Skip to main content

Chris Christie's Bridgegate scandal  hasn't yet focused on the political favors dished out to New Jersey Democratic Mayors who did endorse Republican, Christie against Democrat, Buono for Governor. If Christie's gang were putting the organization's muscle on disloyal Fort Lee, weren't they surely elsewhere delivering on payoffs to the Democrats who supported Christie's reelection?

I started thinking about the payoff part of the story when I saw this diary and these comments in another diary on the dramatic Bridgegate news today.

* [new]  What's so idiotic about this is that Fort Lee (20+ / 0-)

...has a population of 36,000 people.

New Jersey's total population is about 8.8 million.

The mayor of Fort Lee represents less than half a percent of the population, and a Democrat anyway, and Christie was THAT angry about him not endorsing him???

Who the fuck has THAT big of an ego and THAT thin of a skin???

by Brainwrap on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 08:33:00 PM CST

[ Reply to This | Recommend Hide ]

    * [new]  Remember that Christie wanted so badly (11+ / 0-)

    to win reelection by a HUGE margin that he scheduled a separate election for the vacated NJ Senate seat so he would not have to appear on the same ballot with Cory Booker.

    He garnered the endorsements of many Democratic officials.  Wonder what he promised and/or threatened them with?

    by More Questions Than Answers on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 08:39:23 PM CST

    [ Parent | Reply to This | Recommend Hide ]

I wondered, what were they promised, those "many Democratic officials"?  

Follow me out into the tall grass for where this wondering led my thoughts.

We're bound to find out, at least where real money was involved or normal practices bypassed or diverted. That's where most of the crimes are in this kind of State business. I call this the payoff side of the story, related to but different from Fort Lee, which is the payback side of the story. But for now, no one seems to be focusing on the payoff side of he story.

I also wondered at first if expectations of a Christie resignation didn't seem overblown. After digging into a sample of reporting, the single point I agree with the most is this assertion in the NY Daily News' lede, today:

In the best possible light, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie built a top staff of lying thugs who threatened lives and safety to serve his political ends. If not, Christie is a lying thug himself.
I don't necessarily agree with anything else in the Daily News article or elsewhere in that publication, but I do agree with the accuracy of this assessment, as far as it goes, based upon other reporting in the Bridgegate Scandal story. There is sill a lot we don't know about what these lying thugs were up to, across the board.  

But in the furor over the strong arm moves by Christie's people against Fort Lee, nobody seems to remember that, in New Jersey, lying thugs also regularly pay off their friends. I feel there is a big story yet to come from this, and the Democratic Mayors who endorsed Christie are going to become a focus of it.

How sad, that there is so much Jersey stereotype reflected in Christie and his mob. On the other hand, there is no shortage of top staffs of lying thugs working for top executives in various corporate, governmental and public service positions in the Greater New York New Jersey vicinity, and elsewhere, for that matter. But this particular bunch may be getting caught and their final saga has far to go.  

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site