Chris Christie’s long, brutal winter keeps going.
The 51-year-old Republican, who may be eying a 2016 presidential run, was forced to cancel a ribbon-cutting this morning at a rebuilt elementary school in Hurricane Sandy-ravaged Ship Bottom. For New Jersey’s governor, the event was a return to his sweet spot after a tumultuous couple of months.
“The school is closed today due to inclement winter weather,” Christie’s office said in a note to reporters canceling the event.
A little recap: In November, Christie took a second term in a 22-percentage point landslide, then the following month two allies resigned amid press reports of intentional traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge. In January, he canceled his inaugural ball because of snow. The state’s supply of road salt dwindled and a few more events were canceled due to weather. Six hecklers were tossed out of a town-hall meeting.
And all the while e-mails dribbled out showing aides ordered the jams.
“From his political perspective the best thing he can do is to be in situations where he talks about anything else,” said Ben Dworkin, head of the Rebovich Institute of New Jersey Politics at Rider University in Lawrenceville. “Just because there’s a cloud of controversy over the administration doesn’t mean they still don’t have to govern.”