[T]he night before Christie arrived, something had gone dreadfully wrong for the Republicans. Alan Rosenthal, who had been appointed by State Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner as the tiebreaker, the person whose vote would decide whose map would win, offered a compromise map for both parties to work with. … The Republicans told Rosenthal thanks, but no thanks. They’d stick to drawing their own map. … The Republicans, with Christie in the room, would have the last word in final arguments before Rosenthal on why he should pick their map … the Democrats … won.
A few months later Christie used his line-item veto powers as governor to axe funding for a fellowship program run by Rosenthal. No doubt Christie only had the interests of New Jersey’s taxpayers at heart. Any collateral damage to a political scientist who had gone against him was just one of those unfortunate coincidences that sometimes happen in politics.