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  •  Bridgegate is not Christie's only problem (16+ / 0-)

    Bridgegate is not behind him; prosecutors are doing their jobs right now.  And his republican opponents will damage him with this whether or not he's indicted.

    Misappropriation of Sandy funds (see: Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer) remains an open item as well.

    The pay-to-play with pension funds is another recently open can of worms that seems to be a violation of law as well.

    Governor Christie has the worst economic record (OK, only Mississippi is worse) of any governor the past few years.  NJ credit rating dropped 3-times just in 2014 and is 49th in job creation since Bush recession (and that's with Sandy & Wall St bailout money sloshing around).

    A different pension matter, Governor Christie punctuates his economic mess by the very thing he accused his predecessors of doing - filling a budget hole by slighting pension payment obligations.  And the kick-in-the-pants on the matter - he signed a law two (maybe three) years ago stating that this should never happen.  And why did NJ need to plug this budget shortfall - because tax cuts for the wealthy did not generate necessary revenue (see: Kansas & North Carolina).  Tax  cuts for the wealthy is not a way to endear yourself to populists in the general election.

    Hillary will not have to remind republican voters of any of these failures - republican primary opponents will.

    Moreover, there are many republican voters who believe that Governor Christie's embrace of President Obama post-Sandy was the reason Mitt Romney lost.  And as they say, "An elephant never forgets."

    Finally, Christie supports gun control and placed a Muslim judge on the NJ Supreme Court, while ridiculing other states that have added anti-Sharia laws to their books.

    Not only has Christie failed to endear himself to republican primary voters, he has called them names.  A republican cannot win the GOP nomination without Texas, western and/or the southern states.  Christie does not stand a chance if his only appeal is the northeast (and maybe Florida).  And he will not be the last man standing if nobody wins the nomination prior to the GOP convention.

    Chrisitie is in denial, he is still toast.  His best chance is to wait four more years and see what happens after the scandals have subsided.

    •  Yep. (4+ / 0-)
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      Janet 707, Jeff Y, whyly1, anna shane

       His Primary opponents will eviscerate him.

        He will be the easiest candidate to attack in decades.
        For any political operative with an IQ above 85, writing anti-Christie attack ads, or working up anti-Christie debating points, will be a dream job.  It'll be so much fun, and so absurdly easy, these guys will spend half their days giggling uncontrollably.

        Most Americans are way, way too ignorant to have a clue what Christie really is, but that'll be radically different after a couple of months of Republican Primaries and debates.

        It's gonna be sheer joy to watch him slowly cut to pieces on the national stage, till he finally admits defeat (and, naturally, makes up some ridiculous set of excuses for his Hindenburg-like performance).

        (All of this of course, is only assuming that he hasn't already been indicted by that point,... which is maybe a fifty-fifty proposition.)

    •  Let's not forget that the job situation in NJ (1+ / 0-)
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      is appalling--property taxes stay high as employers continue to downsize both companies and pay grade levels of jobs. Employers with known records of labor law violations remain un-investigated, let alone  un-prosecuted.  Vastly overqualified people are being forced to take jobs well below their capabiilties, and people in dead-end jobs struggle to go to school while the jobs blithely intefere with their school schedules, holding the employee back one or two semesters, and the student doesn't know which one will be the one that knocks them off the education track for good, as they get older, and stay underpaid. The amount of per-diem work is up, and employers send people home in the middle of their shifts just to avoid having good workers become full time workers by virtue of a set number of continuous paychecks. The forms of thievery are numerous, press coverage of it nearly non-existent.

      •  Dawn Zimmer for Governor (0+ / 0-)

        she's working hard to make Hoboken a model of good governance, and she's now got name recognition, and I love her.  Really, there are a few women in politics i love - Hillary of course, and Elizabeth Warren, and Sandra Fluke, and ...... and Dawn Zimmer, who may one day be our second woman president.

        plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

        by anna shane on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 11:20:09 AM PDT

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    •  Exactly (1+ / 0-)
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      anna shane

      Christie has waaaaaay more problems than just Bridge-gate. In fact, if it was just Bridge-gate and he didn't get indicted, he would probably be able to weasel his way out of any problems with that because, IOKIYAR.

      On top of all of Christie's ethical problems (and there are a ton of those), his actual record as governor sucks.

      “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

      by Jeff Y on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 11:21:19 PM PDT

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