Chris Christie

Marvel at Chris Christie's Chicago Style Politics

He learned about the retaliatory nature of GWB lane closures from the papers

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Yesterday, I wrote about the burgeoning Chris Christie scandal (please don't call it #bridgegate), involving the apparently retaliatory nature of several lane closings on the George Washington Bridge last September. Christie was accused of creating a traffic jam to get back at the mayor of Fort Lee, a Democrat who declined to endorse him in his re-election bid. Christie initially laughed off the allegations, claiming the lane closures were part of a "traffic study." My original first line for that blog post was "Governor Chris Christie may have shown how Jersey politics can rival the Chicago style," but I excised it because, well, the scandal was about Christie, not President Obama.

Nevertheless, perhaps I should have kept it. The petty, retaliatory nature of the lane closure reminded me of something the Obama White House might do, something like closing down open-air spaces or websites because of a partial government shutdown or even getting Tea Party groups audited. Now Christie has made a statement expressing shock , shock!, that something like this happened under his watch, using the kind of language of non-responsibility we're used to from the Obama Administration, a tactic acknowledged and praised by red teamer Erick Erickson.

Christie's full full statement, via Scott Shackford's post yesterday:

"What I've seen today for the first time is unacceptable. I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn that not only was I misled by a member of my staff, but this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made without my knowledge. One thing is clear: This type of behavior is unacceptable and I will not tolerate it because the people of New Jersey deserve better. This behavior is not representative of me or my Administration in any way, and people will be held responsible for their actions."

For the first time, he learned it. Yesterday. Maybe he found out reading about in the Bergen Record! Or maybe he didn't see it until it hit the national newspapers! He is a big person, after all.

The excuse is ridiculous, with little merit. The traffic jam happened in September. Christie laughed off allegations that the lane closures were retaliatory. Only faced with private messages to the contrary did he finally muster an apology  acknowledgement (and denial of responsibility!)  The buck stops, somewhere else. Christie also received a resignation from his top appointed official at the Port Authority in December. Did Christie respond to that resignation by treating the allegations as possibly being with merit? By all accounts, no. He complained that Fort Lee has three lanes off the George Washington Bridge dedicated to it in the first place.

When Christie initially relayed the excuse that the traffic jam was caused by a "study," the governor should've displayed more curiosity about what was going on. If a government can implement a study on the first week of school that creates a massive traffic jam, what kind of limits on government power does the Republican actually believe in?

Did Christie really see the bridge scandal for the first time yesterday? If he's referring specifically to the private messages, that's very well true. But if he means to say it's the first time he's seen evidence that the lane closures at the GWB were retaliatory, that's either untrue or a display of how uninterested in being a manager and leader Christie really is. Jesse Walker explored more of what it means if Christie is telling the truth earlier this morning, while the governor is going to talk to the press again later this morning, at 11am, about the scandal.

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  1. Seriously? FFS guys, send out an email in the morning and coordinate your topics.

    1. Jimmies status: rustled.

    2. I can’t get enough of this story. Seriously. Lay the fucker’s tactics bare for all to see. And by all I mean Hit & Run’s 37 readers.

      1. Wait, we’re supposed to read the articles, not just the comments?

    3. Ed is just orange coning Walker’s piece.

  2. Christie initially laughed off the allegations, claiming the lane closures were part of a “traffic study.”

    That’s true. Christie was studying the effects on Fort Lee’s mayor when traffic was jammed.

    1. What ‘investigative’ reporter is smart enough to ask for the data and report on this ‘study.’

      I know a little about how my state DOT operates. Traffic studies do not involve lane closures. Lane closures on interstates and high traffic areas don’t just happen. The excuse stinks…or is that just Christie that I smell?

    2. Christie has shown that there’s at least one Democrat he’ll retaliate against, which is one more than the last four GOP Presidential candidates.

      I still am not going to vote for him in the primary, though.

  3. Marvel at Chris Christie’s Chicago Style Politics Typical Government Behavior From Top To Bottom

    1. Marvel at Chris Christie’s Chicago Style Politics Typical Government Behavior From Top To Bottom

      Nail, head, etc.

  4. At least he isn’t promoting Chicago Style Pizza!
    amirite?

    1. Or circumcision!

    2. Feh. Back to Boston Pizza w’ ye!

  5. I was watching the MSNBC Business Channel this morning (apparently, Bloomberg teevee has decided to make the insufferable yammering redhead the new “face” of their morning business coverage) and Santelli was saying his buddies in Chicago have dubbed this, “Bridge-ghazi”.

      1. So it’s a fake scandal?

        1. It would be kind of nice if ghazi replaced gate as the go-to suffix.

  6. Boss Tweed urban politics. Suckers, suckers, suckers.

  7. Fat and Furious is the code name.

    (from Mason – whoever that is)

    1. OK I like this one too.

    2. The man who put the “H” in RINO?

  8. Come on, Ed! “#bridgegate” is golden!

      1. *Tacoma Narrows gaze?*

        1. +1 Galloping Gertie

  9. What an amateur. You’re supposed to get up in front of the press and say the first you heard of the bridge closure was when you read about it in the papers.

    1. He just said he was working out when he found out.

      Good form there. He is running for sure.

      1. I rather doubt he’s running. A gentle walk, more like.

      2. He’s counting jacking off as working out.

        1. He was using utensils instead of a feedbag. His tris look FIERCE!

  10. FOUR MORE YEARS

    FOUR MORE YEARS

  11. Chicago style politics? Isn’t this classic New Jersey?

    1. It’s an age-old debate–whose pizza is the most corrupt?

    2. not enough sewage involved to be classic New Jersey.

  12. He just claimed that he’s the real victim here. In effect.

    What a dick.

  13. You guys look like fucking morons with this Obama derangement crap.

    Don’t you think it would be healthy to go like, say, four hours without making everything that goes through your brain somehow about Obama?

      1. Don’t fake pity me, you’re the ones who look like fucking morons.

        1. Don’t worry Tony, our pity for you is plenty real.

          1. ^This. We aren’t really as heartless as advertised.

    1. Jimmies status: severely rustled.

    2. unlike you, tony, we’re able to call out Christie’s bullshit just as happily as Obama’s. That Fat Boy has adopted Obama’s schtick in responding to this is just gravy. Mmmmm; gravy.

      1. No, actually this has absolutely nothing to do with Obama.

        1. Apparently they skipped compare and contrast essays in your middle school.

          1. Indeed I did not learn in middle school that every fucking thing in the world has to be compared and contrasted to that jerk Barack Obama no matter how completely unrelated to anything he has ever done.

            1. compared and contrasted to that jerk Barack Obama no matter how completely unrelated to anything he has ever done.

              I will grant you that closing road lanes leading into National Parks to punish innocent civilians and thus punish one’s political opponents is NOTHING LIKE closing road lanes leading onto a bridge to punish innocent civilians and thus punish one’s political opponents.

              /sarcasm

              1. Republicans shut down the federal government for petty political reasons, and you’re bitching about shit being shut down and blaming it on Obama?

                1. Fucking die in a fire Tony. I’ve got no allegiance to either DC cult and you are clearly full of shit. The Democrats refused to govern because they didn’t want to compromise, and then Obama engaged in petulant theatrics that would make Liza Minnelli call him an attention whore. And then the assholes ended up doing exactly what the republicans were asking for anyways. So no, fuck you, you’re wrong.

                  1. But Republicans lost that particular perception war. Is that why you’re so upset?

                  2. Thank you for calling out Tony as another Obama sycophant suffering from cranial rectal inversion. The comparison between Krispy Cr?me and BHO is priceless. Even a moron like Tony should be able to see it if he only could pull his head out

        2. Except that it mirrors the President’s own petty behavior.

            1. It’s lovely that you’re still denser than a neutron star. Don’t ever change.

              1. I’m sorry, I don’t live up Roger Ailes’s giant ass, so I am not always caught up on the latest scandal.

            2. From the article above….

              The petty, retaliatory nature of the lane closure reminded me of something the Obama White House might do, something like closing down open-air spaces or websites because of a partial government shutdown or even getting Tea Party groups audited. Now Christie has made a statement expressing shock , shock!, that something like this happened under his watch, using the kind of language of non-responsibility we’re used to from the Obama Administration

                1. And you know it is too.

                  Can we just try not making everything about Obama? You guys come across as obsessed and a bit deranged. I’m just trying to help.

                  1. Arf! Arf! Arf!

                    1. “This instance of an elected official using his powers to inconvenience people over a petty political dispute is nothing like when the President used his powers to punish people over petty political disputes.”

                  2. Were you saying the same thing to leftists about GWB 5+ years ago? No? Then STFU, hypocrite.

                    1. It wasn’t a nightmare, Bush actually was an unmitigated and unprecedented disaster.

                  3. So, just to be clear, you’re defending Christie here and are of the persuasion that he was uninvolved? Or are you always a steaming pile of hypocritical shit?

                  4. Also, you forgot to use the buzz word “extreme”. Please refer to your OFA 3×5’s as to ensure you stick to the approved rhetoric. Failure to comply may result in you being out of the fucking club. Forward.

                  5. “Can we just try not making everything about Obama?”

                    Why? Obama makes everything about Obama.

        3. You are right Tony. if it had, the LSM would have ignored it like they have done all the real scandals they have given him a pass on. Christy is a fucking dick, but this shit is nothing but politics as usual for these types, and not worthy of any serious wasted time when we have real scandals going unlooked at.

          1. If he had a (D) after his name this would be the biggest fucking story of the decade and you fucking well know it.

            1. And if he had a D next to his name you would be circling the wagons and insisting that incompetence is leadership.

            2. If he had a D after his name the LSM would be all about the aide who got thrown under the bus.

              1. Talking like Sarah Palin makes me think you’re a complete idiot just like she is, for whatever that’s worth.

                1. Sniping like a troll convinces me you are a delusional POS with a serious personality disorder.

  14. I still can’t believe there’s a law in NJ preventing people from pumping gas in their cars.

    I’m surprised they don’t require helmets.

    1. Hey, it’s not just us. Oregon does it too!

      1. Yeah… the reasons are fantastic, too:

        People with training in pumping are better at keeping down fire risk
        It is nearly impossible to enforce safety standards on the driving public
        Seniors and disabled drivers can’t get adequate help at self-serve stations, and are instead forced to find a full-service outlet and pay a higher price
        Oregon’s rainy climate leads to more slick spots at gas stations, meaning higher liability insurance rates
        Decreased maintenance of pumps because they aren’t regularly monitored
        Self-service contributes to unemployment ? especially among young people
        Exposure to toxic fumes is a health hazard
        Toxic fume exposure is heightened for pregnant women
        Gas drive-off thefts are cut down with the law
        Children are sometimes left unattended when customers go to make payment

        I personally love how how “Toxic fumes are a health hazard” but the attendants wear no safety gear. But we don’t care about them because they’re poor

        1. When working in Iraq I noticed that every time we had to fuel our vehicles an Iraqi KBR employee was manning the pumps. I also noticed that they were decked out in rubber gloves and safety goggles in order to pump gas. I wonder which bureaucrat in the State Department came up with that idea, and I wonder if it gave him feely butterflies in his stomach that he was protecting the Iraqis from the evil danger of pumping gasoline.

  15. People are just making a big deal about this because they can’t handle it that a fat man is governor and might be President. This is a fake scandal created by people who are threatened by someone with a positive body image.

    1. Yes, odd that we’re not hearing that from the media, isn’t it?

      I really wish Americans in general would start going on witch hunts whenever scandals break, regardless of whether the subject is on their TEAM or not.

    2. Christie can’t afford to alienate the vote of our country’s morbidly obese. It’s his base ferchrissakes.

      1. See, William Howard Taft already broke the morbidly obese barrier. So no one cares about the fatties any more.

        1. But Taft couldn’t get elected now could he? America just can’t handle a fat man who is loud and proud.

          1. I dunno, if Sam Kinison were still alive, I’d vote for him.

          2. America is too sizeist to ever elect a fat man.

            1. There’s a hierarchy for remediation of injustices against different protected classes. Next up is the woman. Then the wise Latina. Then the gay person. Then the handicapped. Then maybe a fattie.

      2. Christie can’t afford to alienate the vote of our country’s morbidly obese. It’s his base ferchrissakes.

        I may have to rethink his electability, then. I mean, if that’s his base, then he starts with a base of about 60% of the country.

  16. And lastly. “What difference does it make?”

    1. where’s “the governorship has grown into a job that no one man can do”?

      1. And if the Democrats in New Jersey were not fanatics who refused to work with him and were not rooting for his failure, this never would have happened.

        1. Seriously? Christie (or maybe just his staff, but I doubt it) crosses a bright line that no politician should be permitted to cross, and its the fault of the people victimized?

          Seriously?

          1. You need to turn on your sarcasm meter. Trshmnstr and I are just feeding Christie’s situation into the various excuses the low sloped forehead types give for Obama.

  17. Chicago Style Politics

    Racist!

  18. I like how the day after this became known it is #1 on google news and all over the channels, while all the Fake Scandals in Obamaland languish on and on in an unlit cavern of congressional hearings.

    And for the record, I want Christie out of the race so that someone with some potential for fresh ideas can come up in the republican party. Christie is no hope for liberty nor an escape from politics as usual, as this scandal clearly shows.

    1. It’s because every American has sat in a traffic jam and very few Americans have had their 1st Amendment rights attacked by the IRS.

      1. But Obama is working to change that as fast as he can Fluffy. Cut the brother some slack. He can’t get to everything at once.

    2. It’s because every American has sat in a traffic jam and very few Americans have had their 1st Amendment rights attacked by the IRS.

  19. Write Chris Christie’s 2016 Campaign Slogan and win a prize.

    http://theinterrobang.com/2014…..gn-slogan/

    1. Mmmm, extra Christie beats original recipe.

    2. Christie: It’s Time to Change the Fat in America’s Deep Fryer

    3. Isn’t it Time for a President We Can Make Fried Chicken Jokes About Again?

  20. Yep, sucking Blocko’s cock can get you your sixty billion dollars and a gubernatorial reelection, but it will never get you the love of the so-called mainstream media or the presidency.

    And you’re about to find that out the hard way, fat boy.

  21. I think it is interesting that Christie said he fired Kelly because she lied to him. She was fired not because she exacted revenge on his enemies but because she didn’t fall on her sword at the appropriate time like a good little minion.

    1. She was fired for being stupid enough to do it on government e-mail.

      1. and then when the shit hit the fan she didn’t fall on her sword and say that Christie had no involvement.

  22. The petty, retaliatory nature of the lane closure reminded me of something the Obama White House might do, something like closing down open-air spaces or websites because of a partial government shutdown or even getting Tea Party groups audited.

    It should be pointed out that Christie, unlike Obama, does not have a the MSM machine to back him up.

    Those same talking heads who dismissed the Obama scandals as right wing paranoia are in a feeding frenzy over Christie.

    1. FOX News spent like 15 minutes on this thing. How many do you think it would spend if he had a (D) after his name? And try to be honest.

      1. “And try to be honest.”

        Attempt for once to argue in good faith. I dare you.

      2. On the web there are a dozen articles at the Huff post a half dozen on Mother Jones about Christie and nothing about Obamas failed, corrupt, and disastrous leadership.

  23. Come on guys – jerks like Christie, Obama, ect……. are these really the best we can do as far as leaders?
    Very sad for America

  24. So beneficial was this report out of Jersey shore today but there are no coincidences! Fortunately that’s what you understand so the end you may not see. This was just something that they waited until it was essential something to cover their latest maneuvers this cover two actually mitigates his book written by Gates and allow for the hiding of the latest terrorist to join Obama’s cabinet!!

  25. I think it happened during the Hug !!

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