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Today’s indictments really showed that Bergen Republicans would stop at nothing to win the election for Christie.

Its clearly a pattern of win at all cost, the dominated the BCRO and the Christie. Ramsey Republican Bridget Kelly really showed Bergen Republicans true colors. Its terrible that Progressive like Bergen Grassroots and other alleged Bergen Progressives bought into this bunk and supported Bergen Republicans.

Other Major Facts

1) The final details regarding the Christie & Michelle Brown relationship will finally be exposed. Widenstein is going to sing more, for he has shown that he is not going to Allenwood no matter what the costs

2) Baroni the phony is going to be the biggest gift to the Democrats, he will clearly fill in the details of Christie and Michelle Brown, the guy is to smart to looking at federal prison. Look for him to become a Democrat and be a leader of reform.

3) Sen O’Toole is done. He went all-in for Christie and Bridgegate and now there are indictments. The guy is probably not even going to run in 2017. The Kean Republicans are going to eat him alive. Look for Monmouth fake reformer Amy Handlin to even lose her seat this November if Monmouth Dems can hyper focus on getting her out.

4) Barbara Buono – turned out to be right and is going to be time to bring her back for something.

5) Wolf Samson and Bergen County – the conflicts of interests regarding the County of Bergen and all of the firms

6) Bergen GOP Chairman Bob Yudin – He is done. He needs to resign.

7) Port Authority Commissioners – All must resign and why is Republican supporter Labor Leader Ray Pacino still hanging on to that position?

8) David Samsons law firm and all of the Bergen County related contracts need to vetted AGAIN. The real story is that FISHMAN is going after the flashy cast of characters and is hiding the real scandals of the David Samson and the Bergen related legal clients. This is where Christie is most vulnerable.

9) US Attorneys Office has a really bad record. The recent failure regarding the Xanadu case is clear that there is still a Christie infestation in the US Attorneys office.

The Daily Mail goes there.

In this season of other shoes dropping, there are new revelations, new theories, new people to blame, new attempts by Christie to appear contrite (while jarringly trying to paint himself as blameless) and so on, there’s always been a particular shoe we thought would fall sooner or later.

Michele Brown.

So, it’s interesting that the UK’s Daily Mail is making a point of Michele Brown’s largely undiscussed habit of turning up in a lot of instances where Chris Chris has some sort of ethical challenge, shady doings or questionable decision.

Want to read it?

Is this woman Christie’s ‘Achilles heel’? The Governor’s aide who racked up huge travel expenses with him. . . and whom he secretly loaned $46,000.

What’s Happening Today Tue. 12/03/2013

Events today: Board of State Canvassers meets to certify the results of last month’s general election, noon, in the Statehouse Annex’s Committee Room 5. Communications Workers of America union endorses Councilman Ras Baraka in the Newark mayoral election, 12:30pm at CWA Local 1037′s office in Newark. Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey, 9:15am holds its annual summit, with speakers Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera and union executive Milly Silva, 11:30am, Crowne Plaza Monroe, South Brunswick. U.S. Sen. Cory Booker visits Cumberland County.

Where Are They Today?

Gov. Chris Christie resigned his job as New Jersey’s U. S. Attorney in 2009 to become governor. He brought with him an extraordinarily large number of former staff members from the Attorney’s Office. Who are some of these people and where are they today?

  • Paula Dow: Christie’s first cabinet appointee served as NJ’s Attorney General for less than two years and then was named to a NY/NJ Port Authority post by Christie after his nomination of her as a Superior Court Judge ended in a political standoff with the Senate.

  • Phillip Kwon: Appointed First Assistant Attorney General. In 2012 Christie nominated him to the NJ Supreme Court but the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected his nomination and he also took a job at the NY/NJ Port Authority.

  • Marc Ferzan: Appointed Executive Assistant NJ attorney general. Then after Sandy he was appointed Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Recovery and Rebuilding – “the Sandy Czar.”

  • Ralph J. Marra Jr.: appointed to the top legal post at the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.

  • Marc Larkins Appointed Executive Director of the NJ School Development Authority Board.

  • Lee Solomon: Appointed President of the Board of Public Utilities and then returned to one of his prior positions as a NJ Superior Court judge.

  • Robert Hanna: Appointed Director of the Division of Law in the Attorney General’s office and then head of the NJ Board of Public Utilities, replacing Lee Solomon, where he remains today. Christie also nominated him last year to the NJ Supreme Court, but the Senate has not acted on the nomination.

  • Stephen Taylor: Appointed Director of Criminal Justice in the AG’s office.

  • Deborah Gramiccioni:  Appointed Director of the Governor’s Authorities Unit, then Deputy Chief of Staff.

  • Jeffrey S. Chiesa: Appointed Christie’s Chief Counsel. Then in 2011 Attorney General, replacing Paula Dow. Then interim U.S. Senator following Frank Lautenberg’s death and until Cory Booker became U.S. Senator. Chiesa is now with a prominent NJ law firm.

  • Kevin M. O’Dowd: Appointed Deputy Chief Counsel, then in 2011 appointed Chief of Staff replacing Richard Bagger. Yesterday he was nominated to be Attorney General.

  • Charles McKenna: Appointed Head of Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, then replaced Jeff Chiesa as Chief Counsel.

  • Michele Brown: Governor’s Appointments Counsel, then in 2012 CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.  

  • Paul Matey: Appointed Christie’s Senior Counsel; in 2011 he replaced O’Dowd as Deputy Chief Counsel.  

    Make of this what you will: A raiding of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Christie creating a “Law and Order” governor’s office, Christie finding comfort with loyal former employees, etc. These attorneys have played key (successful and unsuccessful) roles in Christie’s administration. However, in 2011 Christie with remarkable candor and bravado said, “It’s my agenda, It’s not Kevin’s agenda or Rich’s agenda or Charlie’s agenda, or Jeff’s agenda. It’s my agenda…”

  • Jersey Girls Caucus Power List

    Loretta Weinberg Binder
    Sen. Weinberg looks over the Binder Full of Women

    PolitickerNJ’s Power List came out for 2012 a few days ago. It’s a fun list, and we sure did like it when Blue Jersey founder Juan Melli was listed by predecessor PoliticsNJ as Politician of the Year just months after Blue Jersey launched. I don’t always think the same things are important as Politicker does, which is not to disparage them, merely to say when it comes to what’s worth talking about, we have different viewpoints. Nevertheless, fun list. I particularly enjoyed seeing rising Dem leader Vin Gopal show up there.

    But Sen. Loretta Weinberg took a closer look. And as you can read in the comment skirmish between her and Politicker’s Darryl Isherwood, the two of them don’t see power quite the same way, and the appearance of so few women on the list – which Darryl defends – is a concern.

    Of Politicker’s 100, only 15 are women; there are only 4 in the Top 50. Mary Pat Christie’s highest ranked (6), followed by Christie Communications Director Maria Comella (13), Christie mortgagor Michelle Brown (33) and his Deputy COS for Policy, Deborah Gramiccioni. Weinberg:

    PolitickerNJ released their list of “100 most powerful political players in New Jersey.” By the boldface type in the article, readers were warned, “Please keep in mind that, as usual, the list doesnot include elected officials, judges, or former governors.” They forgot to mention, that this year’s list also does not include most of the states most powerful political players who happen to be women. Only 15 women were included in this year’s list of 100. For those lucky 15, many of them are fortunate to have close connections to male “players” listed well above them.

    The Jersey Girls List is alphabetical – egalitarian that way. I’m on it. And yes, that makes me stammer a little, blush and kick at the imaginary pebble at my feet. But it’s by no means a Dems-only list. For that would be wrong.

    Jersey Girls Caucus Power List, below the fold.

    How much is “enough”?

    Here are a few things to consider:

    Chris Christie won the Governor election with less than 50% of the vote.  That means more than half of the voters wanted someone other than him to govern.

    He has consistently abused his power.   He pulled rank as a US Attorney to get out of a ticket when he went the wrong way down a one way street, and also pulled rank when he got a speeding ticket in an unregistered car to avoid being towed.   He failed to disclose his close financial relationship with top assistant Michele Brown, a conflict of interest.  He gave huge no bid contracts to his boss (John Ashcroft) and the man who didn’t prosecute his brother for securities fraud, while 19 others were prosecuted.  He governs with a personal vendetta to the detriment of New Jerseyans.

    (more below the fold)

    Corzine campaign files FOIA legal challenges

    If there’s nothing to all this, then it’s to the US Attorney’s Office’s benefit to release these documents. It’s to Christie’s benefit. He talks a lot about ethics. Let’s see if that talk extends to action. Let’s see if Christie comes out in favor of transparency.

    The cascading stories of questionable conduct inside the United States Attorney’s Office – both during Chris Christie’s tenure, and now following it – are reason enough for the Corzine campaign, and anyone valuing ethical conduct, to want to get at the truth. Jon Corzine knows that without facts, Christie’s story of his own success there goes unchallenged. And the facts, once they come to light, may reveal a more complicated story.

    Today, the Corzine ’09 campaign filed legal challenges under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to break what they call five months of stonewalling that have kept basic public records of Christie’s actions as US Attorney from light.

    Eight adminstrative challenges – representing 18 separate requests – were filed with the United States Department of Justice’s Office of Information and Privacy. The campaign’s sought these records – budgets, travel expenses, schedules – since March, each attempt met with a logjam originating in the USAO here in NJ.

    In fact, in a Corzine ad running on another site, a countdown clock registers the “stonewall” time at 155 days: 19 hrs: 21 min: 49 seconds – as I write this.

    They also seek details of no-bid contracts Christie awarded, including one worth $52 million to his former boss – and fellow Bush crony – John Ashcroft. His communications with Karl Rove – the “architect” of George Bush’s political career (now also the subject of separate investigation by a watchdog group) and between Christie and those who succeeded him in the US Attorney’s Office, are also sought.

    Corzine ’09 campaign strategist Tom Shea:

    The United States Attorney’s office has many fine, dedicated, professional lawyers. But, in light of recent reports that Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph Marra is under investigation to determine if he has used the office to help further the Christie campaign, Second Assistant U.S. Attorney Michele Brown has an ongoing financial relationship with Christie and Christie was communicating with Karl Rove about his run for governor from that office, we feel it is even more important we receive the information requested.

    If Christie has nothing to hide, if the US Attorney’s Office doesn’t, then let’s see those records.


    NJN reports a financial relationship between Chris Christie and Michelle Brown

    Updated by Jason Springer: Here is the video from the NJN report tonight:

    NJN is reporting that while US Attorney, Chris Christie gave Michelle Brown a loan of $46,000, which she is scheduled to continue paying off at the rate of $499/month to Christie and wife Mary Pat, until 2017. The story is not on their website yet, but was reported in NJN’s evening newscast.

    At the time the loan was granted Brown was fourth in command at the office of the United States Attorney for New Jersey. She is now First Assistant US Attorney. To questions from NJN about the nature of the loan, Christie replied they were friends and he helped her out during a financial pinch.

    But given the mileage Christie is positioning himself to get with an anti-corruption plan he proposes as the Republican candidate for Governor, the timing – coming conveniently right after the massive political corruption sweep in July. That’s magical timing, the kind of advantageous happenstance that’s a lot easier if you have a very close relationship with somebody still in a key position in your old office.

    Christie says there’s nothing improper in the loan.

    Brown already pops up alongside Christie in settings that may be unacceptable in terms of the constraints of her job in the US Attorney’s office, which requires top staffers to refrain from partisan settings, which Rep. Frank Pallone has asked the Justice Department to look into.