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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


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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CD3: Aimee Belgard’s first TV ad

CD3 Democrat Aimee Belgard is up with her first TV spot. It’s a biographical piece called South Jersey Families. Belgard’s been a BurlCo freeholder only since last year, and despite the fact that the Democratic organizations in both District Three counties have endorsed her, voters in her home county and in Ocean may not know her yet.

Here’s the ad, which hits an anti-Tea Party note. Belgard faces a primary Tuesday against a lesser-known Democrat. But on the Republican side both of the candidates seeking their party’s nomination – Steve Lonegan and Tom MacArthur – are carpetbaggers. Lonegan, perennial candidate and former Bogota mayor is the best-known right wingnut in New Jersey, and the Jersey boy Sarah Palin picked to endorse, and I’d be delighted to run against him if I were Belgard. What do you think, Blue Jersey?

NJ First State With Medical Marijuana TV Ads

promoted by Rosi

Turns out NJ is the first state to have medical marijuana ads on the television. The website MarijuanaDoctors.com equates buying pot from a unregistered dealer with buying sushi on the street, which is kind of funny, but kind of stupid. For folks who already buy on the street it’s not a convincing argument, but for a grandma who needs it for glaucoma or a formerly straight-edge cancer patient, I can see it making a difference in how and where they buy.

All in all, though, it seems odd to have an exchange that will find you a doctor willing to prescribe one particular type of medicine rather than finding doctors to address certain types of conditions.

BloodThinnerDoctor.com would be weird, and ProteaseInhibitorDoctor.com even weirder. But I guess with not all doctors willing to prescribe this particular drug due to it’s controversial nature, it makes sense. Kind of.

When A Sense Of Humanity is Lost

In my opinion- In order to address how to stop the continuation of the mass murders that are becoming more and more frequent in this country, we have to look at it from all sides of the argument.

One of the solutions for gun control would be passing laws stopping the wholesale selling of ammunition over the internet and at gun stores.  Laws should be passed that states that a person cannot buy bullets for their guns without showing that their gun is registered and that the person, himself or herself, is licensed to own/carry the gun for which the ammo is being purchased.  Yes, there will always be a black market for ammo- but the massive amounts of illegal guns would diminish because of the lack of ammunition.  Eventually it would effect a large number of the unregistered guns out there.

Yes, I know that the guns used in this tragedy were registered which brings me to the next point of discussion.

Within our schools (right here in NJ) are children who as early as when in elementary school show strong signs of having violent psychotic tendencies and/or sociopathic behavior.  I have heard stories from teachers about children who they know will probably become criminals because they will do a violent crime and the parents are in denial or the school doesn’t want to get involved because there is only so much the school can do.  If it is a private school, that school can always tell the parents that their child is not doing well in their school because of their behavior and really needs to go to a different school.

These parents tend to put their child(ren) back into the public school system where these children will fall through the cracks, along with all the other children like them, because the funding to help these children isn’t there as it once was.

These kids exist in every culture, every race, and every religion in America.

Unfortunately, our Governor here in NJ and all the other leaders who believe the way he does, has cut back Mental Health funding and funding for education so that schools are unable to provide the necessary environments for these children.  Many need to be sent to private schools where behavior mods and other intervention can be given.  But we don’t have funding for that.  Also many need mental health services through hospitals and clinics which no longer can provide Mental Health services because of the cut backs here in New Jersey.

Another aspect that needs to be addressed are the video games that children play and TV which makes the children desensitized to death and killing.  These violent games have to monitored and parents have to become educated to the harm that these games do.  The parents need to use their judgment, but some of these parents are in la la land.  They don’t want to admit the harm that can be done because they, themselves play the games or watching the TV shows that their children should not be viewing.

To me, once a State or Country cuts back on providing services for the mentally disturbed, the drug addicted, the handicapped, or cuts funding for alternative education for children that need more than what public schools can provide- that State or Country’s leaders have lost their sense of humanity and compassion.

When leaders of a country lose their sense of humanity and compassion, eventually, in this case it was sooner than later, children will die.  

What happened in Sandy Hook will become more commonplace (what a horrible word), more little children will die, more people will arm themselves to protect their loved ones until sanity prevails and the leaders realize it is not the arming of more people that will stop the violence, but limiting the sale of ammo and making certain that everyone who has a gun must be licensed and have ownership.  Also that the person must alert authorities if there is someone who is emotionally disturbed living in the house with the gun and must show proof that the disturbed individual is under a doctor’s care and cannot get to the guns under any condition.

Also how we address the mental health issues of our country must be addressed and funding must be made available to provide solutions, treatment and education.

This is not limiting the rights of a person to own a gun or guns- but it is making the majority who possess a gun have to be more responsible about their ownership. It is to make a State and/or Country stand up and say that any and all ways to address this tragedy must be addressed and ways implemented across the board to make every effort that this tragedy, this loss of innocent lives, shall never happen again

Amazing new Internet Archive tool

The Internet Archive has announced an incredible new service allowing you to search and borrow TV News coverage:

This service is designed to help engaged citizens better understand the issues and candidates in the 2012 U.S. elections by allowing them to search closed captioning transcripts to borrow relevant television news programs…

The collection now contains 350,000 news programs collected over 3 years from national U.S. networks and stations in San Francisco and Washington D.C.  The archive is updated with new broadcasts 24 hours after they are aired.  Older materials are also being added.

It’s too bad it doesn’t have Atlantic City, Philadelphia or New York broadcasts, but it’s still of interest. For fun, click here to see the results of a search for Rush Holt Jeopardy.  

The service isn’t perfect. For one thing, names like “Garrett” are common so there’s a lot of false hits. For another, it relies on the close captioning transcripts, and I found that “runyan” is a way to misspell both “Iranian” and “Romney.” Worst of all, many of our Representatives have a very low national profile so most hits are C-SPAN clips.

Still, I hope you check out the service and look for clips. It may help you learn about the candidates — or a good subject for a blog post.

Chris Christie on 60 Minutes

In case you missed it, Gov. Christie was featured in a piece called State Budgets: Day of Reckoning in last night’s 60 Minutes on CBS (show was late, after football). The focus was the looming (or present) financial crisis some states are facing – spending more than they’re taking in, and living on federal stimulus funds that will run out, failing to meet obligations and maintain a safety net for people in need. Christie’s the main interview. I’m watching it as I’m posting it. Steve Kroft’s interview is notable for what it asks; for example, he asks Christie about the years NJ governors skipped pension fund payments, but Christie sidesteps and Kroft lets him (though overspending by governors of both parties is mentioned in the first Web Extra, posted after the jump). Notable too, is what isn’t asked. Kroft doesn’t deal with the $400 million federal education dollars Christie blew, nor did he ask about Christie’s tendency to find money for what’s important to him, like the $65 million he scratched up to maintain Bergen County’s blue laws. ARC Tunnel funding is discussed, but from the standpoint of Christie saying he can’t pay for it, with no attention to most of the long-term impact of that decision, and how that will cost us, or what we now owe the feds for that.

Below: the entire segment shown last night (13:50 min).

After the jump: 2 interviews with Christie, plus one about him.

     Web Extra #1: Can New Jersey’s Finances Be Fixed?

     Web Extra #2: How It Got So Bad

     60 Minutes Overtime: Steve Kroft talks about Christie.

NJ Politics on TV Today

Weekend News Roundup’s just below this post.

Here are some of the more watchable options if you’ve got a jones to watch politics on your TV today. The biggie, of course, is the question of whether Chris Christie or football will win CBS’ programming night tonight and how much Jets vs. Steelers will cut into the show, and possibly knock out the segment on our governor. I’m also waiting to see whether 60 Minutes will ask any tough questions of Christie or just report him as a phenomenon.

  • On 60 Minutes tonight, the rumor is a segment on Christie, but the show’s site doesn’t mention him and football may cut into their hour. Still worth watching to see.
  • The Hyperlocal News meeting Deciminyan wrote about gets the spotlight at Power & Politics on News12 10am & 3pm today, with Citizens Campaign’s Harry Pozycki.
  • On the Record (NJN) shows at 9am & 11am, featuring DSC Chair Asw John Wisniewski & Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean (or watch it here).