Rob Richie and Devin McCarthy in Salon:
We now know that in 2013, the administration of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at least twice used its executive powers of governance for political ends. The story that’s received the most attention, of course, is high-level Christie aides calling for lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, possibly for political retribution against the mayor of Fort Lee. But another scandal received far less attention: the news that Christie called for a costly, self-motivated and unnecessary U.S. Senate special election just weeks before Election Day to boost his own vote percentage.