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The Jersey roots of Trump’s despotic rule

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Our country is in the throes of a governing crisis unlike any in our history and the rule of law is at stake.

A narcissistic racist despot is President of the United States and has enlisted the upper echelons of the executive branch into an ongoing criminal enterprise which has as its goal his re-election and destruction of his political enemies.

It remains an open question whether or not the theoretically two co-equal branches of the federal government are up to the task of holding Donald Trump and his posse of rogues, accountable for their international crime wave.

If it goes the way of Bridgegate, Mr. Trump and his avenging minions have absolutely nothing to worry about.

In Donald Trump and Chris Christie, we have two men who have cashed in on the affinity that so many Americans have for their brand of smash mouth bully politics. This sort of brute force personality draws the source of its power from a cult of personality that provides followers with the sense of agency that’s lacking in their own lives.

It is understandable.

In a nation poised to move from being dominated by a white male patriarchy that asserts its dominion with such phrases as “because I said so” this cohort of the body politic is having trouble adjusting to power sharing with the rest of humanity.

It is worth noting that at a key point in Donald Trump’s race for the nomination, it was Gov. Christie’s endorsement that tossed the Republican contender a lifeline of political legitimacy.

The silhouette of this current crisis should be familiar to the residents of New Jersey who were around for Gov. Chris Christie’s Bridgegate gambit when his........

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