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Chris Christie is Irrelevant in 2016

While he makes for good copy, Chris Christie is an irrelevant buffoon. His recent antics at a Dallas Cowboys football game verify this long-standing observation.

First of all, Christie will never be president, for a number of reasons:

First, he is too sane. The Republican Party is fond of putting crazy people in charge. They put Sarah Palin a heartbeat away from the presidency. They put Darrell Issa in charge of a witch-hunt committee that would make Senator Joe McCarthy jealous. They refuse to disavow themselves from an anti-Semitic racist in the new House leadership. Say what you want about Christie – he’s an egomaniacal, ethically challenged, dishonest self-serving official. But he’s not crazy enough to appeal to the core GOP power brokers.

The other reason that Christie will never be president is that he doesn’t want it.  

ICYMI: Colbert buys his own Sarah Palin website

I love me some Stephen Colbert, that devilish, Montclair-flavored man whose raised eyebrow keeps me sane. But I missed this. Colbert, not to be outdone in superdooper patriotism, has launched his own Sarah Palin thesarahpalinchannel.com. Go there, sit through the video ad I can’t scrub away for you (capitalism!) and you can watch Colbert make the merciless fun of Sarah Palin that she so richly deserves. With his own damn chainsaw, eagle, fishes, humping moose and stuff that goes boom. ‘Murica!

I got all confused when the (real-ish) Sarah Palin subscription channel (just $9.95/month!) was announced. Because didn’t Palin already have a reality show that bombed out after one season? Yes, but there was more Palin to be sold! The marquee names on the new Palin channel seem to be Sarah, husband Todd and Bristol Palin, who the family seems weirdly determined to make into some kind of celebrity thing. She did Dancing With the Stars, had her own reality show Life’s a Tripp (reviews were scathing). Even did Celebrity Wife Swap (really). The Palins have squeezed a lot of money out of Alaska, given her half-term as its governor. Example? Bristol’s canceled show, which collected a $354,348 subsidy from the state of Alaska’s film incentive program, and $995,275 in “Alaska expenses”. Unlike most other projects, the nearly $1 million money went to pay salaries of the 6 Alaska residents (Palins) who participated as “talent”. Big money for the Palins’ cottage industry of self-promotion, underwritten by the state (gee, a little like NJ).

The Palins are they’re own joke. But Colbert is Palintastic. Hat/tip John Lee, with thanks.

NJ12 & NJ3: A couple of endorsements worth talking about

The absolute duel between CD3 Republicans Steve Lonegan and Tom MacArthur and the less-juvenile primary contest between the CD12 Democrats feed eporters a steady stream of endorsement announcements. Some appeal to one or more ethnic or interest group. Most of them won’t matter even to 4×4 primary voters.

But there are a couple that stand out over the last few hours:

Sarah Palin on Chris Christie: “Certainly you know”

Chris Christie is so far gone, he needs Sarah Palin to tell him what to do. And – get this – she’s actually correct. Palin via TPM (via Inside Edition):

“I just don’t know all the information out there, but it’s hard to be the CEO of an organization and not know what the closest people to you are up to. I know when I was mayor and manager of this city and then governor of the state, certainly you know what your top aides are up to.”

Palin is as empty track suit, the sum total of cheery platitudes, right-wing exceptionalism, hairdo and glasses. A low-information voter that chillingly could have been a heartbeat away. A fine Amerikin.

Yet, she actually calls it right here. Now, I don’t buy Christie’s story that his staff betrayed him, though he’s my governor too, and for that reason I hope that’s what happened. But in the unlikely scenario that his staff operated beyond his control, that would be his own poor management. He’s so busy trying to get the next job that he’s not doing the one he bent the Democratic Party into pretzel shapes to be re-elected to do. He’s a showboat, more invested in the attention he gets (strutting around in “town halls,” calling people names, diverting federal funds for Sandy ads promoting himself etc) than governing intelligently (mismanaging Sandy housing money, transparency problems with the Sandy “charity” run by Mary Pat Christie, undermining public education etc). But right now, what he is, is flailing.

To play: Click the middle start arrow lower left of the vid.

What’s Happening Today Fri. 10/11/2013

Lt. Gubernatorial Debate: 7:00pm, Milly Silva and Kim Guadagno debate at Kean University, Wilkins Theatre, 1000 Morris Ave., Union. The University along with its media partner, News 12, will host the event. Although Milly Silva has appeared infrequently on the campaign schedule, she was excellent in a recent interview with Mike Schneider on NJToday. Kim Guadagno has held many scheduled events, particularly at ribbon cuttings and with businesses throughout the state, although she seldom appears with the governor. Read here about the pension scandal issue that  Guadagno has been dodging, and which should be brought up by Milly Silva tonight. The debate is open to the public and is free, but tickets will be required. For more information, call the Kean Center for History, Politics and Policy at 908-737-0583.

DFA Chairman Jim Dean will be in NJ on Saturday and supporting Jeff Gardner for Hawthorne Borough Council. Dean will start the day in Hawthorne at 10:00 a.m. to kick off a canvass at the Hawthorne Democrats 2013 Headquarters at 164 Warburton Ave. After a day of campaigning, Jim will be in Wyckoff at 7:00pm at 64 Logan Lane for an elegant Wine & Cheese fundraiser in support of DFA endorsed candidates Jan Bidwell for LD-39 Senate and for  Blue Jersey’s very own Jeff Gardner. Suggested Contribution: $25 to either or both candidates. Click here to give to Jeff Gardner for Borough Council and click here to give to Jan Bidwell for Senate.

For your entertainment this weekend: you can attend on Saturday a Tea Party Express rally in support of U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan and hear Sarah Palin and author/radio host Mark Levin at 4:00pm at the New Egypt Speedway.

No news is bad news – 10th day of the shutdown: In a confusing turn of events House Speaker Boehner yesterday offered to postpone the debt ceiling crisis in exchange for negotiations over the budget, but he did not offer to end the shutdown. Sounds like a lousy deal to me, but discussions continue on the matter. Earlier this morning Rep. Leonard Lance was scheduled to appear live on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal.” Recently he has seemed to support a clean CR and an end to the shutdown. Less clear is what if anything he has done to achieve that objective (or whether it’s just for local consumption.)

PUBLIC SCHEDULE

Vice President Joe Biden who was planning to lend support to Buono and Booker in NJ today cancelled his trip because of the shutdown.  

Buono/Silva gubernatorial campaign: Barbara Buono and Milly Silva: 3:00pm, Radio Interview, WWDB 860 AM, click here to listen live; Milly Silva: 7:00pm, Lt. Gubernatorial Debate: Kean University, Wilkins Theatre, 1000 Morris Ave., Union.

Christie/Guadagno gubernatorial campaign: Chris Christie, 11:30am, a campaign announcement, Manny’s Sicilia Ristorante, Palmyra; 7:00pm, to be honored at the 2013 Points of Light Tribute Awards, Italian Embassy, Washington, D.C. Kim Guadagno: 10:30am, “Manufacturing Week” visit to Silver Line Building Products, North Brunswick; 12:30pm, Business luncheon held by the Southern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce, Jumping Brook Country Club, Neptune Township.; 7:00pm, Lt. Gubernatorial Debate: Kean University, Wilkins Theatre, 1000 Morris Ave., Union.

U. S. Senate candidate Cory Booker: With the passing of Cory Booker’s father his plans for the next days are unclear. His originals schedule for today: 11:00-12:30pm Bus Tour Kick-off, Rutgers Graduate Student Lounge, 126 College Ave., New Brunswick, with stops throughout the state.  

Sarah Palin says Chris Christie isn’t “rogue”

What a silly flibbertigibbet, Sarah Palin. And yet, here I am telling you what she had to say about their very public spat last month between Chris Christie and Rand Paul, over who’s libertarianism is “dangerous” when it comes to national security and who’s all gimme, gimme, gimme about federal disaster aid (but is really about who gets to be the cheese).

Sarah Palin used to be famous for being the governor John McCain picked from obscurity and made more famous than he was. Until Sarah Barracuda went rogue, which was a really, really bad thing for her campaign. That’s when the McCain found out just what a silly flibbertigibbet she really is. Now Palin thinks being rogue is a good thing. Palin is Team Rand. And Christie?

“Some people look at him as, ‘Oh man he’s the governor who goes rogue’,” she said. “No.”

She also said his confrontational stuff is nothing more than “schtick” set up by his office. That he’s just another big government “go-along-to-get-along” type governor.

Of course, she does have one big thing in common with Christie; she didn’t finish being governor, and you can expect the same from Christie if we re-elect him in 76 days.  

Sweeney Blasts Coulter: “You should be ashamed of yourself”

When you can’t win on the merits, use ridiculous language to distract and that’s what Ann Coulter did last night, taking to twitter and calling the President “the retard.” Senate President Sweeney has a daughter with special needs and was not pleased at all with her choice of attack:

“It really does not get any more despicable than this.  I honestly don’t know if there is another person on this planet as shameless as Ann Coulter.  She has no morals, no boundaries, and no sense of common decency.

“Her thoughtless remarks are meant to provoke and draw attention to whatever latest nonsensical ultra conservative rant she is peddling.  I really have no words to describe her other than just a horrible person.  I guess going after 9-11 widows was not enough for her.  She now has to attack people with disabilities too.

“This is not only insulting to millions of people across the country, but to me, it is personal.  I have worked hard to scrub that word from our vocabulary forever, and with good reason: words matter.  If Ann Coulter wants to get out from behind Twitter and have a face to face discussion with me on why she wishes to insult my daughter and the millions of people with developmental disabilities in this country, I will have it anytime, anywhere, any place.”

Sweeney noted that the “R” word was removed from state laws and regulations in 2010. But it wasn’t just Sweeney critical of Coulter, Michelle Malkin condemned her remarks as well:

“What a stupid, shallow thing to say, Ann,”

Didn’t think the day would come where I’d agree with Michelle Malkin. Next, Sarah Palin will be condeming her comments too, because you know how consistent she is.

Norcrossippi Runs New Jersey Just Like Idaho Runs The United States

In his preface to promoting jackstanton’s diary, “When does the bullshit stop?,” deciminyan asks the following:

With the Christiecrat wing of the Democratic Party taking power in Trenton, are we headed toward one-party government?”

The problem with this question is the tense is all wrong and the label is even more wrong.  We have one-party government, because the Norcrosscrat wing of the Democratic Party took power in Trenton before Chris Christie was elected Governor and it is my belief that they suppressed the Corzine vote where they had the power to do so in order to help Christie beat Corzine.

Why did the Norcrosscrats prefer Christie to Corzine?  During the eight years of McGreevey, Codey, and Corzine, George Norcross was one of many political bosses of one of many political machines in the state and even though he controlled more Assemblypersons and Senators than any one boss, the bosses in North and Central Jersey were closely aligned enough to keep him in check.

But during this time, U.S. Attorney Chris Christie successfully indicted and convicted a number of these bosses, dramatically reducing the amount of control that they had over electeds and other party leaders in their fiefdoms.  Interestingly enough, despite being the most corrupt of the bunch, Norcross underwent the least amount of scrutiny of any of them and was able to increase his power and reach into other parts of the state as a result.

This chain of events led to the coup that overthrew Dick Codey as Senate President and passed over then-Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman and installed Steve Sweeney as Senate President and Sheila Oliver as Assembly Speaker.  Despite the best efforts of people like Codey, former Assembly Majority Leader, and former Senate Majority Leader, Barbara Buono to take the Assembly and Senate back from the Norcrosscrats, as long as Norcross has his bloc of 6 Senators and 12 Assemblypersons and is able to play the North and Central Jersey political machines against one another, keeping them divided and weak, Norcrossippi is going to run New Jersey.