Christie-Nixon comparisons are nothing new

Published by The Daily Record, Feb. 6, 2014

By Tom Benner

“Chris Christie, Meet Richard Nixon.”

That was the headline we put on an opinion column that appeared on Dec. 18, 1996, in the Daily Record, where I served as editorial page editor.

Richard Nixon wasn’t around to complain about the comparison, but Chris Christie sure was.

Christie was a young, aspiring politician at the time, brash and self-assertive in style, and he wasn’t shy about calling me on the phone to sell me on his way of seeing things. This time he was really miffed when he called. He insisted that such a comparison was completely unfair and off-base, and how could we allow it?
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