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Showing posts with label Chris Christe. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chris Christe. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Christie Exonerates Himself From Any Culpability In "Bridegate"

Top-of-the-morning...... and we have a Christie report.

It looks like Chris Christie via a "very friendly and cozy" lawyer has exonerated himself for any wrong doing regarding "Bridgegate." In fact, a strategic leak of (alleged) unreleased investigation results is as telling as Christie firing his key staffer, Kelly, without one question her about the George Washington Bridge lane closures.

Apparently, Rachel Maddow's research team also "smells something fishy."

The more I read and hear about the Christie Administration the more I see and feel corruption, pandering to the wealthy and favored treatment for political advantage. We must never forget, we also see severe "bullying". 

We will keep our eye on "Bridgegate", Hurricane Sandy funds and Christie's horrid inter-personal leadership.


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Maddow And Research Team Exposes The Framework Of Possible Christe Corruption

The following Raw Story post from the Rachel Maddow Show of last night is a reminder of reporting we once viewed from 60 Minutes, Nightline and similar investigatory news shows. Those days are as long gone as cathode ray televisions sets or 8-track players. Quest for ratings has converted network journalism into chasing the "hot" stories, natural disaster reporting and extended expositions about celebrities and highly paid athletes. 

Steven Kornacki and Rachel Maddow have been 'point-on" in reporting on "Bridgegate" and related political corruption, one has to wonder if there isn't a Watergate-like "Deep Throat' lurking in the Shadows. 

Friday January 23, 2914, The Rachel Maddow Show....

Rachel Maddow: The ‘mammoth slush fund’ where Chris Christie’s friends found jobs (via Raw Story )
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow broke down the curious reversal of fortune for New Jersey Port Authority chair David Samson since the man who installed him in the position, Gov. Chris Christie (R), took office in 2010, and the intersection of his possible…


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Unconscionable Chris Christe!

Re-Blog from a friend of 

the TPI and guest writer..... 


New Jersey Governor Chris Christe has been giving the impression that he does not get angry at someone he disagrees with he just immediately gets even.  Perhaps at times this is what happens to facilitate politics, but bully one of your own state's mayors who represents his fellow New Jersey residents is unconscionable. The money in question in Hoboken is FEDERAL disaster relief money. It is not Governor Christe's budgeted money to do with as he sees fit. Hoboken and its residence were legitimately in need of Hurricane Sandy storm money because of the extensive flooding journalists covered during Sandy. Large sections of the city of Hoboken were flooded so flood mitigation programs such as engineering studies, sea walls, improved storm drain systems, dikes and other types of flood management programs were necessary for the safety of Hoboken residents. 

Governors and politicians understand that public safety questions need responses that are non-partisan and free from local political squabbles such as land owners wanting special tax incentives for economic development. To deny Hoboken's mayor the money she needed, and needs, for the safety of her residents/constituents is UNCONSCIONABLE. The mayor of Hoboken Dawn Zimmer needs to speak at length with the U.S. attorney and prepare for a federal court case. Chris Christe is in political trouble and soon he could be in legal trouble as well. Racketeering and using public offices to favor one Hoboken property owner with incestuously close ties to owner's law firm, while denying other land owners in Hoboken similar public access to those public offices is illegal. 

What would happen if these emergency water projects were not completed BEFORE the next big storm? People in Hoboken could be injured or perish in a storm surge flood due to political squabbles that are petty and recklessly irresponsible thus endangering the public's safety. I think Governor Chris Christe is in much more serious legal trouble than many people think. He and the Lt. Governor, Kim Guadagno, may soon have to resign and prepare their criminal defenses after their indictments. 

I think the Mayor of Hoboken is on the level. She was intimidated by the bully tactics of the Chrsite Administration. She hoped beyond hope that the "better angels" of the Christe Administration would see to the greater needs of Hoboken residents via allocating Hurricane Sandy funds. The only mistake Dawn Zimmer made was that she wanted to see the better part of human nature.  Instead, she alleges what amounts to petty illegal bullying that can not be tolerated in public office. Chris Christe has acted like a mean bully and pretty soon will end-up in court. I personally hope his legal entanglements lead to bullying by a federal judge.

While MSNBC is catching hell from Christe Administration spokespeople for covering the developing stories, we offer an update.

John "The Hatter" S 


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Christe Spokesperson Attacks MSNBC And O'Donnell's Faux Commercial

Chris Christe via his spokesperson is fighting back against MSNBC's coverage of the "Bridge-gate" Scandal.  We find it truly amazing the "tough guy" governor simply will not take his "medicine" vs. throwing futile punches at MSNBC.  The network essentially has the bully governor dead-on and it appears far more investigative legal commissions are coming together  to ferret-out the truth.  

While all MSNBC evening show hosts are reporting on the governor's scandal, The governor's spokesperson has lashed out at Lawrence O'Donnell. Steve Kornacki and Rachel Maddow have broadcast far more detailed "Bridgegate" segments; O'Donnell dared to exercise development of a creative faux campaign ad with (presidential candidate) Christe as its campaign focus. Christe's spokesman Colin Reed called the ad "weird."

O'Donnell's ad appears in the first 45 seconds of the following video.

Business Insider writer Brett Loguirato published a piece that seriously reminds of Nixon Administration efforts to deflect from the Watergate cover-up. Reed refers to MSNBC's coverage "partisan" reporting. We at the TPI wonder about Reed's characterization of networks which are not covering the "Bridgegate" Scandal.  Of course, to think in such a manner is tantamount to Bill Cosby's famous quip, "Why is there air?"

The full Reed statement via the Business Insider......

"MSNBC is a partisan network that has been openly hostile to Governor Christie and almost gleeful in their efforts attacking him, even taking the unprecedented step of producing and airing a nearly three-minute attack ad against him this week. Governor Christie and his entire administration have been helping Hoboken get the help they need after Sandy, with the city already having been approved for nearly $70 million dollars in federal aid and is targeted to get even more when the Obama Administration approves the next rounds of funding. The Governor and Mayor Zimmer have had a productive relationship, with Mayor Zimmer even recently saying she’s ‘very glad’ he’s been our Governor. It’s very clear partisan politics are at play here as Democratic mayors with a political axe to grind come out of the woodwork and try to get their faces on television."
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Nixon's attack on "the media" struck a similar tone and practice.

WIKI ...Watergate Scandal

Role of the media
The connection between the break-in and the re-election committee was highlighted by media coverage — in particular, investigative coverage by The Washington Post, Time, and The New York Times The coverage dramatically increased publicity and consequent political repercussions. Relying heavily upon anonymous sources, Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein  uncovered information suggesting that knowledge of the break-in, and attempts to cover it up, led deeply into the Justice Department, the FBI, the CIA, and the White House.
Chief among the Post's anonymous sources was an individual whom Woodward and Bernstein had nicknamed Deep Throat; 33 years later, in 2005, he was confirmed to be William Mark Felt, Sr., the former deputy director of the FBI. Felt met secretly with Woodward, telling him of Howard Hunt’s involvement with the Watergate break-in, and that the White House staff regarded the stakes in Watergate extremely high. Felt warned Woodward that the FBI wanted to know where he and other reporters were getting their information, as they were uncovering a wider web of crimes than first disclosed. In one of their last meetings, all of which took place at an underground parking garage somewhere in Rosslyn, Virginia at 2:00 am, Felt cautioned Woodward that he might be followed and not to trust their phone conversations to be secure. Felt also planted leaks about Watergate to Time magazine, the Washington Daily News and other publications.[14]  
During this early period, most of the media failed to grasp the full implications of the scandal, and concentrated reporting on other topics related to the 1972 presidential election.[15] After the revelation that one of the convicted burglars wrote to Judge Sirica alleging a high-level coverup, the media shifted its focus. Time magazine described Nixon as undergoing "daily hell and very little trust". The distrust between the press and the Nixon administration was mutual and greater than usual due to lingering dissatisfaction with events from the Vietnam War. Public distrust of the media reached over 40%.[15]  
Nixon and top administration officials discussed using government agencies to "get" what they perceived as hostile media organizations.[15] The discussions had precedent. At the request of Nixon's White House in 1969, the FBI tapped the phones of five reporters. In 1971, the White House requested an audit of the tax return of the editor of Newsday, after he wrote a series of articles about the financial dealings of a friend of the President's.[16]  
The administration and its supporters accused the media of making "wild accusations", putting too much emphasis on the story, and of having a liberal bias against the Administration.[15] Nixon said in a May 1974 interview with a supporter that if he had followed the liberal policies that he thought the media preferred, "Watergate would have been a blip."[17]  
The media noted that most of the reporting turned out to be accurate and the competitive nature of the media guaranteed massive coverage of the political scandal.[15] Applications to journalism schools reached an all-time high in 1974.[15]
While the WIKI piece provides much archive history about the Watergate Scandal,  The Business Insider piece and the excerpt snippet above has a theme similar to the WIKI verbiage just above. Read the last two paragraphs above.

The Reed statement embodies the essence of the paragraphs. By punching at MSNBC, is Reed relishing in the fact Fox News will offer no coverage of the scandal. Or, should I write, Fox will offer no objective or investigatory coverage of the scandal?  

Notice the last paragraph above. Do Reed and Christe hope to avoid investigation beyond the "partisan" MSNBC? If there is no "competitive nature" regarding investigation via CNN or other electronic media, does Christe have greater opportunity to escape justice? Of course, they do and Reed's (and probably with legal counsel) strategic punch at MSNBC, may very well work with CNN.

MSNBC and local print media are shedding light on the Christe regime, that each of us should have known was at the core. If you are following MSNBC's coverage of the scandal, you know that Maddow and Kornacki have broadcast far more damaging details about the scandal and associated allegation than has O'Donnell. Are you also wondering why Reed and Christe are attacking comments from the Hoboken mayor with very shallow assertions of "wanting to get their faces on TV" and attacking O'Donnell's faux campaign ad?

We are forty plus years from Nixon's cover-up and eventual resignation. While, we certainly do not gave definitive confirmation of Christe's intimate culpability in "Bridgegate", we may have yet another parallel between Watergate and Bridgegate. Attack the only network that is seriously reporting on "Bridgegate, with hopes it will ward-off deeper scrutiny.

"Tis" the season of the NFL Playoffs. We will end with a sports mantra.

Is Reed and Christe following that old axiom, "The best defense is a good offense?" 

Mediaite's story    

"Gleeful Assault" 

Isn't it amazing how people one the Right poop in their pants, and immediately reach for cause to deflect and lay blame elsewhere.

Now we offer a bit of gleeful comeuppance......


Saturday, January 18, 2014

"The Raw Story": Maddow And The Daily Unraveling Of A "Bully"

Rachel Maddow catches Chris Christie’s staff cheering on appointee who lied to lawmakers (via Raw Story )

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow showed correspondence on Friday suggesting that several members of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) staff and one member of his re-election team reacted supportively toward a Christie appointee’s testimony before lawmakers…


Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Email Are Revealing The Cover-up.....Cover-Ups Reach The Top!

NBC News....
The artwork by Barry Blitt is entitled, "Playing in traffic."
Christie has denied being involved in the lane closings but fired his deputy chief of staff on Thursday.
The Raw Story
Rachel Maddow: Chris Christie’s office knew from the start bridge lane closures were harmful (via Raw Story )
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow determined on Friday that emails released on Friday detailing the plan to close several lanes on the George Washington Bridge in September 2013 show the woman now serving as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) chief of staff…


Two Pieces...."Apology", "I Don't Know", And A Prosecutor's Performance

"I didn't know." 

"I don't know."

Image via Sick of the Slant - A Fair Look at the News of the Day

The Governor of New Jersey is an attorney, and a former  Federal Prosecutor.  do you think in the scope of his service as a Geogre W. Bush appointee for over five years, he ever heard that 'coached' response to legal questions, "I do not recall...?"

Chris Christe's full transcript linked here

Christe's "two pieces" and "I don't know" excerpts. 

Two pieces to what I want to talk about today. 

The first is I believe that all of the people who were affected by this conduct deserve this apology and that's why I'm giving it to them.  I also need to apologize to them for my failure as the governor of this state to understand the true nature of this problem sooner than I did. 

Secondly, I have and will continue to, started yesterday, to once again now have personal one-on-one discussions myself with the remaining members of my senior staff to determine if there's any other information that I do not know and need to know in order to take appropriate action.

And I cannot know what each one of them is doing at every minute. But that doesn't matter; I'm ultimately responsible for what they do. And that's why I took this action.

So what I can tell you is if people find that hard to believe, I don't know what else to say except to tell them that I had no knowledge of this -- of the planning, the execution or anything about it -- and that I first found out about it after it was over.

 I didn't know about it, but it's my responsibility because I'm the governor.

I don't know about specific meetings or what's going on, but certainly, you know, I will look into all those things. 

- I didn't read that that way at all. And that was a reference to a traffic study that, candidly, I know nothing about.

....because I don't know anything about it, I have to believe that was, like, the governor's office generically, that reference, because I -- as I stand here today, I don't know anything about a traffic study in Springfield.

 And again, I don't know whether this was a traffic study that then morphed into a political vendetta or a political vendetta that morphed into a traffic study.

 I don't know what makes a legitimate traffic study. It's not my area of expertise. And so I wouldn't have a nose for that. I just wouldn't. I don't know what makes a legitimate traffic study. 

 I don't know. I don't know. I mean, listen, up to this point in time, up till the emails released yesterday, it was Senator Baroni's testimony that Mr. Wildstein initiated it at his approval -- with his approval. Now it -- you know, I don't know, given some of the emails that I saw yesterday.

 I know you're inferring certain things from the email. I think that's a reasonable inference, but I don't know. I don't know the answer. 

And so I don't know what to say beyond that.

I don't know, but we certainly -- none were offered to us to review. And the first time we saw any documents was on the Bergen Record website yesterday morning, and we haven't been offered any

 I don't know what the situation is. I don't know whether -- like I said -- I think I answered this before -- I don't know whether this was some type of rogue political operation that morphed into a traffic study or a traffic study that morphed into an additional rogue political -- I don't know.

 I mean, I don't know this guy...

Regardless of all that, John (sp), I'm responsible for it. It happened on my watch. And you can't just say, well, listen, I didn't know about it so it's not my problem, go talk to somebody else. The buck stops at my desk. And so I have to act.

But I am humiliated by the fact that I did not know this and that I was deceived. And that's an awful way to feel.

 No. I -- A, I don't know about what you're talking about. 

 When was I first called for comment? I have no idea because I don't get those calls directly, so I didn't -- I don't know.

 When was I first called for comment? I have no idea because I don't get those calls directly, so I didn't -- I don't know.

 I don't know, Bob (sp), you know. 

You'd have to ask them. I don't know.

nd I will tell you the last time I did. Four weeks ago, when I had them all in that office and I said, if any of you have any information about this that I don't know, you need to tell me, Kevin or Charlie now.

I certainly -- first of all, the answer as of right now is I don't know.

But if he doesn't want a meeting -- I don't know what he means how a meeting between he and I could be pre -- what were the words?

I don't know how a meeting between two elected officials could be premature and disruptive. But if he doesn't want to meet with me, that's his choice. 

Well, I don't know why it would be the campaign fund. 

Listen, I'm sure he -- listen, I don't know him, OK? 

Political partisanship and 'deflection and defense' can be ugly.  

We are posting the following link with an express purpose of viewing the first 1:30 minutes. Again we are not able to secure MSNBC sub-clips after the networks year ending website reformatting roll-out. Our use of the video comes with opportunity to exercise your viewing preferences for the full-clip or that portion we seek to facilitate points in our screeds. 

Watch the first 1:30 minutes for the perfect storm of conservative "wagon circling." We will anxiously await the outcome of "Bridegate."

We will relish revisiting this piece once the outcome is settled and we will revisit the piece either way.  History, however, shows where there is a cover-up it goes all the way to the top.

I didn't know
George Washington Bridge