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Christie’s “Overly Trusting Nature” is Really “Poor Judgement”

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For anyone who’s been in a job interview lately, one of the most irritating questions is, “What would your colleagues or staff say is your biggest flaw?”  You have to find a way to talk about a weakness in a way that makes you look good, like a humble brag.

Chris Christie is in his biggest job interview ever, running for President of the United States.  And because of Bridgegate, he’s being asked this annoying questions.  Here’s his attempt to turn it around.

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey says the scandal over the closing of lanes on the George Washington Bridge arose because he’s an overly trusting person who likes to delegate.

… At my core I’m a trusting person. I believe in the honesty of other people. And I think, for me, I’m also someone who likes to delegate responsibility to people and let them perform.”

Myself, I don’t think he pulled this one off.  His trusting nature led to the hiring of people who were willing to risk people’s lives and livelihoods for political payback, who used the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to enhance their businesses, and who were happy to use public dollars to hide their deeds.

“5 steps of what’s next from a Chris Christie 2016 presidential campaign” – revised

After talking with political expert Michael DuLame let me propose some revisions to Matt Arco’s Star Ledger article today 5 steps of what’s next from a Chris Christie 2016 presidential campaign. Arco starts by saying, Christie “doesn’t have much time to relax if he’s interested in seeking the Oval Office in 2016.” Political consultant Michael DuLame agrees Christie must immediately immerse himself totally in campaign activities and handle NJ issues only via short phone calls.

1. “This week: The victory lap”

Mike DuLame adds, “Boast loudly and frequently about your three net gains in the governors’ races. Ignore the fact that in a “Republican Wave Year” you did not do better. No need to mention Republican governors lost in the nearby states of New York, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Rhode Island as well as more distant states like Alaska, Colorado, California, Minnesota, Oregon, and Hawaii.”

2. “Now till the Ides of March: Donors and operatives”

Matt Arco says, “Christie will need operatives in states like Iowa and New Hampshire.” My consultant says, “Yes, but there is nothing to worry about in Iowa, where you are ranked 5th nor in New Hampshire where you are ranked 2nd, because your natural charm will win them over.”

3. “Now till mid 2015: Form a super PAC”

Michael DuLame agrees, adding “You can ignore those pesky questions about a federal pay-to-play rule that could block Wall Street donations. Your anger and bullying skills will scare off any investigation.”

4. “January to March (or maybe April): Announce he’s running for president.”

DuLame suggests announcing on the Ides of March, a date known best as working out so well for Julius Caesar.

5. “January 2016: Win a primary”

DuLame says, “Why settle for one primary? Make a huge effort and scare off your opponents by announcing you will win them all beginning with the Iowa caucus, through the  primary in New Hampshire, the caucus in Nevada and the primary in South Carolina. You can do it Christie. Yes you can.”  

What Will Christie Do?

Republican NJ Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi just introduced a bill that would remove an elected official from office immediately upon conviction of a crime. I wonder if Chris Christie would sign such a bill if it passes the legislature.

For NJ Power Couples It Gets Complicated

NJ has its own power couples, and some of them are in a heap of trouble. It becomes complicated when both spouses work for a governor. It is awkward if the governor wants to fire one, or seems to favor one over the other. It may strengthen their loyalty and dependence on the governor but also allow them to be viewed as extra-powerful.

Governor Christie now has at least four power couples working for him in which one or both have been served with subpoenas or are under investigation.

See who they are and why below the fold.

Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda in Two Words

Six minutes after the polls closed, the NY Times called the election for Chris Christie

Well, New Jersey is stuck with Governor Chris Christie (or later, Governor Kim Guadagno) for four more years. People decided to vote for a myth perpetuated by an Orwellian taxpayer-funded propaganda machine instead of a candidate who represents their best interests. And whose fault is that? Democrats.

Buono could have won if she had the support of the party. Buono should have won in a “blue” state. Buono would have won if she had had the requisite financial support to get her message out.

Not all Democrats were Christie enablers. People like Senator Loretta Weinberg and Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman were proactive supporters of the challenger. On the national level, Governors Martin O’Malley and Deval Patrick came to New Jersey to stump for Buono. To all of them, I have two words: “Thank You”.

Some supporters were late to the game, like DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Shultz and then-Mayor Cory Booker.  To these late-to-the-game players, I also have two words: “Nice try.”

Some key Democrats opted out of getting involved. Quite an un-patriotic thing to do. Bill and Hillary Clinton supported their friend Terry McAulliffe in Virginia but couldn’t they have made one appearance in the Garden State? Barack Obama had his photo op with Chris Christie but treated Buono as if she were invisible. Joe Biden swore in Jeff Chiesa and Cory Booker but acted as if Amtrak never went past the 30th Street Station. To them, I have two words: “Why not?”

But the big problem is that many Democrats proactively supported His Arrogance. “Democrats” like Brian Stack and Joe DiVincenzo are traitors to their party and should not receive one cent of support from the party coffers. Other Democratic organizations gave lip service to the Buono campaign and went through the motions, but their support was shallow and non-convincing. To all those “Democrats”, I also have two words.

This Guy has One of the Toughest Jobs in Trenton

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin has a tough job. He has to convince the legislature and the general public that his boss, Governor Chris Christie, is pro-environment at a time when the governor is putting the financial desires of his polluting friends above the health and well-being of New Jersey’s citizens.

The most egregious example in the recent past has been the governor’s unilateral withdrawal from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative – a money-saving, job-creating clean air program. Why did he do this? No doubt it is due to Christie’s alliance with the Koch Brothers coal barons, with whom the governor had a secret meeting just prior to his withdrawal announcement. But that’s not all. Today’s Philadelphia Inquirer editorial pointed out that the governor “has received a well-deserved failing grade for his environmental policies.” They mention instances where he appointed unqualified cronies to important environmental posts, and how Christie has weakened protections.

Yesterday, Commissioner Martin tried to put a positive spin on the governor’s actions when Martin testified in front of the Assembly Budget Committee. He failed.  Martin’s testimony is below. The Sierra Club’s reaction is below the fold.

NJ JOBS: Obama’s Jobs Act Proposals in a Sink or Swim World

President Obama spoke forcefully last night and announced a bold $447 billion plan which could help New Jersey put more people back to work, put more money in the pockets of those who already have a job, and incentivize employers. If fully implemented it would push sufficient money into our economy to reduce unemployment and grow our GDP in 2012. While Republicans appear more receptive than anticipated, it is questionable whether the entire plan will be enacted. The plan itself is a one-year shot-in-the arm to prime the pump and provide relief, but it is not a panacea. For Obama, New Jerseyans, and most Americans there is much in the balance. Our President appears determined to swim, not sink, but will have to negotiate the rough currents with all his wits and cunning.