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Thanks to rexxnyc for sending in a link to Jon Swaine, of The Guardian, who reports Chris Christie donor's property venture given $106m by state after law changed. Paterson’s mayor, Jeffery Jones, is demanding an investigation, alleging a "sweetheart deal," because Jon Hanson is a close friend of Chris Christie and a long time donor to both Christie and the Republican Party. According to fillings he has given over $310,000 to Republican candidates and as finance chairman for Christie's 2009 and 2013 election campaign raised millions for Christie's election.  

The venture, in one of the state’s poorest cities, appears potentially lucrative for the friend, Jon Hanson, a wealthy real estate tycoon who headed the fundraising operations for Christie's election campaigns, chairs a policy commission for the governor, and is a longstanding Republican donor.

Under the plans, Hanson’s real estate company will develop a hotel and an office building near a hospital in the city of Paterson in a “joint venture” with a non-profit organisation. Hanson’s firm will end up owning the $53m office building, which could be worth millions of dollars a year in rental revenues.

 photo denver420jpg_zps17339bc3.jpgConvention of Christie Watch readers review the unprecedented number of "smoking guns" in Christiegate scandals. (humor alert, h/t Markthshark)

The property is outside the eligibility zone for the state program, and did not meet the requirements, yet, "somehow" a series of amendments were made to the law, which enabled the project to qualify.

Yet a series of amendments were made to New Jersey law that made funding easier to obtain for a development that happened to be on or adjacent to a hospital. They allowed the venture to win a $105.6m tax break, which is expected to cover more than 75% of its total costs, from Christie’s economic development authority (EDA), which is led by another close friend of the governor.

Gee, this does look a bit suspicious. But, Christie has so many friends, maybe this is just a coincidence?  

Christie also has a number of "friends" in Massachusetts where an investigation is looking into a $15 million investment of New Jersey state pension funds in a firm that donated $10,000 to Christie's campaign.

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This Guardian article is long, and full of incriminating details every BridgeGate addict, and others interesting in "restoring" the values of integrity and trust in our government and political leaders, will want to read.

Drip, drip, drip. Allegations and potential scandals  never seem to end with Governor Christie. With so many friends like these, who need un-indicted co-conspirators?

10:01 AM PT: Please check out this story I posted late last night illustrating the importance of our Democratic Party's support for competent government agencies like the Center for Disease Control, CDC, and our support for the U.N.'s World Health Organization, WHO.

West African Ebola death toll rises to 193 out of 291 cases, 34 new cases in Sierra Leone

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  •  Tip Jar (40+ / 0-)

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    by HoundDog on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 08:35:46 AM PDT

  •  Welfare for the rich is the TGOP motto; tipped (12+ / 0-)

    & rec'ed.

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 08:43:06 AM PDT

  •  Damn, how many smoking guns do we need... (14+ / 0-)

    to get this jerk out of office?

    They're going to be prosecuting Christie for the nextch decade!

    Good catch, HD!

    "If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged." - 17th-century French clergyman and statesman Cardinal Richelieu.

    by markthshark on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 09:00:22 AM PDT

    •  LOL I'm tempted to post that pictures of the last (3+ / 0-)
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      April 20 (420) Marijuana Day celebration in Seattle and Denver for 200,000 are in the government center plaza with a vast cloud of marijuana smoke floating above the whole scene. It's pretty funny.  

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      by HoundDog on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 09:04:12 AM PDT

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    •  What?!? (5+ / 0-)

      He's going to be the next prezeldunt, haven't you heard?

      I ♥ rock crushers.

      by fly on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 09:11:35 AM PDT

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      •  Can you image how close we came to a disaster (4+ / 0-)
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        of unimaginable proportions? As far as sociopaths are concerned Richard Nixon looks like an elementary school wanna be of Christie.

        Can you imagine Nixon or Christie with NSA powers? They'd get rid of term limits, and Nixon's head would still be our prez floating in a jar of formaldehyde. (rhetorical excess alert - I have an artistic license - no wait this one is for my rabies shots - hold on I know I have that license someplace.)

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        by HoundDog on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 09:29:09 AM PDT

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        •  HD, I keep saying it, Comapre this specific (3+ / 0-)
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          to Walkers handling of the WEDC, Which btw, I will mention this, After calling out a Reporter at the MJS, He is going back to look at Various Questions and issues that quite Honestly No answers have been reported involving the WEDC.

          Don't confuse Confidence with Arrogance.

          by bearsguy on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 10:06:04 AM PDT

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      •  Well he'd better tell that (2+ / 0-)
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        To Scott Walker in Wisconsin who, despite the "John Doe" investigations thinks HE'S going to be the next POTUS.

        Hate to tell either of them, but Hillary (or another Dem) will be the next POTUS.

        Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

        by Rosalie907 on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 12:04:33 PM PDT

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    •  Hey markhshark, or should I call you "The Muse," (2+ / 0-)
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      now, check out the graphic I added to the post, with h/t to you, inspired by your funny comment.

       photo denver420jpg_zps17339bc3.jpgConvention of Christie Watch readers review the unprecedented number of "smoking guns" in Christiegate scandals. (humor alert, h/t Markthshark)

      If we could just get one of our photoshop geniuses to replace that marijuana flag with the Christie Burnt toast image it would make sense.

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      by HoundDog on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 09:25:35 AM PDT

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      •  Great image! (3+ / 0-)
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        I'm inspirational!

        Who knew? lol

        "If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged." - 17th-century French clergyman and statesman Cardinal Richelieu.

        by markthshark on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 09:30:22 AM PDT

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        •  Yes, you are. A whole lot of us already knew this (2+ / 0-)
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          mark!  lol

          (Hint: The appropriate response in HoundDog posts is now either, "Why wasn't I informed of this!" (Which I think is an allusion to the wacky general in the Beatles movie "Help.")  or plaintiffly, "Why am I always the last to know?"

          I guess I should print up an "Order of Service," so new folks can play along too.

          Sadly, though pretty soon I am going to run out to jokes and everyone will think, "why does that poor old HoundDog, keep using the same jokes like we haven't already heard others say hundreds of times - not knowing that indeed I was the one who started many of these here.  

          But, that will be OK, because then I'll just adjust my tie and say, "Geessh, I don't get no respect around here," and lay down one of Rodney Dangerfield's hundreds of jokes. That will keep me covered until 2016 when we will be so busy fighting of the GOP no one will care about jokes.

          And, after we win back the House, I'll just ride off into the sunset, and folks will ask, "who was that masked HoundDog anyway?"

          Woof, woof, aaawhhhooooooo!

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          by HoundDog on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 10:22:52 AM PDT

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          •  You ain't goin' nowhere, Kemosabe... (2+ / 0-)
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            http://www.slate.com/...

            And, after we win back the House, I'll just ride off into the sunset, and folks will ask, "who was that masked HoundDog anyway?"
            So we won't have to ask. lol

            "If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged." - 17th-century French clergyman and statesman Cardinal Richelieu.

            by markthshark on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 10:32:02 AM PDT

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          •  Hound Dog (0+ / 0-)

            You'd better NEVER ride off into the sunset.

            Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

            by Rosalie907 on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 12:18:44 PM PDT

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    •  IOKIYAR, robbery & pillage are part of the job (1+ / 0-)
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      There's no better crook than a crooked lawyer.

      I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

      by a2nite on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 09:31:29 AM PDT

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  •  Headline of Latest Christie scandal is now like... (8+ / 0-)
    Dog bites man.  Footage at 11.
    Eventually the straw that breaks the camel's back finally come along and rather than seeking government housing come 1/20/17, he'll be doing his best to avoid it.

    Sadly, this pay-for-play will only continue to get worse so long as the Supreme Court continues to strike down campaign finance regulations 5-4.  I hope Justice Kennedy is happy with himself in making it so easy to corrupt our political system.

    Enacting our agenda requires winning elections. Oh, and me on Facebook and Twitter.

    by Mets102 on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 09:00:51 AM PDT

    •  LOL yes, but don't you have to admit Mets102, if (1+ / 0-)
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      there were ever a real chance to have a headline "Dog bites Man" I would be a top candidate, after how many dozen posts I've published biting Christie in the butt?

      When I put up that picture of Christie snarling as the icon emblem for Christie Watch it was a touch choice as the second option was of a hound dog biting Chris Christie in the butt. But a lot of other people post on Christie Watch so I thought this picture of Christie doing an imitation of a bulldog would be more appropriate.

      Maybe we could get our resident artistic genius and Christie Watch author ericlewis0  to draw up a cartoon of a hound dog biting Christie in the butt - (my birthday is in January eric -- hint, hint.)

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      by HoundDog on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 09:11:09 AM PDT

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  •  I so admire how Republicans (4+ / 0-)
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    pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. So resourceful - they are an inspiration to the rest of us less-worthy lazy people.

    Mediocrity cannot know excellence ~ Sherlock Holmes

    by La Gitane on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 09:03:26 AM PDT

    •  Thanks the dems for letting them pull them (1+ / 0-)
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      up by their bootstraps.  

      "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubt." Bertrand Russell I'm very certain that is true. 10−122

      by thestructureguy on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 09:54:44 AM PDT

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  •  Here's what gets me though... (9+ / 0-)

    We have all of this evidence on Chris Christie's malfeasance, Scott Walker's illegal doings and Rick Scott's inappropriate dealings and yet they are all still in office and not one of them is doing a perp walk.

    If the local police thought I stole a 50 cent candy bar from the local supermarket, they would have no problem locking me up and jeopardizing my career based on nothing but a 17 year-old witnesses suspicion.

    I think all of this theater is going to fade away with, at most, a slap on the wrist, maybe a formal censure or a firm warning...  It turns out that today's American Justice is not blind, she's a whore.

    "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

    by Buckeye Nut Schell on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 09:05:28 AM PDT

    •  Well... duh.. (5+ / 0-)

      I mean you don't want to risk ruining a man's career over what could possibly be a simple oversight in a cofnsing world of legal mumbo jumbo and unnecessary regulations blah blah blah.  I mean - you can't keep track of everything.  

      And on the other hand, if you stole the candy bar we would have to do everything in our power to prevent a known criminal from preying on others.

      "I'm not left wing because i'm ideological, or passionate, or angry. I'm left wing because I'm informed." - Mikesco

      by newfie on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 09:17:38 AM PDT

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    •  Just as a benchmark on the typical delay (4+ / 0-)

      Buckeye, it took the Virginia U.S. Attorney four years from the start of the investigation to bring indictments against former VA governor McDonnell and his wife and a really simple case where they had tangible evidence in the form of $140,000 of receipts for illegal gifts, and no dispute that the governor and wife took them. And the case still has not gone to trail yet.

      The Christie case is about 500 times more complicated, but even if it were not we might be looking at at 2019 for indictments.

      Luckily Manhatten Attorney Cyrus Vance and U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman are reputed not to like each other, are not cooperating with each other and some insiders suggest they are racing to see who can get to indictments first.

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      by HoundDog on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 09:34:46 AM PDT

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      •  No doubt that you are correct about... (1+ / 0-)
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        the reasons for the delay.  I just hate that this is another example of the difference between justice for the priviledged and justice for everyone else.  While Christie remains in power and continues to break the law with illegal offerings to those in his circle, everyday people are forced into jail on even the slightest of suspicion of any wrong doing.  Once there is an official indictment, the public official should be made to step aside until after the hearing.  That used to be considered the honorable thing to do.

        I hope that you are also right that this will all be handled on the up and up and Christie (Walker and Scott as well for that matter) will be held to account for their misdeeds.  I guess I am just becoming more cynical as I grow older.  I have seen too many guilty bastards walk free (Cheney, Rumsfield, turdblossom, Dimon etc...) with little to no justification.

        "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

        by Buckeye Nut Schell on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 11:54:14 AM PDT

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  •  How long does a dead skunk left on the road (2+ / 0-)
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    in the hot sun have to ripen before it is scraped off and discarded?

    Christie is certainly pushing that limit.

    As always, HoundDog, keep up the good work! And keep smiling that doggie smile!

    We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

    by occupystephanie on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 09:44:20 AM PDT

    •  Thanks stephanie. I always have smiles for you (2+ / 0-)
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      and your pollinator friends the bees and insects. I keep looking for you to post that cool pix of you and the protesters at Monsanto or where ever that was wearing your Bee Costumes.

      I still think Daily Kos is missing a big opportunity not inviting you to be our Bee  Queen of the next Netroots Convention. You should hold out for free conference fees. If you let me be your agent, I'll work on transportation cost too!!!!

      Who was it that accused me of making up you Bee Costume photo? That rascal still thinks he won that debate but even if you don't help me out by reposting it, I'm am going to go through every one of my last 30,000 comments until I find it. hound dogs never give up on a trail once we are on the case.

      Woof, woof, aaaawhhhooooo!

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      by HoundDog on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 10:29:11 AM PDT

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      •  Oh, HoundDog, you are the best dog! (0+ / 0-)

        I actually found a Queen Bee at the Eugene March Against Mosanto. I was irresistibly drawn to serve her! I kept her wings out and nice and held all her pollen while she went in to the bathroom.

        How can I resist a dog!

        Here is my Queen!

        And here is my first selfie ever with my Queen as we marched together.

        We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

        by occupystephanie on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 11:35:14 AM PDT

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  •  Better to ask how some amendments to the (3+ / 0-)
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    law were changed.  The legislature makes those amendments.  The Dems control the legislator and make the laws.  

    "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubt." Bertrand Russell I'm very certain that is true. 10−122

    by thestructureguy on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 09:53:52 AM PDT

  •  not tax breaks... call them "tax subsidies" (3+ / 0-)
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    This is the very essence of right wing corporate welfare: it is not about giving money directly, at least not all the time. It is allowing corporations the benefits of government without having to pay for it. Someone else picks up the dime.

    They call it tax breaks, to make it sound like all that is happening is that corporations are being given relief from something everyone finds (at some level at least) oppressive. Who could begrudge their good fortune! We should all be given tax breaks!

    But what it is in reality is a government subsidy: a tax subsidy.

    Ellen Kagen made this point extremely well, in her dissent to a Supreme Court opinion saying that special tax breaks for religious schools do not amount to government support for religion: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/...

    •  Agreed. And $105.6 million is a substantial gift (1+ / 0-)
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      to give a friend out of the government coffers.  

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      by HoundDog on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 10:30:33 AM PDT

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      •  Thank the Dems for that gift. They changed (0+ / 0-)

        the law.

        "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubt." Bertrand Russell I'm very certain that is true. 10−122

        by thestructureguy on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 05:45:26 PM PDT

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  •  Something needs to be done about the Supreme Co... (1+ / 0-)
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    Something needs to be done about the Supreme Court. It's outrageous the decisions being made that directly benefit family and friends. Justice Thomas's wife profits from the bad "Citizens United" decision. Now I heard the both Alito and Scalia have relatives (I believe sons) that work for the law firm representing BP in the Gulf spill disaster suit. It is outrageous that these justices don't recuse themselves from cases where their family is directly involved/benefitting from the decision. Now I am reading in Reuters that Scalia alone may decide whether the spill claims have to be paid by BP. How is that fair?

    •  Alito & Scalia's sons (1+ / 0-)
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      Work for Gibson Dunn and I'm sure have run into Randy Mastro in the John.

      Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

      by Rosalie907 on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 12:29:22 PM PDT

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      •  Elephant crap accumulates in the strangest places (1+ / 0-)
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        I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

        by a2nite on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 01:40:18 PM PDT

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  •  Hey Hound Dog (1+ / 0-)
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    My cousin Janet who lives in NJ and is a Christie hater even before Bridgegate, sent me this late last night.  Glad to see you're on the ball.  

    All these deals that Christie is doing for his "friends" need investigating and I'd like to suggest that they be investigated prior to sign off and maybe even squashed if need be.  The Legislature needs to take more control and give Christie and his office less.  

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

    by Rosalie907 on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 12:01:39 PM PDT

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