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Federal audit: MWW says, essentially, Bring it on.

MWW, the politically-connected firm that got the multi-million dollar contract to produce tourism ads promoting the Jersey Shore, says its been misrepresented in the press, and that it welcomes a federal audit into how the Christie administration spent federal Sandy recovery funds. An MWW spokesman said (emphasis, mine):

“Given widely inaccurate reporting on Stronger than the Storm, we welcome the Inspector General’s report. It will show that MWW’s proposal included no mention or suggestion of using the governor in the paid advertising campaign. The decision to include the governor was arrived at after the contract was awarded, based on timing, availability, and federal expenditure rules. Assertions to the contrary are simple incorrect.

Well, that’s damned interesting, given that it was Michele Brown that led the bid evaluation process, heading up a 6-person committee charged with making the selection. Michele Brown, you remember, is a former colleague from Christie’s days running the U.S. Attorney’s office. She is also the recipient of considerable and questionable Christie largesse – including a $46,000 mortgage when she was Christie’s employee, and a high-paying job she wasn’t particularly qualified for.

MWW says the Inspector General probe will turn up a lower final proposal – not a higher one as has been widely reported – than the company whose proposal was not chosen.

In case you forgot what it was that we were stronger than …


Stronger than the delay

On August 7, the Asbury Park Press requested information through the Open Public Records Act regarding the Stronger than the Storm  ad campaign.  As we approach the new year, they’re still waiting:

To date, none of the transcripts, notes, memoranda, e-mails, texts or minutes from the evaluation committee’s meetings has been made public.

Remember, this was the ad campaign where one company proposed a more costly option putting the Governor in the advertising at a time he was running for re-election, while the other proposal did not. So what has been turned over then in the months since the request you might ask?

The state has provided 179 pages of documents in response to the Press’ records request but many of the pages lack detail or duplicate what was already given to the newspaper after previous requests.

This seems to have turned into standard Christie administration practice. They stall and push deadlines in turning over documents and then criticize people who continue to question why the documents they are entitled to haven’t been provided. Good for the Asbury Park Press for continuing to seek answers.

QoTD: Bradley Beach Edition

Chris Christie’s heavily-promoted, and carefully stage-managed pre-Labor Day victory lap around the Jersey Shore hit a snag today, when New Jerseyans less inclined to laud the showman governor mixed in with his adoring crowd.

This is what one Asbury Park man, who declined to give his name, yelled at the gladhanding Christie:

“I guess your house was fixed after Sandy. Well mine wasn’t. And I have to sit and watch a $2 million commercial with this guy parading around like he’s done something.”

Actually, he’s wrong. The ads weren’t $2 million. They were more. It was $2 million extra the Christie administration paid, over the lowest bid, for ads that promoted Gov. Christie and his family. And that wasn’t even all people showed up to say to their governor today. Star Ledger has it.

What two Sandy victims have to say about Chris Christie’s Stronger than the Storm ads

What do you think, Blue Jersey?

ICYMI, this is the Buono campaign’s new vid, John & Lee Ann’s Story, a nearly 3-min. recitation of bureaucratic red tape  and sad pictures unrepaired houses. Too bad LG Gaudagno’s Red Tape Commission only functioned to make things easier for the biz crowd.

Two keys of Christie’s re-election campaign – his ‘fiscal conservatism’ and Sandy response – deserve examination, particularly when they intersect. The STTS ads matter. It’s now clear what a gift Michele Brown gave her good friend benefactor mortgage-holder Gov. Christie with those Storm ads, after he gave her an $85k raise (to $225k) in naming her head of NJ’s Economic Development Authority (EDA). Despite the fact that it’s unclear what background she had in economic development, and apparently isn’t even qualified to review bids.

Joe Kyrillos: (modifier) Republican & Leonard Lance: (adjective) Conservative

Used to be, during the rise of neo-conservatism, that right-wing politicians proudly and directly claimed the identifiers of Republican and conservative. This is when so many voters were still bamboozled by the empty promise of trickle-down economics. Nancy Reagan wore red and Ronnie drove up the nation’s credit card. Before George W. Bush and his chickenhawk handlers war-whooped us all into debt and embarrassed a critical mass of us with avarice and stupidity.

What do we have now from some of New Jersey’s leading Republicans up for office? Now, we get modifiers in front of those right-wing identifiers:

Joe Kyrillos: (“a different kind of”) Republican.

Leonard Lance: (“principled”) conservative.

I find this amusing, and a sign of weakness in their position; a failure of strength in the way both campaigns self-present.

Kyrillos, whose campaign is wholly-dependent on the twin crutches of Chris Christie and Sheldon Adelson, is introduced by his wife Susan as a “different kind of Republican” in this a gauzy, beach-strolling ‘n blue jeans TV spot, playing up her opinion of the candidate as a dad. Now, why should I care that he “sees a world of possibility in our children, Max & Georgia”? I mean, good for the kids. But stop pandering to me. There’s a reason Republicans, including you, have a big gender gap to overcome. We’re smart cookies, and we pay more attention to your voting record than your papa-credentials before we vote. And we do vote. And you, Joe Kyrillos, are not a different kind of Republican. You’re pretty standard issue, and if you’re elected, you’re just party-disciplined enough to take your congressional marching orders from the GOP’s deep-tread antagonism toward women. No thanks.

I’ll leave most of the analysis of Leonard Lance’s campaign to others. A member of my household is campaign manager of Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula’s congressional campaign against Lance (a DCCC “Emerging Race”). But I will say Lance’s current TV spot features a lot of shots of wife Heidi standing by his side, speaking of pandering when your voting record sucks. Lance’s primary ad featured crutch Christie, plus a roster of tea party-approved and other GOP demi-stars. His 2012 (and 2010) primary challenger was tea partier David Larsen. The Leonard Lance of his legislature days posed himself as a moderate (he wasn’t really). Congressional Leonard Lance is a garden-variety GOP lock-stepper who has sold his soul and lowered himself to neo-conservative levels to try and stay in Congress. (Don’t even take our word on it, the bible on this is The Curious Transformation of N.J. Congressman Leonard Lance, by Tom Moran in Star-Ledger).

As you can see, a lot of “modifying” going on.