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Christie Uses Bush Republican Solution to All Crises: Go Shopping!

Most of us in NJ are generous, and glad to pitch in when there’s good to be done. Got to ask yourself the question, Why isn’t Christie asking for our sacrifice or seizing the opportunity to prevent the next crisis? Promoted by Rosi.

Back in the days following the 9/11 attacks Americans were in a unique place.  We were angry, but it was expressed as much in a desire to work together to make things better as it was in a desire for revenge.  We wanted to be asked to make a sacrifice, to volunteer for big projects, to change the country for the better to not only protect ourselves but also improve ourselves.

Instead, President George W. Bush asked us to go shopping.

Just a little before the 9/11 attacks George W. Bush selected a little known lawyer with no prosecutorial experience but a lot of experience raising (and giving) money for GOP campaigns to be the US Attorney for New Jersey.  His name was Chris Christie, and he is now our Governor.

Last year New Jersey was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, a massive storm of unprecedented strength and severity.  From Morris County down to Atlantic County, from the Delaware River to the Shore our state was powerless, our roads unpassable, and our infrastructure collapsed.

But the people of New Jersey shared generators, conserved gas, opened their Internet connections, put extension cords in their front lawns so families who didn’t have power yet could charge their phones and computers and medical equipment.  They came together again, just as they had after so many New Jerseyans died in the attacks 11 years before.

And again, we are not asked to change or improve.  Our leader, Bush appointee and devotee Governor Christie, doesn’t note that this kind of storm is more frequent under global climate change. No one is asked to add solar panels to their home, insulate to use less electricity and gas, get a more efficient car, car pool or anything else to help.

Nope, once again we get the Bush Republican solution to everything:

“I want everybody out here,” [Governor Christie] said. “I want your wallets open. I want you spending your money. I want you on the beach.  …

“I would encourage people to extend their summer into September, to frequent these businesses and then for the businesses to take a look at how they’ve done and what we can do to help them out.”

That’s right: Go Shopping!

Obama nominates John Kerry for Secretary of State

The world goes round and round …

Just 8 years after Vietnam veteran John Kerry was swiftboated to the tune of more than $10 million in GOP propaganda cash, a president who might have been unimaginable during the George W. Bush era has just nominated an anti-war anti-Vietnam War activist-turned Senator and presidential candidate John Kerry to succeed Hillary Clinton (an unthinkable choice during the Bush years) after a stellar arc as Obama’s top diplomat. (amended – see huntsu’s comment)

The likely successor to Kerry in his top spot as Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee? Bob Menendez.

Menendez is the current chair of the committee’s Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Global Narcotics Affairs.

During Kerry’s campaign for president in 2004, the well-funded front group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth called Kerry “unfit to serve” as president, challenged the validity of his service medals, and harmed other soldiers by speaking out about the war that defined America’s own military and diplomatic course during two decades of the 20th Century.

And now Kerry has been named by the president to carry out America’s foreign policy. And it’s likely the senator from New Jersey, one of only three Latinos in Congress’ upper house, will move up to chair one of its most powerful committees.

Shorter Christie

As it happens, I was writing up today’s devastating news from Standard & Poor’s at the same time interested observer was. I was making different points on Christie:

  • when revenue collections fell dramatically short of his projections, upon which he built a national brand of bravado and BS, he ignored the numbers and blamed the messenger.

  • Still pushing tax cuts.  

  • Still side-stepping revenue-generating millionaires tax.

  • Still shielding the wealthy from contributing their fair share, at the expense of the rest of us.

    S & P is warning of possible downgrade in the state’s credit rating. Tomorrow, Assembly Budget was scheduled to question Christie state Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff about how the administration was off on revenue by $254 million. Eristoff hasn’t confirmed he’s showing up, but chickens come home to roost anyway. Christie’s cocksure nonsense based on nothing is familiar.

    Shorter Christie:

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  • Christie, the Bush Republican

    Governor Christie seems to have adopted a new political strategy: bludgeon Democrats with the label “Corzine Democrats.”

    But if he wants to use the past to explain the political present, why aren’t Democrats hitting back by calling out Christie for what he is, a “Bush Republican”?

    Christie would never have risen to power without the Rove-appointment to Attorney General as a reward for raising big bucks for President Bush.

    But what’s worse is that Christie has adopted the same Bush economic policies. Magic budget numbers that don’t add up, a reckless tax cut predicated on politics, and an economy which he has managed to drive into a ditch.

    He may have the political instincts of Karl Rove, but Chris Christie has made our state economy worse. The 47th economy in the country. Lagging behind our regional state peers. An inability to take the hard road which will lead to longterm economic success. A shortsighted view of governing. An inability to grasp economic realities.

    New Jersey, say hello to Governor Christie, your Bush Republican.

    Christie outs Oliver as his puppet in secret Koch Bros. meeting we weren’t supposed to know about

    News broke today of Gov. Chris Christie’s remarks – with audio – claiming he protected Sheila Oliver’s position as Speaker with the promise of GOP votes if she couldn’t get Democrats, in exchange for her support to post the Christie-Sweeney-Oliver pen-ben bill and shepherd votes. His remarks came at a meeting in Colorado Christie took pains to cover up – failing to disclose it, its hosts (far-right oil billionaire Koch brothers) or even his out-of-state travel that day. No matter which account you believe – if either – what we learned today confirms something is very wrong in the way decisions are made in New Jersey.  

    The 4 hour-plus time lag before an Oliver denial of Christie’s story concerns me. If Christie’s story was bullshit, you’d expect her to say so immediately. First, Oliver’s late-day statement – a humdinger:

    “The assertions that Gov. Christie has made, they are outright lies. Outright lies. I am beginning to wonder if Gov. Christie is mentally deranged,” Oliver said. “At no time did I ever, ever pick up the telephone, call Gov. Christie and ask him to quote ‘save my leadership.’ ” The governor was engaged in a chest-thumping vaudeville entertainment session in front of the Republican donors, she said. “I don’t expect to call him at all,” she said. “I think it’s disgraceful.”

    Mentally deranged, she calls Christie. This story may unleash a war of words between the GOP governor and the Democratic Speaker, a breaking of the confederacy between them that has infuriated so many Democrats. And it may mean that the compliance Christie counts on from Oliver may be cracking as Oliver attempts to save herself from political embarrassment. Though, it’s impossible to miss that Oliver expended her energy distancing herself from political allegations from the Governor; she still hasn’t said anything worth reporting about her role pushing pen-ben, in defiance of core principles. The possibility that Oliver may now wiggle out from under Christie’s thumb and begin to lead as she was elected to do, keeps us from calling for her ouster from leadership.  

    Chris Christie has lost the benefit of the doubt

    When Chris Christie first ran for Freeholder and was sued for defamation, it wasn’t his fault and he did nothing wrong.

    When Chris Christie went from “not a candidate for US Attorney” to being appointed US Attorney after he was directly responsible for raising hundreds of thousands (and his brother donates hundreds of thousands) for Bush, the donations had nothing to do with it.

    And when many top NJ lawyers pointed out that Christie didn’t have any experience in criminal law and his appointment was directly connected to the above hundreds of thousands in donations for Bush, that was just a coincidence.

    (but wait….there’s more!)

    NJ-3: Adler promotes effort to preserve Bush tax cuts

    Is John Adler actually literally letting financial industry lobbyists write his copy now? That’s what a letter Adler’s shopping around to Democrats reads like. From TPM we learn that NJ-3’s Democratic congressman is trying to generate signatures from his colleagues on a letter to Nancy Pelosi to extend more taxes to wealthy folks.

    The letter to Democratic leadership promotes the extension of Bush-era dividends and capital gains tax rates, passed in 2003 and due to expire at the end of this year. And again, caving to Republicans is foolish when there is an actual Republican option to vote for. And besides any political calculation that may be present, extending this is plainly wrong. I cannot imagine any other Democratic congressman in the NJ delegation signing this. Text of Rep. Adler’s letter is after the jump.  

    Like George Bush…

    Cross-posted from deciminyan.org

    Like George Bush, Chris Christie got it right on one issue.  The Governor has accused his fellow Republicans of “overreacting” to the proposed construction of the Burlington Coat Factory Islamic Cultural Center (incorrectly referred to in most of the mainstream media as the “Ground Zero Mosque.”)  After the 9/11 attacks, President Bush reminded us to continue to treat Muslims as we treat all citizens, since moderate Muslims were not responsible for the attack, and indeed many were killed in the towers.

    Yet, even as we applaud Governor Christie for being on the right side of this issue, let’s remember that in his short time in office so far, he is harming New Jersey by emulating the Worst President Ever.  This video is such a reminder.