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Political hacks shouldn't be in charge of bridges

    Of the scandal threatening New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the aspect that struck me most forcibly had nothing to do with the governor's prospects in 2016. I suppose I reacted as a foreigner and a former civil servant: Putting aside the details of who knew what and when, how could an instruction to create a four-day traffic jam for no reason but partisan spite ever come to be issued, let alone carried out? That it was tells you something about politics and public administration in the United States.

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