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Think back if you will ... back to the ancient history of about 3 weeks ago.

When very, very sorry excuses ... morphed into very, very insincere committments to 'find out what really happened' -- without the Governor's knowledge, or approval, or implicit agreement.

Chris Christie was SHOCKED -- I tell you ... and very, very SAD too (did I mention?)


Full transcript: N.J. Gov. Chris Christie’s Jan. 9 news conference on George Washington Bridge scandal

washingtonpost.com -- Jan 9, 2014

[...]

Q: Governor, beyond the apology and the terminations that you've announced, what other steps -- concrete steps do you plan to take to demonstrate to the people of New Jersey and the people of the country that you want to change the perception of what has happened here? And will that include working cooperatively with these investigations that are now moving forward because in the past you had some rather nasty words for the people who were heading them up?

GOV. CHRISTIE: [...]

And so now, having been proven wrong, of course we'll work cooperatively with the investigations. And you know, I'm going through an examination, as I mentioned to you, right now. That's what I'm doing. I'm going through an examination and talking to the individual people who work for me, not only to discover if there's any other information that we need to find, but also to ask them: How did this happen? How did -- you know, how did this, you know, occur to us?


That was then ... this is now.   This is what "cooperation" looks like ... from that very sorry Christie Team:


Chris Christie ally invokes Fifth on subpoena

by Elizabeth Titus, politico.com -- 1/31/14

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s former campaign manager is fighting a subpoena from state lawmakers investigating the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal, according to a letter POLITICO obtained Friday.

Bill Stepien’s legal team is asking the lawmakers to withdraw his subpoena on the grounds that it violates his Fifth Amendment rights — becoming the second person to turn to that constitutional protection since probes of the controversy have begun. The demand suggests lawmakers who have expanded their investigation into the Republican governor’s inner circle could face major roadblocks.


Chris Christie was OUTRAGED -- I tell you ... SOOOO Outrage he couldn't bother to ask WHY?


Full transcript: N.J. Gov. Chris Christie’s Jan. 9 news conference on George Washington Bridge scandal

washingtonpost.com -- Jan 9, 2014

[...]

GOV. CHRISTIE: I have -- I have not had any conversation with Bridget Kelly since the email came out. And so she was not given the opportunity to explain to me why she lied because it was so obvious that she had. And I'm, quite frankly, not interested in the explanation at the moment.


That was then ... this is now.   This is what "not interested" looks like ... from that very sorry Governor himself, today:


Chris Christie pushes back hard

by Katie Glueck, politico.com -- 2/3/14

[...]
By reportedly taking the Fifth, Bridget Anne Kelly, the former aide, joins former Christie campaign manager Bill Stepien, who asserted Fifth Amendment rights to fight his document subpoena last week, and former Christie Port Authority ally David Wildstein, who pleaded the Fifth when state lawmakers called him to testify on the lane closures in January.

It doesn’t tell me anything,” Christie said of Kelly, adding, “I hope they would share information with us but I also understand people have rights.”
[...]


Don't ask, don't tell ... Right Guv?   Is that what "working cooperatively" looks like ... to your very-well-paid lawyers?




Think back if you will ... back to the ancient history of about 3 weeks ago.

When very, very sorry excuses ... morphed into very, very confident statements of 'innocence' for one of the Administration's most trusted "allies" and/or go-to 'field generals' ...


Full transcript: N.J. Gov. Chris Christie’s Jan. 9 news conference on George Washington Bridge scandal

washingtonpost.com -- Jan 9, 2014

GOV. CHRISTIE: [...]

I think General Samson put out a statement yesterday that he had no knowledge of this. I interviewed him yesterday. He was one of my interviews. I am convinced that he had absolutely no knowledge of this, that this was executed at the operational level and never brought to the attention of the Board of Commissioners until Chairman Foye wrote his email -- or Executive Director Foye wrote his email to the Board of Commissioners.

And so I sat and met for two hours yesterday with Mr. Sampson -- General Sampson -- and again, I'm confident that he had no knowledge of this, based upon our conversations and his review of his information. So I think, you know, as he said yesterday, he is angered by this and upset about it, and I know that he's going to lead -- cooperate with the OIG investigation that's ongoing and lead a discussion at the Port Authority about what could be done in the future to stop such conduct.


That was one very ABSOLUTE 'assurance of innocence', along with 'one insincere pledge of Samson cooperation with these investigations' ... and once again some high-powered legal services are put on retainer -- to avoid doing just that:


Port Authority chairman hires former Homeland Security chief as attorney in GWB probe

by Shawn Boburg, The Record, northjersey.com -- 1/19/14

Port Authority chairman David Samson, a Christie ally now embroiled in two controversies, has hired former Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff to represent him in a widening investigation into lane closures at the George Washington Bridge.

Samson was one of 18 people to be issued a subpoena for documents Friday from a legislative panel investigating the politically motivated closures, which were carried out by two Christie executives at the Port Authority in September.


That was then ... this is now.   This is what 'getting to the bottom of it' actually looks like ... as explained by that very, very "curious" Governor himself, today:


Chris Christie pushes back hard

by Katie Glueck, politico.com -- 2/3/14

[...]
The activity on the George Washington Bridge was initially billed as a “traffic study,” and Christie said he wasn’t clear on whether such an effort ever occurred.

I still don’t know if there was a traffic study,” he said. “Did it start as a traffic study and morph into political shenanigans, or did political shenanigans morph into a traffic study?”
[...]

“Here’s what I’m curious about,” [Christie] said. “What I’m curious about is what happened here. That’s why I authorized an internal investigation. We hired a law firm to come in, do the investigation, they’re working really hard, diligently, and I can’t wait for it to be finished so I can get the full story.”


That's the Ticket ... for "working cooperatively with these investigations" -- start your own "internal investigation."

One that will "work really hard" to "get the full story."  

Morphing your cooperation into backing your own "internal investigation" -- "cooperating" by paying them -- whatever their market rates currently demand ...


Yup that's some very, VERY sorry {er,  cough} "Cooperation" ... indeed.




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  •  "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, (7+ / 0-)
    in a rather scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less."
    "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things."
    "The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master - that's all."
    (from Through the Looking Glass)

    Republicans long ago came to believe that they could make words mean whatever they wanted them to mean, that it was just a question of "which is to be master."

    Therefore:

    Greed is a "virtue.'"

    Obama, who was elected twice with decisive majorities and has bent over backwards to deal with Republicans, is a "tyrant."

    Giving food aid to the starving "weakens" them.

    Ending unemployment benefits shows you "care" for the long-term unemployed.

    Global climate change is a "myth" created by a conspiracy of scientists.

    There is "no" Republican war on women.

    Bigotry is "freedom."

    Guns make us "safe."

    The Romney campaign would not be "dictated [!] by fact-checkers."

    Fox News is "fair" and "balanced."

    And Chris Christie is "cooperating."

    It's all the same bullshit. It's all the same belligerent hubris, the same bullying - of people, things, and even language.

    It's all, for Republicans, only a question of "which is to be master."

    Marx was an optimist.

    by psnyder on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 08:41:16 PM PST

  •  He says there is nothing he can do... (5+ / 0-)
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    myboo, jamess, HoundDog, La Gitane, a2nite

    They have Constitutional rights...

    Earth to Christie:  YOU CAN FIRE THEM.

    I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.

    by beemerr90s on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 09:22:08 PM PST

  •  Christie Is In Massive Denial...... (6+ / 0-)

    He thinks it's still the old days.  He just doesn't get what's happened here.  He & Mary Pat & their brood will never wind their way into the Oval Office.

    It's over, dude.  

    •  He. Is. Toast. (1+ / 0-)
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      jamess

      Scumbag gov. got caught in multiple scams...loses.

      Couldn't have happened to a more deserving slimeball.

      English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

      by Youffraita on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 01:52:20 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  It would seem so ... (1+ / 0-)
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        Youffraita

        But the media is notorious for getting bored,

        moving on,

        and forgetting what has just happened.


        If the State AG (Fishman) gives it "a pass'

        Christie may be empowered by it all,

        instead of permanently chastened.


        "Toast" that goes through a few rinses,
        and then through the Microwave,

        often ends up -- Not so Toasty!

        •  Not this time, I don't think: (1+ / 0-)
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          jamess
          But the media is notorious for getting bored,

          moving on,

          and forgetting what has just happened.

          a. It's the biggest media market in the nation

          b. Millions of people commute to NYC every day, most of them from Jersey

          c. Everybody hates Christie at this point. His unfavorables are only exceeded by my gov, stupid Corbett. Oh, and

          d. The document dump just happened. We don't know what's in it yet but I guarantee: it's good news for dems and jail for Christie.

          English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

          by Youffraita on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 02:09:37 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  Great post jamess. (3+ / 0-)
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    La Gitane, Youffraita, jamess

    I've become totally addicted to these Christie Scandals spending about 14 or more hours reading and writing about it today, while simulataneously watching the complete MSNBC evening lineup twice.  

    I'm beginning to suspect Governor Christie may not be being totally honest with us, or himself about what's going on :-)

    What a brazen and incompetent attempt at a cover up.

    I"m still absorbing the implications of his weird attack against David Wildstein this Saturday, even going back to his high school social studies teacher and accusing him of secretly blogging under the pseudonym Wally Edge.  

    Chris Matthews thinks its an attempt to intimidate others who might dare come forward.

    But, in an attempt to prove to us he is not a power abusing bully, he bullies and intimidates Wildstein right before our very eyes, without seeming to realize that to the extent he is successful, he has just also convinced us that he is the worst judge of character of anyone we've ever seen.

    Not ready for prime time, or to be anywhere near the White House.  

    What a spectacular collapse in just three weeks.

    Another idea Chris Matthews offered was that so many of Christie's traditional A team advisers are now in hiding taking the Fifth, that he is operating blind without the senior, experienced, and wiser counsel that has helped resist his impulsive and short-sighted impulsiveness.

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 12:00:16 AM PST

    •  I think Chris Matthews has it right (2+ / 0-)
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      HoundDog, a2nite

      or at least as close to correct as is possible.

      Christie is a thug as well as a bully. He is not presidential material: I wouldn't vote for him as dog-catcher. He would shoot first, and too bad if he just killed your puppy.

      That's the kind of man he is.

      English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

      by Youffraita on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 01:58:22 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  thanks HoundDog (0+ / 0-)

      I hope someone answers one of the subpoenas.

      OR that,

      someone else in the Media, calls BS on his "will cooperate fully" lies.


      Innocent People cooperate ...

      Guilty People only pretend to.

  •  Taking the fifth (3+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, jamess, jfdunphy

    With respect to these subpoenas is nothing more than a delaying action. 5th amendment rights as regards subpoenaed documents is fairly limited and applies primarily to instances where the subpoena dies not describe the documents to be provided and requires the respondent to volunteer the existence of unknown documents.

    See United States v. Hubbell

    That is NOT the case here, and in large part because the documents requested are the property of the State of New Jersey directly or the state has some interest in as a result of their having been created or used in the course of employment.

    Bridgette Kelly and Bill Stepien will soon find they have few options, most of them bad, and it looks like David Wildstein is going to win the race to the witness seat, leaving the rest to grab spots at the defendant's table in what us shaping up to be an epic game of musicale chairs.

    Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them - Thomas Jefferson 30 July, 1816

    by Roiling Snake Ball on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 04:08:23 AM PST

  •  Actually, they work(ed) for him; he knows the (1+ / 0-)
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    jamess

    Answer. He wanted this to happen. It did. He got re elected like he wanted. Now the shit storm is happening.

    Too late but at least we're saved from  Christie in the WH, probably.

    What's the real answer to why HE/Samson wanted this?

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 04:57:10 AM PST

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