New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has made more traffic news. The Republican presidential candidate was spotted Friday morning zipping past heavy traffic in the emergency lane on the shoulder of a New Hampshire roadway, with blue sirens blaring atop his Jersey-plated vehicles.
The black SUVs were en route to a nearby veteran’s house for a campaign stop, several days after Christie formally entered the race for the Republican nomination. New Hampshire State Police spokesman Lt. Jerry Maslan told the Concord Monitor that he was not aware whether the campaign had permission to bypass the traffic or if the sirens were legal.
“I’m not aware of any law that would give them the right to do that,” Maslan said, though he made clear to the Monitor that he was not aware of specifics related to Christie. New Hampshire law says that officers with the power of arrest need to be operating a vehicle that has a blue siren. A reporter, Melissa Hayes of the (Bergen, New Jersey) Record, who was traveling with the carpool, said that there was a New Hampshire officer with the Christie campaign.
As his campaign gets underway, Christie is hoping that he can overcome a major drop in the polls after his administration was entangled in the nationally reported “bridgegate” scandal. In 2014, it was discovered traffic lanes on a bridge connecting New York and New Jersey were closed for what appeared to be political retribution, causing massive delays. The scandal has led to the federal indictment of high-level government officials connected to Christie.
Another Record reporter was quick to point out the irony of Christie’s campaign getting a fast track around the New Hampshire holiday traffic.
You'd think this guy would want to avoid being in any story with the word "traffic" http://t.co/9E5c25G1Sb
— Herb Jackson (@record_dc) July 8, 2015
Christie is currently polling sixth with 5.6 percent in New Hampshire among the wide Republican field, according to an average of polls by Real Clear Politics. Nationally, Christie is polling an average of 3.3 percent, or tenth in the field.