Why Do We Care About the Chris Christie Scandal So Much? Transportation!

Why Do We Care About the Chris Christie Scandal So Much? Transportation!

In light of Chris Christie’s George Washington Bridge scandal, we’ve learned one thing: transportation can make or break an elected official. Emily Badger, a writer for The Atlantic Cities, focuses on the idea that “[h]ow we get around has an enormous influence on our quality of life, and so it’s central to what we expect from our elected officials.” Transportation may be the most influential aspect on our daily lives because without the ability to travel, we cannot do much of anything.

Transportation is an important issue for many Americans because it involves so many elements such as “parking policy, street design, traffic management and mass transit planning.” This makes it a hard subject for any elected official to ignore. So, if the scandal was surrounding a different topic such as a development project, it may have not been so widely circulated across the US.  But, as it is, the entire country is focused on the importance of transportation issues at the political level.

Rebecca Hertz


Rebecca Hertz is the Assistant Executive Director of Friends of White Flint. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, Worcester Massachusetts in 2012. She completed her Master’s Degree from Clark University, as well, in Community Development and Planning in 2013. She is interested in how built environments impact the health and growth of communities. Prior to this role, she worked as a youth worker and mentor for several non-profit organizations in Maryland and Massachusetts. She grew up in Rockville, MD and has recently moved back to the region.

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