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Jim Keady running for Assembly, not likely to sit down – or shut up

Jim Keady is running for a seat in the NJ Assembly, and will have the backing of Monmouth Democrats, in a district that also includes Ocean County towns. It’s an uphill race, Democrats are in the minority in the 30th District where Republicans Sean Kean and Dave Rible are incumbents. But Monmouth Dems, under Chair Vin Gopal, are growing and Keady – who grew up in LD30’s Belmar, once sat on neighboring Asbury Park’s council, and returned to Belmar both to volunteer and to tangle with Gov. Christie – is not an unknown quantity in the shore towns.

If you want to track Chris Christie’s sinking poll numbers, and the serious bobble of his once-meteoric rise to the top of the GOP 2016 pack, one marker to look at is this moment last October – the 2nd anniversary of Hurricane Sandy – when he told a heckler to “sit down and shut up.” That was Keady. It made national news, putting Christie in a negative light and spurring articles reexamining his actual Sandy recovery record, just as the chatter for the 2016 White House ramped up.  

No cameras? Really? OK, let’s take Gov. Chris Christie at his word, and see if he can prove it.

James Keady, Chris Christie, Matt Doherty

In Belmar marking the 2-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, part of what Christie yelled at Monmouth resident (and Sandy volunteer) James Keady was this:

“I’ve been here when the cameras weren’t here and did the work.”

The governor is pretty well-known for preening for the cameras, and engineering constituent events like “town halls” with taxpayer-funded cameras to capture him smacking down anybody who dares challenge him. We know that.

But what American Bridge is doing today is brilliant, and I wish to hell I’d thought of it. They’re taking Gov. Chris Christie at his word. Below the fold, the OPRA request they sent to the Office of the Governor a couple hours ago:  

Meet the Sandy victim Chris Christie told to ‘sit down and shut up’

Courtesy of All in with Chris Hayes and MSNBC.

The “heckler” that got Gov. Christie so angry in Belmar that he yelled and insulted the guy is James Keady. Turns out Keady is a longtime volunteer in Monmouth County and exactly the kind of person who “rolls up his sleeves” like Christie credited himself as doing, which Keady actually does do. The former Asbury Park councilman says he took a month off from work after Sandy to help people. Keady, with an advocacy group called Finish the Job, says Christie is “sitting on” 80% of a $1.1 Billion federal relief package – Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) – failing to distribute it to the displaced residents it was intended to help:

Brief ad – 15 seconds

Bonus below the fold – – David Axelrod’s comments today on Morning Joe are perfect: