Christie trumps A-Rod and Bieber on Facebook
January 16th, 2014
02:25 PM ET
9 years ago

Christie trumps A-Rod and Bieber on Facebook

(CNN) - A-Rod and Bieber may have steroids and eggs, but Chris Christie and his bridge have created the most buzz on Facebook.

In the past week in the U.S., the New Jersey Governor was mentioned on Facebook more than pop star Justin Bieber and embattled baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez.

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According to Facebook search data, “Chris Christie” was mentioned in Facebook posts, messages and comments more than 271,000 times from last Wednesday to this Wednesday. “Justin Bieber” had 104,000 mentions and “A-Rod” scored 44,000.

Scandals put the big stars of politics, pop and sports in the spotlight this week.

Christie, a likely Republican presidential contender in 2016, has dominated the news cycle since it was revealed last Wednesday that members of his staff may have closed access lanes to the George Washington Bridge for political reasons. The next day, Christie faced reporters for nearly two hours, saying he was “blindsided,” “embarrassed,” and “humiliated.” The story continued Friday after more than a thousand pages of documents relating on the bridge closure investigation. Things didn’t get better for Christie on Monday, when CNN’s Chris Frates broke the story that Christie was being investigation for misuse of Hurricane Sandy funds.

Christie tried to move past the scandals on Tuesday in his annual State of the State address, addressing the controversy before getting to his New Jersey agenda for the next year.

As for Bieber, his latest scandal broke Tuesday when sheriff’s deputies raided his Los Angeles mansion looking for clues after his neighbor’s house was egged. Bieber’s houseguest, a rapper named ‘Lil Za’ was arrested on drug charges during the search. This is just the latest in what’s been a rough year for the 19-year-old superstar. Bieber was accused of spitting on a neighbor in March, speeding through his residential neighborhood in May, and urinating in a janitor’s mop bucket in July.

Yankees third basemen Rodriguez didn't have a great week, either. An arbitrator Saturday upheld most of his 211-game doping suspension, keeping him out of the entire 162-game regular season and postseason in 2014. The ruling could cost Rodriguez $25 million of his salary.

Mentions of Christie, Bieber and A-Rod also spiked on Twitter in the last week, according to data from Bieber, who has the second-most followed account on Twitter, is consistently a top topic on Twitter, even in a scandal-free week. Nonetheless, Christie topped Bieber on Friday in Twitter mentions. But by the end of the week, Bieber was back on top.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    "rudy used this very same lie with romney in massachusetts and i proved him a liar there too. he just never learns his lesson. just like obama. doubling down on lies is always a loser."
    You're looking at population estimates. Most of the thousands of public workers who were laid off have left the state. Come back when you have some real numbers, not estimates. I never said any such thing about Romney. I pointed out that while every state around Mass. with Democratic governors were doing well, Mass. was floundering in jobs growth. I'm just saying. The Route 2, I think it's called, corridor that runs East/West across the spine of the state had become an employment desert, from one end to the other. All of the biggest employers in central Mass either went belly up, or faced massive layoffs after corporate takeovers. The furniture businesses have suffered. When was the last time the held the Westminster Dog Show?

    January 16, 2014 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. don in albuquerque

    @smith-OMG!! You mean he cannot run again??!!! Your grasp of all things political continues to hold us all in awe.

    January 16, 2014 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
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