Tag Archive: re-election

U.S. Attorney subpoenas Christie campaign & NJGOP

The larger question emerging in the now multiple investigations of the Christie administration is, How much, if any, were policy decisions and actions being dictated by what may have been political scheming on the part of those acting for Gov. Christie – and possibly the governor himself?

In a cleanly-run government, the answer would be zero. As multiple investigations by multiple entities proceed – Hoboken, the GWB lanes, the merged legislative SCI and newer federal probes – it may be months before we know what the administration did, who gave orders, and whether state and/or federal laws have been broken, or whether merely commonly-understood rules of ethical political conduct have been.

Today, news came that both the NJ State Republican Committee (NJGOP) and the Christie re-election campaign have retained high-powered D.C. firm Patton Boggs (which also has offices in Newark). [That firm also represents Nicole Davidman, wife of Christie mouthpiece Michael Drewniak, who has been issued a subpoena by the legislative SCI]. Robert Luskin (who represented Karl Rove in the Valerie Plame case) and Mark Sheridan are the lead attorneys. Sheridan is based in New Jersey, has a relationship with the NJGOP and was a member of Christie’s 2009 transition team. Sheridan:

“The Christie for Governor re-election campaign and the New Jersey Republican State Committee received subpoenas for documents from the U.S. Attorney’s office, in addition to the subpoena the campaign previously received from the state legislative committee. All three subpoenas focus on the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge. The campaign and the state party intend to cooperate with the U.S. Attorney’s office and the state legislative committee and will respond to the subpoenas accordingly.”

Who would’ve thunk it?

Judging by they way that New Jersey is portrayed on popular TV shows The Sopranos, Jersey Shore and The Real Housewives of New Jersey, you would think that the state is filled with stereotypical arrogant, obnoxious, thick headed loudmouths with entitlement issues.  Even more so given that our current Governor fits that very description himself – all while being hailed as the latest savior of the Republican Party – and it wouldn’t be a stretch to think that this is a match made in heaven (or hell, depending on your view of Christie, New Jerseyans at large and the stereotypes on the above shows).

Not so fast:

As out-of-state Republicans urge Gov. Chris Christie to seek the party’s presidential nomination next year, a majority of New Jerseyans questioned in a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll made public on Friday say they would not vote to re-elect him as governor in 2013.

Forty-nine percent said they would support another candidate while 42 percent said they would vote for Christie.

(Lest anyone think Corzine was in a similar boat, or “all Governors are like this”, it wasn’t until his final year in office where his ratings turned upside down.)

Maybe it is time to rethink the generalization about real New Jerseyans liking the stereotypical New Jerseyan….

No laughing matter

The Star-Ledger tells us today that Governor Corzine is being criticized by Democrats for being too tough on corruption:

“I’ve already been criticized by my party for how aggressive our Attorney General’s Office has been,” said Corzine in an exclusive interview at the end of last week’s Democratic National Convention in Denver.

“But I want to give the people of New Jersey the greatest possible assurance about that. I’m not done yet. You’ll see in the next few months we’ll do dramatically more.”

Yeah, that’s been our criticism.  Corzine has been too tough.  Like publicly praising former Deputy Chief of Staff Javier Inclan immediately after Inclan testified in open court that he had assisted Guttenberg Mayor David della Donna commit numerous felonies.  Yeah, wow, that was SO tough.  Then there was his public praise for Joe Ferriero and his defense of Ferriero’s participation in the Convention in Denver.  Oh, my God – THAT was SO TOUGH that I thought Ferriero was going to attend yet another party!

Exactly what reality is it in which our Governor exists?  It sure isn’t the one where I live.

But there is the problem that no one seems to notice when Ann Milgram actually does take on corruption.  Jump with me, people.

Corzine’s E-mail Fiasco: A Profound Lack of Judgment?

Governor Corzine’s refusal to release e-mails exchanged with Carla Katz, head of the CWA, despite a Court Order to do so, is troubling.  The Governor is claiming executive privilege and, although he continues to fight the Court Order, he recently acknowledged that because of his upcoming battle for re-election, he may accede to the Court’s wishes and release the e-mails.  State Republican Chairman Tom Wilson had requested the communications soon after the CWA and the Governor’s Office came to agreement regarding a new contract last year.  In May, Superior Court Judge Paul Innes decided that the e-mails constituted public information and ordered them released.  While the Governor is concerned that his refusal to turn over the e-mails will be an issue when he runs for re-election, he is missing the bigger picture:  his lack of judgment regarding the exchange of the e-mails in the first place.