had, except worse.”

And now Christie’s Faustian bargain includes shilling for Trump (as long as he doesn’t take the spotlight from The Donald).

Either New York values-types tend to cluster together, or maybe Trump has something on Christie that the N.J. governor would not like to be made public. It’s not like Trump hasn’t resorted to a form of plata o plomo (the kind of deals El Chapo favors) leverage before.

If you remember, just before the Iowa caucuses, Trump tried to strong-arm evangelical leader Bob Vander Plaats into endorsing him, and when Vander Plaats didn’t make the deal, Trump threw mud.

No mud for Pastor Robert Jeffress of Dallas First Baptist or Jerry Falwell Jr. of Liberty University. I am not claiming there is mud there, but a man like Trump has resources.

And with someone like Christie, who’s just across the river and was a Manhattanite for many years (“when I was a Federal prosecutor”), I’m certain there’s plenty to smear on the Jersey governor beyond the normal bridges and favors.

When Trump is through with Christie, don’t look for any quid pro quo like a VP slot. Two northerners, two easterners, two New Yorkers won’t fly on Trump’s dream ticket (who knows who he’ll choose but it won’t be Christie). And Kasich, as an active candidate can offer more than Christie as a vassal.

Just add Christie’s name to the list of Trump’s fallen who have knelt before Zod and sacrificed their self-respect to the short-fingered god of vulgarians.

About the author

Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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