New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s Democratic opponent can’t be trusted because her campaign took other candidates’ ideas and put them into a jobs plan. That begs the question, “Would Christie say the same about his friend Tom Foley?”
Christie was stumping for Walker in Wisconsin Monday and slammed Democratic challenger Mary Burke whose campaign plagiarized others’ ideas. Burke acknowledged the problem and blamed a consultant. “If you can’t trust her honesty and her integrity when she tells you that this is her plan, why would you trust her honesty and integrity on anything else she tells you about what she’ll do for Wisconsin or about Scott’s record?” Christie told CNN. “You shouldn’t trust any of it.”
Christie is also an outspoken supporter of Connecticut Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley. It was exactly a week ago that Christie was campaigning with Foley in Stamford, the hometown of Democratic Gov. Dan Malloy. Christie, the head of the Republican Governors Association (RGA), talked about how the organization would open its “significant wallet” to help Foley.
But since Christie’s last visit, Foley’s campaign was also found to be guilty of plagiarism, taking ideas from think tanks and using them—word for word—in his plan for helping cities in the state. Foley first denied that using good ideas from others was plagiarism but then quickly reversed course and blamed his staff for the problem. Either way Foley is guilty of the same thing Burke is. Only in one case, Christie backed the Republican and in the other, he slammed the Democrat. Sounds a bit hypocritical.
In Burke’s case, the consultant was fired. No such dismissals have been announced by Foley’s campaign despite his contention that “sloppy staff work” was responsible for theft of ideas.