The only contemporary writer who regularly uses the term “condign justice” is George Will, who uses it frequently. “Condign” is usually paired with “justice” or “punishment,” and means “well-earned,” “appropriate,” or “deserved.”
Donald Trump screwed over New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who foolishly believed that his cynical endorsement of Trump could buy him a Vice-Presidential slot on a Trump ticket. Christie probably didn’t have a direct quid pro quo deal with Trump; he’s a good enough lawyer to know that this would have been illegal. He probably thought he had an “understanding.” How he could not have had an understanding that he was re-enacting the fable of the frog and the scorpion with him playing the role of the amphibian is a mystery. Trump is untrustworthy. Trump is a con man. Doesn’t everyone know that? We know Christie knows that, because he has said so.
Make no mistake: if and when Donald Trump takes the Oath of Office at the Capitol, Chris Christie will be one of the primary figures accountable for that national disaster. (I am beginning to think #1 will be the Democratic Party and its followers, who could not do a better job of making Trump look like the safer of two risky alternatives if they tried.) When the governor made his endorsement, Ethics Alarms awarded him its rarely given Ethics Villain designation. As the one candidate who could match Trump’s bluntness and audacity without the overwhelming stench of ignorance, Christie was the Republican challenger with the skills and credentials to take Trump out. Instead, he avoided direct confrontation with Trump in the debates and instead symbolically disemboweled Trump’s other most dangerous opponent, Marco Rubio. Then Christie dropped out, and conferred legitimacy on the blowhard by becoming the first non-wacko holding an important elected position to endorse him.
Uck, yechh, blech, gag.
Now Trump has chosen The Man From Glad, Indiana Governor and homophobe Mike Pence, as his VP. Pence. like Trump, is Christie’s inferior in every way, and the insult could not be more stinging if Trump had chosen Pee Wee Herman.
The New York Times today catalogued all the misfortunes that befell Christie last week:
I. One of his closest confidants pleaded guilty to a felony charge of abusing power at the agency that Christie had appointed him to lead.
2. Federal prosecutors charged a former cabinet official in connection with the same case, arising out of the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.
3. He was passed over by Trump, and
4. A storm knocked down a tree and power line outside of Christie’s home, starting a fire beside it.
Chris Christie, a man with the leadership skills and intellect to be an effective President, sold out his party, his nation and his fellow citizens for naked ambition. He is a disgrace to his profession, and deserves to be condemned by posterity to the special hall of shame reserved for ethically corrupt public servants, who discard their assumed duty of service to others for self-serving schemes.
Condign justice is his.