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The NY Times Analyzes Chris Christie’s Rhetoric As ‘Misstatements, Exaggerations’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie‘s rising star power has earned him a New York Times review of his public statements over the last year, and the Times comes very close to calling Christie a liar. In a carefully worded story by Richard Perez-Pena, the Times reviewed Christie’s public statements over the past year and determined “some of them do not hold up to scrutiny.” As Perez-Pena writes, Christie’s “misstatements, exaggerations and carefully constructed claims belie the national image he has built as a blunt talker.”

Christie did not cooperate with the Times story, but the governor’s communications director, Maria Comella, said, “If a result of him being engaged directly with the people of New Jersey is a story that splits hairs, we’re happy to take that trade-off any day.”

A far harsher evaluation comes from Brigid Harrison, a political science professor at Montclair State University:

“Clearly there has been a pattern of the governor playing fast and loose with the details. But so far, he’s been adept at getting the public to believe what he says.”

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