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For Christie, Bridgegate is not behind him

Gov. Christie last evening held a New Hampshire “Town Hall” at Fury’s Publick House which lived up to it’s name when Eileen Sahagian, a  former NJ resident, exclaimed to him, “When I heard about the Bridge Scandal, I was beyond horrified. It reminds me of feudal times … when the king would say, ‘Who cares about the peasants?'” … She was “worried about having a president who has people around him who think that’s OK.” Christie sidestepped the concern by saying “I played no role in the lane closure incident. If they could have gotten something on me, I suspect they would have.”

The question was not whether he played a role but about those around him. Christie has been trying to put the issue behind him. He said, “I am going to stop apologizing for it.” However, he will have difficulty achieving that goal. Investigations continue. The lives of people trail him – those who appeared recently in federal court and those who wittingly or unwittingly were involved.

So far there are only 3 federal indictments. There remains a substantial likelihood that Christie’s close confidante David Samson who once ruled questionably over the NY NJ Port Authority will be indicted. The PA itself has received subpoenas from  the NJ U. S. Attorney, County of NY District Attorney, Securities and Exchange Commission, NJ Select Committee on Investigations (NJSCI) and NJ State Ethics Commission (NJSEC). The NJSCI should want to delve further into whether state laws were broken and seek remedies. Although the NJ Acting Attorney General and NJSEC operate under the authority of the governor, they should also investigate and prosecute where necessary. Also there are civil suits.

For other individuals involved who may be “co-conspirators” go below the fold.

 

Christie wandering lost in the NH stampede

Governor Christie is back in New Hampshire, the essential stomping grounds for Republican presidential hopefuls. The first presidential primary will be held here tentatively on January 26. According to P2016 from 2013 onward 20 Republicans have already spent 163 days in the state. Christie has spent nine days.

He is not faring well here. According to Real Clear Politics’ the most recent poll on the NH primary has Christie at 3% – ahead of only Santorum (2%.) Christie reached a recent high in March at 10%. As he would say, “It’s still early.”

His campaign here is managed by Matt Mowers who used to work in the now defunct Intergovernmental Affairs Office under then Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Kelly. There are reports of Mowers meeting in early 2013 with Fort Lee Mayor Sokolich regarding a possible Christie reelection endorsement. Kelly called Mowers to inquire about the status of Sokolich’s potential endorsement before sending that email to David Wildstein. Prior to his current position he served as the Executive Director of the NH Republican State Committee.  

Christie wandering lost in the NH stampede

Governor Christie is back in New Hampshire, the essential stomping grounds for Republican presidential hopefuls. The first presidential primary will be held here tentatively on January 26. According to P2016 from 2013 onward 20 Republicans have already spent 163 days in the state. Christie has spent nine days.

He is not faring well here. According to Real Clear Politics’ the most recent poll on the NH primary has Christie at 3% – ahead of only Santorum (2%.) Christie reached a recent high in March at 10%. As he would say, it’s still early in the cycle.

His campaign here is managed by Matt Mowers who used to work in the now defunct Intergovernmental Affairs Office under then Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Kelly. There are reports of Mowers meeting in early 2013 with Fort Lee Mayor Sokolich regarding a possible Christie reelection endorsement. Kelly called Mowers to inquire about the status of Sokolich’s potential endorsement before sending that email to David Wildstein. Prior to his current position he served as the Executive Director of the NH Republican State Committee.

It is easy to get lost among the stampede and not receive much local press attention if a candidate is not in a high tier. Today’s Manchester’s Union Leader has only a brief mention: “Texas Gov. Rick Perry and N.J. Gov. Chris Christie are both in New Hampshire today and Friday as they consider launching campaigns for the Republican nomination.” A New Hampshire Channel 7 news article yesterday has three sentences mentioning his visit and noting, “Two of Christie’s former aides have been indicted and another has plead guilty to their involvement in the scandal.” Not exactly the type of news which helps a campaign.  

One of his more interesting events in NH might be tomorrow when he is holding a “Town Hall” – his seemingly tried and true format, but one which has lost its glow in NJ. It will be in Dover at Fury’s Publick House – his first such event in an alcohol establishment. Will a few drinks bring out maudlin loving support, uninhibited opposition, and even fury? Stay tuned.