Andrea Bernstein

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John Moore/Getty Images. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie accompanying then Republican frontrunner Donald Trump at a Mar-a-Lago press conference on Super Tuesday, a few days after Christie had abandoned his presidential campaign and endorsed Trump, Palm Beach, Florida, March 1, 2016

Two days before he was sworn in to preside over the US Senate impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump, the Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts conducted a hearing on a different case entirely: concerning whether two former aides to former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie were properly convicted for running afoul of US anti-corruption statutes.

The Bridgegate trial, as it came to be known, was a result of an extraordinary abuse of power. Christie, a Republican, had set up a series of both rewards to entice and punishments to deter local elected officials in New Jersey.

His particular aim, back in 2013, was to run up the totals of Democratic mayors who had endorsed him during his gubernatorial campaign for re-election that year—to build a record of bipartisan support in anticipation of his own 2016 presidential bid.…  Seguir leyendo »