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Offshore Drilling off Atlantic Coast Poses Grave Risk to Jersey Shoreline

Promoted by Rosi Efthim

The catastrophic proportions of one of the largest oil spills in U.S. history with more than 210,000 gallons of oil is continuing to leak daily from a ruptured oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico is continuing to threaten the shores of Louisiana and Florida. The unprecedented underwater leak has led to hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil spewing unchecked into the Gulf and moving to the coast, between the mouth of the Mississippi River and Florida.

The “potentially unprecedented environmental disaster,” as President Obama describes the Gulf of Mexico oil spill which was caused by an explosion and fire on the Transocean Deepwater Horizon drilling rig followed by a ruptured well. It is sadly noted that 11 workers were killed in the explosion. In addition, the total bill to include clean-up and compensation for damages could exceed $14 billion.

Environmental scientists estimate the ecological and biological consequences could last for years, if not decades. These include, oil remaining in the sediment of a marsh for 20 years, complete plant and animal species being wiped out, and oyster reefs being endangered. Several attempts to contain it have been unsuccessful and only estimated 15 to 20 percent of oil can be recovered from water.

Then, there is the question of corporate responsibility of the London-based BP Plc that owned the oil involved in the recent spill as well as the regulatory environment that oversees the offshore drilling. Three years ago, BP was reeling from accusations of putting profits before safety because of the high incidence of on-the-job accidents in its Texas City refinery, including a deadly explosion. That was turned around by new management, but, it appears that accidents still continue.

Cavuto on Christie no tax pledge: Is this like a Bush moment?

Chris Christie appeared yesterday on Your World with Neil Cavuto on FoxNews. They opened the segment showing compilation of the ads that have been run against Christie. Cavuto focused on the advertising disparity between the campaigns saying Christie was campaigning on facebook and twitter. Christie said they conserved their money over the summer and thats why there was such a difference.

There was this exchange:

Christie- I am going to cut taxes in my 4 years as Governor.

Cavuto- Would you rule out ever raising them?

Christie- I will not raise taxes as Governor

Cavuto- Is this like a Bush moment?

Christie- Well… it’s a Christie moment.

He talked about how new State workers will need to have a 401k and not go into the pension. When Cavuto said given the current state fiscal situation that you almost have to raise taxes, Christie said no we have to stop spending and Cavuto replied, “but every Governor says that… no offense to you.” Have a look:

Christie campaign: We didn’t invite Bush, our host committee did

The Christie campaign would like you to believe that they got an unexpected guest to their fundraiser last night:

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the brother of former President George W. Bush,  turned up to a fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Christie tonight.  

“He was invited by one of the host committee members,” said Christie spokeswoman Maria Comella.

The host committee member reached out to Bush directly and did not check with the Christie campaign.

I love the way the story is written.  They make it sound like Jeb Bush just turned up at the fundraiser, SURPRISE!

A few things. First, I flat out do not believe that you invite the brother of the former President/former Governor in his own right without running it by the campaign. Second, not checking doesn’t mean they didn’t notify the campaign of Bush’s potential attendance. I can’t believe that Jeb Bush just walks into a fundraiser by himself without the campaign knowing and preparing. And it doesn’t matter who invited him, he was there for Christie. By this measure, if it was George Bush they’d probably say the parking attendant brought him.

Quote of the Day: ‘A lawbreaker’ who ‘gets the reputation of being the king of law enforcement’

We had plenty of coverage of the Governor at Netroots Nation yesterday.  Yesterday while there for the panel, he met with a group of progressive bloggers and sharply criticized Christie’s discussions with Rove: (Via Think Progress)

It is hard to understand how a lawbreaker gets the reputation of being the king of law enforcement, and uses that as a platform. It’s the Hatch Act.

Of course the Governor is referring to House Judiciary transcripts of Karl Rove saying he talked to Chris Christie while he was US Attorney about running for Governor. And here is the video:

The campaign also got some great photos of the Governor’s appearance on the panel.

New Corzine ad links Christie with Bush

The Corzine campaign came out with their new television ad today, Pioneer, which ties Chris Christie to George Bush. Here’s what the campaign had to say about the 30 second ad that will run on cable and network TV across the state.:

Pioneer clarifies the connections between Chris Christie, his massive political contributions to George Bush, and his subsequently being named as U.S. Attorney – a classic example of pay to play. Once he purchased his office, Christie brazenly awarded his political allies and fellow Bush cronies millions in no bid contracts.

The commercial shows Christie clapping as they run through the laundry list of things he has done, while standing in front of a picture of George Bush.  The ad concludes saying “Bush’s friend, Bush’s policies, Bad for New Jersey.” Here’s the video:

This ad follows up on the positive spot featuring President Obama at the Holmdel rally released this past Monday. I’ve also still been seeing the Christie just walked out ad.  

Chris Christie Has Some ‘Splainin to Do on Warrantless Monitoring

News broke earlier today that when he was U.S. Attorney, Chris Christie authorized the monitoring and tracking New Jersey’s citizens through their cell phones without obtaining a warrant. That is, pinpointing them within feet, wherever they were, homing in on their personal cell phones carried on their person.

So, let’s see. What kind of a day is Chris Christie having today?

At 3pm, the Associated Press reported that Christie wasn’t talking about the warrantless tracking:

Christie, the Republican front-runner in the race for New Jersey governor, says he can’t comment while the case is in the courts.

Hmmmm… Maybe Christie forgot he was running for Governor and actually has to account for himself now, and answer questions, now that he’s not U.S. Attorney anymore.

A mere four hours later, by 7pm, Christie was talking but being very, very careful with his words:

“There was no action of the U.S. Attorney’s Office that was done without the consultation and approval of the court,” Christie said Thursday. “Any suggestion to the contrary is ill-informed.”

That’s some good tapdancing. But if you look carefully, Christie appears to acknowledge he didn’t always get a warrant. And it’s a warrant he was supposed to get, nothing less. Here’s the difference:

The less rigorous standard of obtaining a court order rather than a warrant was used in 98 New Jersey cases since Sept. 11, 2001, resulting in 83 prosecutions, according to the documents. Two other New Jersey cases remain under seal.

Here’s the bottom line. Chris Christie authorized the warrantless monitoring of cell phones in almost 100 cases. Knowing he did not have a warrant, he chose to follow the Bush administration’s lead to monitor and track New Jersey citizens. And now, he doesn’t want to answer questions about it (another quality he learned at the knee of his Bush/Cheney mentors). Both the wireless monitoring and the refusal to discuss his possibly illegal actions to the voters are unacceptable. Chris Christie has some serious explaining to do. The argument they use to justify monitoring is that if you’re not guilty you have nothing to hide.  I would say that rationale applies here too.

Christie doesn’t want Gonzo’s help, no answer on Bush and Ashcroft

Appearing on Fox 5 NY in studio, Republican candidate for Governor said he doesn’t want the help of his former boss:

“I wouldn’t be comfortable with Alberto Gonzales coming and campaigning for me,” said Christie.  “I had some serious disagreements with the attorney general about the way things were run when he was attorney general and so I would not ask and wouldn’t want him to come and campaign for me because we just had some serious philosophical disagreements with each other.”

I wonder what exactly Christie disagreed with?   Was it the politicizing of the justice department?  Or perhaps the torture?  And where were these concerns when these practices Christie disagreed with were going on? Conveniently, Christie also took a pass on answering whether he wants the help of Fmr President Bush or John Ashcroft, a non-answer that got the attention of at least one State Senator:

“He should answer the question,” said Vitale, the Chairman of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

You figure the least Ashcroft could do is show up for a campaign stop after that $52 million no bid federal monitor contract Christie gift wrapped for him.

He really, really screwed us

I agree with Murray Sabrin.  Yup, you read that right.  And it doesn’t happen often. Here’s his conclusion:

George W. Bush’s presidential epithet can now be written:  He really, really screwed us.

Now personally, I could have called that one years ago.  We will be referring to the legacy of George Bush, and most often not fondly, for many years to come. And these are just the problems we already know about.   What else is just waiting to be discovered?

Supporting the President… Or lack there of

Capitol Quickies points us to a year end analysis by Congressional Quarterly. They took a look at the votes of Legislators and when they supported the President’s position on issues:

On the Senate side, both of New Jersey’s senators, Democrats Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, were rated among the 10 senators most likely to oppose Bush. Menendez tied for 4th highest, accounting for 71.7% of the votes. Lautenberg tied with five other senators just behind that at 70.4% of votes.

On the House side of the Congress, none of New Jersey’s 13 representatives were among their party’s members most likely to vote with the president. None of the state’s seven Democrats were among their party’s most consistent opponents of Bush, either. But two of New Jersey’s six Republicans were among the GOP’s members most likely to oppose Bush’s position. They were Rep. Chris Smith, in 67.9% of votes, and Rep. Frank LoBiondo in 60.8%.

Here’s the full story. Menendez ranked 4th and Lautenberg was the 9th most likely Senator to oppose the President.  Smith ranked 2nd and Lobiondo 6th most likely to oppose the President in the House. The numbers next year will be interesting to compare with these to see the change under an Obama agenda.

New Jersey: At least we don’t throw our shoes

Not a good day for the President in Iraq as he had to do some shoe dodging:

The President had good reflexes avoiding the shoes, but his press secretary Dana Perino wasn’t so lucky. She’s sporting a black eye from taking a microphone to the face in the skirmish.  A little more about shoe throwing from Wikipedia:

In the Arab world, shoe flinging is a gesture of extreme disrespect. A notable occurrence of this gesture happened in Baghdad, Iraq in 2003. When U.S. forces pulled down a giant statue of Saddam Hussein during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, many Iraqi detractors of Hussein threw their shoes at the fallen statue.

Is this what they meant by greeted as liberators?  Maybe we should start throwing shoes at our convicted officials.