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posted: 1/14/2014 4:40 AM

Christie's minions know Shakespeare

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Christie's minions know Shakespeare

His minions take political revenge by shutting down Fort Lee, N.J., and blocking the busiest bridge in the world, and yet the governor of New Jersey knows nothing about it? Shakespeare never saw Fort Lee, but he could explain.

In "Antony and Cleopatra" (Act 2, scene 7) the pirate chieftain Pompey is hosting a wild shipboard bash to entertain his new treaty buddies, the three political bosses of Rome. Young Caesar tries in vain to stay sober, Lepidus passes out, and even Mark Antony, an experienced drinker, is getting stewed. An underling sidles up to Pompey and suggests that he cut the cable, put out to sea, and murder the three guests. Then Pompey can take over Rome. The honorable pirate chief replies:

"Ah, this thou shoulds have done

And not have spoke on't! In me 'tis villainy;

In thee't had been good service ..."

As a former Jersey girl, I am proud to see that Governor Christie did not surround himself with a bunch of uncultured ignoramuses. His underlings know their Shakespeare.

Norma Hass

Sleepy Hollow

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