Chris Christie

Chris Christie Pledges to "Take a Close Look At" Bill Giving Eminent Domain Powers to Universities, Forgetting That He Already Signed It

The further adventures of the New Jersey governor.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers the voters' questions:

Fine. If it crosses my desk AGAIN, I promise to look at it. Happy now?

Asked Monday about a measure giving eminent domain powers to a new Rutgers-Camden and Rowan University joint board of governors, Gov. Christie said he was unaware of such a proposal.

"If a bill like that comes to my desk, I'll have to take a close look at it," Christie said, fielding a call from a listener on NJ 101.5's Ask the Governor radio program. "I haven't heard anything at this point about eminent domain being given to a university—I don't think that's the way it works."

However, Christie signed the bill into law last month.

To read the whole article—including the part where Christie pledges that the bill he already signed will "get a thorough vetting by the counsel's office, and they'll give me advice about whether they think it's appropriate for me to sign or not"—go here.

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  1. HAHAHAHAHA!

    Maybe you should look at what you are signing, Fat Boy, and maybe…I dunno, read it.

    1. He’s looking more presidential every day.

      1. Crap, maybe he is the appropriate successor to Obama.

  2. He had to sign it to see what was in it.

    1. I was going.to.say this.

      1. But Pelosi beat you to it!

        1. Better than beating it to Pelosi.

  3. Christie: “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. If it’s open.”

  4. Christie: “The retard starts here.”

  5. Expressing concern about a law for which you share responsibility…yeah, that’s Presidential material all right.

    1. Reminds me of a certain someone who was for it before he was tepidly against it, someone who oversaw a certain something for close to five years before the rug was pulled out and he was compelled to defend it, then pressured to issue insubstantial condemnations about it.

      Can’t quite put my finger on it, though. I’ll get back to you.

  6. “New information has come to light, man. There’s a lotta ins, a lotta outs. That’s why the Governor is sticking to a very strict drug regimen. “

    1. Don’t be fatuous Brett.

      1. That’s like….your opinion, man.

  7. “OK, you nosy Parker, you embarrassed me in front of the public. You want a gubernatorial veto? OK, I’ll sent *Vito* to your house to discuss your concerns some more.”

  8. Meanwhile, over at the NYT, eagle-eyed geniuses have made a shocking discovery: revolving door continues to revolve.

    In other cases, former House aides can continue socializing with lawmakers, working on campaigns and attending committee hearings while representing private clients as a lobbyist. That loophole exists even though a lobbyist’s presence on campaigns and at committee hearings could serve as a reminder of pending requests by clients.

    The effortless way former staff members avoid the one-year ban raises new concerns about the revolving door. Some critics say it fosters a clubby culture in Washington, where lawmakers and their aides might seek to protect Wall Street and other industries like health care from new rules and legislation.

    The people who write opaque, convoluted laws get work helping corporate clients interpret and understand those same laws. What we need are more laws.

    1. One of the really great features of our system is that as soon as a politician is definitely in power decline, he or she gets ravaged by his own kind in true coyote fashion. While it doesn’t keep the sociopaths out of power, it does keep the cult of personality to a minimum. (Note that JFK and FDR are the only people in the 20th century with an enduring CoP and both died in office before becoming lame ducks.)

      1. I would prefer they go all Dark Crystal/Chamberlain on them.

        1. I would have posted a youtube.link to TCM’s “Trip Like I Do” if one existed to.the album version.

          “The Power of their Source: The Crystal”

            1. Not availabe on.mobile.

        2. John McCain is a Skesis.

    2. The people who write opaque, convoluted laws get work helping corporate clients interpret and understand those same laws.

      While us proles only get stinking “navigators”

      1. While us proles only get stinking “navigators” identity thieves

        FTFY. Or is that you meant with the scare quotes around navigators?

        1. Darn you, Loki!

      2. Hey! Watch what you call them! They have your data end-to-end and they might be interested in selling it.

  9. “I haven’t heard anything at this point about eminent domain being given to a university?I don’t think that’s the way it works.”

    Cue the pink slips, if there is anybody left to fire

    1. I can think of one who is left.

      1. In the end there can be only one.

        1. “Here we are.
          Born to be kings, we’re the princes of the universe.”

          Actually that pretty well sums up how most of these asshole politicians think of themselves. Kind of scary how well that fits, actually.

          If only they would start beheading each other.

          1. No, they send others to do the dying for them. That is how kings and governors roll.

  10. In other cases, former House aides can continue socializing with lawmakers, working on campaigns and attending committee hearings while representing private clients as a lobbyist.

    I believe committee hearings are typically open to the publuc. As lobbyists/courtiers are members of the public, what cause is there to bar them?

    The effortless way former staff members avoid the one-year ban raises new concerns about the revolving door. Some critics say it fosters a clubby culture in Washington, where lawmakers and their aides might seek to protect Wall Street and other industries like health care from new rules and legislation.

    More like write new rules to protect their client’s interest with the full weight of FedGov behind it, including from competition. That’s what businesses with lobbyists fear more than “rules and regulation.” Rules and regs they can handle because they have the money to jump through the regulatory hoops. Joe Random with a revolutionary idea can’t pay for an environmental impact study.

  11. “If a bill like that comes to my desk, I’ll have to take a close look at it,”

    It’s hard to read bills through all the hamburger wrappers, old fries, and powdered sugar strewn about that desk, huh?

    1. “Goddamit! How many times do I have to tell you? Christie will sign anything that comes across his desk!”

      1. “Go fuck yourself New Jersey. I’m kind of a big deal.”

        – Kristy Kreme

  12. Chris Christie is to the GOP what Michael Bloomberg is to the GOP.

  13. Ohmigod, my BRainIs.LEaking out.of.my.ears!

    A few weeks ago they fired.the.woman across.the hall from me (technically “elimijated her.position”).

    The new.woman in the.office (who is a contractor doing exactly.the.same.shit.the.previous lady did, at a doubtless higher rate, as she.is.connected) is talking liudly on the phone about.how to.set.up details.of the upcoming Board meeting and what everyone should wear for.their.portraits and group.photos, and how.many changes.of.clothes.the CEO ahould bring.for.all of.his “grubby casual” shots.

    1. Have you not managed to befriend the guy who runs the firewall so you can do your typing on a real computer?

      1. Hahaha. Our IT is outsourced to Dell. Plus I caught one of our IT folks potentially assaulting a drunk female employee in a hotel a few years ago but he is still with us so I keep a low profile. Yes, I alerted.both the.female.employee and senior.management after getting him outbof her hotel.room.

        1. Interesting, ours is getting outsourced to India!

          1. So, sexual assaults in your IT department are.rising too?

      2. I’m actually getting used to the new language db is creating. It’s very “futuristic” feeling.

        1. You try posting from a phone while driving a loaded school bus through the middle of a live fire exercise.

          1. Psssh! I call that “Tuesday”.

          2. And he nails this one without a single extra period. You’re like the John of the dots, db.

            1. That’s part ofbthebirony od.mynew meme.

            2. db stands for “dot boy”.

          3. Do what I do, just tell the kids to shut up and sit down while you’re texting.

        2. I’m guessing the period is his version of non-breaking space, but what I can’t fathom is why he wants those words to appear on the same line.

          1. On my phone, the period is right next to the spacebar. One of my more common errors is hitting the period with my right thumb instead of the spacebar.

            1. This is my experience.too.

              1. To be fair, though, your typing seems to be getting worse and worse. It used to just be a bunch of extraneous periods instead of spaces; now there are all sorts of typos as well.

                I find it good for a laugh, however.

                1. Work has been getting rather busy lately, so I don’t have much time for copy editing. I think way faster than my thumbs can type (I am a pretty tast typist of a real keyboard). Add in a new phone with wider spacing between the keys, and you end up with the jumble I’ve been typing recently.

                  It actually irks me (I am a stickler for good communication) but I have really surprised myself with my ability to accept it and keep typing.

  14. *facepalm*

    IMO, this should be more disqualifying for the presidency than the GW bridge crap. He literally doesn’t even know what he’s signed or not signed.

    Even taking into consideration that he probably has so many bills coming to his desk that he doen’t have time to read them all and become intimately familiar with the contents of each and every one, that’s still pretty fucking stupid.

  15. He literally doesn’t even know what he’s signed or not signed.

    How else is he supposed to find out what’s in it?

    1. Some subordinate lackey tells him that he read about it in the morning paper. Like all great executives.

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