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The editors of the New Jersey Star-Ledger are fed up with Governor's Chris Christie's political manipulations of New Jersey mayors - doling out rewards or punishments based on their endorsements or compliance with his preferences. In Chris Christie playing favorites among NJ mayors is disgraceful: Editorial they join in with the editors of Asbury Park Press who wrote a similar denouncement, yesterday, in 'Friend or Foe, Christie knew, and emulated Nixon's enemies list, in punishments' says APP editorial.

Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich's loyalties to Gov. Chris Christie were closely tracked by the Christie administration. When he didn't endorse the governor for re-election, his town was treated to gridlock with the now infamous George Washington Bridge lane closures.

New Jersey taxpayers should be disgusted by news that their hometown fortunes — how much of their state taxes are returned for, say, school aid or hurricane damage — don’t depend on factors like population or genuine need, but rather how well their mayor kisses the governor’s ring.

Documents revealed in the Bridgegate investigation so far reveal that the Governor's staff were instructed on how they should treat each mayor according to an evaluation of how cooperative he and she was with Christie's goals. His executive team coordinated and  enforced this system with complicated sets of matrices, war-room wall charts, profiles, and other artifacts that make clear the rigor and intensity of this ongoing standard operating procedure.  

The description of the Christie campaign’s mayor-by-mayor tracking system — reported by The Star-Ledger’s Christopher Baxter this week — undermines the governor’s public claims that he didn’t know whether Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich had planned to endorse his re-election or not. In fact, campaign staffers closely tracked the loyalties of more than 100 mayors, Sokolich among them.

In a pattern reminding us of the media's response to  Nixon's Watergate scandal, editorial writers at major newspapers remained neutral, or skeptical of allegations, at first, however the steady "drip,-drip,-drip" of revelations made denials increasingly implausible. One-by-one, major newspaper editors pulled the plug on their support for Richard Nixon, and then one-by-one, the calls for his resignation mounted.

Is it possible that the disgust articulated by the Star-Ledger today, and Asbury Park Press, yesterday, will escalate into widespread calls for Governor Christie to resign, rather than tot put New Jersey residents through a prolonged daily ordeal of revelations, further allegations, and more denials for the next three years of his term?

Just as a reference point, the Virginia U.S. Attorney's just indicted former Governor McConnell, and his wife,  4 years after the investigations started, and we still do not know when the trails will start. This case was simple by comparison and the tangible evidence, including the gifts, the receipts, and the givers, straightforward, compared to the Christie cases. Using it as a reference we might not see a trail in Governor Christie's case until 2019 to 2020,  long after Christie's term is up.

Is it possible that newspaper editors and citizens may conclude that Christie should resign prior to then so he can spend the next five years defending himself, and let the Governor's office and citizens of New Jersey get on with the business of the people? Many other issues demand a full time Governor and political system.  

How long will it be before journalist, editors, pundits, and citizens of New Jersey decide to let U.S. Attorney Fishman and the other investigators take as long as they need to for the criminal invesigations, but we already know enough of Christie's actions so far, do know they are unsavory, and not befitting the Governor's Office, and with his commitments to fund raising for the Republican Governor's Association, Christie does not appear to have the time or character qualifications to remain as Governor. He should resign for the benefit of the people of New Jersey and let the state get on with the proper focus on the people's business, not himself.  

10:04 AM PT:

10:58 AM PT: Federal prosecutors want to talk to Port Authority commissioners about Bridgegate, source says



At least one member of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners received a call from the U.S. attorney's office in Newark today, said a source familiar with the matter.

"They want to talk about the bridge," said the source, referring to the GWB, where the closing of two out of three local access lanes snarled traffic in Fort Lee, touching off the so-called Bridgegate scandal.

Rechler took over as acting chairman following the resignation of David Samson on March 28. Samson stepped down following a report by The New York Times that federal prosecutors had subpoenaed information related to potential conflicts of interests stemming contracts awarded to construction companies represented by Samson's law firm.

A spokesperson for acting chairmen, Commissioner Scott Rechler, did not return the Star-Ledger's phone calls.


1:50 PM PT: a2nite is calling our attention to the War rooms and LIGA Here's one link I just found.

The Record: PA officials manipulated toll increases


MARCH 3, 2014
THE RECORD

THERE WAS a war room inside the offices of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In that room, some of Governor Christie's top aides at the Port Authority planned an assault on commuters. They won that battle. They will lose the war.

As reported Sunday by Staff Writer Shawn Boburg, Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni and his aide David Wildstein set up a so-called war room inside the Port Authority where few were allowed access. With the assistance of some New York-appointed Port Authority officials, these individuals concocted a plan to initially propose raising tolls by $6 by 2014. The hike was deliberately obscene. The plan called for the governors of New Jersey and New York to step in at the last minute like white knights and demand a reduction.

And that is what happened in 2011. The approved $4.50 toll increase over four years was pitched as a compromise. It was. Transparency, good public policy and the people's trust were all compromised.


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  •  It's hard to really understand (16+ / 0-)

    Why Christie would initiate his internal "investigation" except for the fact that he's the sort that believes yes untouchable.

    But I think news media, especially in NJ, have geen going over that report page by page.  Stories keep on this because in comparing that report to previously covered events or stories simply aren't matching up!!!

    There will be no humanity without forgiveness. There will be no forgiveness without justice. But justice will be impossible without humanity. – Yolande Mukagasana

    by kishik on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:03:44 AM PDT

    •  Anna Shane advances the boldest theory so far. She (15+ / 0-)

      suggests, that after spending seven years as U.S. Attorney himself, Christie knows he will be indicted and is already anticipating the closing arguments when all of this material will be out.

      Anna suggest that it might come down to a who do you believe more Christie or Stepien, (or maybe Boroni, or Samson.)

      So in a Machiavellian ploy Christie decided to throw some of the rest of his team under the bus to help frame his point of view on that final battle.

      A second popular theory, is that Christie authorized it so Randy Mastro could "sway" or influence the way  testimony of these witnesses gets told, Sort of "guiding them" a little.

      A third theory occurred to me a few days ago, after hearing Anna Shane's theory, that perhaps, even Christie is trying to signal to Samson, Boroni, and Stepien, that "nobody else has anything on us, so if everybody sticks to this story,  we could all skate, or go free, or however they say it in NJ prison culture.

      Does anyone know of other theories?

      "Seriously, Folks, WTH?" - ("What the Heck? "h/t Joan McCarter, Seriously, Florida. WTF?)

      by HoundDog on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:15:53 AM PDT

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      •  A better question: Who has evidence. (14+ / 0-)

        Christie's bus is developing blood on the undercarriage. The least guilty person with the best evidence is most likely to get a plea bargain. My money is on Kelly.

        •  A question about Kelly is was she high enough (9+ / 0-)

          in the hierarchy to have had any direct dealings with Christie on this? All of her involvement may have been coordinated through Bill Stepien, and perhaps one of the internal chiefs of staff like McKenna who may see part of his job description in return for the bigger bucks is not to talk.

          This could be an asset in future employment even if he goes to prison.

          "Seriously, Folks, WTH?" - ("What the Heck? "h/t Joan McCarter, Seriously, Florida. WTF?)

          by HoundDog on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:36:06 AM PDT

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          •  Deputy Chief of Staff. (11+ / 0-)

            Her office was within speaking distance of his. I saw the office map once but can't find it right now. Stepian worked elsewhere than the state house.

            •  I defer, then. She was higher than I realized. (7+ / 0-)

              Thanks for the correction. Your point makes more common sense. At that second recent long press conference Christie advanced the idea that his office communication channels were so formal no one on his staff would speak through him directly without going through "formal channels" like McKenna and the other co-chief of staff.

              This notion does not seem to fit with the impression Christie radiate where ever he goes. He wants to take over the room or space. If he saw Kelly in a conference room or walking down the hall, he would cheerfully say hello and demand to know whatever she was working on and give her further instructions the chiefs of staff would have to catch up on.

              That's how I ran my companies. Someone like Christie isn't going to be "bound" by formal reporting relationships when in his mind he is the "super boss."  

              "Seriously, Folks, WTH?" - ("What the Heck? "h/t Joan McCarter, Seriously, Florida. WTF?)

              by HoundDog on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 11:06:36 AM PDT

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            •  wildstein (9+ / 0-)

              was meeting with the prosecutors last week and we don't know about this week.  He was the hatchet man on the port authority side who carried out the plans, and that includes the lies around canceling the tunnel and using that money to pay for roads projects that are supposed to be paid for by all drivers, through the gas tax, not just those who commute to work.  

              Christie didn't want to raise any taxes, but raising fees is a different word and the Republican governors are given a tea party pass for those taxes by a different name.  So he has to change the rules within the port authority, thus Samson as the head and Wildstein as the deliver. He spent a lot of commuter money on cementing his power in the PA to divert funds to those who supported him, and to divert funds for roads projects within new jersey, that aren't interstate crossings. For one big example, the Atlantic City airport. Atlantic City will go bust once internet gambling takes over.  Or at least return to it's seeder past, it's not the go to place for the rich and famous.  The other big example is the number of new police officers at the PA and them getting to keep all the benefits he'd taken from regular state police.  

              On one side he panders to some union bosses, and overpays for construction and on the other he wouldn't allow Sandy money to go out without Stepien giving the go ahead. No wonder he fired the Sandy State contractor. No wonder they had a hard time answering questions and approving payments. No wonder they're wanting more money - everyone knows if you hire a contractor for a job and then keep interfering and changing things, it'll cost you more.

              Kelly is small fry, she was between Stepien and Wildstein, and all that investigation and messing with testimony done by Mastro is only about the bridge, and not much of that.  He didn't interview anyone on the PA side, including the key figure Nunziato.

              Wildstein is the guy who had connections with Stepien and Samson, the only two guys who direct evidence about Christie. Kelly had only Stepien and he's going to call her a liar.  And she may also be toast, her lawyer also asked for her immunity but last report she hadn't received any, and if she were seen at the federal building where Fishman has his office, it would be in the news.  Like it was for Wildstein.

              Tomorrow is Grand Jury day.  Will Fishman be only presenting documents to them, or will he be calling witnesses?  And who might they be?  He may have already called McKenna, we don't know.  He called Michael Drewniak, Christie's foul mouthed press secretary but if there were earlier ones, the press missed seeing them.  No one last Friday, I am rather sure that there are now reporters hanging out at the courthouse on Fridays to see who comes and goes.

              But the one he  must fear is Wildstein, who saves paper, and hates it when the top guys blame their staffs when they get caught, he's on a mission to expose Christie.  

              •  Thanks for this heads up on tomorrow's Jury day. (6+ / 0-)

                It's sort of cool how you always have your eyes, on the future and what is coming down the pike, and what we should expect.

                Your theory about Christie possibly already anticipating the closing arguments before the jury in his trail really impressed me, as I hadn't thought that far in advance until you brought it up.

                Maybe this is why so many companies and organizations are moving towards teams as a basic unit of operation? If a diverse group of talents gets working well on the same mission with similar goals a synergy sometimes arises where the team productivity and creativity seems to exceed the sum of the individuals by empowering all of them with some of the unique talents of its diverse members.

                "Seriously, Folks, WTH?" - ("What the Heck? "h/t Joan McCarter, Seriously, Florida. WTF?)

                by HoundDog on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 11:33:49 AM PDT

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              •  I agree. (3+ / 0-)
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                Wildstein is the man with the piles of papers. He is the one thinking about having evidence to protect himself or make a deal. I really hope he recorded some things. That whole thing about Krispy barely knowing him is a crock.

                This whole thing has such multiple levels it is amazing. What is happening with the whole 'fake toll hike' so Cuomo and Krispy could look good by reducing the amount of the hike? We now have 2 fake plays, the fake toll hike play and Baroni's traffic study play. They really thought the public would be fooled by this? Both Cuomo and Krispy should be removed from office for this bullcrap.

                The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. - Elbert Hubbard -9.62/-8.15

                by GustavMahler on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 11:53:38 AM PDT

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            •  There has been, so far, a cloud of "quiet" (2+ / 0-)
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              around Kevin O'Dowd, the Chief of Staff during the operative period.
              That to me is a "smoking gun" in that there seems to be a deliberate fire-wall that was attempted at the Bridget Kelley level of the admin.

              It's possible that she was nominated from the get-go to be the "bus-ee" in the event of problems, and there may be few breaches in the firewall in terms of emails or documents that make it to the gov.

              There were some breaches in that the new COS was included in some of the emails, etc.

              It's possible that they didn't have a "firewall" plan but were so incompetent and arrogant that they thought they'd never be called to task for the dirty tricks and corruption. That would help explain the sloppy and ugly firings and excuses by the gov.

              At any rate, I find the lack of substantive info about O'Dowd's place in this to be highly suspicious, and I think there will probably be quite a bit of attention paid by investigators to what Kelley, Renna, Stepien and Wildstein can offer about his involvement, which would cinch the noose tighter around Christie's neck.

              You can't make this stuff up.

              by David54 on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 11:57:05 AM PDT

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      •  Maestro didn't talk to the people in the middle (6+ / 0-)

        Wildstein
        Kelly
        Baroni
        Stephen

        Nor  PA employees.

        nosotros no somos estúpidos

        by a2nite on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:26:56 AM PDT

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      •  it seems... (3+ / 0-)
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        to some extent, one may say that political offices handle things similarly as Christie... thing is, do they get caught with their hands in the kitty?

        I truly feel that he thinks he's invincible.  And that no one will turn against him - and even if they do, Christie will be triumphant because, well, he's Christ Christie!  He just expects he will always win out.

        Seems like a whole lot of people resigned or "left to spend more time w/ family"  all for something that Christie doesn't think is all that big a deal.

        bleh.  I don't live in NJ, but have family who does.  All their tax paying money to fund Christie defend himself.

        There will be no humanity without forgiveness. There will be no forgiveness without justice. But justice will be impossible without humanity. – Yolande Mukagasana

        by kishik on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 11:06:04 AM PDT

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        •  he thought he'd covered his butt (2+ / 0-)
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          and if it were only the bridge lanes, he would have, everyone would know but it would be unprovable.

          But Samson is in the cross-hairs and they touch in so many places, and once it involves money and not just abuse of power to screw with people, which is civil but not criminal, impeachable but not incarceratable, it becomes a pattern and specific evidence is no longer required.

          Zimmer is his second biggest nightmare, he has to throw Kim and Samson under to wiggle away from that one. he's fine with throwing Kim, she's expendable, but Samson has the goods on him, they sink or swim together.

          oh, well.

          •  And I think... (1+ / 0-)
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            that Wildstein, maybe not directly involved, somehow on the outskirts has enough proof as well....

            maybe he was carbon copied on some emails... or was on the "inside" inre certain political tactics put into place.

            Just a whole lot of people involved, far too many to keep tossing under the bus to believe that every single one will stay firm and back the big C.

            There will be no humanity without forgiveness. There will be no forgiveness without justice. But justice will be impossible without humanity. – Yolande Mukagasana

            by kishik on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 12:16:32 PM PDT

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            •  according to Renna (3+ / 0-)
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              kelly and wildstein were thick as thieves. with him she was indiscreet.  He's not just David Wildstein, he's also Wally Edge.

              In 1893 Edge founded the Atlantic City Guest, a summer newspaper devoted to the activities of the resort's vacationers. The success of the paper led Edge to start a similar paper in Jacksonville, Florida, during the winter of 1894-1895. On March 4, 1895 Edge established the Atlantic City Daily Press (now the Press of Atlantic City) as the successor to the Atlantic City Guest, which eventually became the Atlantic City area's dominant newspaper. Edge's income from the Press soon exceeded $20,000 annually.[2] In 1905, Edge purchased the competing Evening Union, also based in Atlantic City.
              http://en.wikipedia.org/...

              He's known to "save paper" and know where to find what he's looking for.  He was Christie's baseball team's statistician. While working for Christie he bought internet addresses in the names of certain politicians.  He was Christie's department of dirty tricks.  

              plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

              by anna shane on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 12:31:33 PM PDT

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              •  Steve Kornacki worked for (2+ / 0-)
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                Wildstein as a writer for Wildstein's political blog and according to Kornacki, he did not identify himself and Kornacki had no idea who he worked for.

                Kornacki explained his relationship when Bridgegate first broke and explains why his connection to the story is so intense.

                When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

                by msmacgyver on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 02:58:13 PM PDT

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                •  he's on the inside (2+ / 0-)
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                  he's the one who predicted Wildstein knew stuff and had evidence.  Christie used to call him with tips without knowing he'd known the guy in high school.  Wildstein is the high iq in the mix.

                  plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

                  by anna shane on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 06:12:33 PM PDT

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                  •  Christie is very coy about his (2+ / 0-)
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                    relationship with Wildstein and I don't believe anything Christie says about this or any other relationship, past or present.

                    It all has a very childish subtext.  Christie appears to be in awe of Samson and disdainful of Wildstein.  He probably needs to figure out who will help him and who won't.  Samson will skate because of his connections and Wildstein will cut a deal.

                     

                    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

                    by msmacgyver on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 06:18:29 PM PDT

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                    •  I meant kornacki (2+ / 0-)
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                      he worked for Wally Edge, and when he admitted the relationship he spoke about what kind of guy he is. There is another fellow on MSNBC who also knew him as Wally Edge.  

                      Christie didn't know that Wally Edge was David, and he hired him on Stepien's recommendation.  And Wildstein delivered for him, until he was asked to do the lane closings and he seemed to know that was trouble, his own emails mentioned he thought he'd get fired for it.   He implemented it.  And if it were not for his emails, that he selected carefully to point to Samson, as well as that email time for some traffic problems, that was from Kelly to him, there would have been no investigation, the can of worms wouldn't have opened.  Or probably wouldn't have.  It was a sign that Christie was really vulnerable, and that he could be weakened.  he was a scary guy in his prime.  Oh, well.  

                      plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

                      by anna shane on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 06:39:43 PM PDT

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                      •  I understood your comment about (1+ / 0-)
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                        Kornacki working for Wildstein/Wally Edge.

                        Do you think that Wildstein actually had long term plans to take Christie down?  I think I remember Steve K talking about the Blog being anti-Christie.  Wildstein might have seen the appointment to PA as his entre into the inner circle and a way to sabotage Christie.

                        Really, this stuff is made for soap opera intrigue...

                        When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

                        by msmacgyver on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 07:07:24 PM PDT

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          •  Correct me if I'm wrong, but (1+ / 0-)
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            I seem to remember that the name of the group for the project in Zimmer's Hoboken is the Rockefeller Group and that they pulled out as soon as the story broke.  Samson's law firm represents/represented them, right?

            When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

            by msmacgyver on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 02:51:49 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks for the info & I added some tags (4+ / 0-)
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    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:10:35 AM PDT

  •  In tags: people are Firstname Lastname. (3+ / 0-)
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    without honorifics or offices as a general rule.

    Chris Christie.

  •  he's less Boss Tweed and more Boss Polyester /nt (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 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:15:02 AM PDT

    •  Cotton Shirts with French Cuffs. (4+ / 0-)
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      He isn't afraid to pay his tailors.

      •  he pays them by the hectare /nt (2+ / 0-)
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        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 (@eState4Column5).

        by annieli on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:28:10 AM PDT

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        •  He's losing weight. (6+ / 0-)

          He had the gastric band last year.

          •  The Carpenters may have been such a band /nt (1+ / 0-)
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            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 (@eState4Column5).

            by annieli on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:32:19 AM PDT

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          •  Yes, he's lost over 100 pounds, and looking pretty (7+ / 0-)

            good. He is exercising every day as well. My doctors are holding him up as a role model for me.

            If this current "manic writing binge" doesn't enable me to ease off of the eating compulsions they want me to consider the same lap bad surgery, which I find extreme.

            I told them into the idea that I could use compulsive writing here and elsewhere to offset compulsive eating.  Working so far - lost 10 pounds in last six weeks. But I have a weigh in in 8 days, and need to loose six more pounds.

            Been slacking off to much on the writing and now exercising enough. Today I'm going out for a 45 minute brisk walk.

            Curiously, I look fairly similar to Chris Christie - we could be brothers by appearance.

            (I hope this doesn't lead to a lot of Freudian type jokes or observations that this is why I seem to be focusing on Christie as an object of ... something. Really, it was just that one poll a few months ago showing him nudging ahead of Hillary  Clinton in an 2016 head to head. Nothing more, oh, yes, a passion for justice.)  

            "Seriously, Folks, WTH?" - ("What the Heck? "h/t Joan McCarter, Seriously, Florida. WTF?)

            by HoundDog on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:45:05 AM PDT

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            •  I spend enough time online (5+ / 0-)

              that a standing desk seems like a sensible idea.

            •  well then (3+ / 0-)
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              I won't dislike seeing him anymore,  I was getting sick of his face, but now I'll just pretend it's you.  

              By the by, there is a lot more to weight science than anyone expected, and all the moralizing about lack of control is really mean and wrong. I like the jokes, but I also like blond jokes, and psychoanalyst jokes, and old lady jokes. Nothing off limits if it's funny or clever.  But the genetics behind weight are complex, and counter intuitive. Getting the band works for many, it's dangerous, but it's a medical intervention, not a buck up and get some control over yourself intervention, and those never have helped and never will. Those just make people stop seeing doctors. The band doesn't just make it hard to eat a lot, it also prevents most of the food from being stored, moves through more quickly. It's old fashioned, on it's way out.

              The newer medicines are focusing on receptors, just like with other addictions, and they show some promise. We get 'triggers' that make us eat, it's a survival thing, if not we'd all starve.  Think of sick people who lose those receptors and have a very hard time not starving.

              It's as hard for someone whose body says 'eat up,' to not as it is for someone who feels stuffed to eat more.  The new medicines target the hormones that say 'stuffed.'

              Just don't beat up on yourself, that's the main thing.  
              Christie is funny because he's a man of many appetites and most of them are nasty and malicious. He likes exercising power to hurt people, and he likes pizza that fell off a truck, the pizza is a metaphor for the other one.  

              •  Thanks for the encouraging words Anna. I feel the (2+ / 0-)
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                same way.

                Yes, our society has a lot of prejudice against overweight people. Most assume we like self-discipline and are no very intelligent. Same if one if too friendly. A combination of both, and its hard to be respected in many places. But, I refuse to be snooty and diffident just to put on airs. (sp?) (If you are overweight, friendly, and don't spell well forget about getting respect in many places....)

                I told my doctor the last time I had checked the gastric bypass surgeries had a morality rate of over 2%. She just looked at me in that sad way as if to say, "what do you think your mortality rate is if you don't lose weight?"

                I've been hesitantly trying one of the new experimental drugs to reduce eating compulsions in the last four weeks, but I've had fierce headaches for half the time, and apparently one of the possible side effects is that it can lower the voltage across the cerebral cortex. (Also used as an anti-seizure med)

                So, I've been worried that the side-effects will lower my IQ. The doctors admit that at higher dosages, this med can have a sedative effect. One reason people lose weight I guess is it is hard to east when one is barely conscious.

                When I posted my daily output last night, sort of pleased with myself that I did 10 fairly good post in one day, one person write in that he likes my writing but my "grandiousity" in that last post last night, providing a list and links to  all 11 in the last 24 hours, left a "bad taste."  I responded that I know this, about the post and myself,  and apologized for it.

                But, part of my writing here, and keeping some kind of objective track of quality and response is to make sure I don't descend into.. some kind of vacuous oblivion without realizing it. How does one keep track of the quality of one's own thinking when ones own subjective modes of perception and cognition may be degraded?

                Weird, extreme, risky, yes, but perhaps, not a bad as being dead, from a lap band surgery, or from not having surgery and remaining overweight.

                We shall see how he experiment goes. I didn't take it last night to see if my mind cleared a little. I don't have a blinding migraine today, so that's an improvement, and makes it easier to concentrate.

                Thanks for your encouraging words Anna. Sorry to go off on a personal tangent.  

                 

                "Seriously, Folks, WTH?" - ("What the Heck? "h/t Joan McCarter, Seriously, Florida. WTF?)

                by HoundDog on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 12:02:06 PM PDT

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            •  My mom had a good take on this. (1+ / 0-)
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              People told Krispy that voters would not vote for someone that overweight for prez. So he only did it for politics and optics.

              The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. - Elbert Hubbard -9.62/-8.15

              by GustavMahler on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 11:56:10 AM PDT

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              •  His Mom was probably right. He is looking good. (2+ / 0-)
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                I had mentioned it too my doctors, so they think he's a personal hero of mine. Every time I go in for my monthly weight in now, they say, "your friend Governor Christie sure is looking good!"

                No one has actually said "Maybe one day, if you try really hard, you can be as successful as he has been!, ... yet, but they always pause like they are thinking about it."

                I always just smile, and say, "Now, wouldn't that  be something."

                Then I rush back here to see if I can find any indictments being handed out yet. (Humor alert. (Some aspects of this comment my utilize artisistic license and exaggeration for comic affect.))

                "Seriously, Folks, WTH?" - ("What the Heck? "h/t Joan McCarter, Seriously, Florida. WTF?)

                by HoundDog on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 12:09:48 PM PDT

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        •  The Client Known as Omar nt (1+ / 0-)
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          When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

          by msmacgyver on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 02:59:50 PM PDT

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    •  Less Boss Tweed more Boss Greed nt (5+ / 0-)
  •  Nothing left to see here, folks (not) (14+ / 0-)

    Christie has now hired an ombudsman to make sure something like Bridgegate never happens again. lol. From the Star-Ledger:

    TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie today named the dean of the Seton Hall University Law School to serve as an independent ombudsman to keep watch for wrongdoing, bolster ethics training and improve email communication policies within the governor's office.
    http://www.nj.com/...

    I ♥ President Barack Obama.

    by ericlewis0 on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:27:54 AM PDT

  •  Much like Game of Thones (7+ / 0-)

    When favor  .."doesn’t depend on factors like population or genuine need, but rather how well their mayor kisses the governor’s ring".

    The House of Christie always pays its debts.....
    (except when it decides that it's smarter to throw you under the bus).

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:29:36 AM PDT

  •  Former NJ Assemblyman says Christie broke the law (9+ / 0-)

    Back when Christie was a prosecutor, he was deeply involved in the so called "Bid Rig" scandal, which smeared several Democrats, former Assemblyman Manzo, in particular. He is the author of the following letter to the Star-Ledger. All the charges were eventually thrown out!

    http://www.nj.com/...

    I ♥ President Barack Obama.

    by ericlewis0 on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:51:06 AM PDT

  •  Who exactly did this: (9+ / 0-)
    complicated sets of matrices, war-room wall charts, profiles, and other artifacts
    That's a lot of work, purely political and I assume done on State property and the State's dime.
    I don't want him to resign, I want him perp-walked.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 11:14:15 AM PDT

    •  Wildstein had a "secret-war" room set up in the (8+ / 0-)

      PA in a room that only three people could access.

      We also have read reports that Christie would have profile of up to 100 Mayors in the back seat of his limo (or whatever car he was driving in.)

      Each one was in a plastic cover.

      I've been wondering ever since why the NJ legislature hasn't subpoenaed this material. As some of it should "literally" have Christie's finger prints on it, As well as notes back to whomever was doing the computer work, which I presume may have been David Wildstein who has been described as "the data man," and has been described as often sitting outside the meeting rooms of the big wigs waiting for the next round.

      I used to do this professionally for decision makers in special engagements.

      (Still would if anyone needs as "special solutions facilitator." I've got quite a reputation for being able to catalyze a lot of action in distributed teams.)

      "Seriously, Folks, WTH?" - ("What the Heck? "h/t Joan McCarter, Seriously, Florida. WTF?)

      by HoundDog on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 11:22:41 AM PDT

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      •  Binders full of mayors? (5+ / 0-)

        The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. - Elbert Hubbard -9.62/-8.15

        by GustavMahler on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 11:58:34 AM PDT

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      •  what has Cy Vance asked for? (1+ / 0-)
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        is that in all communications between top appointees at the PA?

      •  The PA war room & the LIGA are different things (1+ / 0-)
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        Although they served similar purposes, from my reading.

        nosotros no somos estúpidos

        by a2nite on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 12:52:30 PM PDT

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        •  Please tell us more a2nite, your know so many (1+ / 0-)
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          of these important arcane details from your research.

          Please tell me again why you don't post these yourself. Not that I'm not delighted for you to do vast amounts of research, explain stories to me, make subtle corrections to the details when I go astray, and then let me publish them and take credit.

          So, I'm not complaining, at all, please keep the articles coming.

          But, what kind of investigator would I be, if I couldn't help notice how ..... unusual this is. The psychological make up of many investigative journalists involve unresolved father issues, and a glaring need for attention, self centeredness, and a pursuit of social validation... -- more like me, let's say. Yes, there are other varieties.

          Your style is beginning to look more like the "deep-throat" character in Watergate." And, I mean this in the nicest possible way a2nite, or "a" as you said I could call you. lol

          The PA war room & the LIGA are different things
          Although they served similar purposes, from my reading.
          Are you going to make me go all the way to google and look this up, and come back with long articles and quotes pretending it was my idea,  with a little hat tip to tyou, or perhaps, you could just explain it to us all now?

          You wouldn't happen to work in a prosecutors office some where would you? Or perhaps, be someone in the state AG's office who thinks you all ought to be leading your own investigation?

          Or, maybe someone on the legislative committee staff, frustrated that it is taking the public so long to put together the pieces?

          (Humor alert! Just teasing you a2nite. Your totally focused, concise, well organized, no ego, totally objective way of presenting highly cogent to the point facts, at just the right moment, guiding others to the next step is a common profile we see on internet blogs, especially left-oriented political blogs known for so many writers transcending all ego, as if we were Buddhist monks, (double humor alert.)  

          "Seriously, Folks, WTH?" - ("What the Heck? "h/t Joan McCarter, Seriously, Florida. WTF?)

          by HoundDog on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 01:32:13 PM PDT

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  •  Six new GWB subpoenas to go out by Monday!! (8+ / 0-)
    Christie Administration Dismantles Office Linked to Favoritism

    Change Is Part of Overhaul in Wake of Bridge Scandal

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration is dismantling an office that was found to have favored some local officials over others, one of several overhauls announced Thursday in the wake of the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal.

    The disbanding of the governor's Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs was recommended by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, a law firm hired by the Christie administration to represent it in bridge scandal investigations. The office was once led by Bridget Kelly,...

    •  Let me guess, (2+ / 0-)
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      he knew nothing of this office before today?

      Where is that Sgt. Schultz picture? Should be in every diary about Krispy.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. - Elbert Hubbard -9.62/-8.15

      by GustavMahler on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 12:00:06 PM PDT

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      •  Yes, Governor Christie is shocked, truly shocked (0+ / 0-)

        to discover unsavory political machinations and indtimidation  going on in his office, and he is going to "rip the eyes out" of anyone caught doing this, and "pour gasoline in their sockets and light them up," as an example to others.  

        "Seriously, Folks, WTH?" - ("What the Heck? "h/t Joan McCarter, Seriously, Florida. WTF?)

        by HoundDog on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 12:17:11 PM PDT

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  •  Republicans have no shame. indict or/what? (0+ / 0-)

    decent wages don't eliminate jobs. Republicans eliminate jobs; and workers, and prospects, and then excuse it all and call for more austerity. there is no end to their ignorant, arrogant avarice. only political dinosaurs support their treachery.

    by renzo capetti on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 01:44:34 PM PDT

  •  To the larger point, I have no problem with CC (0+ / 0-)

    Having a list of elected officials. The problem is that there are voters, taxpayers, children, etc who are hurt by these punitive actions against these "enemies". Last I heard he works for everyone (in theory).

    It's petty & rotten. This is another thing along with two different bridge closure  traffic problems. People get this especially with the punishing the mayors. It's over the top.

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 02:27:23 PM PDT

  •  YES! (0+ / 0-)

    NAIL "CHRISTIE" CUOMO'S REPUTATION TO THE WALL!  I will hold off on the !!!!!!'s.  

    "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

    by NancyWH on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 03:42:13 PM PDT

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