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Hi Christie Watch readers, I'm mostly away this week and probably the next two with moving, and some medical issues, but still around enough to do some sporadic reading and writing. I sporadically experience such debilitating pain it is difficult to concentrate enough to write. I spent most of the weekend in bed. Doctors haven't been able to figure it out, maybe it is  fibromyalgia, or ME/CFS, in addition to depression, and arthritis, and bunches of stuff you don't even want to know about. But, not a stroke apparently, which is good. I woke up a month ago, with just the right-hand side of my body in agonizing pain, while the other side has been perfectly fine. It's been a little better, but this is the explanation for what my productivity has steadily dropped off by 70% over the last month. Maybe more at the current rate.    

But even I wouldn't trade places with Governor Chris Christie who Aliyah Frumin of the Star-Ledger expresses faux sympathy for in his article today in MSNBC entitled, Chris Christie’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. And he wasn't even indicted or arrested yet. This is good news for me, however, the whole time I was with doctors contemplating my possible imminent demise my biggest fear was I miss Governor Christie being arrested and hauled away by the FBI, and you all wouldn't save me any popcorn. I never thought I could be so happy to see that Christie hasn't been arrested yet.

The Republican governor of New Jersey came under criticism on several fronts – from a veto on gun control legislation, to his controversial budget that reduced pension funding, to teacher salaries. On top of that, the state legislative committee investigating the lane closure scheme that has tarred Christie’s administration plans to subpoena up to a dozen more people, ensuring the scandal hasn’t dropped off state legislators’ radar just yet.

“There’s no denying it has been a very tough week for the governor,” said Brigid Harrison, a political science professor at Montclair State University. She added though – that especially in terms of Christie’s actions on guns and pension reform – that the politician may have the GOP presidential nomination in the back of his mind and that his moves this week are simply part of a longer-term, 2016 strategy.

Frumin reviews Christie's encounters with protesters on Tuesday, which I'll discuss more below. About 60 public school teachers showed up at an event on in Paterson to swear in Mayor Jose Torres, to boo, call him a liar, and "demand fair salaries and state contracts. One held up a sign saying “Christie’s staff gets 23% pay raises – Paterson school staff gets ZERO.” Frumin reports the crowd was so unfriendly Christie skipped the speech he had planned to give.  

Later, at a town hall meeting in Caldwell he had a belligerent encounter with an audience where he belittled protesting teachers joking that at least it was a good sign the teacher could read well enough to read their "statements" off of their cell phones.

Ha, this guy is like a volcano waiting to explode. If the DNC ever get worried he could make a comeback, all I'd need is a small contract to cover travel expenses and I'll bet I could get this guy to erupt well before the 2016 primaries. But, some are not expecting the first wave of indictments for at least his top 4 or 5 minions, possibly within a month of two, so our resources are probably better applied to Jeb Bush, or Mitt Romney who I believe is trying to set up a draft Romney campaign which he will "reluctantly" accept.

Just for fun though, we should make sure we have at least 60 or so protesters show up at all of his event, this time with all of them holding up their smart phones "reading" off chants in unison from a "live blog" saying "Liar, liar, pants on fire," "Christie must go," and we need some more signs like - "Yes, Christie we can read, which is why we know you lied on January 9!" Or, "we don't need to be able to read, to remember you lies, Christie!"

Well, I digress. Sorry, Chronic pain can turn me into a raging maniac. For some reason, pretending to organize campaigns to bring down ___ (fill in the blank with Republican bad guy of the day, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Karl Rove, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Rick Scott, Scott Walker, etc. is one of the few things that brings relief.  

The Governor was also criticized for signing his $32.5 billion budget Monday, while using his veto to cut pension payments he promised to make, while rejecting a much more reasonable and fair tax increase on New Jersey's wealthiest residents proposed by Democrats.

Parents of children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown Connecticut also railed against the governor on Thursday after he vetoed a gun control bill that would have banned magazines with more than 10 rounds of ammunition, down from the currently allowed 15 rounds. Hours before Christie’s decision, several family members of Sandy Hook victims delivered a petition to Christie signed by 55,000 individuals, asking him to reduce the legal limit of magazines.

Christie argued “mass violence will not end by changing the number of bullets loaded into a gun,” adding “I will not support such a trivial approach to the sanctity of human life, because this is not governing.”


To put some icing on the cake, the legislative investigative committee sent out 13 more subpoenas and set four dates in July for more testimony just when Republicans had hoped the committee had run out of things to do.

Marc Arco, of NJ Media writing for the New Star Ledger Chris Christie pushes pension reform, battles with protesters in wake of new NJ budget, provides us with more details about Christie's encounters with angry teachers on Tuesday.  

Saying New Jersey could "drive into bankruptcy," Christie said he would spend the summer pitching a yet-to-be-revealed plan to curtail public worker benefits. Unions vowed to continue their fight, saying Christie created his own budget mess by mismanaging the state economy and making bad revenue projections.
One source of protester's anger seemed to be Christie's "line item veto of tuition aid grants for undocumented students attending state schools."

Hours earlier, Christie was booed by Paterson teachers as he swore in the city’s new mayor.

About five dozen public school teachers wearing bright red T-shirts gathered along a metal partition a few hundred feet from the stage where Christie swore in Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres. They jeered every time the governor’s name was mentioned.

"Christie’s gotta go!" they chanted. "Christie’s gotta go!"

The boos continued as the governor stepped to the podium to deliver the oath of office to Torres, a Democrat who won a third term despite not having the support of local party officials. Christie quickly said he wouldn’t be giving a speech.

"Liar!" the teachers yelled as he left the stage.

Is it wrong that I'm smiling? In between grimacing?

Originally posted to Christie Watch on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 06:43 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (50+ / 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 Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 06:43:19 PM PDT

  •  I'm so sorry to hear of your ordeal with pain. (18+ / 0-)

    And thank you for soldiering through it to provide us with these great summaries.

  •  Thank you for this diary, HoundDog. (15+ / 0-)

    Your diaries always make me smile - especially those chronicling Christie's downward slide! (◕‿◕)

    I'm also about to move house - my least favorite activity - and having to deal with some medical issues though none so acute as yours. I wish you well, my friend, and will be sending you lots of positive vibes!


    Please note that lamps in the MAGIC LAMP EMPORIUM are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

    by Mopshell on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 06:58:39 PM PDT

  •  Florida needs your vote. (10+ / 0-)

    So, great.

    There was no reason to fear abuse of such mildness, because it sprang not from weakness, but from a higher clarity.

    by Sally Foster on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 07:48:40 PM PDT

  •  Have you been sick with a viral or bacterial (8+ / 0-)

    infection lately? Over the New Year's holiday I caught a flu which developed into pneumonia. A few days after I got out of the hospital I experienced neurological problems which my primary doctor thought could be a stroke. It turned out be Guillain Barre Syndrome.  

    Really don't mind if you sit this one out. My words but a whisper -- your deafness a SHOUT. I may make you feel but I can't make you think..Jethro Tull

    by RMForbes on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 08:12:25 PM PDT

    •  This is an interesting comment RM. Just this after (9+ / 0-)

      noon I read about Guillain Barre Syndrome, and a lot of the symptoms seemed the same. The doctors didn't mention this. They did a whole bunch of tests today that I should hear about in the next week and then I go back in again for next steps.

      I've had periodic bouts of hypersensitivity to pain, extreme fatigue, muscle weakness, and depression going back for at least 25 years or so. Then just as mysteriously as it came, it seems to get better.

      Each wave seems to be getting worse. The last one was about two years ago. I can't remember exactly, but after being the most freuent poster on the site for most of 2012. I just suddenly stopped in January of 2013, for just over a year, for a lot of apparent reasons, but in that year was the worst I every had. I thought I was dying.  I'm pretty sure I was actually.

      But, rigorous exercise brought me back from the brink.

      In addition to whatever this mysterious thing is I have some arthritis my right hip, knee, lower back, and a vertebrate where the top of the spine and neck come together. I've also had kidney stones, diverticulitis, and some kind of other mysterious unexplicable lower gut pain which as gotten doctors and me side-tracked on other real issues but losing sight of whatever this main, and in my opinion more serious thing is.

      The discouraging thing is that this last year has been the most pain free year I can remember for maybe 20 years. I've got my Sleep Apnea treated, and depression under control with meds, and have felt better than ever.

      Then whamo. I just wake up 3 weeks or so ago and have these additional free floating radians of jolting pain throughout just the right of my body, the first time this has every happened.

      Then on top of it today at the medical just five minutes before I saw the doctor I apparently passed a kidney stone, as a mass of blood came out while I was peeing, and ... well you dong't want to know.

      I was so intent that we not get distracted by tangential symptoms that I didn't even mention to the doctor until after we spent 45 minutes talking about these main symptoms that keep getting side-tracked.

      She couldn't believe. I told that yes, I was freaked out, because I hadn't even thought of the kidney stone possibility, and that it was probably a breakthrough cancer, or parasite, but that I didn't want us to get distracted.

      She was laughing but said I was a perfect example of the most terrifying kind of patent she encounters because I think I'm smarter than all of the doctors and keep trying to take control of my treatment based on hunches, ... sometimes brilliant hunches,"  but  hunches non the less. (I had discontinued one med she had given me earlier the year, that was having seriously bad side effects, and changed the dose of another. I told them pretty much right away, and they agreed with me in both cases, but apparently a lot tf the rest of their patients are like sheep or something.

      She also apparently doesn't remember that we had discussed both of those possibilities based on expected side effects, and she and the other doc had outlined what we would do in those cases. As soon as I saw that happening I was going to wait through a long weekend waiting until they were available.

      Sorry, its been a grueling ordeal. and I don't have anyone I can talk to about it RM. My mother and girlfriend, so (and psychologist with two PhD) are headstrong women that demand to know every detail, and then get upset about things, and then decide what all the next steps need to be and will not give up until everything is done exactly the way they think  it should be. And, they are both way too intuitively smart to tell only partial information to.

      So, I pretty much have to wait until I figure out what is going  on before telling them too many details.  

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      by HoundDog on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 09:43:39 PM PDT

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  •  Sorry about your pain, HD. I was wondering... (9+ / 0-)

    why we hadn't seen a new post in awhile.
    Are you in FL yet? I'm a bit confused about that.
    We love you here & appreciate all your posts.
    But your health is of the utmost importance, so please heed your medical advisors.

    I share a birthday with John Lennon and Bo Obama.

    by peacestpete on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 08:44:40 PM PDT

    •  We have had the place in Florida since June 1 but (7+ / 0-)

      don't actually arrive there until the end of July.

      Thanks. I'm hoping we are going to figure out what is going on.

      We down to the last few weeks, of packing and organizing so it is getting intense.


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      by HoundDog on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 09:46:02 PM PDT

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  •  Think you're right about Mitt. Queen Anne wants (12+ / 0-)

    to live in the White House, even if it takes all of her husband's money to get there.

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 09:05:35 PM PDT

    •  I thought she did NOT want to go through another (5+ / 0-)
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      •  That's what she has said many time emphatically. (6+ / 0-)

        And, I think she sincerely meant that at the time.

        But, she is also a loving and dutiful wife, who can see how much Mitt wants to to it, how much others in their networks want him to, and will say, "the country needs, him," and if it turns out to be "God's will" she would certainly support him and the effort I think. Don't you?

        I think they would see and expect a tremendous vindication in doing so.

        Mitt and several  other "elders" have been reported to have said they felt it was God will that he be president. Some even asserted "visions from God" may have been involved.  So rather God, and those elders being wrong, a more convenient explanation would be some just got a little premature.

        They both took criticisms personally. So today's poll saying that something like 45% to 38% said they wished they had voted for Romney instead of Obama has the sweet taste of vengence and vindication that I think will be impossible to resist.

        I expect we will soon see more than one hypothetical head-to-head showing that Romney is the only GOP candidate who can win over Clinton will be the clincher.

        Especially, if Jeb Bush decides not to run, or some problems emerge in his background (the HoundDog is on the case.)

        Mitt can claim he's been vetted, and the folks that said Obama was better than him were wrong. So by implication they were wrong about all the other stuff as well.

        You can bet he's been studying up on foreign policy like a busy beaver.

        If he is the nominee, I also believe it ill be a much tougher race the vast majority believes. Especially here.

        Remember he received 48 something percent against Obama at Obama's high point, and was catching up in the last weeks.

        The GOP will have extra billions to spend and will stat much earlier and only have 5 or so primary debates.  

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        by HoundDog on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 10:02:48 PM PDT

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  •  ... and you all wouldn't save me any popcorn. (4+ / 0-)
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    Oh, no, we wouldn't do that. Ooops I have run out and need to stock some more. But don't worry. We'll make more. And you can re-watch the perpwalk clips over and over.

    •  lol just as I thought. Thanks white blitz (3+ / 0-)
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      Yes, we can watch it over but there is always something special about that first time don't ya think WB?

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      by HoundDog on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 10:04:29 PM PDT

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  •  Tipped & rec'ed (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 Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 06:46:42 AM PDT

  •  May you have health and all good things. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Government works when you elect those who want it to. --askyron (2013)

    by Simul Iustus et Peccator on Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 09:17:36 AM PDT

  •  You are such an amazing person, Hound Dog! (1+ / 0-)
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    I have not been at DKos for a long time, but I read from this wonderful site daily, and I tip and rec often, and comment occasionally. You have a strong and wonderful mind, and a powerful will. I did not know the extent of your physical challenges, and I am all the more in awe of your strength and your great goodness! I pray and wish and hope for the healing and comfort that you so richly deserve, and thank your for your many valuable contributions to the good of this country! We are all praying for you, in our own ways. Thank you!

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