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

Monday, July 3, 2017

Chris Christie Weaponized A Holiday Government Shutdown (Closed Beaches On July Of Fourth)

Isn't the following a beautiful and soothingly relaxed image of an idyllic beach? 

Apparently, Christie couldn't reach an agreement with Democrats in the New Jersey State Legislature, so what does he do. He does what any impetuous self-centered jack-ass would do, he looked to enact punishment  via depriving state denizens vacationers and visitors from other states of a "Star & Stripes" weekend beach happening. He shutdown the state government (that all familiar governing weapon of the GOP). Allow me to state more clearly, Christie via the shutdown effectively closed beaches for the July Fourth weekend. 

All state beaches are not closed.

Seaside Park Beach, north of Island Beach State Park
A governor with 15% approval rating occupied a private beach near his beach home. He was insulated from the masses via the privilege of his private beach, but the optics are without question historic.

Private Beach, public Beach, any beach.


Oh, those pesky helicopters.

Of course, Christie has perspective on the matter which will satisfy no one.

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, Republican candidate to run for Christie's gubernatorial seat issued a statement regarding Christie's day at the beach. 

"......beyond words.”

Earlier today Guadagno spoke very clearly: “If I were governor, I sure wouldn’t be sitting on the beach if taxpayers didn’t have access to state beaches,” 

Imagine people like Chris Christie and Donald Trump. Bad question actually; if the two were not duly elected officials in the United States, I could not imagine them.


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Fox News Chooses GOP Candidates

Fox News chooses next presidential prospects.

And the winners are:  Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, and John Kasich will appear in the prime-time showdown.

And the B-Team bottom dwellers are:

Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, and Jim Gilmore.

The top ten is a smorgasbord of US conservatism and a college of candidate racism, homophobic, a libertarian chameleon, a whacked-out former brain surgeon, a failed governor who is he can kills ISIS like a teachers union, a noted exponent of phasing-out Medicare, a New Jersey bully, a young lost soul from Florida and Kasich (criticism not yet fully developed).

The bottom seven, no comment. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chris Christie Joins the Circus!

Some memes are useful message laden visuals when developed with great care and veracity.

Chris Christie,, against all odds, spent a few minutes this morning declaring himself a candidate for the GOP 2016 nomination. Let's start the Christie campaign with a meme from   Democratic Party.

How about a few links that support and provide validity to the meme?

Nine Credit Downgrades in New Jersey

N.J. credit rating cut record ninth time as Moody's cites pension shortfall

TRENTON — Moody's Investors Service has downgraded New Jersey's debt rating, dealing the Garden State its record ninth ratings cut since Gov. Chris Christie took office.
Read more here

One of the Highest Unemployment Rates In The Region

NJ Dot COM 4/29/2015 (Interactive chart below

Federal jobs reports point to a rebounding labor market, though the unemployment rate remained at 5.5 percent in March. But the percentage of jobless residents out of work 27 weeks or more remains historically high. 
Nationally, about 30 percent of jobless residents have been unemployed at least 27 weeks. 
The situation is much worse in New Jersey. 
Of 302,000 unemployed residents in New Jersey in 2014, roughly 41 percent, or 125,000 people, have been out of work at least 27 weeks, according to federal labor data. Though down from a peak of about 51 percent in 2010, the data still mean New Jersey's long-term jobless rate is among the highest in the nation.  
Only New Mexico and Washington, D.C., posted higher rates in 2014. North Dakota, Iowa and Alaska, on the other hand, had the lowest long-term unemployment rates in the country last year.

Read more here

Four Separate Agencies Investigating His Administration

Factivist via the Democratic National Committee
Christie, Chris (New Jersey): Christie and his Administration are currently being investigated by no less than four separate local, state and federal agencies: the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation’s inquiry into Bridgegate and surrounding events. The latest development is this morning’s New York Times piece on the second federal investigation that (shockingly) stems from Christie’s bullying leadership style.
Why would Chris Christie throw his name in the GOP circus of nomination aspirants?

We await many more Christie meme and will explore each as the visuals manifest.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Chris Christie Charges Forward With Bridge Cones To Attack Social Security!

What follows is an example of pathetic politicking to the maximum. Chris Christie is attempting to carve a desperate niche in the GOP political landscape via his singular campaign prospect: cutting (or restructuring) Social Security from the current seniors life benefits program.  

A few words regarding the contemptuous GOP "serial" attacks on social security. First, the employee contribution benefit involves lifelong payroll deductions and eligibility as the employee enters their early to mid 60s. Key points:
  • We contribute to the program a a payroll earnings basis with most workers paying the tax for the full 12 months each year.
  • Social Security is a lifeline for people who cannot or do not desire to work into their 70s.
  • Some segments of the population have life actuarial data indicating life ends earlier than other demographics. Example: African-American males have a marked shorter actuarial span than white males and white women. Should the African-American male become a disparate group who contribute until age 68 or 70 and succumb to actuarial facts of (life -cycle) death in the early 70s.
  • How about that prospect of a disparate impact (Non -intentional) of raising the eligibility age that could lead to class action lawsuits based on actuarial death data?
  • The most critical point! Why not just raised the Social security Payroll tax to eliminate the "CAP?" Income earners who earn over $117,000 per year stop paying the tax once their earnings hits $117,000 during any month of the year. ANSWER: That would require special congressional "fix" consideration regarding benefit pays out t high income earns, beyond the current payout structure. And yes it would require a "tax increase" for workers who earn over $117,000 per year.
Christie's campaign niche exemplifies the level of his desperation compliance with Koch brothers hatred of social security programs, and generally fit GOP political ideology like an expensive glove. The New Jersey Governor is hoping his mantra and strategy will catch-on and possibly provide a key as an entry to Koch money while energizing conservative ideologues.   

Crooks & Liars

Christie: Raising Retirement Age Two Years Won't 'Stop The World From Spinning On Its Axis'

Given his track record with the pensions in New Jersey, why anyone should trust this man any further than they can throw him when it comes to Americans' retirement security, or to weigh in on how Social Security should be handled is beyond me, but that's exactly what the viewers were treated to on ABC's This…

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Chris Christe

It is amazing, GOP officials continue to try to reach into the black community for votes and they come without any "clue" of issues that are critical to some in the community. 

Chris Christie is the latest GOP "model" to attended an African-American event with a 2016 mission. He may as well have joined the event unclothed with all levels of obesity showing. 

This past August, Christie responded as such when asked about the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri.  
"I'm not going to get into this business of generalizing against law enforcement officers. It's not right," he said, according to New Jersey Public Radio. "Whatever happened in Ferguson, we have a justice system in this country that will be able to make that judgment and if there are people who need to be held accountable I'm confident they will be."
As I have grown to hold little to no respect for Chris Christie, the August response was no surprise. His response was "power to his indifferent core." 

In the winter of 2012, Christie responded to a question about Civil Rights (activists) with an answer only common to right-wing elitist. After vetoing a gay marriage bill with comment the measure should decided on a "popular referendum," Christie reached beyond his pay grade with this:
"....civil-rights activists “would have been happy to have a referendum on civil rights rather than fighting and dying in the streets of the South.”
Only an out-of-touch and insensitive conservative would utter such a remark. What level of white privilege is inherent in a white elected official publicly stating issues of human equality should be decided by popular vote?  How can a supposed well educated Attorney have lived over 50 years of life in America actually state such unless the person has no regard for population subgroups who live in the minority?

Is it possible to imagine any civil rights activist who would accept a "popular referendum" on the right to vote in the Jim Crow South?

Civil Rights Martyrs

On the Civil Rights Memorial are inscribed the names of individuals who lost their lives in the struggle for freedom during the modern Civil Rights Movement - 1954 to 1968. The martyrs include activists who were targeted for death because of their civil rights work; random victims of vigilantes determined to halt the movement; and individuals who, in the sacrifice of their own lives, brought new awareness to the struggle.
The chronology below briefly describes their lives. More information is available at the Civil Rights Memorial Center.


May 7, 1955 · Belzoni, Mississippi
Rev. George Lee, one of the first black people registered to vote in Humphreys County, used his pulpit and his printing press to urge others to vote. White officials offered Lee protection on the condition he end his voter registration efforts, but Lee refused and was murdered.

August 13, 1955 · Brookhaven, Mississippi
Lamar Smith was shot dead on the courthouse lawn by a white man in broad daylight while dozens of people watched. The killer was never indicted because no one would admit they saw a white man shoot a black man. Smith had organized blacks to vote in a recent election.

August 28, 1955 · Money, Mississippi

Emmett Louis Till, a 14-year-old boy on vacation from Chicago, reportedly flirted with a white woman in a store. Three nights later, two men took Till from his bed, beat him, shot him and dumped his body in the Tallahatchie River. An all-white jury found the men innocent of murder.

October 22, 1955 · Mayflower, Texas
John Earl Reese, 16, was dancing in a café when white men fired shots into the windows. Reese was killed and two others were wounded. The shootings were part of an attempt by whites to terrorize blacks into giving up plans for a new school.(photograph unavailable)


January 23, 1957 · Montgomery, Alabama
Willie Edwards Jr., a truck driver, was on his way to work when he was stopped by four Klansmen. The men mistook Edwards for another man who they believed was dating a white woman. They forced Edwards at gunpoint to jump off a bridge into the Alabama River. Edwards’ body was found three months later.


April 25, 1959 · Poplarville, Mississippi
Mack Charles Parker, 23, was accused of raping a white woman. Three days before his case was set for trial, a masked mob took him from his jail cell, beat him, shot him and threw him in the Pearl River.


September 25, 1961 · Liberty, Mississippi
Herbert Lee, who worked with civil rights leader Bob Moses to help register black voters, was killed by a state legislator who claimed self-defense and was never arrested. Louis Allen, a black man who witnessed the murder, was later also killed.


April 9, 1962 · Taylorsville, Mississippi
Cpl. Roman Ducksworth Jr., a military police officer stationed in Maryland, was on leave to visit his sick wife when he was ordered off a bus by a police officer and shot dead. The police officer may have mistaken Ducksworth for a “freedom rider” who was testing bus desegregation laws.

September 30, 1962 · Oxford, Mississippi
Paul Guihard, a reporter for a French news service, was killed by gunfire from a white mob during protests over the admission of James Meredith to the University of Mississippi.


April 23, 1963 · Attalla, Alabama

William Lewis Moore, a postman from Baltimore, was shot and killed during a one-man march against segregation. Moore had planned to deliver a letter to the governor of Mississippi urging an end to intolerance.

June 12, 1963 · Jackson, Mississippi

Medgar Evers, who directed NAACP operations in Mississippi, was leading a campaign for integration in Jackson when he was shot and killed by a sniper at his home.

September 15, 1963 · Birmingham, Alabama
Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley were getting ready for church services when a bomb exploded at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, killing all four of the school-age girls. The church had been a center for civil rights meetings and marches.

September 15, 1963 · Birmingham, Alabama
Virgil Lamar Ware, 13, was riding on the handlebars of his brother’s bicycle when he was fatally shot by white teenagers. The white youths had come from a segregationist rally held in the aftermath of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing.


January 31, 1964 · Liberty, Mississippi
Louis Allen, who witnessed the murder of civil rights worker Herbert Lee, endured years of threats, jailings and harassment. He was making final arrangements to move north on the day he was killed.

March 23, 1964 · Jacksonville, Florida
Johnnie Mae Chappell was murdered as she walked along a roadside. Her killers were white men looking for a black person to shoot following a day of racial unrest.(photograph unavailable)

April 7, 1964 · Cleveland, Ohio
Rev. Bruce Klunder was among civil rights activists who protested the building of a segregated school by placing their bodies in the way of construction equipment. Klunder was crushed to death when a bulldozer backed over him.

May 2, 1964 · Meadville, Mississippi
Henry Hezekiah Dee and Charles Eddie Moore were killed by Klansmen who believed the two were part of a plot to arm blacks in the area. (There was no such plot.) Their bodies were found during a massive search for the missing civil rights workers Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner.

June 21, 1964 · Philadelphia, Mississippi
James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Henry Schwerner, young civil rights workers, were arrested by a deputy sheriff and then released into the hands of Klansmen who had plotted their murders. They were shot, and their bodies were buried in an earthen dam.

July 11, 1964 · Colbert, Georgia
Lt. Col. Lemuel Penn, a Washington, D.C., educator, was driving home from U.S. Army Reserves training when he was shot and killed by Klansmen in a passing car.


February 26, 1965 · Marion, Alabama
Jimmie Lee Jackson was beaten and shot by state troopers as he tried to protect his grandfather and mother from a trooper attack on civil rights marchers. His death led to the Selma-Montgomery march and the eventual passage of the Voting Rights Act.

March 11, 1965 · Selma, Alabama 
Rev. James Reeb, a Unitarian minister from Boston, was among many white clergymen who joined the Selma marchers after the attack by state troopers at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Reeb was beaten to death by white men while he walked down a Selma street.

March 25, 1965 · Selma Highway, Alabama
Viola Gregg Liuzzo, a housewife and mother from Detroit, drove alone to Alabama to help with the Selma march after seeing televised reports of the attack at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. She was driving marchers back to Selma from Montgomery when she was shot and killed by a Klansmen in a passing car.

June 2, 1965 · Bogalusa, Louisiana
Oneal Moore was one of two black deputies hired by white officials in an attempt to appease civil rights demands. Moore and his partner, Creed Rogers, were on patrol when they were blasted with gunfire from a passing car. Moore was killed and Rogers was wounded.

July 18, 1965 · Anniston, Alabama
Willie Brewster was on his way home from work when he was shot and killed by white men. The men belonged to the National States Rights Party, a violent neo-Nazi group whose members had been involved in church bombings and murders of blacks.

August 20, 1965 · Hayneville, Alabama
Jonathan Myrick Daniels, an Episcopal Seminary student in Boston, had come to Alabama to help with black voter registration in Lowndes County. He was arrested at a demonstration, jailed in Hayneville and then suddenly released. Moments after his release, he was shot to death by a deputy sheriff.

January 3, 1966 · Tuskegee, Alabama
Samuel Leamon Younge Jr., a student civil rights activist, was fatally shot by a white gas station owner following an argument over segregated restrooms.

January 10, 1966 · Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Vernon Ferdinand Dahmer, a wealthy businessman, offered to pay poll taxes for those who couldn’t afford the fee required to vote. The night after a radio station broadcasted Dahmer’s offer, his home was firebombed. Dahmer died later from severe burns.

June 10, 1966 · Natchez, Mississippi
Ben Chester White, who had worked most of his life as a caretaker on a plantation, had no involvement in civil rights work. He was murdered by Klansmen who thought they could divert attention from a civil rights march by killing a black person.

July 30, 1966 · Bogalusa, Louisiana
Clarence Triggs was a bricklayer who had attended civil rights meetings sponsored by the Congress of Racial Equality. He was found dead on a roadside, shot through the head. (photograph unavailable)


February 27, 1967 · Natchez, Mississippi
Wharlest Jackson, the treasurer of his local NAACP chapter, was one of many blacks who received threatening Klan notices at his job. After Jackson was promoted to a position previously reserved for whites, a bomb was planted in his car. It exploded minutes after he left work one day, killing him instantly.

May 12, 1967 · Jackson, Mississippi
Benjamin Brown, a former civil rights organizer, was watching a student protest from the sidelines when he was hit by stray gunshots from police who fired into the crowd.


February 8, 1968 · Orangeburg, South Carolina
Samuel Ephesians Hammond Jr., Delano Herman Middleton and Henry Ezekial Smith were shot and killed by police who fired on student demonstrators at the South Carolina State College campus.

April 4, 1968 · Memphis, Tennessee
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister, was a major architect of the Civil Rights Movement. He led and inspired major non-violent desegregation campaigns, including those in Montgomery and Birmingham. He won the Nobel peace prize. He was assassinated as he prepared to lead a demonstration in Memphis.

US History includes facts that place Christie's elitist rhetoric in true perspective. Once we get past the Civil Rights martyrs above "popular referendum" from the non-caring governor means people with no interest in equal rights voting against their personal greed, upbringing social paradigm and against their fears. 

Can you imagine southern whites depicted int he following post voting for civil rights for all while they literally took land from blacks? 

As a matter of fair reporting, after a few weeks Christie offer a typical conservative apology for his "popular referendum" remark.

While visiting a New Jersey radio station
“Anybody who was offended by what I said, if you’re listening out there tonight, I apologize for that. I didn’t mean to offend anybody, and if I did I’m sorry.”)
Christie's elitism and complete and utter callousness regarding the Michael Brown murder is unfathomable. He shows his conservative GOP paradigm regarding the US Justice System in full plume. The protesters, officials and citizens concerned with Ferguson is based in historic and ever-present of the Justice System regarding minorities. 

The New Jersey Governor wants to be president.  He is pathetic in his machismo, indifference and GOP dogma and should stand as an embarrassment for any black official who endorsed him for reelection as governor of  New Jersey.