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Will Contrite Christie Save Combative Christie?

January 9th, 2014 - 3:25 pm

The radio moderator of the town hall did not wilt under Christie’s back-of-the-hand, “What do I care?” response. He firmly pointed out that, if there had actually been a legitimate traffic study and Christie had seen it, that would do much to lay the controversy to rest. Christie peremptorily waved him off, saying, “No … because they’d find something else.” Translation: It’s all politics, and if my critics were not complaining about this, they’d find some other trifle to inflate into a scandal.

This is peculiar. We are talking about a guy who was first elected governor by portraying himself as a hard-charging, no-nonsense prosecutor who knew how to ask tough questions and get to the bottom of things. In this case, he did not get to the bottom of a straightforward matter involving his own staff and trusted officials he appointed to the Port Authority. The “traffic study” was said to be the root of the controversy … so why wouldn’t it be included in the “full briefing” he demanded of his staff … and why would he take the position that it was so utterly unimportant and beside the point?

The governor waved the whole controversy off as crude politics. But that suggests it was sheer invention – which, quite obviously, it was not. There really were days of horrific traffic jams. An elderly woman really did die – although whether that was actually caused by the traffic jams’ preventing emergency medical personnel from getting to her is far from clear, to say nothing of the ineffable Lawrence O’Donnell’s claim that the deceased will be “the Willie Horton of Chris Christie’s presidential campaign.” There really was a debacle here. Even if Christie sincerely believed that his people were uninvolved and that the exploitation of the debacle by his detractors was a manufactured political scandal, the scandal was clearly not woven out of whole cloth.

If Christie was given a full briefing about the traffic jams, he must have been satisfied that he’d been fully informed about what caused them. And if the explanation that satisfied him was that the tie-ups were all the result of a “traffic study,” how could it be that he wasn’t shown the traffic study? If it wasn’t shown to him in the “full briefing,” why did he not ask to see it? Why didn’t he press his staffers and Port Authority appointees on why the “study” was continued after the first hours or day of monstrous traffic tie-ups?

And why would he bluntly dismiss entirely reasonable questions, posed by a radio moderator on behalf of an audience of New Jersey residents, about whether he had seen the “traffic study”? Christie’s gruffness is part of his persona and it has its place. But a lot of times, it is out of place. This was one of those times.

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I couldn't care less if this is Christie's waterloo or not. If he were elected to POTUS in 2016 it would have the same effect on our country's headlong dash into socialism as one brake dragging on a mile long freight train at 60mph on a downhill slope at full throttle.

I cannot repeat this often enough - I will not vote for a RINO - and Christie is a RINO. Ergo - no vote for Christie from me!

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What amazes me is that this is becoming a national scandal while Obama's national scandals are treated as mere mole hills. The media holds a Governor of a State to higher standards than the President of the United States. Could it possibly be true that the media is bias ?
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A traffic jam on the George Washington bridge. Blet's say Christie runs against Clinton.

Let's examine Benghazi, her disappearance along with Obama, her role in blaming arresting perp walking at midnight and jailing a known innocent man, and the. Pronouncing after the Susan Rice Sunday morning Parade of Lies...that it didn't matter Juxtaposed against a traffic jam.

The MOMENT our incurious media spends the same amount of energy on that...as we as Whitewater, the "vast right wing conspiracy" that was 't and the value of baking cookies...we can talk about a traffic jam.

When that incurious media spends a moment on the siccing of the IRS against private citiZens who happen too like small government, the spying on Reporters, selective prosecution of Fox News employees, running guns to drug cartels, having the EPA sell an entire city, making creditor preferences in federal bankruptcy cases and selling out on nuclear weapons for Iran...we can talk about traffic jams.

But first, let's put them in order of priority to our freedom, liberty and well being as a nation.

Christie's act...while not excusable...would rank dead last in comparison to the above. And if those ALL continue to be covered up by the propagandist media and leftist Totalitarian Party...then I don't want to hear a word about it.

The moment they find their honor, I'll be happy to stand with them...not a moment before.
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'Just say No' to Christy and Clinton. Doesn't America have better? Much better? GOD please help us if we don't.
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I can't see how ANYONE would elect either of these louts. It won't happen in Texas. Only the political establishments, progressive socialist, from both parties on both the east and west coast would even consider it. The heartland will reject both as what they are...clowns and useful idiots for their masters.
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Odd you can get all those emails, but not transcripts, medical records, academic records, legislative history, certificates for others. Maybe depends how deep you want to dig.
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Every time some Republican is not purer than the driven snow--or it is suggested he might not be--Republicans join the Democrats to tear him to shreds. All it takes is a little blood in the water. We are making it way too easy for the Democrats. Standing up for Christie now doesn't have to mean you support him for President. But he is still better than 99 percent of the Democrats out there.
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We'll see. If Kelly's career is done and she sees no benefit from this a year down the road, then she likely acted alone. If she lands on her feet with a GOP job (or one with an associate of Christie's in the private sector), then she was likely acting on orders from her boss. If she begins working for the Democrats or manages to capture a job in media (or with a private-sector crony of someone high ranking in the DNC), then she was likely paid off by the DNC to sabotage the man they view as their greatest threat in 2016.

I'd give even-odds on any of the above scenarios.
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Reminds me of "The Junior Anti Sex League" from Orwell's 1984 & also befitting of the GOP today.
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The problem we have with politics in America, whether it be national, state, or local, is that we by default we have to vote for politicians. By nature and weird genetics, they are power seekers. They play by Machiavellian rules. Christian rules and proscriptions don't apply unless they're seeking votes.

Christie is a democrat in republican clothing. He will act no better than Obama, but possibly worse, if the situation demands he do so.
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If only the media gave as much time and scrutiny to real scandals, and demanded the same from B.O. as from Christie we might be better off, but then Christie, isn't an unvetted, affirmative action, unpatirotic, chicago thug, irresponsible failure.
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This will not be a permanent blot on Governor Christie unless there is a lot more to come out in the future. So far he is handling it pretty well, and the comparisons with President Obama's handling of scandals is leaning favorably to the Governor.
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I don't know whether Christie was truthful or not; he's a lawyer and most of them can lie very skillfully, so it is hard to tell. That said, people are being incredibly naive about governments. If you're an appointee or a close staffer to an elected or appointed official, you can and will do all sorts of things that the boss doesn't know about. If governors and agency heads could have their hands and minds on everything a large government does, they wouldn't need staff and subordinate appointees. I spent a lot of years as an appointee or as a direct report to an appointee, and many more a level or two below that. My state's government is miniscule compared to NJ's and I usually worked independently and anonymously. I did a lot of things that could become controversial. I did a lot of things that were at best only arguably legal; if you're actually doing anything, you live in the world of "arguably legal" and the only way to find out if the argument is right is to do them. Only rarely did my appointee or cabinet level bosses have any detailed knowledge of what I was doing or how I was doing it. Even more rarely was the Governor even aware that I existed until I was an appointee.

I also knew that if something blew up, it was my job to step in front of the people above me and take one for the team. If this went down the way Christie said yesterday that it did; that he asked the staff and they didn't tell him, something truly rotten was going on with that staff. I can see how some smarta** staffer wonks could do something like this and think it was just funny, but when it blew up, they should have stepped up and took one - even if the boss did know. Hell, going on TV with a tearful riff on heat of the moment and poor judgement along with a heartfelt mea maxima culpa, probably would have saved their jobs and saved Christie a lot of embarrassment.
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