Saturday, January 11, 2014

Chris Christie's criminal abuse of power and the GW Bridge Scandal

"The good news for all of you and for me is that the governorship in New Jersey is the most powerful constitutional governorship in America.  
We know the answers. They're painful answers. We're going to have to reduce Medicare benefits. We're going to have to reduce Medicaid benefits. We're going to have to raise the Social Security age. We're going to have to do these things. We're going to have to cut all types of other government programs that some people in this room might like.  
We need to take on the teachers' union once and for all, and we need to decide who is determining our children's future, who is running this place. Them or us? I say it's us." 
Chris Christie told David Koch in June 2011, as Governor Bully planned all sorts of shenanigans to steal billions first from New Jersey citizens, then from the rest of America and transfer it to the Koch Brothers and other Plutocrats.
Governor Chris Christie is not finished. The GW Bridge of Size Scandal will not lead to Impeachment and Christie sure as hell isn't going to resign.

The Sunday MSM shows are going to be disgusting. Chris Christie is going to be gushed over more than he was after he won the NJ Governor race. Christie was being touted by the MSM as the clear Front Runner for 2016 and now the MSM is going to put on a solemn face and talk about his seasoning and resolve in the face of this current "crisis".

Chris Christie's press conference has already being lauded by the Usual Media Suspects (Morning Joe), despite being a rambling incoherent mess in which Christie proclaimed himself the victim, blubbered about having no knowledge, and said "I" more time than an optometrist.

Chris Christie is nothing more than a petty bully but, with frighteningly Big Aspirations. I have no doubt that he knew and was very pleased with Bridget Anne Kelly, his deputy chief of staff, who sent an August 13 email to former Port Authority Director of Interstate Capital Projects David Wildstein, a longtime Christie friend and ally; "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee."

From inside the Governor's office, Bridget Anne Kelly and David Wildstein deliberately caused the GW Bridge closure with the "traffic study" as political payback for Fort Lee Mayor Sokolich and as punishment for an area which the Christie's people believed were Buono voters.

Kelly and Wildstein are in serious criminal trouble and now comes the waiting game to see what level of cooperation they will provide against the Criminal Christie. Because, despite Christie's claim 'I just found out I was lied too!', Christie had called NY Governor Andrew Cuomo in December to push him to drop any investigation of the Bridge closure.
Mr. Christie, a Republican, complained in a private phone call to Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, that Patrick Foye, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was pressing too hard to get to the bottom of why the number of toll lanes onto the bridge from Fort Lee, N.J. was cut from three to one in early September, according to this person. The lane closures occurred without notice to local authorities, officials have said, and snarled traffic for a week in the small borough on the Hudson River bluffs.
Additionally, Port Authority officers were advised by Christie's office to blame the traffic back-ups on Fort Lee Mayor Sokolich.

So, Christie's lies have already flopped, but back in December Big Bully Christie had all sorts of fun during interviews where he tried the shtick of 'Hey yo, didntca see me? Yea I waz out on the bridge with a vest and cones blocking traffic! Whatca gonna do about it! Ooooh!'

Huh. However, I'll take a direct quote from Christie and play it off as conservatives as do,
"I worked the cones. Unbeknownst to anyone, I was working the cones."
Chris Christie directly admitted to closing down the GW Bridge. Case fucking closed.

Christie thought he could get away with sarcastic denials about the scandal but once he could no longer play the Shtick, the Right-Wing Noise Machine leapt to his defense.

Dana Loesch, Erick Erickson, Michelle Malkin, Dan Riehl and all the wing-nut-o-sphere immediately leapt to their twitter accounts, But but but OBAMA!?! and Eric Holder won't investigate and Hillary Benghazi so that conservatives will make sure that talk of Chris Christie's criminal abuse of power will be deflected back into the Blame Barack Game.

But but but but OBAMA!?! is a conservative cry we are going to hear for decades to come.

Now, the thing is if Christie manages to avoid liability but slyly acknowledge he was getting some political payback out of this his stature will rise amongst the Tea Party crowd and the ultra-reactionary right-wing pundits.

And that's where Christie becomes really dangerous because right now he is the Koch Brothers chosen candidate;
"Five months ago we met in my New York City office and spoke, just the two of us, for about two hours on his objectives and successes in correcting many of the most serious problems of the New Jersey state government," David Koch said. "At the end of our conversation, I said to myself, 'I'm really impressed and inspired by this man. He is my kind of guy.'"
In 2011, the Koch Brothers flew Christie out to their Billionaires Strategic Planning Convention (a.k.a. The Legion of Doom) in order for him to give the keynote address.

TheBradBlog acquired audio recordings of Christie's keynote speeches to the Plutocrats in which the assembled Billionaires entreated Christie to run in 2012. Christie declined, probably because he knew it was foolish to go up against President Obama, but set the stage for a 2016 candidacy.
"Please, if you leave with just one message from me, if only one message sticks: This is a huge moment of crisis and opportunity for our country. All of you are the people who are going to lead us back to American greatness. If you care enough to do it."
Forged in Political Fire of his making, but quenched by the tongue baths of fawning media fans, and swaddled in the money of Plutocrats, Christie may be able to emerge from this Criminal Scandal as the Presidential Front Runner of 2016.


Patricia said...

I had no idea about the phone call to Cuomo, excellent work, and not at all surprising. Here in Jersey, there are a lot of people wondering where all the money went that was supposed to be for the victims of Hurricane Sandy went.......maybe for traffic studies? None of this surprises me. People still voted for Christie, they still defend him and they will continue to vote Republican. My county in New Jersey is a big Republican stronghold. This abuse of power won't mean anything. Sad, but true.

Nan said...

IMHO, Christie never had a shot at the presidency. That bullying, sarcastic personality may play well in Jersey, but the rest of the country is turned off by it. Christie's not a very likable guy. He's too volatile. Romney did consider him for the V.P. slot on the ticket in 2012 and decided Paul Ryan had a cleaner record and a less repulsive personality.

Grung_e_Gene said...

"I am what I am; But, I am not a Bully." Shades of Nixon's I am not a Crook!

Sickeningly I've been right about the Sunday Shows. The First Words out of Rudy 9/11 Giuliani's mouth were "WHAT ABOUT OBAMA?" and every time there was a recdirect on ABCNews it was met by President Obama/IRS/President Obama/IRS. Ghouliani also gushed over Christie's Impressiveness...

Karl Rove on Faux News, “So did Benghazi, and so did IRS… come out of appointees of President Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton!” Rove shot back. “The amount of attention paid this week to Chris Christie makes the coverage of Benghazi at the same time and the coverage of the IRS pale in significance.”

marlu said...

And now hurricane relief money going to an ad campaign featuring his family? Waiting for the next chapter. . .

ChickenHammer said...

So a Republican governor gets caught in a scandal and the very next day fires the person responsible. And what happens when a Democrat administration gets caught screwing up?

Who got fired over the continuing oBamaCare roll out? I know it's not technically a scandal but a disaster.

Who got fired when the true Benghazi story came out? And this one is continuing to trickle out a little bit here, a little bit there. YouTube video? LOL. Yeah, a YouTube video was to blame for the assault and no one in the administration bears any responsibility for not responding.

Who got fired when the IRS story came out? Eric Holder has already announced there will be no criminal charges filed over the IRS's extra scrutiny of conservative groups.

Who got fired when the Fast and Furious story came out? Like Benghazi we continue to see more and more of this story as the cover up continues to crumble.

Is anyone ever held accountable in a Democrat administration? Even a left leaning Republican governor holds his administration responsible for their screw-ups.

Grung_e_Gene said...

Following the money is showing Christie's vindictive, spiteful and wasteful nature.

Chickenhammer, Answers
- 4 months after Christie called for the 'Traffic Study' is not the next day.
- The ACA is kicking ass so you don't fire anyone over raging successes.
- Tip of the Spear CIA ops sometimes go wrong, but firing someone at Faux would be a welcome outcome for their despicable graverobbing especially since Susan Rice's talking points were correct.
- The IRS story in which the IRS did its' job investigating nakedly political groups applying unlawfully for tax exempt status or the part were Issa lied because the IRS investigated leftist groups as well.
- Fast and Furious... I think you mean Wide Receiver.

You've mastered the BUT BUT BUT BUT OBAMA!!! right-wing lies but, finished it nicely with the No True Scotsman fallacy that Christie is a left-leaning Republican.

Christie is a Republican through and through; A Criminal and a Bully.