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The real victim is Chris Christie, according to Chris Christie
Interesting new information from The Wall Street Journal:
Documents released Monday indicate that meetings arranged between top commissioners to Gov. Chris Christie and Jersey City mayor Steve Fulop were abruptly canceled without reason last year—providing evidence of Mr. Fulop's claim that he was cut off after he decided not to endorse the governor.

The documents viewed by The Wall Street Journal through a public records request showed communications between Mr. Fulop and Christie administration staff members arranging the meetings in June and July, until the commissioners all canceled one meeting after another.

The documents don't indicate why the meetings were scrapped, but Mr. Fulop has said that he was punished for declining to endorse the governor.

According to the documents, Fulop's meetings were initially scheduled with the help of Bridgette Anne Kelly, the former deputy chief of staff fired last week by Gov. Chris Christie. Among those meeting with Fulop: Bill Baroni, who was then Christie's top aide at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

But when Fulop decided not to endorse Christie's reelection campaign, all of the meetings were canceled. When Fulop asked for an explanation for the meeting cancellations—including from Baroni—he received no response. The timing, however, lends weight to his theory that the cancellations were politically motivated.

Fulop's name appears in the documents released last week showing that there was a political motivation to the Fort Lee lane closures. David Wildstein, the Christie appointee tasked with carrying out the lane closures, was asked by Kelly whether or not Baroni had called the Fort Lee mayor about the lane closures. His response: "Radio silence His name comes right after mayor Fulop."

Given Kelly's coordination with both Baroni and Wildstein not just in the Fort Lee incident but also with Fulop's meeting cancellations, it's worth remembering that a big part of Christie's "don't blame me" strategy at his press conference last week was to talk about the Port Authority as if it were an agency over which he had no influence.

There's no way that anybody would think that I know about everything that's going on, not only in ever agency of government at all times, but also every independent authority that New Jersey either has on its own or by state -- both with New York, with Pennsylvania and with Delaware. So what I can tell you is if people find that hard to believe, I don't know what else to say except to tell them that I had no knowledge of this -- of the planning, the execution or anything about it -- and that I first found out about it after it was over.
Even at the time, that seemed like nonsense, given Kelly's involvement in the Fort Lee lane closures. Now we know she was also involved in helping another mayor set up meetings that included a meeting with the head of the Port Authority—and that those meetings were cancelled after the mayor declined to offer his political support to Christie. Obviously, there's still more investigating to be done (the State Assembly today announced the creation of a new panel to lead the investigation), but it's clear that Kelly saw the Port Authority as a political tool and that Baroni was happy to help. Christie may not have been aware of the all the particular details at any given moment, but it's hard to imagine that he wasn't unaware of the bigger picture of what was going on.

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    •  Okay Christie.....now you'll see who your friends (9+ / 0-)

      are...Everybody else gets put on the Hit List....lol

    •  And I think his motivation all along of so badly (8+ / 0-)

      wanting the endorsements from these Democrat mayors was for positioning for his 2016 presidential run.  I think he badly wanted to be able to say that he can get things done because even Democrats like him enough to endorse him.  And that is NOT the same as the GOP-dreaded term "compromise".  Christie really doesn't compromise with anyone.  So as long as he's not compromising with Democrats, but can say he nonetheless received their endorsement, now he's got a strong story for claiming to be able to get things done in a way that no other candidate, Republican or Democrat, can.  And this is all for Independents.  Real Democrats and liberals see right through the Christie bullshit "moderate" claim.  He's no moderate.  So Dems aren't going to vote for him anyway.  And the conservative Republican voting block will eventually get on board.  Their hatred for Obama/Hillary/Dems far exceed any harbored hatred they may convince themselves they have for Christie for not being sufficiently conservative.  When push comes to shove, they'll vote for him.  That just leaves Independents. And to be able to tell them a story of finally a candidate who can transend parties, particularly in this nasty partisan climate of gridlock, is political gold in Christie's eyes.

      •  Yes (1+ / 0-)
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        Scandalous One

        I think that showing the recalcitrant Democratic mayors what havoc he could wreak on them was meant to soften them up for the Presidential election.

      •  I have a few cents to chime in... (0+ / 0-)

        It's Democratic mayors not "Democrat mayors". The latter is characteristic of RepublicanTeabonics... a taboo language on Dkos.

        Also I would add that Democrats did vote for Christie. There is no way that he would win in NJ with over 60% of the vote if some Democrats didn't buy the media hype and vote for him. It's not that they like Christie's policies, I think many people bought the image that was created in the media that he is a "get things done" kind a guy who is real and willing to do what he has to do across party lines to accomplish things. His bullish attitude was turned into an asset as he was portrayed as the atypical politician, who is not refined but can produce results. The Sandy event played right into that as he went out of his way to cozy up to Obama to cement the image that he is willing to work across party lines and get things done.

        In reality Christie is the ultimate narcissist. Everything he has ever done is all about promoting himself to some higher political goal in the long run. I think he sort of believe it is his destiny to become President one day and that is why he was pushing this false bipartisan "get things done" image so hard. It was all to set himself up for an eventual presidential run.

        Christie's narcissism is what is causing his downfall at the moment. Never underestimate the conservative mistrust towards him. Yes they would probably vote for him if push comes to shove... but I remember after the presidential election many on the hard right were blaming Sandy and Christie's reaction entirely for Obama's victory (forgetting everything else in their alternative universe). Many Republicans felt deeply hurt by it and they still hold it against him today. EJ Dionne in the Washington Post nailed it when he said one of Christie's problem in weathering this scandal is that he lacks a real hardcore conservative base.

        Conservative Republicans are also upset that Christie didn't do more to campaign for his party in the statewide elections as his landslide victory produced no coat tails for Republicans in the state legislature. This cemented Christie's image as a self-centered narcissist in their view and that is why you don't see many of them coming out in support of him now. In fact I think many on the hard right are happy to see him stew... after what they perceive he did to Romney after hurricane Sandy and what they perceive as his betrayal on certain key policies... immigration, gay marriage, gun rights, abortion etc...

        As EJ Dionne said in his Op-Ed Chrisitie's coalition consists of the media, wall street, establishment republicans... and I would add independents and a number of democrats who bought into the fake bipartisan image he crafted for himself with the help of the media. That is why this scandal is so damaging to him. He doesn't have a true core base to fall back on. This scandal is like a dart going through the heart of his bipartisan image thus splintering his loosely formed coalition of supporters who liked him just for that image primarily.

        •  Whether or not Democrats voted for him in his (0+ / 0-)

          candidacy for Governor of New Jersey does not at all translate to the national stage of a presidential election.  I would also add that regardless how how upset conservative Republicans currently are with Chris Christie, my perspective is that would all be forgotten once the primaries are over.  Romney went through the same thing.  The batshit wing of the party hated him for lots of reasons such as being Mormon (not sufficiently Christian), being the father of Obamacare (not being sufficiently...whatever you have to be to time travel and undo a great piece of legislation for his constituents), etc. and yet they all came home to roost in the general.

          And as far as whether or not this scandal is damaging to him or not in the long run, well I wasn't making any comments on that one way or the other.  My comment was simply my opinion on what his true motivations were/are for his punishment of various DEMOCRATIC MAYORS (hope that satisfies the officially sanctioned non-taboo language here on Dkos) in his state.

      •  He just wants to be wuvved... (0+ / 0-)

        "Did they really think that we wouldn't notice? Nice try-- but we got you!" Rev. Al Sharpton

        by growingMajorityMN on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 03:30:08 PM PST

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      •  The Hug (0+ / 0-)

        Christie's hugging President Obama, after Obama came to tour the Sandy wreckage, was pure PR.  If Christie runs for president, he can point to that photo and claim that he even got along with the first African American President.  That will show that, unlike most GOP leaders, he isn't a racist or bigot.

        Merely more Republiscam misdirection.

        Sometimes, you need a sensa uma!

        by HashHoward on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 07:38:08 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  Add the Mayor of Hoboken to the Retailiation List (0+ / 0-)

      Dr. Maddow has stated that the mayor of Hoboken, Dawn Zimmer, also declined to endorse Chris Christie. Hoboken was hit hard by Sandy, and a tremendous amount of the city had been under water.

      Yet the Mayor has not been able to get more than 1% of the money she has requested from the state.

      What a clear picture of Christie-not a bully? No, he and his administration are absolute thugs for the retaliation and trying to ruin people's lives.

      Let's face it, Christie is the poster thug for the Republicon Party. They don't like the President that people voted for twice, so they will bring the pain to our economy and the people.  

    •  But Wait ... There's More! (0+ / 0-)

      Please remember that Jersey City also has a Port Authority tie-in:  the Holland Tunnel has both an entrance and exit in Jersey City.

      The Holland Tunnel is a very busy route into lower Manhattan and if the PA decided to pull the same kind of traffic study there, it would make people's lives miserable, as it did for the GW Bridge.

      Traffic already backs up into the local streets, as well as Routes 1 & 9 and the NJ Turnpike every weekday.  Imagine the horror if two of the three main access points from New Jersey to New York City were hit at the same time?  It would make the Wall Street crowd very upset!  And that includes Christie's supporters.

      Sometimes, you need a sensa uma!

      by HashHoward on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 07:34:51 AM PST

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  •  I'm curious about the mayors who endorsed him. (25+ / 0-)

    If the stick was used on the decliners, were carrots employed for the endorsers?

    If so, what kinds?  Were they delivered?  Who accepted them?

  •  Par for the course.. They are always victims (6+ / 0-)
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    TofG, Janet 707, politicalceci, ljb, JBL55, Rogneid

    of their own doings.   He knew...I predict he now will be going for the sympathy vote.

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 09:07:15 AM PST

  •  I am shocked, shocked to find the Nj gov. is a (8+ / 0-)

    vinddictive bully.

  •  i am not (9+ / 0-)

    a crook, i am not a bully, the next gop communication if america is lucky could be i am not a governor.

    save america, defeat all republicans and conservatives.

  •  There are consequences for actions. (5+ / 0-)

    Except the rethugs forgot that part since they have not suffered consequences for their actions for a long time.  2014 is the year of sunshine/transparancy - you can run, but you can no longer hide.  

    Human dignity + compassion = Peace (Anonymous)

    by Raggedy Ann on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 09:13:01 AM PST

  •  Is Christie really this powerful? (1+ / 0-)
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    Gentle Giant

    Blog upon blog are going after Christie on this bridge thing.  Is he really that powerful?  Is he really the front runner within the GOP for president?  

    If so, we should be letting this go because this fat bastard doesn't stand a chance in 2016.  Maybe there just isn't anything better to say against the republicans so this is the best there is to go after them these days.  

    I think it's stupid.  If he does win the GOP nomination, by then he and his crew will have a really cute take on this bridge thing that will make people saying something about it look ridiculous.  So, I guess it's just fun right now.

  •  Christie blames Obama for TV advts ! (6+ / 0-)

    So now I think we've officially gone down the rabbit-hole :

    Tough-guy Muscle Man Christie ( who yesterday received the Masculine Manly-Man Seal of Approval from Brit Hume, who's apparently seen a shirtless Christie's perfect abs up close in the sauna ) throws Obama under the bus, sez his family portrait/re-election ad campaign was part of an action plan APPROVED by Obama Admin.

    ROFLMAO !

    So now we have a new conspiracy theory for the baggers and birthers to start spouting :

    'OMG, did you hear that foreign thug Barack Obama had UN soldiers take the Christie family hostage at gunpoint & forced them into a FEMA concentration camp against their will to smile, take after take, for a TV ad campaign for Hurricane Sandy relief - which was designed to bolster HIS OWN (Obama's) re-election campaign ? !  IMPEACH OBAMA !'

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's office said in a statement on Monday that the "Stronger than the Storm" campaign was part of an "action plan" approved by the Obama administration and developed with the goal of showing that the New Jersey shore was open for business during the first summer after Superstorm Sandy.
    http://www.cnn.com/...

    'Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive' - VP Joe Biden

    by RobertInWisconsin on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 09:15:20 AM PST

  •  Governor Fuggedabouit (9+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 09:15:31 AM PST

  •  Suing the PA NYNJ (2+ / 0-)
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    Mayor Fulop was suing the Port Authority for $400 million for "unpaid city taxes". The lawfirm of Weiner-Lesniak was hired in a no-bid contract to represent the city.

    You can read the article here.

    It is my belief that is what motivated the NJ side of the PA to place Mayor Fulop on the "do not respond to" list.

    The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy. -Charles de Montesquieu

    by dawgflyer13 on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 09:21:22 AM PST

  •  he spoke truth (0+ / 0-)

    This part of his statement is true;

    There's no way that anybody would think that I know about everything that's going on

    Actions speak louder than petitions.

    by melvynny on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 09:22:24 AM PST

  •  No One Could Have Predicted (6+ / 0-)

    Who could have predicted, when the punditocracy was lionizing Christie for being a loudmouthed jerk, that he would turn out to be so petty and vindictive? Isn't Politico the real victim here?

  •  That manly man? (0+ / 0-)

    Christie failing that test of manliness by taking this dilemma the only way he knows how: by virtue of the tantrum.

    He's no victim at all.

    "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

    by politicalceci on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 09:28:16 AM PST

  •  from article (4+ / 0-)
    Jersey City, N.J. Mayor Steve Fulop told the Wall Street Journal in a story published late Sunday that he's been frozen out since he opted against endorsing Christie last year. The Journal reported that Christie officials offered Fulop "new access to state commissioners, who hold the purse strings for many Jersey City services" in exchange for his support.

       Mr. Fulop decided against endorsing the governor. Within an hour of relaying his decision, the mayor said, meetings with several state commissioners were canceled.
        Since then, he said, "nearly every single meeting we have requested with state commissioners with regard to proactive Jersey City issues has been unfortunately rejected over the last six months, along with countless requests we made to the Port Authority" of New York and New Jersey, a bistate agency Mr. Christie jointly controls with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

    Fulop's name appears in emails showing Fort Lee, N.J. Mayor Mark Sokolich appealing for assistance to address the gridlock on the bridge.

    "Radio silence," an official wrote in reference to Sokolich. "His name comes right after mayor Fulop."

    Many have speculated that Sokolich's decision to not endorse Christie was the motivation behind the lane closures on the bridge.


    "The purpose of education is not to validate ignorance, but to overcome it" - Dr. Lawrence Krauss

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 09:31:58 AM PST

  •  Tao te Ching, Chapter 17 (7+ / 0-)
    When the Master governs, the people
    are hardly aware that he exists.
    Next best is a leader who is loved.
    Next, one who is feared.
    The worst is one who is despised.

    If you don't trust the people,
    you make them untrustworthy.

    The Master doesn't talk, he acts.
    When his work is done,
    the people say, "Amazing:
    we did it, all by ourselves!"


    "The purpose of education is not to validate ignorance, but to overcome it" - Dr. Lawrence Krauss

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 09:33:37 AM PST

  •  Next thing we are going to find out... (2+ / 0-)
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    politicalceci, Samer

    Is that there was an internal staff organization called CREEP to elect Christie.

    “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” - John Steinbeck

    by RichM on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 09:36:58 AM PST

  •  How did that fire start (1+ / 0-)
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    annieli

    in Atlantic City again?

  •  Lots of worsening headlines for Christie today. (1+ / 0-)
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    Fury

    I have hope that the toasty-ness of Christie is going to stick.

  •  Every Commissioner should be subpoenaed (0+ / 0-)

    Each of these Commissioners can say who exactly told them to cancel and why, and what they understood was going on here.
    Is it credible that the Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Kelly did all of this without the knowledge and approval of anyone else in the Governor's office?
    Not to me.

  •  Christie not alone in punishing failure to endorse (0+ / 0-)

    The Hill: Van Hollen not sure why he's on hit list [of Hillary Clinton]:

    Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said his presence on a “political hit list” maintained by Hillary Clinton aides is news to him, describing it as an “unsolved mystery.”

    Van Hollen said he is still trying to figure what he did, asserting that someone might want to pick up a phone and explain his presence on the list.

    . . .

    The Maryland lawmaker headed the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2008 and said he remained neutral during the primary.

    “I didn't get involved in the primary — the Democratic primary that year,” he said. “I was focused on supporting all our candidates and trying to make sure that whoever emerged as the presidential nominee for the Democrats would support our efforts.”

    As a superdelegate, Van Hollen waited until then-Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) had locked up the nomination before coming out in support of him. He publically backed Obama in June 2008 — three days before Clinton conceded the primary.

    The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

    by lysias on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 02:11:53 PM PST

  •  Why, (0+ / 0-)

    Why are we wasting so much time on this issue, their was traffic in Nj and NYC it is a daily part of my life as a resident of NJ,  we need to focus on extending UI benefits until people find a job, limitless time frame.  Christie will be the Ex governor of NJ in 4 years, and will ride into the sunset.  We are wasting money on this silly issue.  Let's all get over it and get people back to work.  Last weeks unemployment numbers were awesome, more people working but you had to dig to find the story all because of a traffic jam in September .  Gosh, the unemployment rate is near a 10 year low thanks to Obama, and we are crying over traffic.  Let's celebrate good news.  

  •  Article (0+ / 0-)

    Chris Christie, his administration and his cronies at the NJ Port Authority committed Domestic Terrorism! PERIOD!

  •  Unfortunately the trains were still running late.. (0+ / 0-)

    Wasn't it Mussolini that made the trains run on time?  Forget all his other flaws.  

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