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I've got a bridge to sell ya...
Posted - 1/8/2014 9:41:51 PM | show profile | flag this post
...it's closed anyway.
Of course in the Grand Scheme of things, and/or you don't live in the NY area, it's a 'so what?'...but for political junkies, this cracks me up.
"Bridge scandal may tarnish Christie's 2016 appeal"
"N.J. Governor Christie says misled by staff in bridge scandal" http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/08/us-usa-newjersey-bridge-idUSBREA0710H20140108
Everyone drooling over 2016 is covering it too, but you get the idea. Some of my favorite comments: "usually when chris christie is "outraged" he reaches for the nearest camera. not today" "January 2017. President Christie to U.S. Strategic Command: "That's right, you heard me. Ft. Lee. Now. With everything we've got." "Christie had no idea what his top aides were doing, but Obama was all up IN the IRS Cinicinnati office." "Super-deliberative, always-calm Chris Christie isn’t sure about firing aide who lied to him about orchestrating traffic jam? Bull. Shit" And...my favorite..."Nothing says authentic straight shooter like an emailed statement blaming your staff"
Posted - 1/9/2014 8:45:58 AM | show profile | flag this post
I'm getting a chuckle out of it, too...
it's one of the oddest scandals to come down the pike (pun intended) in a while.
And what was it supposed to prove?
As someone who fights the Battle of the Beltway twice a day in DC, I can understand how this ticked off a whole lot of drivers. But, the idea that they'd focus that anger on the Fort Lee Mayor was a stretch.
Now that those days of delays can be blamed squarely on Christie's administration and supporters -- you've got a target for all that anger -- and it's likely to flare up everytime they're in a traffic jam for months to come.
Scandal or not, it's a massive PR mess for Christie in his home state.
Posted - 1/9/2014 10:29:59 PM | show profile | flag this post
It's just a great story
"I'm getting a chuckle out of it" perfectly puts it in perspective. For the rest of the country, it's certainly worth no more than that.
But...If you think I495 is bad? You haven't lived thru the GW at 5:00pm. At least the Beltway moves. Too fast for some, but at least it moves.
Christie (today) did everything right--and in typical Christie fashion. He's outraged. He's humiliated. He takes full responsibility. He fired people. ('The Bridge Scandal takes its toll'...etc etc, The puns are writing themselves at this point)
The only 'outside of NY' repercussions are out there though. This piece nailed it (I thought); he handled it great. But, GDamn, he better be telling the truth. Just scan the first few grafs, O’Brien is one of the best pol reporters out there:
Posted - 1/9/2014 11:08:56 PM | show profile | flag this post
so it begins. the fall of gov. krispy kreme. this is one time when conservatives are cheering msdnc and the rest of the liberal media.
Posted - 1/10/2014 9:49:38 AM | show profile | flag this post
It's a huge setback for Republicans...
in 2016. Christie was probably their best hope for taking the White House. The GOP is about out of centrists -- and they can't win with their current crop of Ted Cruzes and Rand Pauls.
Probably why FOX News pretty much ignored the story yesterday. Check out this comparison between FOX, CNN and MSNBC on how much time they devoted to the Christie story:
This scandal may not affect him nationally -- but he may not be able to build a national campaign while dealing with the issues at home in New Jersey.
If, it turns out he DID know about the idea to jam traffic all along -- then he's toast.
Posted - 1/14/2014 10:14:25 PM | show profile | flag this post
What a day for the fat man...
It just keeps getting worse -- and the best bet the GOP now has in 2016 is shaping up to be Jeb Bush.
The ads just write themselves: 1991...War and Recession...2001 War and Recession...2016 -- Third time's a charm?