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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks during a news conference in Trenton, New Jersey March 28, 2014. On Thursday a law firm hired by Christie, a potential Republican 2016 contender for the White House, released a report clearing him of wrongdoing in
"Trust me, you schmuck."
Via TPM, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has a message for donors worried that his George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal will impact his chances in 2016:
“I’m not that worried about it. I hope none of you are worried about it, though I expect some of you are,” Christie told the crowd. “But you’ll get over it. It will be fine.”
And why shouldn't they worry about it? Because:
He insisted that he now had a firm command of the facts and that donors would not find out anything new: “Don’t be so nervous,” he said at one point.
So, according to Christie, donors shouldn't be worried because all the facts are out now. And that means he's sticking by what he said when he first went public about the scandal:
There's this, you know, kind of reputation out there of me being a micromanager. I'm not. [...] I delegate enormous authority to my staff [...] there's no way that anybody would think that I know about everything that's going on [...] I don't know what else to say except to tell them that I had no knowledge of this—of the planning, the execution or anything about it—and that I first found out about it after it was over.
To recap: Christie is telling donors not to worry, because now that he knows everything that was going on, he has all the facts to prove that he was right to defend himself by saying there's no way anybody could have known everything that was going on, because nobody in his position could possibly have had all the facts.

If you believe that, I've got a bridge over the Hudson River to sell you.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 03:10 PM PDT.

Also republished by Christie Watch.

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  •  Patronizing So and So (27+ / 0-)

    My guts are telling me these holy rollers are not fond of being patronized.

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 03:16:07 PM PDT

  •  Hasn't learned a thing. (15+ / 0-)

    Not a damn thing.


    "Republicans: the party that brought us 'Just Say No.' First as a drug policy, then as their entire platform." ---Stephen Colbert

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 03:16:26 PM PDT

  •  I know that the Tea Party hates Democrats, (7+ / 0-)

    but could they possibly accept Christie as the GOP nominee with all his baggage and after McCain and Romney lost so decisively?

    “The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day.” Gloria Steinem

    by ahumbleopinion on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 03:16:35 PM PDT

    •  After all these months looking for evidence that (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Tuffie, on the cusp

      Christie ordered the lane closings, and still no solid proof that he did.

      Unless solid proof comes up soon, Christie will be able to say he did not do anything wrong, and after a year of his political enimies looking, came up with nothing to show otherwise.

      The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

      by nextstep on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 03:37:59 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yup. If there is proof of wrongdoing, I hope (3+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        nextstep, a2nite, on the cusp

        it comes out.

        Okay, the Government says you MUST abort your child. NOW do you get it?

        by Catskill Julie on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 04:18:52 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  I wasn't thinking so much of the lane closures. (1+ / 0-)
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        Creosote

        Tea Party types would probably rate those as a point in his favor.  

        I was thinking more of his "willingness to compromise", his "touching" President Obama, his "bipartisan" reputation, etc.  Next to Cantor he is a flaming liberal.

        “The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day.” Gloria Steinem

        by ahumbleopinion on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 06:07:38 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Incorrect. (0+ / 0-)

         You're making the same GIGANTIC mistake that 99% of the population and media are making.

          "still no solid proof that he did"   is wrong.

          What you should've said is that so far there's been no public revelation of proof that he did.

          That does NOT mean it's not there, or that the Grand Jury hearings haven't already proven it beyond a shadow of a doubt.
          It just means we don't know about it yet.

          And honestly, do you really think Fishman would be going to the trouble of convening a SECOND, Special Grand Jury, just to look at the Bridge scandal itself, if he didn't feel pretty confident that high-level crimes were committed, and that he could probably prove it??

          Your second problem (Giant Misunderstanding Number Two)
        is the notion that Christie skates away, scot-free, if there isn't any proof.

          That, too, is nonsense, because it won't make any difference.  He doesn't need to be proven guilty on the Bridge, if they can prove he's responsible for any of a hundred other things.

          This is THE, KEY, point.

          The primary reason the exposure of the Bridge thing was so important was NOT because of the Bridge thing:  it was that the investigation of the Bridge thing would lead to the exposure of a hundred other major crimes this scumbag has committed,...  and that's exactly what's been happening, and it's still happening, and it's gonna go on happening for a long time yet.

          If they don't get him on the Bridge thing, they get him on the fraudulent misappropriation of PA funds to cover up the holes in his budget,...   or the fraudulent misappropriation of Federal Sandy-aid money,... or the firing of public officials who didn't help steer money to General Samson's favorite development deals,...  or the obvious graft involved in his disastrous mismanagement of the halfway houses,...
          ... I could go on for the next two hours.  (I could literally list 30 major crimes without stopping to breathe.)

          He deserves to go to jail just for the Bridge, but what people don't understand is he doesn't HAVE to go to jail for the Bridge because he can go to jail for any one or two or five or twenty of the other horrible crimes he's committed.
          They won't get him on everything he's done (hell, it would take twenty years just to try and tally it all up), but who cares?  All it'll take is one, and we'll get him on more than one.

          This gigantic, slime-sucking hog was already stuck back in January.  He's not squealing yet, but he will be.   Just wait.

          He's a stuck pig.  

        •  Do you expect, proof of wrongdoing will become (0+ / 0-)

          public before the 2014 election?

          Fishman had no choice but have a second Grand Jury because of all the attention on the issue.  If he didn't, he would be accused of a cover-up.

          The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

          by nextstep on Tue Jun 17, 2014 at 01:01:53 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  I have no idea... (0+ / 0-)

            ...when it'll happen, and neither does anybody else (outside of the prosecutors themselves, obviously).
              I think it's very possible it won't happen till he's indicted.

              It's impossible to know how long that'll take, either, though some of the hints we've gotten from insiders in the NJ/NY legal system suggest that it might be sooner than many people think.

              My guess is that we'll see Samson indicted in the not-too-distant future,... and that THAT will really set the ball rolling.

              Could it happen before the '14 elections?  Probably not that likely, since that's not very far away, but who knows?
              And who really cares?  It might be nice, if it had a major impact on the direction of some mid-term races, but that's not the most important thing, and it's probably not worth worrying about too much.

              What counts is that we get him,...  that he's brought to justice, and made to pay for treating the highest office in my state like the Essex County numbers racket.

              If it takes a while, we'll have to live with that.

              Much better chance it happens before the Presidential election,... and an excellent chance it happens before his term is up,... which is why I believe he'll end up resigning (though it's always possible he'll refuse, and be removed from office --a la Blagojevich).

              The Big Pig can expect to stay a little longer in Drumthwacket, living at the expense (in every possible way) of the people of NJ, and then to enjoy a brief stay at home in Mendham,...  before he settles into his new home at Englewood Federal Prison,... where he'll enjoy the company of many kindred spirits,...  for a long time.

    •  Well, there's this nutso-whacko named, "Brat", (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      a2nite

      I think, down in Virginia if memory serves; and the - once upon a time - GOP Primary made him a Candidate there.  So . . . !  I think the answer to your question is a fairly obvious, YES, they certainly could, and even most probably will, if he's the best they can come up with.

      And I certainly don't see anyone "better" on the horizon.  Do you?

  •  He's bluffing. You know it, I know it... (13+ / 0-)

    ...and his would-be donors must surely know it.

    He was toast five month ago.  If anything, Christie is even crispier now.

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

    by Mystic Michael on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 03:16:58 PM PDT

  •  He's Grifting...His Retirement Are The Griftees (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JML9999, Librarianmom, weezilgirl

    Holding their checkbooks. Newt and Half Term must be so proud.

  •  He's dim, Jed! n/t (6+ / 0-)

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 03:19:51 PM PDT

  •  At a certain point Gov. Christie is simply moving (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    xaxnar, Fury

    his lips just to make sure his jaw muscles work. Nothing he says means a damn thing before late 2015 or so unless he actually gets charged with something. Because our media will do all sorts of contortions to spackle over his problems if they think he make the best opponent for Hillary. They want their race, dammit, and they're going to get it. So IMO, I don't think his donors should be worried at this point. And, heh, it's not like any other nationally known Republican doesn't have a few scandals in their past.

    Come on down for some good old fashioned skeletons at Aqua Buddha time at the Niggerhead ranch with the Mittens and the Bush brothers. Be aware there could be some lane closures on the bridge into town.

    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 Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 03:20:25 PM PDT

  •  Lying Liar (6+ / 0-)

    Is this the kind of world we live in now? A world where lying liars tell big fat foul stinking lies and EVERYBODY knows it, but we're just supposed to walk around and pretend it's the truth? Wow. This is madness.

    Don't worry Ripley, me and my squad of ultimate badasses are here to protect you...

    by cipher14 on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 03:21:22 PM PDT

    •  This is embarrassing. (3+ / 0-)

      I have an 85 year old Republican sister. She can lie to me and never blink an eye. She has "proof" that PP does millions of abortions and she knows she is paying for them. She has never seen any proof of President Obama's birth certificate. She wanted to "spend the night here" for our mother's last Christmas but in reality, she grabbed her turkey off the table and left before the rest of us were finished with the meal.

      I've given you three different examples of the ability to lie and the woman knows I know the truth. I can't imagine walking around doing what she does.

      She didn't do this before she started watching Fox News. She and my BIL  have had a satellite dish about 10 years. (Her mind is fine)  

      “Listen--are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?” ― Mary Oliver

      by weezilgirl on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 06:12:28 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Christie even has a song to celebrate his view of (0+ / 0-)

    Bridgegate:

  •  That's pretty much what he said to (8+ / 0-)

    Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show.

    He's innocent (he actually said that).

    And get over it.  

    And then he revealed his classic bully self: Chris Rock had been out on the stage first and popped some bridge-closure jokes. So when Christie came out, he said that Rock's house was already in foreclosure "as we speak."

    Ha ha ha.

    It's so funny. I'm a bully.

    Good thing Fallon is such a nice guy.

    © grover


    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 03:22:51 PM PDT

  •  I knew everything, (7+ / 0-)

    bacause, dammit, I'm Da Man.

    Then I didn't know anything, because, dammit, they were after me for answers.

    Now I know everything, because, dammit, listen to me!

    In a while, they'll start asking pointed questions, and then I won't know everything, because, hey, who does?

    Clear enough?

    I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

    by trumpeter on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 03:24:11 PM PDT

  •  Uh-uh, not all the facts are out now, (6+ / 0-)

    He's got a firm command of them and 'donors would not find out anything new' sounds like he thinks any more inconvenient truths out there won't come out.  KnowwhatImean?

  •  GOP First Rule: Admit Nothing (9+ / 0-)

    Because quite simply, they have neither shame nor decency - and it's always someone else's fault. Classic sociopathic leader traits in authoritarian groups.

    And their followers demand it, because they want 'strong' leaders in a world they see as them versus everyone else.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 03:29:32 PM PDT

    •  HRC would do well to adopt the same strategy, (0+ / 0-)

      though.  Toughness with regard to questioning; even tougher than she already is.  Just say to people, when they dredge up all the old Clinton-era stuff, "get over it."  Or when they try to do what Terry Gross did on NPR, making her seem hypocritical, HRC should just say "get over it.  This is where I am now.  Move on."

      That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

      by concernedamerican on Tue Jun 17, 2014 at 04:04:02 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Is he still running?!? (3+ / 0-)
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    Waimer, mjd in florida, weezilgirl

    That's awesome!  

    When truth is only a matter of opinion, advantage goes to the liars.

    by Sun dog on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 03:30:41 PM PDT

  •  There's 2 avenues for him (7+ / 0-)

    Either he is a micromanager who knew about this and is now lying.  

    Or he's an executive who has no idea what his senior staff is doing on a day to day basis.

    Which one is better?  IMO, either one sinks him for the presidency.  His opponents are going to use him like a punching bag.

  •  Ah, Christie is going for the "Who? Me?!" defense. (3+ / 0-)

    Pay no attention to that corpse and smoking gun in the drawing room.

    In Georgia, acting the fool with a gun is not only legal, it is encouraged by the governor and the state legislature.

    by Mayfly on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 03:47:21 PM PDT

  •  I still say he skates (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    penguins4peace

    This scandal has been Fitzed.

    IOKIYAR.

  •  He's got a firm command (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    a2nite

    of what's known in Politics as the reach around.

  •  Yeah. Right. (0+ / 0-)

    Christie to the chumps, er, I mean potential donors:

    Christie told the crowd. “But you’ll get over it. It will be fine.”
    Yeah, they might get over it.  But Christie won't.  

    His plans to be POTUS are toast.   He'll be lucky to avoid impeachment.

  •  He says not to worry because... (0+ / 0-)

    All the possible loose ends have been tied up.  If you know what I mean.

  •  A large tent has been rented south of Drumthwacket (0+ / 0-)

    No chairs yet.

  •  Maybe (0+ / 0-)

    ...your donors will get over it, Governorsaurus, but you won't.

  •  What a liar! (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    True North, bobatkinson

    Christie's own right man O'Dowd proved him to be a liar.  When Christie said to the media that he knew nothing and none of his staff knew anything about the bridge shenigans, it turns out O'Dowd told him all about an email he received that discussed it.  So Christie lied to the media.
    What else has he lied about?

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Riane Eisler

    by noofsh on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 06:39:21 PM PDT

  •  Testy. (0+ / 0-)

    Wow, he's getting testy, isn't he.

    The difference between a moment and a movement is sacrifice.

    by rlharry on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 08:40:52 PM PDT

  •  Do I want leadership from my POTUS? (0+ / 0-)

    Yes! But being a bully doesn't make you a leader, it just makes you a bully.

    bully (n): a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people.

    That description fits Gov Bully (R-NJ) to a tee, and it fits exactly with what happened before, during, and after the lane closures. Regardless of whether he "knew" or not, his bully boy tactics directly led to the closures happening. Because through his actions it told those below him that such actions were ok. So even if he wasn't directly aware, he is still ultimately responsible.

    And yes, even if someone from the (R) side were elected (God forbid!), they would still be my POTUS. Something those on the right seem to have forgotten.

    "Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, with the possible exception of bad news. Which follows its own special rules." ~ Douglas Adams

    by coyote66 on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 10:35:10 PM PDT

  •  Christie ir right. (0+ / 0-)

    He will not be in prison in 2016, therefore only a few people in NJ and NY will remember the GWB scandal, and since those states are decidedly blue the scandal will have essentially no impact on his electability. In fact, he might get lauded for "weathering adversity".
    Hey, remember "The New Nixon"?

  •  Fundraising for (0+ / 0-)

    the Super PAC he will form when he realizes he can't get elected/reelected to anything. Ah well, the well heeled will be more than willing to pay his salary at the Super PAC.

  •  Pretzel Logic... (0+ / 0-)

    It's not just a great album anymore.

    I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

    by mojo11 on Tue Jun 17, 2014 at 06:15:01 AM PDT

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