Tag Archive: Mary Pat Christie

Is our governor wealthy? You betcha! Is he delusional? Seems that way.

Of course, wealth is not everything. Bob Marley said, “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” We can safely say our governor is wealthy. We can let history determine whether he has integrity and has affected people positively, although recent polls do not augur well. As to whether he is delusional, read on.

At an April New Hampshire event Gov. Chris Christie said, “I don’t consider myself a wealthy man.” Really? His just released Public Employee Financial Disclosure Statement indicates he and his wife Mary Pat Christie earned last year at least $693,000. Income over $385,000 places them in the top 1% of national tax payers. In addition, they reported accumulated wealth in various assets worth at least $1,235,000, not including their blind trusts for which they do not have to state the current value. In 2009, Christie estimated his net worth to be $3.8 million dollars. His Mendham Township house at the time was assessed at $2.26 million. Another more recent independent estimate of their net worth is $5 million.

In the statement they report no gifts, and he affirms he has completed ethics training in-person provided by the State Ethics Commission. Christie’s Acting Attorney General has said he need not disclose the lavish gifts he receives while in office.  

Go figure. For more information from his just published financial disclosure, dive below the fold.

Is our governor wealthy? You betcha! Is he delusional? Seems that way.

Of course, wealth is not everything. Bob Marley said, “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” We can safely say our governor is wealthy. We can let history determine whether he has integrity and has affected people positively, although recent polls do not augur well. As to whether he is delusional, read on.

At an April New Hampshire event Gov. Chris Christie said, “I don’t consider myself a wealthy man.” Really? His just released Public Employee Financial Disclosure Statement indicates he and his wife Mary Pat Christie earned last year at least $693,000. Income over $385,000 places them in the top 1% of national tax payers. In addition, they reported accumulated wealth in various assets worth at least $1,235,000, not including their blind trusts for which they do not have to state the current value. In 2009, Christie estimated his net worth to be $3.8 million dollars. His Mendham Township house at the time was assessed at $2.26 million. Another more recent independent estimate of their net worth is $5 million. In the statement they report no gifts, and he affirms he has completed Ethics Training in-person provided by the State Ethics Commission.

Go figure. For more information from his just published financial disclosure, dive below the fold.

Et tu, Mary Pat?

This was the week that Mary Pat Christie quit her $475k/year job, a sign the Christie family White House dreaming goes on. I guess the Christies can afford to be a one-income family. Christie protests he’s not a wealthy man, despite pulling in about $700k family income (2013 figures). But when you’re trying to connect to Iowa voters it doesn’t do to rub their faces in how fancy you really live. So this is Christie – who lives very well indeed – trying to make out like he’s a regular Joe.

I guess Ms. Christie quitting means we’ll see more ofMary Pat’s nasty gotcha smile whenever candidate Christie starts screaming at somebody who dares to disagree with him. Or will we? Even Christie’s nearest and dearest are peeling away from him – that’s money and friends jumping ship to Jeb. Et tu, Mary Pat?

Jimmy Margulies’ take:

Jimmy Margulies cartoon 4/27/15

Will Chris Christie Sarah Palin himself to TV?

This afternoon, Mark Bonamo at Politicker has a tip from a source who says Gov. Chris Christie will stay in the 2016 White House race until the New Hampshire primary, then take a job in TV. Sarah Palin did something like that, leaving her duly-elected job (that she sucked at) to be a FOX News contributor and even a reality show.

Christie jumps to TV …So what would that look like?

Have You Heard About My Tough-Love Mama?

Christie interviews Heartland Republicans about the Wisdom of their Mothers. Catholic Television Network

It’s My Mendham – with Chris & Mary Pat

LIVE Q & A from the Mendham Starbucks. Each week, the Christies answer questions from new residents on how to hire a pool boy, equestrian wear and more. Local cable.

My Wingwoman

Hijinks and the high-life as a famous fictional governor, played by former Gov. Chris Christie travels the country on private planes to 5-star hotels. Along for the ride his favorite “aide,” played by former NJ Economic Development chief Michele Brown in her first publicly co-starring role. TV Land

Adventures in School Reform

Current affairs discussion. Live from a Undisclosed Location in Newark and under heavy security, where Christie reminds viewers each episode he was born, leading lights of the school reform movement brought from New York by limousine are interviewed. Topics range from counseling out autistics, how to rig student test scores, and the pros and cons of smart offshore investing. FOX News

So You Think You Can Govern?

Advice show with humorous edge. Each week 3 new mayors discuss problems their residents bring to them, and Gov. Christie tells them how to tell their constituents to go fuck themselves. FOX TV

Project Chris’s Way

Orange sweaters. Statement ties. Pin-striped suits. Fledgling designers compete for top prizes by designing menswear for the active average-sized American man. Sponsored by Londoners of Livingston. BRAVO

Political Apprentice

Spin-off from executive producer Donald Trump. NBC

Who Wants to be a Millionaire

Wealthy Republican voters & GOP governors seek advice from the former NJ Governor on how to teach the poor to lift themselves up by their own bootstraps. Subscription only

Wait, Wait, Sit Down and Shut Up

Premiere offering in NPR’s effort to expand their listenership to more conservative Americans. Host: Chris Christie. NPR

Batman

Spin-off of Gotham crime drama based on characters from the DC Comics Batman franchise. Christie plays Gotham City’s hard-nosed prosecutor. Not yet cast: Loretta Weinberg as Catwoman. FOX TV

Jersey Shore II

The return of MTV’s popular reality show updated to focus on the boisterous fun of the Garden State’s posh set. In the first episode, Mantaloking, Just Looking, , argument erupts over martinis about dunes, with guest star former Gov. Chris Christie playing himself, making the argument for high, well-built dunes to protect oceanfront properties. Richard Stender plays himself. Production delayed until federal investigation of NJ handling of Hurricane Sandy funds is resolved.

Anger Management II (Working Title: Fantasy Football)

Spin-off of popular Charlie Sheen series about a one-time minor league baseball player beset by anger issues. Here, it’s a football player in his first NFL year. Starring Nick Lachey as the troubled Charlie Badson, with Chris Christie as Coach, teaching him an explosive personality can be useful in the gridiron sport. FX

19 Indictments and Counting

Former Assemblyman and unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor John Wisniewski hosts this documentary series recreating the cover-up to the scandals that brought down former Gov. Chris Christie, now serving 4 years in federal prison. With John Goodman as Christie, Richard Schiff as David Wildstein, Amy Poehler as Bridget Kelly, Tina Fey as Dawn Zimmer, Alec Baldwin as Mark Sokolich, Glenn Close as Kim Guadagno, Ralph Fiennes as Michael Drewniak, Kathy Bates as Loretta Weinberg, James Cromwell as Wisniewski. And the late Vincent Gardenia as the “late” David Samson.

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Is Anyone Surprised About the Christie Fund?

If you Google “Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund,” the first entry is the fund itself, the second entry is a direct link to the fund’s donation page, and the third entry is “NJ Sandy Transparency.” The fund overseen by Mary Pat Christie and promoted by her husband continues to seek donations. However the third entry which refers to Sandy efforts in general is replete with irony. We have learned from investigations, Fair Share Housing, Sandy victims, and others about how little Sandy transparency our governor offers. Christie recently even had the gall to conditionally veto (with 150 changes) Senate President Steve Sweney’s “Sandy Bill of Rights” which strengthens transparency.  

Therefore it will probably come as no surprise that 18 months after the Super-Storm, Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund has yet to file, as required by law, any actual income or expenses with the Charities Division of the NJ Attorney General’s office. Its initial, and only, filing of 12/31/2012 indicates zero income and zero expenses. (You can access the report here by entering the fund’s full name or Registration Number: CH3558500). The fund is in violation of reporting regulations. The State earlier granted an extension for Sandy-related funds. However, a phone call with the Charities Registration HOTLINE (973 504-6215) confirms the Christie fund is delinquent.

Respected non-profit groups which solicit contributions seek to keep their donors updated with audited financial reports and with timely disclosure to regulatory agencies. The Christie fund does not.  

The Chris Christie campaign & the Christie Zeitgeist – in 2 perfect photographs

Well, I started out planning to post a slideshow of GOTV photos people have been sending me all day. But then, I saw these two pictures. This is Chris Christie, his campaign, and his zeitgeist – perfectly captured in 2 photos.

One is posted by Dave Weigel; Chris Christie arguing with yet another teacher, his finger in her face, and the First Lady apparently thinking this is hilarious, taken this afternoon. The other is the Governor, Joe D and Rudy Guiliani, proudly displayed on Facebook by the son of Joe DiVincenzo, Essex County Executive and leading “Democrat”.


Created with flickr slideshow.

What’s Happening Today Wed. 10/30/2013

Our over-achiever governor: Dedicated to obtaining a record-breaking win in Tuesday’s election, Gov. Christie has embarked on a week-long bus tour of retail politics throughout New Jersey. LG Kim Guadagno has her own bus. Christie is not expected to provide much coattails assistance to legislators, but he has begun investing time and money to support Republican legislative candidates in LD 38 (against Sen. Bob Gordon), 18 (against Assemblyman Peter Barnes who is running for Sen. Buono’s seat), and 14 (against Sen. Linda Greenstein.) His tour includes stops in these districts. Christie’s main effort has been to help himself.

Did Sen. Buono miss an opportunity? Gov. Christie yesterday gobbled up all the news attention with his multiple Sandy-related visits throughout the State while Sen. Buono was silent on the topic. Perhaps, she thought any comments she made would be viewed as sour grapes against a governor who claims Sandy super-achievements. Nonetheless, there are plenty of New Jerseyans who are frustrated over Sandy and would have welcomed constructive comments from her.

Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund: with Mary Pat Christie as Board Chair, HSNJRF announced it awarded yesterday another $3.1 million in grants for a total of $19.3 million. It is believed to have raised $38 million in donations, so after a year it has awarded only 50% of its monies. Such is a small per cent for a non-profit which bills itself as a “relief fund.” The most recent award and HSNJRF’s stated plan to issue further grants on October 31 are both taking place conveniently just before Governor Christie’s election.

In both July and October Mrs. Christie said the agency had raised $38 million. It seems odd that this amount did not change at all between July and October. (Possibly some past commitments are delinquent reducing their take while new commitments have been made, but none of this explained.) Neither on its website nor in filings with the IRS nor NJ Charitable Division has HSNJRF indicated how much it has raised, disbursed in grants, or paid out in operating expenses. The lack of transparency and slowness in awarding grants can not be what individual donors expected. It was slow in hiring staff and replete with politically-connected board members and contributors. It has been a disappointment.

PUBLIC SCHEDULES

Buono/Silva gubernatorial campaign: Barbara Buono: 7:05am, The Mark Riley Show, WWRL 1600AM;  Barbara Buono: 8:10am, WNYW Fox 5;  Milly Silva: 6:30pm, 34th Annual Installation & Swearing-In Ceremony of the HBA-NJ Incoming President Anna Maria Tejada, Westmount Country Club, 728 Rifle Camp Rd., Woodland Park;  Barbara Buono: 7:00pm, Reception Honoring Newark Councilwoman Mildred Crump, The Newark Club, 1085 Raymond Blvd., Newark.

Christie/Guadagno gubernatorial campaign: Chris Christie: 10:00am, Ritz Diner, Livingston; 11:10am, Beyond the C Restaurant, Linden;  12:30pm,   Fair Lawn Senior Center, Fair Lawn;  1:30pm, Nevada Diner, Bloomfield;  2:45pm, Chowpatty Restaurant, Iselin; 4:00pm, Hunterdon County Republican headquarters, Flemington;  8:00pm, JoJo’s Tavern and Restaurant, Hamilton.

The Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc.: 11:30am will urge NJ voters not to be “tricked” by opposition deception and to vote “Yes” on Ballot Question #2 to raise NJ’s minimum wage, Liberty Bell City Hall, Circle
260 High Street,
Perth Amboy.

The White House usher and head groundskeeper: 9:00am, visit Wyckoff’s Christmas Tree Farm to select the White House Christmas tree for this season.