Former President Bill Clinton was furious when a pro-Hillary Clinton group spoke out during New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) “Bridgegate” scandal, according to a new excerpt from the paperback version of HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton being released this week.
The episode recounted by authors Amie Parnes of The Hill and Jonathan Allen of Bloomberg News highlights the former president’s continued presence as a powerful force in Hillary Clinton’s political circle.
It also emphasizes a significant danger for Hillary Clinton: that differences and competitions among those close to her could torpedo her expected 2016 presidential campaign.
Former President Clinton blew up in December 2013, when when Correct the Record, launched by the Democratic super-PAC American Bridge to defend Hillary Clinton’s record from GOP attacks, criticized Christie over the news that officials close to the governor had shut down lanes of the George Washington Bridge linking New Jersey to New York to punish political enemies.
Clinton believed that Correct the Record had violated an iron rule of politics by attacking an imploding enemy. The former president was worried that the “collateral damage” to Hillary Clinton could have been high and that she could have been drawn into a polarizing debate.