Chris Christie's vanity problem

This, after all, is the same guy who threatened to drop the f-word on live, prime-time TV during the 2012 Republican National Convention if convention organizers cut short his three-minute introduction video. The video ran.

It’s also the same guy who is followed almost everywhere by an aide with a video camera, whose job is to catch every moment where the governor goes off on someone to make sure the clip can be blasted out on YouTube.

It’s the guy who turned a fleece, which he wore throughout his government’s response to Sandy, into a national news story.

Even if Christie isn’t directly implicated in the George Washington Bridge or ad scandals, at a minimum they leave the impression that Christie’s staff is fiercly protective of the governor’s image. Why else would a top aide work to cause a traffic jam in apparent retaliation for a Democratic mayor not endorsing the governor? The same question could be asked by federal investigators looking into the Sandy tourism ad, where the head of the panel in charge of selecting the marketing firm was a former aide to Christie, and had once received a $46,000 loan from him.