For those who have not yet had their fill of the 2016 election, our cover story beginning on page 32 touches on several issues that will endure beyond the election: gerrymandering, as explored in David Daley’s new book, “Ratf**ked,” and the increasing polarization of U.S. politics and what the means for polls and those who analyze them — including Princeton University’s own Sam Wang, founder of the Princeton Election Consortium.
And if you’re hungry for still more election analysis, the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University offers a panel discussion on Thursday, November 17, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium in Robertson Hall.
“Election 2016 Debrief: What Happened?! What’s Next?” will include reflections on the campaign and analysis of the results, moderated by professor Brandice Canes-Wrone, director of the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics.
Panelists include: Samuel L. Popkin, professor emeritus at UC – San Diego and author of “The Candidate: What it Takes to Win (and Hold) the White House”; Nolan McCarty, chair of the Department of Politics and author of “Political Bubbles: Financial Crises and the Failure of American Democracy”; Deborah Amos, international correspondent for NPR; and Ali Valenzuela, assistant professor of politics.
#b#Beyond Bridgegate: Christie a Criminal?#/b#
The November 4 federal court guilty verdict for Governor Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, and his Port Authority deputy executive director appointee, Bill Baroni, has given potential fire power to another legal case filed in Bergen County municipal court on October 13.
The complaint filed by retired Teaneck firefighter and “citizen activist” Bill Brennan is based on the testimony of the federal trial’s star witness and architect of the bridge closing plan, David Wildstein, and alleges the governor’s apparent awareness and lack of action to stop the closings constitutes second-degree official misconduct, a charge punishable by prison. Judge Roy McGready agreed and issued a summons to the governor to appear in court on Wednesday, November 23.
Bennett Barlyn, the former Hunterdon County prosecutor who experienced his own Bridgegate-like incident (U.S. 1, October 5, 2016) took notice and offered the following observation:
“The recent (Bridgegate) verdicts reflect the fact that 12 impartial jurors unanimously accepted as credible beyond a reasonable doubt David Wildstein’s testimony. That testimony was subjected to withering and sustained attack by able counsel. Bottom line: the state criminal complaint based on that same testimony is amply supported by probable cause to prosecute the governor under state law. All eyes should be focused on what happens next in state court.”