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One might imagine that after about a half a dozen or more allegations of Governor Christie's administration misappropriating funds, or channeling tax breaks to supporters we would have hit the bottom of the barrel, and it would just be a matter of investigating the many alleged scandals we've already heard about such as:

• The many Port authority projects that appear to be given in sweetheart deals to David Samson's clients, or Christie donors.

• The $1 billion diversion from the Port Authority for the Skyline Bridge repair that the SEC and Manhattan Attorney General Cyrus Vance Jr. is investigating for fraud.

• The ARC tunnel cancellation and use of funds for alternative purposes.  

• The $15 million that the state of Massachusetts is investigating from the pension fund invested in a campaign donor.

• A few days ago The Guardian reported that Paterson's mayor Jeffrey Jones alleges that The Hampshire Companies owned by Hanson Donor's property venture given a  $106m tax break by New Jersey.

• The the NJ EDA's use of $23 million in Sandy disaster recovery fund for a TV add starring Christie is being audited by the federal government. They are the group that issued the $223 million tax break to Prudential we are about to hear about next.

But, one would be wrong.  Governor Christie is a man with many friends, with lots of money - here is another accusation from the Guardian, sent to us from rexxnyc: Chris Christie backers awarded $223m tax break to build New Jersey mall, that is majority owned by Prudential which has given $125,000 to the RPG which Christie chairs, and the Chairmen of Prudential and his wife chairs the Drumthwacket Foundation, which is restoring the governor's mansion Christie lives in.  


A major new shopping mall and housing development in New Jersey, which is controlled by the biggest corporate funders of Chris Christie’s official mansion, has been awarded a $223m public subsidy by the governor’s administration. ...

The $223.3m, 10-year subsidy was awarded without fanfare to Sayreville Seaport Associates LP, a corporate partnership that owns the 440-acre development alongside the Raritan river, where construction on a shopping mall targeted at millennials is due to begin later this year.

But a detailed proposal for the $2bn venture discloses that the project is majority-owned by Prudential, the New Jersey-based financial and insurance giant, which has in the past three years given more than $125,000 to the Republican Governors Association, which Christie chairs.

Prudential also donates $50,000 a year in the Durmthwacket fund, and Prudential's chairmen and CEO, John Strangfeld chairs the Drumthwacket Foundation and his wife, Mary Kay, is the vice-chair, and they have donated $5,000 to the foundation. FEC filings also show that Strangfeld ave $25,000 to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign while Christie served as one of its top fundraisers.

A spokesman for Prudential, Bob DeFillippo clarified that none of the financial contributions by the firm or the Stranfelds had any impact on their project that received the $223.3 million tax break it just received from New Jersey, saying “None of these activities had any impact on this project”.

Well I'm glad he cleared that up because it sure looked suspicious there for a moment.
I hope he doesn't mind terribly if the various attorney generals and other investigative bodies take a quick look at the books just to make sure. And maybe ask a few questions before a grand jury under oath - you know just for the record.

And, just for more reassurance, Keven Roberts, a spokesperson for he Governor, says Christie never discussed this project with Mr. Strangfeld and that the the Governor has nothing to do with EDA grants.  

The Guardian also tells us that apparently, corporate subsidies through the EDA are not covered by New Jersey's pay-to-play" laws.  Michele Brown, EDA's CEO is a longtime personal friend of Christie's who also worked for Christie when he was the US attorney.

"Drip, drip, drip ... "

Or maybe by now we should be saying "Gush, Gush, Gush .....? "

3:35 PM PT: Please check out this rather scathing indictment of our DEA and DOJ I wrote this morning. DEA targets doctors linked to state legal medical marijuana clinics in MA reports Boston Globe

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  •  Tip Jar (24+ / 0-)

    Humor Alert! No statement from this UID is intended to be true, including this one. Intended for recreational purposes only. Unauthorized interpretations may lead to unexpected results. This waiver void where prohibited. Artistic License - 420420

    by HoundDog on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 02:25:33 PM PDT

  •  Holy impropriety, Batman! (5+ / 0-)

    Why isn't Christie in an orange jumpsuit yet? How many more scandals like this will it take before he's booted from the governor's mansion?

    GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

    by ontheleftcoast on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 02:31:02 PM PDT

    •  Good quetions. I was trying to remember which (7+ / 0-)

      Beatles album it was when John Lennon shouted out, "I've got blisters on my fingers."  Was that Let It Be?

      I need to get a better standard complete list of scandals and investigations, rather than having to try to remember them off the top of my head.

      We have five investigations I think"

      N.J A.G. Paul Fishman, looking into GWB lane closures, Hoboken Dawn Zimmer threats, PA - David Samson sweetheart deals,

      Manhatten A.G. Cyrus Vance Jr., David Samson sweetheart deals, Port Authority diversions, maybe ARC Tunnel? Not sure,

      New Jersey Legislative Investigative Committee, all of the above.

      SEC Security Fraud division investigation $1 billion Port Authority diversion.

      Massachusetts $15 million Pension Fund investment? Is this a Massachusetts based investigation in addition to the N.J. investigatgatory.

      EDA $23 million advertising budget audit.

      And I think the Federal Government is auditing the entire Sandy Fund allocation.  

      Am I missing any?  

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      by HoundDog on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 02:55:37 PM PDT

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    •  @drumthwacket he should be mowing the lawn (1+ / 0-)
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      in the orange jumpsuit

    •  I just posted the same thought (1+ / 0-)
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      And a relative who lives in NJ wonders about this also.

      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 Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 05:57:34 PM PDT

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  •  Did He Ever Have Time to Govern? nt (8+ / 0-)

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 02:33:07 PM PDT

    •  He's been on the road so much for RPG fundraising, (5+ / 0-)

      and meeting with so many lawyers I do not know how he has time to even drop into his state office.
      l
      One of the editors at the Star-Ledger was making a big deal in February when Christie was asked about some program he had authorized three weeks previously, and had already appointed one of the commissioners for, and he claimed to have never heard of it.

      I got the impression when he stops by his office, his staff have a stack of 300 letter, bills, and memos for him to sign, or approve and he plows through them as fast as he can, barely thinking about them.

      But, some are starting to be fairly big deals.

      And he has back himself into so many corners with his denials of what Stepien and Wildstein has said, I don't know how he can keep that many lies in his head.

      He must have some kind of note system.

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      by HoundDog on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 03:00:45 PM PDT

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    •  No, he didn't (1+ / 0-)
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      I think he spent more time in Iowa than New Jersey.

      Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

      by Dirtandiron on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 05:03:24 PM PDT

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  •  you could probably add in your list that $1mill+ (9+ / 0-)

    "investigation" that was done to "clear" cc by cc's own lawyer.
    all paid for by taxpayers.

    and i agree with onetheleftcoast- just why isnt this guy in jail?

    •  Yes, Thank live1. I'll add that to a list we can (3+ / 0-)

      attach as a footnote so we can all keep track.

      While I respect that Paul Fishman is acting with integrity to be so iron clad in preventing leaks, it is sort of a pain. I wish we were getting some at least general sense of where the prosecutors are at in their thinking.

      I was really shocked to read that one Main Justice piece suesting that Cryus Vance Jr. doesn't trust that Fishman will aggresively investigate all of these charges, and that Sampson chief lawyer is Fishman's mentor.

      I don't doubt his professionalism, but I really do not know much about him.

      So, wouldn't it be reassuring if some one on the investigation wink at the reporters and gave a thumbs up, or we heard some deep background off the record comment saying that they are starting to focus on X number of possible indictments,  or maybe they haven't found any actual crimes they think they can indict on. That would be hard to believe, but it just gives an example of how wide the range is and how tight Fishman has been on leaks and rumors.

      Which is a good thing. I'm only complaining about it, in a subjective Friday night way, not a serious complaint.

      Especially, as the whole issue is integrity and confidence in government and government officials. It wouldn't be consistent if the investigations were political, or full of leaks as Christie's apparently were.

      Christie may be getting more than he deserves, but the citizens of New Jersey should probably be pleased at the professionalism of the investigations,  so far, as far as I can tell.

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      by HoundDog on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 03:11:06 PM PDT

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  •  I'm thinking spurt, spurt, spurt, as in arterial (6+ / 0-)

    blood, but that's probably just me.

    I think Christie isn't in jail yet because there's only so many investigators and prosecutors to go around and it's still early yet.  Once more grand juries start returning indictments and once more people work out deals, I think we'll finally start seeing perp walks.

    At least I hope so.

    •  Did you every see that one WW2 Move, I think it (2+ / 0-)
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      was Catch 22, but it could have been Slachthuas Fumfph (sp?)
      where the one pilot lost it and come in for a low pass and takes off this guys head, but the headless body stands there for a moment while blood squirts up with each heart beat?

      Was it Kill Bill 1 or 2 where Quentin Tarrentino paid homage tho that scene after one of the Gang of 88 gets chopped up in one of the bloodiest scenes ever filmed.  

      One of my younger brothers could tell us exactly which scenes I'm trying to think of, who were the writers, cameraman, actors, director, and all sort of things about almost every movie, or comic book made in the last 60 years.  

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      by HoundDog on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 03:20:46 PM PDT

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      •  The first one was (3+ / 0-)
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        Catch 22, I remember that scene because it mad me ill lol (hate to tell you what all the blood in Scarface did to me).

        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 Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 06:04:37 PM PDT

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      •  Kill Bill 1 had the scene with the 88's. (1+ / 0-)
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        From there, she went on to battle Lucy Liu and give her a haircut with that sharp Hanzo sword.

        For some reason, I really like Tarantino movies.

  •  Sayreville heavily damaged by Sandy (4+ / 0-)
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    NOT a "destination town".  No one wants to move in but recent arrivals from Brazil.

    No one is demanding luxury malls, housing or office space.

    This is going to be a Xanadu-sized boondoggle

    It's not a fake orgasm; it's a real yawn.

    by sayitaintso on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 02:57:13 PM PDT

    •  So it was just PR when one of the apologists (4+ / 0-)
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      reassured the Guardian reporters that that project was going to be so highly successful New Jersey would end up making a "profit" on their EDA grant?

      New Jersey must be a lot bigger than I realized, financially I mean. Somehow Christie seems to have found ways, to cause scandals in more major development projects than we even seem to have going on in Massachusetts.

      Oh, and I'm just remembering that major transit station development that the Port Authority did for one of the developments of one of Samson's clients a block away.

      And that 935,000 parking lot, they leased at for a dollar?

      We have to get a list.  

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      by HoundDog on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 03:26:52 PM PDT

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  •  Waiting for the inevitable Christie perp walk... (2+ / 0-)
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    I bet the governor would look absolutely stunning in an orange jumpsuit with the initials "DOC" stenciled across the front.

    Very chic.  I hear all the Republican governors are wearing them this season.

    All that is necessary for the triumph of the Right is that progressives do nothing.

    by Mystic Michael on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 04:41:28 PM PDT

  •  I'm really getting tired of Christie crap (1+ / 0-)
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    And want to know why he hasn't had a perp walk yet.  It's very frustrating seeing all he's done and yet no charges are brought against him.  I suppose next he'll be selling the entire state of NJ, maybe to the Koch's, and nobody would blink an eye.

    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 Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 05:56:21 PM PDT

  •  Tipped & rec'ed (0+ / 0-)

    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 Sat Jun 07, 2014 at 04:26:31 AM PDT

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