Gov. Christie’s press conference on the bridge scandal reminded me of this scene from “The Swamps of Jersey.”
Mayor Gabriel Richman, whose administration is dogged by hints by scandal is in the middle of a re-election campaign while Det. Frank Nagler is working to secure the evidence that will connect the wrong-doing to Richman:
“Doesn’t he have a clue, does he? Nagler asked himself. Or he’s hiding it really well. The county prosecutor’s office was working with he and Yang to nail down all the details they had, and until that task was completed, the indictments and arrests would wait. No one wanted this case to collapse.
Meanwhile campaign had been rolling into its last week and both Richman and Yearning had appeared at several debates and forums in recent days. Maybe he’s just too busy, or just too arrogant, Nagler thought. But if you act like nothing is wrong, then no one suspects. So Richman smiles and waves at campaign events, and shakes hands and purses his lips and furrows his brow when he speaks with a business owner whose shop was flooded out, and snarls and yells when Yearning suggests that he is a corrupt politician. Richman speaks about leadership and dreams, about rebuilding the city, about rising from the floods and the swamps and standing glorious in a new sun. And the crowds cheer, and wave their silly hats and signs; they chant his name. He smiles back, a man in his element. Love me. Adore me. I am yours.”