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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie used taxpayer money to fund a cover-up of his bullying and reckless lane closures from Fort Lee, N.J. to the George Washington Bridge leading into New York City. As we all know, the Christie Administration and the Port Authority run by Christie appointees recklessly closed traffic lanes to the bridge for his constituents leading into New York City. Traffic, of course, was snarled. Commuters were kept from work, kids kept from school. Most dangerously, emergency vehicles were blocked.

Just last Thursday, lawyers hired by the Governor's office to cover up the scandal held a news conference and released a one-sided, incomplete report that surprise surprise exonerated the Governor from even knowing what his closest aides were doing.

We are not certain why the Governor and his closest aides and friends did such a stupid and reckless thing. I'm betting it was an act of bullying, which he is famous for. One theory is that the traffic mess was created to punish the mayor of Fort Lee, who had refused to endorse Christie. We will find out soon enough.

As a result of this scandal, we now know there are plenty of reasons why Chris Christie is unfit for public service:

- His bullying. He led a statewide campaign to vilify schoolteachers and other public employees. He built an entire political brand based on being tough against our most important public servants and leading the effort to break New Jersey's promise of pensions for public employees.

- He used super storm Sandy clean-up and rebuild funds to threaten and extort local political leaders.

- If you believe Christie, he had neither control nor even knowledge of extremely reckless activity his office and CLOSEST aides were engaged in.

- Christie refused to take responsibility.

- Christie has done all he can to cover-up the scandal.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Yup, he is unfit like most elected Rs (5+ / 0-)
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    rk2, rbird, elwior, anna shane, rubyr

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 06:33:09 AM PDT

  •  Nice pic! The Stay Pissed Marshmallow Man... (6+ / 0-)


    "Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Effort, Concentration, and Wisdom"

    by Dood Abides on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 06:37:08 AM PDT

  •  Where is... (7+ / 0-)

    the outrage from the New Jersey taxpayers? This ridiculous report has been out for a week and there have been a few local editorials from papers that are generally critical of Christie, but where is the anger and outrage from the taxpayers for this complete and total waste of their money??? I don't understand their silence.

  •  It cost more than $1 million". (7+ / 0-)

    " least $1 million in legal fees to be paid by state taxpayers."
    "The work by Mr. Mastro’s firm is being paid for by state taxpayers, at a rate of $650 an hour."

    Pork + Whitewash = a good deal for taxpayers???

  •  Dawn under attack (2+ / 0-)
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    rubyr, JVolvo

    Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer threatened to fire Carmelo Garcia, director of the local housing authority, unless he agreed to hire politically connected contractors, a recently filed lawsuit claims.

    Zimmer’s lawyer says the claims are baseless and suggested they are retaliation engineered by Christie allies.
    Asked by Crowley on Sunday why she had not come forward sooner, Zimmer said she was afraid her story - accusing a an overwhelmingly popular governor of the same kind of political corruption he once targeted as the state's attorney general - would have been ignored. In a June Quinnipiac University poll, New Jersey voters overwhelmingly approved of Christie's job performance, 69% to 27%. He won re-election in November by a crushing margin over Democratic challenger Barbara Buono.

    "I didn't think anyone would believe me," Zimmer said Sunday. "I probably should have come forward sooner, but I really didn't think anyone would believe me."
    First rule of projecting your own credibility in a TV interview: If you're asked a direct question, give a direct answer. Does Matt Doherty do that here? He's asked whether Chris Christie's self-exonerating report (by lawyer Randy Mastro) correctly portrays him overhearing a conversation between Hoboken's mayor Dawn Zimmer and DCA chair Richard Constable, and hearing no promise of Sandy aid in exchange for Zimmer greenlighting Christie-favored development. Does Doherty answer Kornacki's direct question with a direct answer?
    In Part I we looked at why for the moment he might be able to portray himself in the catbird seat, and indeed with the bought and paid for Mastro report he has pulled out all the stops to convey that impression. (Nonetheless, in a Star-Ledger straw poll: "Is Chris Christie exonerated in Bridgegate scandal?" out of almost 9,000 votes 85% said "No.")
    Zimmer has said that Richard Constable, the commissioner of the state Department of Community Affairs, told her just before they participated in a May 16 taping of a PBS television broadcast that money would “start flowing” to Hoboken if “you move that forward,” which she said was a reference to the development.

    But, according to the report, Belmar Mayor Matthew Doherty, sitting next to Zimmer, does not remember hearing the alleged threat. The report also says Zimmer may have confused a statement that Constable made during the telecast about “starting to get the federal monies to flow” for Sandy recovery.

    And it says that a series of photographs, including one in which Zimmer is seen yawning, appear to show that the Hoboken mayor was not upset following her conversation with Constable.

    “A person does not normally yawn when being threatened, coerced, or spoken to improperly,” the report said.

    •  public funds for coverup (2+ / 0-)
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      rubyr, JVolvo

      If anyone watched Steve Kornacki Sunday, he had on Mabe Matthew Doherty, the fellow sitting next to her on stage, who first stated he didn't recall their conversation, and then claimed to Mastro that he'd heard nothing about Dawn being perceived as against the Rockefeller project, and implied he'd paid close attention, as he found it unlikely he'd missed anything. He wasn't under oath, and he did give himself wiggle room, with the lawyer-talk, and the fact that he's a Democrat is supposed to make what he says unbiased.  

      Seems he has reasons of his own:

      Like dozens of other towns in New Jersey, the Belmar contract was awarded without a bid. AshBritt was paid nearly $5 million, a good portion of which went to a team of subcontractors, records show.

      Ferreira Construction of Branchburg was hired directly by the town days after the storm, before becoming an AshBritt subcontractor. The town paid Ferreira $749,191 for its work, records show. In addition to working for Conti, Moran is a longtime consultant for Ferriera Construction.

      Jim Bean, a Republican Belmar councilman who is often at odds with Doherty, filed a formal complaint against the mayor, alleging the family’s business ties to the firms getting borough taxpayer money violates state ethic laws.

      Looks like he already got paid?  
  •  Thanks, Stewart. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    "Southern nights, have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint Remember the Gulf of Mexico.

    by rubyr on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 10:33:54 AM PDT

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