This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.


  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:

Here's a quickie on Christie from North Jersey.com reporting that Christie not featured in NJ's 2014 tourism ads

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey tourism officials say Gov. Chris Christie won't be in this year's commercials trying to entice tourists to visit the state.

The governor and his family starred in last year's "Stronger than the Storm" campaign that promoted coming to the state after Superstorm Sandy.

Some criticized his appearance in the commercial during a re-election year, especially when it was reported that the state paid to hire an ad firm that wanted to use Christie instead of one that did not propose featuring the governor.

The theme of this year's campaign will be "Going Strong."

New Jersey is still waiting for approval from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to use $5 million in federal disaster relief funds to pay for these ads.  

In other Christie news this afternoon, Bill Stepien's lawyer is complaining to a judge that Stepien shouldn't have to turn over subpoena documents to the New Jersey legislative committee because they manipulatively included some documents previous submission in their court response to prove such kinds of documents do exist, when Stepien's lawyers claimed there was no proof that they did.  

To the extent I could make sense of it, and from memory Stepien's lawyer seems to be arguing now that using evidence to prove that he is wrong is manipulative might jeopardize Stepien's defense that if he has  to think about whether documents existed or not, and chose from many documents the types that responded to the subpoena, it would be tantamount to testifying against himself.  Quite a stretch I think.

Seriously, WTH? I wish these guys would just confess, so we could get on to giving Christie a fair trial. I don't know when the judge will rule. I'll put a link to this article in an update.


You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

2:27 PM PT: Stepien's attorney accuses Bridgegate panel of manipulation after release of emails.Stepien's lawyer was enraged when emails from Stepien were released in a separate filing in he case.

"That errant filing was overtly designed to revive the Committee's failed attempt to cast Mr. Stepien — the prototypical innocent man ensnared, and indeed victimized, by ambiguous circumstances — as a central figure in the so-called Bridgegate scandal," he said in the brief.

But, Marino himself had demanded that the committee turn over any evidence it had connecting Stepien to the GWB lane closure. When they did, he becomes enraged?

The emails released by the committee show that Baroni forwarded Sokolich's email to Stepien on September 12.  Former Port Authority official David Wildstein, the man who coordinated the lane diversions, also forwarded the email to Stepien on the same day.

Stepien responded to the emails with a simple "Thanks."

Democrats have read the email chain to show that Stepien was in the loop on the lane diversions from the start.

Extended (Optional)

Your Email has been sent.