Joe Scarborough has been criticized for his effusive praise of Chris Christie. Even throughout the "Bridgegate" scandal, the Morning Joe host has been giving the New Jersey Governor the benefit of the doubt. That may have ended with Monday morning's program as Scarborough criticized the internal scandal report released last week, stating, "Chris Christie delegated to a woman that now his people are saying was an emotional wreck because of a love affair. It stinks. It smells."
In a segment on whether Christie will be able to recover from Bridgegate, Scarborough ripped apart the report issued by Christie's lawyer that vindicated the New Jersey governor:
At the center of that staff you're talking about is a woman that now Chris Christie’s people would have us believe was an emotional wreck, a love-sick wreck. I mean, I don't think we can say it too much. It's just shameful what they are doing to Bridget Kelly right now, it's shameful. One of the most gratuitous sideswipes of somebody I’ve ever seen. And if she was really that much of a wreck and tears in her face and love sick, and all of the other things that they are claiming now that Bridget Kelly was, why was she running New Jersey?
But he wasn't done, when Joe was asked how he would have handled it as a politician running for office, he continued with his evisceration of the New Jersey Governor:
You knew in the Senate and I knew in the House, guys who were led around by the nose by their staff. Those people you want to keep away from the White House as much as possible because you want somebody in the White House that actually is running the White House and is hooked in. And I’ll talk about a Republican and a Democrat. I think the last two presidents have not been as connected as I would have liked them to be as president. So, yeah, I think you hit it. When Chris Christie says I delegate tons of authority and, by the way, my staff is a wreck. If you're going to delegate a lot of authority, you better be a good enough manager to know that the people you are delegating authority to be like James Baker. Ronald Reagan could delegate to James baker. Chris Christie delegated to a woman that now his people are saying was an emotional wreck because of a love affair. It stinks. It smells.