Bridget Anne Kelly is Fired, Christie Says, Because ‘She Lied to Me’ in ‘Bridgegate’

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Dec. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

    Bridget Anne Kelly, chief of staff for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, was fired an hour after Christie learned of the emails between her and David Wildstein, former official at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Christie told reporters on Thursday.

    Although the emails appeared to point to the involvement of Christie, he said that he had “no knowledge or involvement” in what happened.

    The “bridgegate” scenario refers to when the George Washington Bridge was closed for five days in September, snarling traffic on streets in Fort Lee, New Jersey. The bridge connects New York City and New Jersey and is one of the world’s busiest spans.

    The emails, obtained by the Wall Street Journal and other news agencies, include Kelly and other Christie officials discussing how the closures were a type of punitive measure against Mark Sokolich, the mayor of Fort Lee. The emails show that the officials knew that the closure would have a big and negative impact on Fort Lee. The emails also include insults about Sokolich.

    The closures were done because of a traffic study initiated solely by the Port Authority, officials previously said.

    In one of the emails, Kelly writes to Wildstein, another official at Port Authority, about three weeks before the closure: “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” she writes.

    Wildstein writes back: “Got it.”

    Kelly wrote the email on Aug. 13, about a month before two of three local access lanes to the bridge were diverted, causing hour-long backups in Fort Lee during the first week of school. The message was among a series of emails and texts that are the clearest sign yet that Christie aides were involved in the lane closures.

    Christie, a star in the Republican Party who’s considered a possible candidate for president in 2016, has denied that the lane closings were punitive and has said his staff was not involved. After the emails were made public Wednesday, he abruptly postponed a scheduled morning event.

    Wildstein, a childhood friend of the governor, has resigned over the lane closings. He is scheduled to testify under oath before a state Assembly committee conducting one of three ongoing investigations into the lane closings.

    Other Christie associates are mentioned in the email chain, including David Samson, chairman of the agency.

    Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich tried to get information about the closures, but Christie’s executives ignored him.

    Kelly asked Wildstein via email on September 9, the first day of the closures, if Sokolich’s calls had been returned.

    “Radio silence,” Wildstein replied. “His name comes right after mayor Fulop,” a reference, the New Jersey Record says, to Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, who said this week that Christie’s administration previously took action against him because he didn’t endorse the governor for re-election.

    News Photo: The New Jersey side of the George Washington…

    The George Washington Bridge, which connects Fort Lee, New Jersey and New York City. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

    In another exchange, this time via text message, Wildstein talks with an unidentified person.He tells the person the Fort Lee mayor was complaining that school buses were having trouble getting through the traffic that was brought on by the bridge closure.

    “Is it wrong that I’m smiling,” the person says.

    Wildstein responds: “No.”

    “I feel badly about the kids,” the person replied to Wildstein. “I guess.” 

    Wildstein responds: “They are the children of Buono voters,” referring to Barbara Buono, the Democratic candidate for New Jersey governor who lost to Christie late last year.

    The messages “indicate what we’ve come to expect from Gov. Christie — when people oppose him, he exacts retribution. When people question him, he belittles and snidely jokes. And when anyone dares to look into his administration, he bullies and attacks,” Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz said.

    But Christie said he didn’t know about the emails and that they weren’t an indication of how his government is run.

    “This is the exception, not the rule,” he told a news conference on Thursday.

    He fired Kelly because “she lied to me,” he said. “I am stunned by the abject stupidity that was shown here.”

    Kelly was the latest casualty in a widening scandal that threatens to upend Christie’s second term and likely run for president in 2016. Documents show she arranged traffic jams to punish the mayor, who didn’t endorse Christie for re-election.

    The revelations thrust a regional transportation issue into a national conversation raising new questions about the ambitious governor’s leadership on the eve of a second term designed to jumpstart his road to the White House.

    The U.S. attorney in New Jersey, Paul Fishman, said he was “reviewing the matter to determine whether a federal law was implicated.” The legislature is also investigating.

    Christie on Thursday focused repeatedly not on the closures themselves but on how upset he was that his staff didn’t tell him the truth when asked about the closures.

    “What did I do wrong to have these folks think it was OK to lie to me?” he asked.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

    MORE:

    Chris Christie is Just Another Old-Fashioned New Jersey Boss 

    91-year-old Woman’s Death Not From George Washington Bridge Closings: Daughter


    • Denni A

      and Christie thought he could mock and bully this away….now it’s a matter of how fast Christie throws her under the bus and boots her in the butt to save his own.

      how reckless, craven and depraved to put that entire city and it’s citizens in danger and this man wants to be PRESIDENT.

      • Canukistani

        Even if he did, against all reason, get elected, I’d hate to see what he’d decide was appropriate retaliation for states that he didn’t win.

        • OneOtherPerson

          No government soup for you!

        • don

          That would depend on how many traffic cones he had at that time.

        • Denni A

          what really po’d me was the reference to the “kids of parents who voted for Buono”….imagine if some disaster had happened at one of the schools or they had another one of those school shootings, first responders and law enforcement couldn’t have gotten anywhere to help. what are these people thinking?!
          yeah…punish the kids…what about elderly or disabled with health issues and can’t get to hospitals or dr. appts.

          • rg9rts

            Like all the gopee it’s always about them and the public be damned.

        • Cynthia W.

          Probably drone attacks.

          • JasmineStarlight

            lol—I shouldn’t be laughing out that….

        • JasmineStarlight

          So true Canuk!! I can see him sitting back with his cigar talking to his goons, I mean aides :( …..those rats will pay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • OneOtherPerson

      Christie already lost the wingnuts when he photo oped with Obama. This will put off any centrists. Pissant political shenanigans like this will not fly. Christie is toast.

    • Canukistani

      So much for this supposed straight-talking call ‘em like I see ‘em guy. I guess it’s time for ‘I have no recollection of anything you’re asking me about’.

      • rg9rts

        He never existed. That was a creation of the moment to fit the situation of the Sandy aftermath.

        • Cynthia W.

          He is unmasked AFTER he’s reelected. I sort of expected bad behavior from him, but this was childish as well as dangerous.

          • rg9rts

            We are talking the gopee here.

            • Cynthia W.

              I’ll probably catch h*ll for this, but I’m wondering if mental illness causes someone to be a repub, or does being a repub cause mental illness?

            • rg9rts

              anti social personality. No conscience extremely manipulative usually charming too.

            • Cynthia W.

              You’ve got that right.

      • JasmineStarlight

        or ask me that again, and I’ll punch you out! It will be interesting to see him plea the 5th….or total amnesia. Will they be taking everyone’s computer, the hard drive look around?

    • AskandTell

      And to think that the Christie administration picked Sept. 9, 2013 to pull off this dangerous hoax; the first day of school. It caused dangerous traffic jams, school buses being late, and delayed safety vehicles in helping citizens. Not to mention the slowdown of commerce which effects our economy.

      • Denni A

        goes to show how truly sick and deranged the republican party has become. they literally don’t give a crap about anyone

    • Gin1234

      Cold calloused texts and messages from people hired to serve the entire state not just those who support Christie. Unlike the things that they accuse Hillary of, this is something that affects people in their real everyday lives and it is documented. This is what Christie is like underneath, and we all saw flashes of that at an earlier time. It never really went away.

      • rg9rts

        This is New Jersey politics at its finest, no surprise here. Well maybe to outsiders. Don’t say I told you so but I told you so. He has a facade of almost being warm and fuzzy but underneah he is a true conservative snake with a short temper and a mouth to match. We locals have been exposed to it since he was elected. Don’t let the image of him and Obama cloud your judgement.

        • TweetyBird

          Can you explain why so many Democrats voted to re-elect him? I’m baffled by that, especially after he flushed $24 million down the toilet on that bogus special election.

          • AskandTell

            I’ve read Hurricane Sandy raised his poll numbers tremendously. Christie canceled today’s presser in which he was going to announce a Sandy milestone.

            • TweetyBird

              I would love to be inside his head right now as he tries to figure out what to do. Steve Schmidt, the republican analyst at MSNBC got in a jab at Christie today, saying when you run for President you don’t get to take a day off when you hear bad news.

          • Cynthia W.

            The only explanation I have that would make any sense is “Sandy shell-shock”. He came across as a caring governor after the storm, and I think that people did not want to interrupt the post hurricane progress that still goes on today. I’m not surprised that he was reelected, but I am surprised at the margin of votes he won by. If people only knew then what they know now…….

          • Gin1234

            I haven’t seen the figures, and would like to see them. I think that a huge number of them just stayed home. They only had a 38 percent turnout for the election, the lowest turn out ever in NJ for a governor’s race as I understood it. Maybe it was mostly republicans. That doesn’t explain why the Democrats stayed home, except that they all thought it was a foregone conclusion, and the Democratic candidate was supposed to be pretty weak.

            • AskandTell

              The party didn’t support the Democratic candidate. The point of this story is the strong hold Christie has on the state and the retribution anyone in public office faces if they cross him.

          • rg9rts

            New Jersey has always elected strange governors.

        • Gin1234

          Believe me. I have had my eye on him since way before the hurricane when he would bully people in the audience at town halls, and gatherings. He did it to a woman and a man that I remember of, and some more that I don’t. I haven’t liked him all along and I haven’t been fooled, just dismayed to see the public fall for his act since the storm happened, and then he won the election and was treated by the press as though he was some kind of star. Won an election hardly anyone voted in. It makes me sick.

          • rg9rts

            The rest of the nation missed what we heard

    • jimmyt

      Its past time to start lynching these politicians

    • VietVet67

      Somehow, some way Obama will be blamed for this.

      • rg9rts

        Nah this is typical Jersey stuff. Both parties.

      • Cynthia W.

        Chris Christie will pay the price for his childish antics. He was reelected because of his “hurricane actions”, but the people of NJ won’t reward him for this. BTW, I didn’t vote for him. As for Obama, Christie started to “pull away” from him right after he was reelected.

    • OnyxE

      The Port Authority. They used to be called ‘the mob’.

    • AskandTell

      “There was a missing child that day. The police had trouble conducting that search because they were tied up directing traffic,” says Jan Goldberg, a Fort Lee city councilman who works with local emergency personnel. Police found the missing child, a four-year-old. “But with the streets in the condition they were, I would venture to say that the search took longer,” Goldberg says.

      Ila Kasofsky, a Fort Lee city councilwoman, tells Mother Jones that ambulances and other emergency vehicles could not get through the gridlock. In the aftermath of the lane closures, Kasofsky says she spoke with a Fort Lee resident who couldn’t get over the bridge to support her husband through major surgery. Another Fort Lee woman was unable to pick up her son after his dialysis session.”

      http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/01/chris-christie-bridge-lane-closure-slowed-search-missing-child

      • Denni A

        I have a friend who goes to dialysis 3 times a week, imagine if she lived in Ft Lee, NJ.

        • rg9rts

          She’d still be on the bridge

          • Denni A

            probably worse, from what has been reported this snafu lasted 5 days to a week.

            • rg9rts

              This story is growing by the minute locally.

      • Greta42

        This really was a criminal act…

    • AskandTell

      In response to the Fort Lee mayor concerns that the schools buses were having trouble getting through traffic, people in Christie’s circle smiles.

      “Is it wrong that I’m smiling,” the person says. Wildstein responds: “No.”

      At a certain point, it doesn’t matter which side of the aisle you are on. These are people who shouldn’t be in public service.

      • rg9rts

        Political hack appointees.

      • Denni A

        imagine if this was a Dem Gov, the right-wing media nuts would be howling like rabid jackals.

      • Cynthia W.

        I just wonder how far this will go before he’s asked to resign. Those e-mails are certainly incriminating, and the act was illegal.

        • AskandTell

          He’s denying any knowledge. I suppose it will depend if any within his circle cut a deal with prosecutors. Wildstein, who has hired a criminal defense attorney, has known Christie since they were children.

        • tense641

          I’m not holding my breath about him being asked to resign.

          • Cynthia W.

            I’ve seen people ousted before. In my county, the whole administration was prosecuted.

            • tense641

              Which country did that happen in?

            • Cynthia W.

              Passaic

            • tense641

              Cynthia, I’m thinking that you should pass the popcorn and tomorrow morning I’ll make us some breakfast muffins from scratch..yum! This is going to get more interesting.

            • Cynthia W.

              Sounds good to me.

            • tense641

              We’ll get chubby together! It’s better than a novella..really.

            • Cynthia W.

              County

            • tense641

              I stand corrected then, which state and county did that happen in?

    • rg9rts

      My cat MONSTA did a better job of covering up than these clowns. Fat man has been trying to cover up and stop the investigation for the last three months, even trying to get Cuomo to stop it from the New York side. Real presidential timber here ! Ooops I forgot we are talking gopee politics,

      • Greta42

        His tactics are resembling many of those found in The Sopranos. It was only a matter of time before the real Christie was shown to be who he is. Its hard to believe so many in NJ fell for his charade.

        • Cynthia W.

          I was surprised as well that NJ residents could be so gullible, but I’ve figured that they were still “shell shocked” by Sandy.

        • rg9rts

          He knows how to play his audience .
          HP fan??? The name is familiar.

          • Greta42

            Yes, HP since 2008. You definitely look familiar. Nice to see you here!

            • rg9rts

              Been here about 3weeks now. And don’t miss it. Good to see you too.

          • tense641

            Evening rg, been reading your comments how’ve you been?

            • rg9rts

              Morning feeling frisky!

            • tense641

              Back at cha rg! Just got up late today so just finished my 1st cup of java while watching Bao Bao the Smithsonian Zoo’s giant panda cub! What a nice way to awaken this am..slow and easy.
              What a hot mess for Gov. Christie, I bet he was awake last night after all of his bluster that’s been on display and now these emails surfacing. I 1st heard about this unfunny business a few weeks ago on Rachel Maddow’s show, I like to listen to it while I’m cooking dinner. I remembered that I had to stop stirring when I heard her mention it the 1st time…people are the better side of too much!

            • rg9rts

              I don’t know where you are, but I’m in the lower Hudson Valley and have been watching the Fat Mans tactics for years. He is a bully and a thug. He likes to denigrate people who don’t agree with him and do it in a public way. His comment about the stoppage??? I put the cones out there myself……as he tried to blow off the whole thing. This story has been kicking around for a couple months(it has legs) and now that they have the paper trail he whistles a different tune. How can you not know what is going on in the office of your top aids two doors down? You see what is going on on the bridge for days and he is too stupid to ask what is going on?? This is the usual thuggery by him. He got a lot of good press when he rubbed elbows with O after Sandy but we locals knew better. This man wants to be POTUS. He doesn’t know what his flunkies are up to?? I b2tched to the Guardian telling them 3 weeks ago to get off their duff and explore this story. They have an office in the village and should have seen it coming. Now they(the aids) are trying to get out of testifying before the NJ assembly under oath. Stay tuned this aint over yet. But this may be the end of fatmans POTUS hopes.

        • AskandTell

          Think of who were his political mentors through his rise in politics: Ashcroft, Gonzalez, and Cheney.

          • Greta42

            Even using the word “mentor” with those names is an oxymoron.

      • Gin1234

        Wasn’t there something about him asking Cuomo to confirm that they had a conversation that they didn’t?

        • rg9rts

          yes heard that too

    • Greta42

      So this is the best the R party has to offer? By the time the press really digs into his past, he will resign the governorship and head off to the land of lobbyists.

      • Cynthia W.

        How can he possibly show his face after this? He put people’s lives at risk.

        • Greta42

          Cynthia W: Good question – Fear not, he has no shame. If he did, he would have apologized for the many times he behaved like a brute to his constituents and reporters when they asked him questions.
          I do think it was a criminal act to create such chaos and lock down the streets in a town.

      • Orange

        Mitt Romney’s campaign vetted Christie for Veep, and passed. This man has more skeletons in his closet.

        • Greta42

          He has an entire mansion filled with skeletons – The press has now taken the scent of scandal from this incident and now will try to unearth many of his past secrets and scandals to compete with each other.

        • AskandTell

          Romney passed on Christie because of campaign finance laws in NJ. Christie wouldn’t been able to take campaign money from the financial industry while he holds the position of Governor.

          • Denni A

            from what I understand there was no love lost between Romney and Christie, at the RNC convention Christie’s keynote never mentioned Romney, it was all about Christie.

            • AskandTell

              As you remember, Republicans never liked Romney and Christie was thoughtful to ensure his name wasn’t attached to the Romney campaign.

    • MiriamValleDeHernandez

      This will be nastier, found more photos of Bridget Kelly here http://dailyentertainmentnews.com/?p=23675

      • AskandTell

        Great link; she’s older than she looks.

    • VietVet67
    • tense641

      Somebody please pass the popcorn.

    • undsoweiter

      Gee, governor, what didn’t you know about this, and when did you stop knowing it?

    • AskandTell

      These emails paint Christie and his inner staff as believing they are above the law. Such blatant abuse of power without no concern they would face consequences. That is why I believe they face severe consequences.

      “After the lane closings were reversed by New York officials at the Port Authority, New Jersey officials expressed panic that their plan was not causing enough trouble.

      “The New York side gave Fort Lee back all three lanes this morning. We are appropriately going nuts,” Mr. Wildstein wrote to Ms. Kelly. “Samson helping us to retaliate.”

    • Doug S

      This is going to be a BIG problem for Christie if he really think he can be Prez in 2016. Nobody’s going to believe his chief of staff did this all on her own, completely without his knowledge — that’s simply not believable.

      The arrogance and belief that he’s above the law are going to really reduce his electability.

      • AskandTell

        His concern is staying out of jail at this point. Prosecutors will be trying to flip the two Port Authority Directors along with his chief of staff.

        • JasmineStarlight

          Christie in jail, he surly isn’t going to like the food.

        • Doug S

          Other than abuse of power, it’s hard to pinpoint anything that happened that’s actually illegal. Sheer vindictiveness isn’t any more illegal than stupidity is.

          And I’m pretty sure none of the three that have lost their jobs are going to be easy flips. They’re going to have nice, cushy, very high-paying jobs very soon. Scapegoat payoffs are a wonderful thing.

          • AskandTell

            Knowing colluding to slow down commerce and endangering the public is abuse of political power which is corruption. That’s why the DOJ has been asked to review the case to determine if criminal charges can be brought.

            I want them brought, not as political points against CC. But to ensure elected officials think twice before they put public safety at risk for political gain. We shouldn’t have to wait until a school bus crashs with fatalities before acting.

            • Doug S

              My point is that the legal charges are pretty weak sauce at this point. The laws should be much harsher….in my mind, they should be up on murder charges for the 91 yo woman that didn’t get timely EMT assistance. I don’t know if that constitutes murder but 12 people should be deciding the issue.

            • AskandTell

              Agreed.

    • AskandTell

      “Emergency responders were delayed in attending to four medical situations – including one in which a 91-year-old woman lay unconscious – due to traffic gridlock caused by unannounced closures of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge, according to the head of the borough’s EMS department.

      The woman later died, borough records show.”

      http://www.northjersey.com/fortlee/GWB_lane_closures_delayed_EMS_response_in_Fort_Lee.html

      • filo

        Like Michael Corleone said: It’s not personal Sonny…It’s just business.

        Hi AT!

        • AskandTell

          Hey Filo. Like your response. Nothing against Jersey, but I feel like Christie is channeling Tony Soprano.

          • filo

            Fugeddaboutit !

        • Jasmine

          LOL– I wouldn’t be surprised if someone didn’t receive that SAME wording from his aides, his puppets. dead fish delivery too.

          • filo

            Bada Bing Badda Boom!

            • Jasmine

              I love those gangsters on the sopranos….not in real life tho. especially as governor. I ‘ll always remember that episode of the guy running through the woods in the snow, it didn’t end well for him. A very short life span usually in that line of work.

            • filo

              Indeed! A very harsh retirement plan.

            • AskandTell

              We never found out what happened to the Russian. Paulie and Christopher never found his body.

            • Jasmine

              another fan too I see Ask….goodnite stay safe.

            • Cynthia W.

              I’ve never watched the Sopranos. I do like murder mysteries, though.

          • Denni A

            and horse’s head.

      • Jasmine

        I can see the ads against him already, he better just disappear.

        • AskandTell

          He’s not disappearing. Prosecutors are building their case and the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee has decided to investigate for intentionally slowing down commerce.

          • Jasmine

            Hi Ask….That’s great to read, but, I bet he walks
            “I knew nothing of their actions” type of bs. He better not run for the top office, it will be a field day with him. I wonder what else is out there on him?

            • AskandTell

              I also read this morning that people thought this wouldn’t get MSM press. You never know. He’s got a lot of skeletons and mayors now admitting they were intimated in keeping quiet because he withheld funding for anyone who didn’t endorse him.

              It mirrors Gonzalez and the attorney general firings. As you may remember, Christie was able to save himself from being on the list by pledging his loyalty to the Bush administration.

            • Cynthia W.

              There is a story about a traffic accident out there that was not made public. I forgot where I read it, but I believe someone was really hurt in that accident.

            • Cynthia W.

              Here’s an update to that car accident story. Seems Christie turned and drove the wrong way on a one way street, and was involved with a motorcycle driving the right way. Seems the MC driver fell and slid into Christie’s rental car, so Christie spun it to blame the MC driver for hitting him. Anyway, more research reveals that the motorcycle driver successfully sued Christie in a case that was settled privately.

              http://www.bluejersey.com/diary/12461/chris-wrong-way-christie

      • Gin1234

        Unbelievable. I feel so bad for that woman, and her family. How horrible to be waiting for someone to help and no one comes. This should be stressed and make public as much as any of the other facts are in this story.

        • AskandTell

          Christie’s staff hid their plans from the police so they were not able to staff according for the traffic and still respond to emergencies.

          • Gin1234

            At first they claimed only one person knew about it. That number sure has grown.

      • Doug S

        I’m still thinking about the phrase “negligent homicide” and how it should apply here.

    • Cynthia W.

      Having lived here all my life, I’ve tried to correct some people’s perception of NJ. Some think the whole state looks like what you pass on the turnpike–not so. We have beautiful rural country areas, beaches and lakes. We don’t pronounce Jersey as “Joisy”, and the only Godfathers I know were present at family baptisms. Snooky and her pals are NOT from NJ, but NY. The housewives of NJ that I know go to Shoprite and attend PTA meetings–they don’t live in mansions, and usually have an outside job as well. Sure, we still go “down” the shore, and use the Garden State Parkway for directions (oh yes, take exit 153) and have the best tomatoes, as well as being the birthplace of Frank Sinatra, Bon Jovi, The “Boss”, and many others. Just when I think we’re getting somewhere, along comes Christie to rock the boat. Thanks a lot, Chris. You’ve set us back again.

      • filo

        We in NY disowned Snooki a long time ago.

        • Cynthia W.

          LOL!!!

      • Denni A

        thanks for the reality check and LOVE BON JOVI !!!!!

    • filo

      Chris Christie may think this is all water under the bridgegate but this will take a toll on the Governor’s popularity. I don’t see any EZ Pass out for him.

    • Jasmine

      There I thought at least one decent Republican(nope)….. Christie shows his true colors. I like how he denied it, UNTIL, the trail of electronic data was brought to his attention. I hope all those aides were fired—-grade school mentality revenge, that in the end even targeted the people and business owners.
      Such power trips these guys get on. This traffic chaos was timed for max hardships to NJ citizens, and especially people living in fort Lee…when children were heading back to school. That speaks volumes in itself.
      The remarks by his aides, I hope is enough to sink his POTUS dreams. What a bully, with no regard for the people he ‘governs’.

      • Gin1234

        Jasmine, what happened to your last name? Don’t you feel less integritized with out it?

        • Jasmine

          Hi Gin, hope you’re well and your floor warmed up again!.
          I love the stars :) perhaps I should bring it back, they do guide.
          have a lovely night Gin…, I’m on my way to forge for food now, Chinese tonight…something with a lot of garlic :)

          • Gin1234

            And a lovely night to you, and good food along with it. My feet are back to normal. :) Thanks for thinking of them.

    • Orange

      Wow! So Christie IS a vindictive, hyper-partisan, petty, heartless, arrogant BULLY! All the qualifications required to be the GOP frontrunner in 2016!

      • Gin1234

        That might make him more acceptable to republicans, and help him get through the primaries.

        • AskandTell

          Really…do you think all those people struck in traffic or the parents who’s children were in those school buses endorse putting lives at risk? This is bigger than partisan politics.

          • Gin1234

            This would not bother most republicans throughout the country. In his own state, it might, or might not.

            • AskandTell

              Christie was endorsed by most Democratic NJ politicians; that is why this goes well beyond party.

            • Gin1234

              I was playing along with Orange in my comments.

          • Jan123456

            AskandTell, I so hope your are correct about SOMETHING being bigger than partisan politics.

            • rg9rts

              How about a 91 yr old woman stuck on the bridge in an ambulance for hours only to die soon afterward.

      • AskandTell

        Pretty cold to pick the week when traffic was expected to be unusually heavy on 9/11.

        • filo

          …and the first day of school.

    • Orange

      I was stunned that so many NJ Democrats voted to re-elect him. He deliberately called for the Governor’s Special Election to be held two weeks after the Senate special election, wasting 24M of taxpayer monies.He did that because he was nervous about Dem turnout in the Senate special election, where Cory Booker was running. His interest in maintaining power overrode any semblance of fiscal responsibility.

      His abuse of office privileges is not new. Remember the Helicopter ride on the taxpayer dime so he could watch his son’s game?!

      • Cynthia W.

        That “special election” removed any warm fuzzy feelings I ever had for him. All that money wasted because he didn’t want to be on the same ballet as Cory Booker.

        • Jan123456

          Cynthia…just curious…do you live in Jersey? Or is your warm fuzzy looking at Christie as a potential presidential candidate. I am with you on losing positive regard for him over this and I live in Wisconsin.

          • Cynthia W.

            I’m definitely a Jersey girl.

      • filo

        They voted for him because he was vitriolic with Obama and actually worked with him. The Tea Baggers will never forgive Christie for that.

      • Greta42

        The voter turnout for that gubernatorial election was quite low – I don’t have the number to post, but I did look it up at the time. It just goes to show that the Con base went out to vote and many Dems did not. We have to make sure that dem voters go out to vote in this year’s midterms.

        • Doug S

          Why do you think he held the special election for the Senate on an oddball date? Because he didn’t want millions of Cory Booker fans turning up.

      • TweetyBird

        I could have understood it (but not approved) if it was a matter of winning or losing. But he as was always going to win. He just wanted to win by a more impressive margin. In a hurricane ravaged state, he spent $24 million dollars to massage his ego.

        Unbelievable that anyone would vote for him after that.

        • rg9rts

          Sort of like a second rate burglary from 35 years ago

          • TweetyBird

            Yes, I’ve heard others making that comparison. Not only was it an incredibly stupid thing to do, it was just unnecessary, in both instances.

            Nixon was paranoid. Christie doesn’t have that excuse.

            • rg9rts

              He is an insecure bully

      • JasmineStarlight

        I love Cory Booker, I would vote for him any day.

        • escapepa

          Me too, love. Doesn’t hurt he’s not too shabby to look at either. Now, he is no Juan, but he’d do in a pinch ;-)

          • JasmineStarlight

            Hiya Pepa!! :) ….he’s a cutie alright—comes from within. I love the Juan too– well, I always love THE GOOD GUYS!
            How are you doing here, finding your way around, like it??
            Lightning speed posting, its amazing isn’t it :)

      • Doug S

        It worked out for the best, though. Sunlight can be the best disinfectant.

    • AskandTell

      “Earlier this week, the Democratic mayor of Jersey City, Steve Fulop, said the governor’s office had canceled meetings with him after he informed them he would not endorse the governor for re-election.

      Mr. Christie’s associates had been pressing hard on Mr. Fulop, a rising star in the Democratic Party who took office in July, but he resisted before finally endorsing Ms. Buono.

      The emails show that Mr. Fulop’s decision did not sit well with the governor’s office. Mr. Christie’s aides and the Port Authority officials talked about how they were refusing to return the telephone calls from Mr. Sokolich, the Fort Lee mayor. “Radio silence,” Mr. Wildstein wrote to Ms. Kelly in an email. “His name comes right after mayor Fulop.”

      http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/09/nyregion/christie-aide-tied-to-bridge-lane-closings.html?hpw&rref=nyregion&_r=0

      • filo

        AT….What is going on? I’m sooo confused! All my comments are getting posted.

        I don’t think we are on HP anymore Dorothy.

        • Cynthia W.

          Dear Filo,
          First,please take a deep breath and try to calm down. Are you sitting down? Ok, now I must break this gently to you. There are some publications in the real world that actually post the comments they ask for. I know, I know–it’s shocking, but it’s true. Don’t worry–the shock will wear off eventually. If you have too much of a problem adjusting to this behavior, I’m sure you will be welcomed at the neighborhood pub, where other PTSD posters are gathered.

          • filo

            I’m adjusting to this day by day Cynthia.

            • rg9rts

              It takes time to realize that the world isn’t a paranoid side boob kardashian place. The rightwingnuts of the gopee do not rule and are gas bags spouting for local consumption.

        • Denni A

          we were all just as stunned too in the beginning…(chuckle).
          here’s a little pinch…you’re not dreaming.

          • filo

            Thanks! I needed that.

    • tense641

      Isn’t Christie up for an Academy Award this year?

    • filo

      Rachel is having a field day with this story tonight. She is the first one to bring this to national attention that I know of.

      • OneOtherPerson

        She’s hanging Christie from the bridge all right. .
        Maybe the GOP could learn what a scandal with EVIDENCE looks like with this story.

        • JasmineStarlight

          lol–that will never happen! Evidence is over rated to them, just keep spreading lies try to brainwash the people.

      • Denni A

        yep, and she kept providing updates on the story as they surfaced, not one major news outlet was reporting on this back then…Rachel and her show deserve the Pulitzer Prize.

      • Doug S

        She did, and stuck to it with the tenacity of a bulldog. Bully for her.

        Lesson for the GOP hopefuls: do NOT take middle-aged lesbian pundits too lightly!

        • filo

          Smart middle-aged lesbian pundits. I used to listen to her when she was on Air America.

    • Gojira

      We have no one to blame but ourselves. We return these guys to office every time, regardless of the evidence that they are petty, unqualified, ethically challenged and sometimes out right criminal.

    • AskandTell

      I still don’t understand democratic politicians in New Jersey and why so many of them endorsed Christie. They have allowed Christie to have all this power and ability to intimidate those that don’t agree with him. The party didn’t even help Sen. Barbara Buono.

      • Denni A

        “The party didn’t even help Sen. Barbara Buono.”
        good ol’ boys cronyism and sexism.

      • rg9rts

        You don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

      • Doug S

        Actually it’s not such a bad tactic, even if not intentional. It sure dumped his Presidential chances down the toilet. Daylight can be the best disinfectant sometimes.

        • AskandTell

          Good point. I didn’t see it from that perspective.

    • VincentTPackhorse

      Was this a bridge ‘too far’ for the governor? Did he not ‘cross the bridge’ when he came to it? How many ‘tricks’ will he loose in this game of bridge? Will he try to ‘sell’ this George Washington bridge story to unsuspecting constituents? In the final analysis is this a ‘bridge to nowhere?’

      (How many stupid clichés can I string together in a single paragraph?)

      • tense641

        loud applause!!

      • BornOkayTheFirstTime

        I’m sure you can think of more. No reason to abridge the line of thought now.

        • VincentTPackhorse

          Thanks for the encouragement. I’m off to the dentist to get my…never mind.

      • OneOtherPerson

        Are you trying to build a Bridge Over River Query?

        • VincentTPackhorse

          Patti Page, a famous singer of the fifties, would be mortified by all this. She had a huge hit with a song called “Cross Over the Bridge.” And let us not forget Simon and Garfunkel with “A Bridge Over Troubled Christie.!”

          • OneOtherPerson

            and the theme from Kelly’s Heroes “Burning Bridges” lost for ever more.

          • Cynthia W.

            What about the brothers Jeff and Beau?

            • VincentTPackhorse

              I can’t take this any more. I am now forced to go to the bank and ask for a ‘bridge’ loan.

    • New Old Gnu

      The N Y Daily News Opinion Page’s “Take” On Christie and His “Bridge Too Far” include THIS “Doozie” of an ASSessment of HIM …..
      “Christie’s presidential ambitions are all but kaput, as he will be
      lambasted and lampooned as a man of low character and horrible judgment —
      again viewing him in the most favorable way.” ….: )

      Sounds like THEY’RE Not too Impressed with HIM or HIS “Staff”.
      Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/christie-waterloo-article-1.1570246#ixzz2prxJVwjL

    • Yam I Am

      It’s important to remember that for years the only national press Christie got was when he yelled at someone in public. Naturally there are those who think that’s all there is to this man, and have no interest in looking any closer. I have lived in NJ and get more information about him. He is actually an extremely smart person with an independent streak that goes against the grain of his party, a party who would try almost anything to keep him from running for president. The main reason for this is that he has fresh ideas and has an uncanny ability to get even unpopular things done. This doesn’t work in GOPERland where the orders from on high are to do absolutely nothing and say no to everything. Since his approach and philosophy are center-mainstream republican he is a huge threat to the tea party who want him politically dead. As NJ governor he got elected to do an impossible job, and somehow became popular enough to get himself reelected. Hard core Democrats voted for him. A lot of close-minded dismissive Christie haters should see him debate, where he demolishes his competition without even breaking a sweat. He may have temporarily shot himself in the foot here, and it will be interesting to see what and who is lurking backstage. NJ is an extremely tough state full of back-room cigar-smoking political thugs and swimming in that tank you need some really big teeth. I’m betting Christie will bite back.

      • JasmineStarlight

        “who is lurking backstage. NJ is an extremely tough state full of back-room cigar-smoking political thugs and swimming in that tank you need some really big teeth”
        The Don Christie is one of those! I couldn’t believe the guy would stoop so low, I liked him before, he did a great job with Storm Sandy and did turn a few things around.
        I would never cast my vote for him for POTUS. What smart man would do that, for revenge…a governor with so sense, rage issues!

      • Denni A

        that well may be all true but if anything shows up confirming he knew from the beginning about this fiasco then attempted to pooh-pah it away he is toast.
        he should have been on this from day one when Rachel Maddow was the first to report on it…for all the savvy-street-smarts and intelligence he may have he used poor judgment not exercising any of it.

      • MollysMomma

        christie has been flippant about this serious matter. why didn’t he look into the bridge shut down after the first day…why did that shut down go on for four days? the most important bridge with the most travelers in our country…shut down on the first through fourth day of school starting? it makes no sense. christie is toast…i hope. his bullying of people who did not deserve it has been sickening…now this.

      • forpeace

        You said: “As NJ governor he got elected to do an impossible job.”

        Yes, closing the bridge because someone did not endorse you is an impossible job, indeed!!!

      • Orange

        “The main reason for this is that he has fresh ideas and has an uncanny ability to get even unpopular things done”

        Sure he does! Like the “fresh idea” to delay the Governor’s special election two weeks after the Senate special election, so he wouldn’t be facing a huge Dem turnout. Cost the NJ taxpayers 24M for that stunt.

        Like the “fresh idea” to take a helicopter to his son’s game, at taxpayer expense. He only reimbursed the State after the Press made that headline news.

        Christie is the lowest form of gutter politics. He is definitely not Presidential material.

    • Yam I Am

      Wow. My comment was taken down? Really. Nothing offensive about it, except maybe it went against the tide of negative sentiment on Christie that is overwhelming here? Is that it? Wow.

      • JasmineStarlight

        ET does not take down statements that deviated from the majority of posters…
        its not what they are about.

      • chezmoi

        Jasmine is right; the proof is your long comment, right where it should be.

      • Denni A

        some comments may take some time to post. in all the comments everyone has posted here since 12/10 ET has never censored anyone, pro or con.
        read their history and what their purpose is.

      • OneOtherPerson

        wow, you just proved you’re a hothead that doesn’t take the time to explore reality before making decisions. Are any of them worth the bytes it took to post them?

    • mclefi

      He’s done!

      • gerry d welder

        Stick a fork in him, Obama will be so disappointed losing another RINO

      • Doug S

        He needs to mark his calendar; this is the day his shot at the Presidency officially went from “slim” to “nope”.

    • previously2008

      I applauded CC for his actions after “Sandy” and his efforts to work with our POTUS
      because I do believe he loves his state & wanted to help his constituents, that said he also never lost sight of his political future.

      IMHO I always felt Christi to be bombastic, bullying and an overly arrogant man, but I was never under any delusion that his acts were purely motivated by kindness. Nor do I believe he has what it takes for national office, especially President.

      Christie’s calculated vision of placing himself in the political arena is all about Chris Christie
      and his ambitions. I guess we will have to see where the chips fall regarding “Bridgegate”.
      To me the bottom line is that CC has always been a Republican, stands with the
      GOP and their Party Platform and in my opinion that Party does not stand with or beside the people of this country.

      • rg9rts

        I always said that his mouth would bring him down and it appears to be coming true.

    • Denni A

      good comment from Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.
      so where is Christie??…if I were in his shoes and knew, in my honest-to-goodness heart, that I was not part of any of this and truly did not know I would be all over the airwaves, I would be in Fort Lee with the Mayor, profusely apologizing non-stop however Christie is nowhere to be seen.

    • Denni A

      Christie holding news conference today @ 11:00 am.

      • rg9rts

        Thanks for the warning I’ll put my boots on. Be prepared for the standard SCHULTZ DEFENSE.!

      • Cynthia W.

        Thanks for the info.

      • AskandTell
        • OneOtherPerson

          on msnbc too.
          Isn’t Wildstein supposed to be questioned under oath today ?
          That could be even more interesting.

          • rg9rts

            Trying to get an injunction

    • OneOtherPerson

      He apologized to some people, but not to the reporters that he bullied to squelch this story

      • MollysMomma

        i think since he made such fun of the whole story for weeks he should have already sunk his boat. he never seemed to realize the true seriousness of what happened in shutting down the worlds most important bridge. even withstanding his bullying nature…his flippant attitude on this serious matter has been sickening.

        • Denni A

          he kept saying over and over “I feel sad because my staff lied to me”…what about feeling “sadness” for all the people who had to endure bottlenecked traffic for 5 days….he just didn’t seem to grasp the gravity of what could have potentially happened and the danger the residents were exposed to.

        • forpeace

          Oh my ………… such a pleasant surprise to see here my dear friend!!! ;-)

          • MollysMomma

            oh my gosh, dear friend, forpeace!!! i’m so glad to see you here. i have really missed you, dear friend! leave it to chris christy and his shenanigans to bring us out! i came here a couple of weeks ago and commented a few times. i was so glad to see other friends here and hoped you would come too! : ))

            • forpeace

              I’m glad you made a decision where to post your comments, I’m not posting like I used to, but I have been here few times, and I might be back again.

              I really missed you and interacting with you on HP, I was thinking about you, and I thought you’re taking your time to make a decision as where to post in the future, so GALD to see you. ;-)

          • MollysMomma

            i don’t know how to follow you…but of course i would love to, forpeace. i will keep in touch dear friend!

            • forpeace

              Yes, we will see each other some where on the World of Net!!

      • rg9rts

        Best line of his apology speech so far “I am not a bully!”

        • Sarah Sahasbeen

          I saw that. He knows what he is, but he’s not a bully. What does he think he is? It’s sure not a saint.

          • rg9rts

            King of Denial

        • Doug S

          The very first person to loudly announce that he’s not a bully is the biggest bully in the room. Very similar to Nixon’s “I am not a crook!”, down to the demeanor with which he said it.

    • Denni A

      did anyone notice a pattern:
      ” I am telling the truth to the best of my knowledge”, “mistakes were made and I blah..blah…blah”. notice his demeanor starts to change as the interview goes on,
      the flippant tone is getting hard for him to control as opposed to the “remorseful”
      tone he had at the beginning.

      closing down a bridge, endangering peoples lives is more than just A MISTAKE.
      Christie’s thinks he ‘selling’ a good con but I’m not buying it.

      • Doug S

        Does your kid argue much the same way when caught with his hand in the cookie jar? “I didn’t see it happen…..it wasn’t me….my brother lied to me…..I didn’t even know there were cookies in the jar….”

        It’s called dissembling, and they’re experts at it.

    • katie

      The Democrats probably paid off Bridget Anne Kelly to make this HUGE MORONIC “mistake”. LOL. How could someone be this stupid. WOW. It would be a so much better story if it was an ingenious double cross to knock that slovenly Christie out of the presidential race. The Republicans really need to try to get a real candidate this year.

      • rg9rts

        Three chances of the gopee finding a candidate
        1 Fat
        2 Slim
        3. No

      • Doug S

        Um….no. Chris Christie paid her off. She’ll have a nice, cushy, high-paying job very soon. Scapegoating can be very lucrative business these days.

    • VietVet67

      I see Faux was all over this story. Wait…..they were busy covering meteors and Robert Gates.

      • Intolerantcentrist

        They need time to write the script…

        • Sarah Sahasbeen

          and to get it approved by Murdoch, the Koch brothers and the Heritage institute. That takes time.

    • VietVet67

      Wildstein is testifying as we speak. Pleading the 5th.

      • Coco

        Thanks. Just turned it on.

      • Denni A

        can you post link.

      • Doug S

        Wow, what a shocker!

        And in related news, he’ll soon have a cushy, high-paying job doing virtually nothing. Scapegoating is pretty lucrative business these days.

    • Coco

      It would have been nice if Christie expressed some concern about the people, children, police and emergency services that were set back hours by the traffic problems closing those bridge lanes caused. But, no, the major sin was that he “was lied to”. You’d think a Governor would take responsibility for his staff. I don’t want to see him as our president.

      • Denni A

        exactly.

      • Sarah Sahasbeen

        He’s just doing his best Sergeant Schultz impression (size and all). “I know nothing. I see nothing.”

      • MollysMomma

        Hey, coco ….you are exactly right! that did seem to be the horror for him of it all. he was sad because his staff member lied to him…it is all about him! never mind those hurt by the bridge shut down! at last christie is having to answer to his bullying tactics! he taught his staff members all he knows about being a bully…and they followed his lead!

      • rg9rts

        That’s why he is going to Ft Lee right now to see the Mayor

      • Doug S

        “I knew nothing about it and I don’t recall when I forgot.”

    • forpeace

      Another GOP’s rising star falling very fast AGAIN!!

      Maybe they should bring back Joe the Fake Plumber.

      • Doug S

        Let’s see who’s at the top of the “least idiotic” chart for the GOP now….oh my, it seems like Paul Ryan’s made it back up again! The bar just keeps dropping.

    • Ian_Llanganagain

      He should take a page from Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s notebook and at least ” ‘pol-gize ” for the problems his (supposedly) aides’ bridge closing plan caused.

      • Sarah Sahasbeen

        I think he’s going to run into the Trey Radel problem now that this is out in the open. “Come back to my house and I’ll show you what else is here.” Except it won’t be Christie doing the inviting, it’ll be one of the underlings.

    • forpeace

      Where is Is Mr. Car Thief aka Darrell Issa when we need him?

      • Sarah Sahasbeen

        Stealing the batteries from the cars still stuck on the bridge.

        • forpeace

          LOL, or another act of arson!!

          • Sarah Sahasbeen

            Take your pick, he’s good at all sorts of criminal behavior.

            • forpeace

              Indeed, he is an expert!

            • Doug S

              I’ve been wondering the same thing lately….he’s been AWFULLY quiet. Think he’s building the doomsday device, or just can’t convince any of the cameras to point in his direction any more?

    • Denni A

      Christie claimed an educator lied back in 2010 and was fired, the educator produced emails and other communication to prove otherwise.

      http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/chris-christie-called-official-liar

      we should be seeing the same from Kelley soon.

      • missjulz

        Oh, that’s a good find!

      • Doug S

        Doubtful. When a scapegoat is offered up as a sacrifice, there’s always a nice, cushy, high-paying job waiting for them. Scapegoating can be pretty lucrative in situations like this one.

    • Ian_Llanganagain

      Looks like the quest to find the least crazy, least Teaborg-esque candidate, for whom their tiny screeching base would have to hold their nose to vote for anyway, must begin anew. I’ll bet Rick “santorum” Santorum and the other rightie nutters now think they have a chance to “energize the base” and “take back America” once again.

      • Denni A

        recycle the crew from the last round, Michelle Bachmann, Newt, Santorum, Mr. Ooops, and Ron Paul (what the heck, might as well).

        • Sarah Sahasbeen

          Yes, but you’d have to throw in the Tundra Twit. How else is she going to be able to support herself and the family? I want to see her in church with the snake handler again. Maybe they can find a cobra this time.

          • Denni A

            yep, totally forgot about caribou Barbie, I bet she’s right now plotting her presidential move with this gaping hole Christie has opened up for her. Hillary vs Sarah 2016.

            • Sarah Sahasbeen

              She doesn’t like him anyway. He’s way too liberal for the likes of her. Besides, she’s my namesake. I have to be loyal. ; – ))

            • Denni A

              wonder if he’s back on Ann Coulter’s list having the hots over his recklessness to allow so many lives to be put in danger.

            • Sarah Sahasbeen

              I’m sure she’d love to be glued to his side again. Probably thinks if he can get to be POTUS, he’ll give her a job just like all his other cronies.

            • rg9rts

              Won’t hold that against you. Look at all the Georges out there

      • Sarah Sahasbeen

        The former governor of Arkansas, Mr. Huckleberry is still around. Maybe they can find Dan Quayle.

        • Ian_Llanganagain

          Remember they boo-ed Mr. Hunstman practically off the stage for demonstrating that he had learned some Mandarin Chinese. In all likelihood Mr. Quayle is far too edumacated for their tastes.

          • AskandTell

            I’ve been trying to forget; what the world must think of this country?
            Booing an ambassador who knows the language of the country they are building a relationship with for peace and trade.

        • AskandTell

          Michele Bachmann isn’t doing anything. I’m sure she’s up for another round.

          • don

            Has she finished up saving the incandescent light bulb yet?

        • don

          Dan would prefer to be the king maker behind the scenes, getting buckets of power and influence without having to pass close scrutiny, much like the Koch’s.

          • AskandTell

            Good point; is his son still a rep in AZ?

      • JasmineStarlight

        Oh God I hated those slogans….and “Don’t Thread on Me” that annoying bunch.

    • jbiot

      I grew up in NJ and my Mom still lives there. It’s the archetypal hard ball state when it comes to politics and Christie is the Genghis Khan of NJ pols. His take no prisoners style is legendary in the state. Gutter politics is what he was born for.

      So, in answer to the question, “What did I do wrong to have these folks think it was OK to lie to me?”

      Be Christie!

      There’s a reason why something like this would happen under a Christie and not under a Barack Obama.

      In a word: the man.

      • MollysMomma

        Exactly!

        • jbiot

          Exactly.

          When the dust settles after he does the sweetness and light tour I’m betting his fingerprints are all over this.

          • Doug S

            Of course they are. Why else would the chief of staff be offered up as a sacrifice? Only as a scapegoat to preserve someone higher up….and the only higher-up is Christie himself. There’s a reason all those names are redacted.

            • tense641

              Remember Watergate and Nixon?

            • Doug S

              Yep. Business as usual for that crowd.

            • jbiot

              Hey Doug, right you are, only if pigs can fly at 500 mph while singing the Hallejaluh chorus is Christie coming out of this clean. The rotund one has all his love slaves falling on their swords.

              Redact away, and bye bye 2016; hello Teddy.

            • filo

              He might be on a cc or a bcc. THAT would finish Christie off once and for all.

          • MollysMomma

            i’m looking forward to that!

    • VietVet67

      Meanwhile, Paul Ryan is doing back flips.

      • Doug S

        Why? He’s glad the next GOP golden boy is going to join him in the “coulda been” pile?

    • missjulz

      “Christie on Thursday focused repeatedly not on the closures themselves but on how upset he was that his staff didn’t tell him the truth when asked about the closures.”
      Deflection.

      • Sarah Sahasbeen

        Quite telling that he feels humiliated about her lying to him but not about what she did out of political spite.

        • AskandTell

          Anytime Republicans start feeling smug and playing political games, the public should respond by just pulling out a few of the email gems like Who cares about the children.

      • JasmineStarlight

        This is strange too… he stated he didn’t ask her why or anything else, covering so he will not be called in to testify or some back reason he stated that.
        I can’t believe the governor didn’t ask her any questions, just fired her stating she lied :(

        • AskandTell

          It was a smart move on Christie’s part; he knows as an attorney the best thing for himself is not to speak with her.

          • JasmineStarlight

            It was a clever move, smart guy definitely.

    • Denni A
    • tense641

      Christie should have said he fired Kelly because of the bridge closure, he didn’t because it was all about I this and I that and I the other. But I do have to give Christie his due…HAND THAT MAN HIS 1st ACADEMY AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR!! Followed by a smattering of applause.

      • Sarah Sahasbeen

        I prefer to boo instead of applauding.

        • tense641

          I just got back from WaPo, you should read some of the comments.

    • FDRliberal

      I just wish Christie had given his long winded presser later in the day so I could have played the Chris Christie drinking game – every time Christie says “Mistakes were made” or “I’m sad” or “I’m not a bully” you have to down a shot of Jack Daniels.

      • Doug S

        When he says something as positively Nixonian as “I am not a bully” you have to finish the bottle.

      • filo

        You would have been blotto on the words “I’m sad.” alone.

      • filo

        After all it IS about Christie, isn’t it?

        • FDRliberal

          What’s interesting is the thing he was most ‘sad’ about was that his people ‘lied’ to him, rather than the fact that his hand picked clown crew endangered the lives of others.

          • filo

            They might have gotten away with it if they closed the lanes for a few hours or maybe a day. They had to get vindictive and drag it out for four days. I’ve said before that Repubs are shameless. They don’t know the meaning of the word.

            • FDRliberal

              I think Christie’s gang was blinded by hubris. So many fawning beltway hack editorials, dripping love from the Morning Joke crew, etc. They thought they were untouchable.

    • missjulz

      I’m actually not celebrating any of this. In truth I think it stinks that the political divide is so deep in this country and when I see that we are just pawns to anyone in public office it depresses me. We the little people. We the help.

    • AskandTell

      TPM – Scott Brown thinks CC is Refreshing (is it wrong to say how much I dislike Brown?)

      “To former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), Chris Christie passed “the test” with an exhaustive press conference responding to new details about the George Washington Bridge scandal.

      Reacting to the presser, Brown, speaking on Fox News on Thursday, said Christie’s response was “refreshing.”

      “So, yes, it was refreshing. I think he certainly addressed it, and he’s not done,” Brown said. “Obviously, he still has to do his due diligence, and that’s what you’re looking for in a leader, I don’t care if it’s Democrat or Republican. He did pass the test.”

      • missjulz

        Let the partisanship (masquerading as non-partisanship) continue. I’m really sick of politics LOL. Well, partisan game-playing anyhow…point-scoring, all of it.

        • AskandTell

          As Rachel Maddow said, they can spin it anyway they want. But this is Public Corruption.

          • filo

            Rachel eviscerated Christie last night. Jon and Steven had a field day too. When does Bill Maher come back? Tomorrow?

            • AskandTell

              January 17th.

            • filo

              Next week? I would be going through withdrawals if Jon and Steven weren’t back. They help me hang on to my sanity.

      • Sarah Sahasbeen

        The guy is a moron. I lived on Cape Cod for seven years, and believe me, I know. Nowhere did CC make any kind of explanation for the fact that what his underlings did was wrong. It was all “I’ve been lied to, poor me, how could they do this to ME?” He didn’t address why what they did was wrong in any fashion.

        • AskandTell

          It reminds me so much of the Gonzalez attorney firings. Taking the fifth and playing games while the public was the one hurt by dirty politics and unethical US attorneys including one Chris Christie.

          • Sarah Sahasbeen

            Exactly.

      • JasmineStarlight

        Some people lie very well, and that’s a seasoned politician like Christie…..how about the facts… refreshing, that’s laughable!

    • begabug

      it ain’t easy to govern when an electorate knows more than a politician can openly admit to also knowing.

      what we need to ask ourselves is, just how uneasy are we.

    • bluskiff

      I was looking around news sites to see how others cover this story. What the hell is up with fox? Their font on the webste is huge. I guess it is set up for slow reading visually impaired people.

      • begabug

        they’re yelling.

      • Rockyj3

        Isn’t over 70 their demographic?

    • begabug

      he’s so sad…course before yesterday it was kinda funny.

    • AskandTell
    • Happy Wanderer

      I’m sure he met with Kelly and told her, “you’re going to have to take one for the team.” She’ll be rewarded in the future. The sad thing is, this moves Paul Ryan up to the front of the line.

      • Doug S

        That’s not a sad thing, it’s a good thing. When their superstar goes down in flames, and the jester is the best thing they have left, they got nothin.

        We’ll all KNOW the GOP is toast when they nominate Michelle Bachmann because there’s nobody else left.

        • Happy Wanderer

          Hope you’re right.

        • filo

          Don’t forget Jeb is out there lurking.

          • Doug S

            I don’t really think this country is ready for yet another member of the Vader family, do you?

            • filo

              Hell no! But Jeb is at least somewhat sane. He was referred to as “the smart Bush”. I think he might give Hillary a run for her money. Hillary would probably win against the rest of the GOP “contenders”. I’m not a big fan of Hillary but I’ll take her over anybody the GOP digs up.

            • Doug S

              “The smart Bush”. Kinda like a “dry martini”….it’s really not, it’s just a linguistic fluke.

            • filo

              It’s an oxymoron and in Dubaya’s case the emphasis is on moron.

            • tense641

              You and Doug S are both hot tonight!!

            • filo

              TY

            • tense641

              Between you and Doug S I’m all smiles! Thanks

            • tense641

              HA!

          • don

            So is Mitt. He has a destiny to fulfill, and he’s tone deaf enough to never go away.

            • tense641

              Good point don.

            • Rockyj3

              I don’t know Ann Romney said, “Stop it. This is hard” & I don’t think she was talking about Mittens.

            • tense641

              Can you hear me laughing all the way in Las Vegas?

        • Rockyj3

          I believe Huckabee is going for it again. I would love Rick Sanitarium to go again! I actually miss his sweater vests!

      • AskandTell

        Ryan’s got to be re-elected first. It’s not a sure thing.

    • filo

      Governor Christie, Rob Ford is on the phone. He wants to thank you for knocking him out of the headlines.

    • cal haughtly

      According to Christie, he found out about this after his ‘morning work out.”

      • filo

        That’s code for two stacks of pancakes and six sausages.

        • cal haughtly

          What would the code be for ‘I found out about it after my morning run.”

          • filo

            They don’t have one since that has never happened. It’s been freakin cold in the East.

            • cal haughtly

              Yep…nobody would have believed the second story.

            • filo

              Not too many believe the first story either.

    • Orange

      “But Christie said he didn’t know about the emails and that they weren’t an indication of how his government is run.”

      Except, this incident is EXACTLY an indication of how his government is run. We have seen him at public events. He is hyper-partisan, rude, petty, arrogant and vindictive. The Governor’s office reflect his persona, he sets to the tone for his administration. Now he is surprised that they followed his lead and engaged in this petty and vindictive (potentially illegal) behavior?!

      • filo

        His chickens have come home to roost.

      • cal haughtly

        Christie set the tone for this. He likes to kick public employees to the ground (particularly teachers) and then belly flop on them to the adulation of the press.

    • Remy Dubois

      And these people are working for US???

    • Gin1234

      Christie was looking pretty red faced and disturbed at his press conference, today. He was really working hard to defend his virtue. Nothing he could say is going to change anyone’s minds.

    • Rockyj3

      Daily News (GOP newspaper) endorsed Bush 2004 & Romney 2012 states “Christie is a “Thug” and “he’s Finished” http://www.nydailynews.com/christie-waterloo-article-1.1570246

    • AskandTell

      The interesting hearing will be next Tuesday with Bridget Kelly’s boss, Kevin O’Dowd, Chief of Staff. His confirmation hearing for AG will be an opportunity to try and get some questions answered and he won’t be able to plead the 5th if he wants to be confirmed.
      CC quickly glossed over any presumption that Kelly’s boss would have known about any of this which is again hard to believe.

    • previously2008

      Would you support Chris Christie for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016?
      Poll from today Newsmax
      Yes
      15,138(17%)

      No
      64,229(73%)

      Undecided
      8,283(9%)

      Every once in a while out of curiosity as to what the extremists are up to I check in with this very right wing site….. and found these numbers among their readers to be quite telling as to which way the wind is blowing towards CC by his own Party.


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