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  •  What is the deal? (2+ / 0-)
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    Exactly.  And of course, replacing the Republican Governor with a Democrat who did not face the majority of the NJ electorate will make the politics of conviction in the Senate much, much tougher.  Christie's survival plan is to turn the various investigations into a partisan brawl.  If Christie is to ride off into the sunset in less than 4 years (which I assume even Republicans will want before much more of Christie's and his cronies' dirty laundry is flapping in the breeze) something along the lines of Agnew's resignation and Nixon's nomination of Jerry Ford as his replacement will be needed.  Ford was not in the line of succession.  There must be a NJ equivalent of Jerry Ford who would allow a functioning government to emerge.  

    I am assuming that there are significant interests which will want that.  Christie is toast, but what of David Samson's career and the host of other connected rainmakers' careers?  What of the projects in which a whole bunch of very wealthy people have billions invested?  What of the Democratic and Republican politicians alike who have been rolling in this swamp to try to do their jobs.  Exposing Christie exposes a very big, very stinky can of worms.  Much as I would appreciate the spectacle, and wish for a general political clean up, I could not be more sure that I won't get what I want.  

    There have got to be a lot of New Jersey politicians, lawyers, and business people who very much do not want to see all that there is to see in the bottom of the pit Christie has dug for himself.  What is the deal that puts this to bed with a minimum of further damage?  I think it's a new Lt. Governor, and then resignation or removal of Chris Christie.  

    •  I want everyone gets laid tonight the song (0+ / 0-)

      in reverse

      it's all fucked! nothings ok! Everybody goes to jail tonight!

      http://www.actblue.com/page/accountabilitynow If the dnc dscc or dccc send you mailers, send that link back to them and tell them you won't send money to people who defend democrats who betray progressive principals!

      by daeros on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 11:37:16 PM PST

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      •  I've had it with this corruption (1+ / 0-)
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        in these fucking political offices!

        http://www.actblue.com/page/accountabilitynow If the dnc dscc or dccc send you mailers, send that link back to them and tell them you won't send money to people who defend democrats who betray progressive principals!

        by daeros on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 11:39:40 PM PST

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        •  Where is the door to this better world you seek? (1+ / 0-)
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          In a better world, all this corruption in Cristie's administration would result in its wholesale exposure and removal.  The ugly reality though, is that it isn't just one politician or one party that is corrupt and excising it is an inherently political act.  The key to Christie's success has been his bi-partisan appeal, which in practice meant strong arming corrupt Democrats to team with corrupt Republicans to carry out deeply corrupt acts on behalf of some of the richest people in the country.  The beauty of that approach, from the point of view of the insiders, is that if everyone is a little dirty, everyone will play along.  The surest disqualifier for participation in that system is honesty - it's a character flaw in that environment.  

          Looking ahead then, solely on the basis of partisan affiliation and with my rudimentary understanding of the process, Democrats in the NJ Senate would need at least one Republican to convict Christie in an impeachment.  In practice though, there is almost surely enough bi-partisan unwillingness to turn over all the rocks to let Christie successfully ride this out unless the other corrupt bastards have a place to hide their bad deeds while they throw Christie's ugly ass under the bus.  Otherwise, if we are relying on honest politicians, were are they?

           

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