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QOTD: Doblin on Chris Christie’s “legacy”

Al Doblin of The Record has our quote of the day, from his post today: Is there chalk under Chris Christie’s shoes? The headline phrase comes from something Gov. Brendan Byrne’s credited with saying, “He has chalk under his shoes.” Meaning, someone has crossed an ethical line. Doblin’s entire post – on the glaring questions Mastro’s “internal investigation” failed to probe – is all worth your read. But here’s the pullout. Doblin:

Randy Mastro and his report cannot make the GWB scandal go away because whether Christie likes it or not, the scandal is firmly attached to him. Whatever he does from now until 90, this is part of his legacy. Brendan Byrne gave New Jersey the Pinelands. So far, the Christie administration gave us traffic in Fort Lee.

QoTD: “We’ll always have Obamacare.”

Over at Fox News, when they’re not reassuring the peeps on Jesus and stuff, the joint operates as a well-financed disinformation machine. If you watch Fox News, Fairleigh Dickinson research suggests you know less than people who watch no news at all. By contrast, MSNBC. The national news media has been eating little bits of Chris Christie for a month now, revelation by revelation. But maybe nobody’s taken a bigger bite than MSNBC. With Steve Kornacki TV’s Christie scandal newsbreaker and Rachel Maddow the best Christie scandal explainer, MSNBC rules Christie’s slow implosion on the teevee. A relief to watch facts drive the news, after 3 years of breathless coverage of Christie as little more than swaggering political celebrity. But that’s me; I like the news. Bill Maher likes the news, too, but humor more. From his blog:

Whatever we had is not working any more. You’re obviously interested in another man: Chris Christie. You’re obsessed with him. So I wanted you to hear it from me first. I’m going to start seeing other news organizations. I’ll miss what we had. It was a rocket ship ride. We were both passionate flaming liberals and we didn’t care what the world thought of us. It was a glorious time. We finished each other’s Sarah Palin jokes. But now we never talk about any of the things we used to talk about: global warming, gun control, poverty… All because Chris Christie came along and put you under his spell.

QoTD: “We’ll always have Obamacare.”

Over at Fox News, when they’re not reassuring the peeps on Jesus and stuff, the joint operates as a well-financed disinformation machine. If you watch Fox News, Fairleigh Dickinson research suggests you know less than people who watch no news at all. By contrast, MSNBC. The national news media has been eating little bits of Chris Christie for a month now, revelation by revelation. But maybe nobody’s taken a bigger bite than MSNBC. With Steve Kornacki TV’s Christie scandal newsbreaker and Rachel Maddow the best Christie scandal explainer, MSNBC rules Christie’s slow implosion on the teevee. A relief to watch facts drive the news, after 3 years of breathless coverage of Christie as little more than swaggering political celebrity. But that’s me; I like the news. Bill Maher likes the news, too, but humor more. From his blog:

Whatever we had is not working any more. You’re obviously interested in another man: Chris Christie. You’re obsessed with him. So I wanted you to hear it from me first. I’m going to start seeing other news organizations. I’ll miss what we had. It was a rocket ship ride. We were both passionate flaming liberals and we didn’t care what the world thought of us. It was a glorious time. We finished each other’s Sarah Palin jokes. But now we never talk about any of the things we used to talk about: global warming, gun control, poverty… All because Chris Christie came along and put you under his spell.

QoTD: “One constituent: Chris Christie”

This morning, we have the news that David Wildstein’s position at Port Authority, from which he resigned Dec. 6, is going to be eliminated. It was always a weird situation. As Steve Strunsky, in this morning’s Ledger points out, in Port Authority’s vast and sprawling bureaucracy there’s never been a job like it. No job description. No résumé of relevant experience necessary. $150k/year. He was placed there by Christie political appointee Bill Baroni, also now resigned in disgrace.

And now the Director of Interstate Capital Projects, whatever that is, will be no more. When Wildstein had the job, it wasn’t clear what the job was. Or, rather it was. Our Quote of the Day:

“On many occasions I heard both he and Baroni say they have only one constituent: Chris Christie,” said a former official, one of two who asked for anonymity because they did not want to jeopardize colleagues still at the agency.

That has the ring of truth. And given what we now know, which Christie has worked hard to keep the public from knowing, it explains why his mixed-up explanations sound like bullshit. Because they probably are. To understand what David Wildstein’s role at Port Authority really was, read this:  Ex-blogger is Governor Christie’s eyes, ears inside the Port Authority. That was published a full 18 months before those sudden lane closures whose political directive is now traced right to Christie’s inner circle

Christie front office : “Left-wing blogs”

Let’s review. Gov. Christie ridiculed the idea that he had anything to do with the sudden GWB lane closures (he was “working the cones”). The ever-haughty Michael Drewniak was having none of it (“”The governor of the state of New Jersey does not involve himself in traffic studies.”). The governor backed Baroni’s obviously bullshit story of a “traffic study” and (and tried to sell the idea that Baroni’s resignation didn’t even have anything to do with the brewing scandal). Fort Lee’s mayor wasn’t even on Christie’s radar screen , said he doesn’t even remember meeting him (until the press found photos and vid, and the interwebs blew that up). All this Bridge nonsense was “created and manufactured” (and a “whole lot of hulabaloo”). “I know you guys are obsessed with this” he said to reporters. (and then bragged that the only reason anybody’s asking is he’s a “national figure”.

Then, after “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” he was still denying – “absolutely unequivocally not” – that there was anything political involved. But now we have emails and we know his staff was cheering as Fort Lee suffered: “Is it wrong that I am smiling?”and “They are the children of Buono voters”).

So, basically, nothing he’s said so far – including his self-absorbed me-me-mea culpa of how sad, sad, sad and betrayed he is – has much credibility. He’s still peddling bullshit, bluster and misdirection. The investigations go on, and broaden. Not because he’s a “national figure” but because there has obviously been a cover-up, and there’s a need to determine what’s been covered-up, and how high the misuse of government power against the public goes.

But Christie? Still spinning, and looking for people to blame, past appointees, friends, and “liar” deputy chiefs of staff. So now we have his latest target:

“We’re not commenting on every wild-eyed conspiracy theory that’s originating on left-wing blogs,” [Colin] Reed told [CNN].

Who’s Colin Reed? He’s Deputy Communications Director for Christie. Haven’t heard of him? That’s because you’re used to seeing Michael Drewniak as the arrogant frontman for the arrogant governor. But since Drewniak’s name came up in some of those subpoenaed docs, he’s a little less visible …

QoTD: Bramnick on Christie’s GWB Scandal

Jon Bramnick is no dummy. He’s funny, a leader of his party and their most talked-about for U.S. Senator someday. Or governor.

So here comes Bramnick late last night, dumbing down Chris Christie’s Bridge scandal on CNN:

“We have traffic every day in NJ.”

Why do so many Republicans talk to people like they’re stupid? As though the daily headache of the busiest bridge in the world is what we’re talking about. As though there’s no difference between an everyday traffic jam that’s the product of life in the Northeast corridor and a 5-day mess that somebody paid by the taxpayers ordered to make citizens lives harder. Does he assume Iowa Republicans can be convinced all East Coast traffic is a mess, enough not to blame their entertaining celebre-gov?

Bramnick’s day job? He’s a personal injury lawyer, representing – if his website’s any indication – mostly traffic accidents. You’d think someone with his professional background would be a little less detached from the massive risk to driver and resident safety directed from his governor’s office, before he uses his time with a microphone in his face to defend that governor’s character.

I hope if Assemblyman Bramnick does get on the Assembly’s special investigative committee he keeps the public’s priorities straight.  

QoTD: Christie Presser Edition

Our Quote of the Day is from today’s press conference with Gov. Chris Christie. Christie faced press questions after the resignation, effective immediately, of his top political appointee at Port Authority, Bill Baroni. That came today, after problematic on-the-record Baroni testimony, seemingly contradicted days later by PA Exec Patrick Foye. Baroni’s the second Christie man down at PA, after David Wildstein’s resignation days ago, days after Wall Street Journal identified the longtime Christie friend, and PolitickerNJ founder, as the guy who ordered sudden lane closures that left Fort Lee in traffic chaos for days – 2 weeks after Fort Lee’s mayor refused to endorse Christie.

Christie is accustomed to running every room he steps into, particularly when reporters are present. This time, the questions were dogged, and Christie didn’t always get past them with glib answers. But his damage control efforts made for some twisted syntax, which was noted both at Daily Kos, and here by Ian Reifowitz. Marvel at it:

“I am ultimately responsible for every person that I put into this government and the actions they take. That’s different, obviously, than direct responsibility. But ultimate responsibility? Sure. I understand that.”

                                       – Gov. Chris Christie 12/13/13

QoTD: Chris Christie on Obamacare

Tonight, Chris Christie was the opening speaker at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council in D.C., after being spoken of warmly by that paragon of virtue Rupert Murdoch. I was following the Twitter feeds of two reporters; WSJ’s Heather Haddon (@heatherhaddon) and The Record’s Herb Jackson (@record_dc):



Right. The governor doesn’t want to discuss his solution to replace what he calls the failed policy of the ACA, because like every other Republican, he doesn’t have one. Nor has Christie made a crusade of the 1.3 million uninsured in his state – with a rate of growth (45%) much higher than the national average (29%). Christie defunded screenings and reproductive healthcare for women, vetoed multiple efforts to get it funded and directed his administration to stonewall legislative requests for info on the their thinking. So making sure his Jersey constituents can get their healthcare needs met isn’t front burner for him the way, say, scoring points with a forum of business leaders is. Especially since President Obama is due there tomorrow and Christie scores with a high-profile diss of Obamacare as he slides into the RGA chairmanship later this week.

No, don’t ask Christie any specifics. It’s not about fixing problems, or figuring out why, if NJ’s uninsured problem is part of his disastrous economic record. It’s about opportunism. And it won’t get better.

QoTD: Gov. Kean on his political son vs. his actual son

A couple of pullout quotes from a couple of illuminating interviews with former Gov. Tom Kean by Charles Stile of The Record and Matt Friedman at the Ledger – a rare one-two punch from competing newspapers.

First from Friedman’s:

“You assume that if the governor wins by 20 points or more you’d have coattails,” Kean said. “No governor I know in any state has won by 20 points and not had coattails.”

Uh, yeah, I’m thinking Christie doesn’t much care about the no-coattails thing, Governor. Christie’s political rise has always been about Christie, and less about bringing along fellow Republicans who might share his worldview of how things should be run. GOP donors considering 2016, take note.

Kean Sr. seems pretty pissed in chats with both reporters, though he’s too much of a gentleman (or so I suppose) to suggest his disaffection is permanent against his political protege who first came to him as a fresh-scrubbed 14-year-old. I should add, he’d probably not choose my word, “pissed”. Though I imagine even gentlemen get that way when they realize NJ politics has devolved to the point where your political son actually tries to take out your actual son. Had Christie’s failed move against Kean Jr. succeeded, Stile suggests, it might have ended Junior’s political career.

Christie’s skulduggery against his own party’s legislative leader was almost certainly political payback on behalf of his political ally, Steve Sweeney. It was Junior who financed the GOP effort to take Sweeney out November 5th, recruiting attorney Niki Trunk to run against him. I’ve had my issues with Sweeney’s leadership – he’s made some good moves and some awful ones – but I’m glad he beat Trunk, and by a healthy margin.

But just the same way it’s doubtful Christie cares about his lack of coattails, I doubt he’s losing sleep over the disappointment Gov. Kean now feels for him. But this quote, from Stile’s piece shows Christie’s self-serving schtick is getting old for even the most loyal in Christie’s circle:

“He’ll have a microscope on him and we’ll find out … if he’s qualified,” he told The Record.

 

Ouch. But yeah. Bring on the microscope.