"Bridge Over Troubled Water-Gate"

The developing Chris Christie scandal is representative of a political culture that has the entire nation stuck in traffic.

On Aug 13, 2013, at 7:34 AM, Bridget Anne Kelly <bridgetannekelly@yahoo.com> wrote:

> Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.  

Chris Christie is in full-on apology mode and trying to perform the required mea culpas needed to rescue his expected presidential campaign and perhaps his governorship. Unfortunately, he does not seem to grasp the core of the problem that led to the scandal. He states that he fired Bridget Kelly “because she lied to me.”  While her untruthfulness may have been the biggest personal affront to Christie himself, her greater failing was her willingness to put politics above governing. If Christie truly wants to advance himself as someone who governs everyone, “Republican, Democrat, independent or unaffiliated,” he needs to use this scandal as an opportunity to take a stand against the win at all costs political mentality that currently grips our nation.

Sent 9/10/13 8:04 AM

Sokolich text to Baroni: Presently we have four very busy traffic lanes merging into only one toll booth...The bigger problem is getting kids to school. Help please. It’s maddening

Received 9/10/13 8:05 AM

Is it wrong that I am smiling?

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Received 9/10/13 8:05 AM

I feel badly about the kids

Received 9/10/13 8:06 AM

I guess

Sent 9/10/13 8:11 AM

They are the children of Buono voters

Sent 9/10/13 8:13 AM

Bottom line is he didn’t say safety

Actually, the bottom line should have been that these were fellow citizens who were being terrorized by the actions of people who wanted to run up the margin of victory in an election. The culture behind their actions is the same one that causes the Senate Minority leader to declare that his “top political priority...should be to deny President Obama a second term.”  Funny, I thought the job that we pay you to do is to serve your constituents. This poisoned political culture allows Ted Cruz to declare that “Obamacare isn’t working” and “driving up health care costs” while 25 Republican governors “actively work to keep millions of poor Americans from gaining coverage under the law’s Medicaid expansion.”  According to one estimate this action will “raise premiums by 15% in the exchange because sicker people will be in the exchange.”  It also allows Marco Rubio to use the slow rate of recovery in the jobs market as a talking point against the President and then vote against an extension of long term unemployment benefits for people affected.  

Trapped in his current predicament, Chris Christie is in the best position to put his foot down and say that “enough is enough.” Somebody has to because in the current atmosphere nothing is getting done. Last year’s government shutdown cost the economy $24 billion.  The Senate could not pass a bill improving the background check system for gun purchases. The House has refused to tackle immigration reform. They have also wasted time and resources in voting 46 times to repeal Obamacare but have yet to put one bill on the President’s desk that would improve the law. John Boehner may think that he “should not be judged on how many new laws we create. We ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal,” but the problems facing our country are not going to solve themselves.  The job of the legislature is to legislate.

A good place to start would be a total and complete repudiation of the birther wing of the Republican party. The party’s failure to do so has allowed the oft-refuted claims of Obama’s ineligibility for the Presidency to grow into a movement that undermines the office of the Presidency and stands in the way of cooperation.  This sub-culture of conspiracy theorists has moved beyond claims that the President was not born in Hawaii to charges that Obama had Paul Walker killed in a drone strike and that he “secretly sign(ed) a law that makes it a crime to protest against him or ask him a question he doesn’t like.”   The Tea Party continues to forget that impeachment is a punishment for committing “high crimes and misdemeanors,” not a way of reversing election results with which they are not happy by continuing to call for Obama’s removal from office for such perceived offenses as not sending and official delegation to “the great former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher’s funeral.”  

On Sep 13, 2013, at 11:47 AM, David Wildstein  <david.wildstein@gmail.com> wrote:

> The New York side gave For Lee back all three lanes this morning. We are appropriately going nuts. Samson helping us to retaliate.

Neither party holds a monopoly on the solutions that our country needs and the best course of action is to take the best ideas from both sides. However, this requires the ability to work across the aisle through the art of compromise. Unfortunately, this is never going to happen as long as words like “retaliation” remain part of our political vocabulary.


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Charlie B February 08, 2014 at 12:36 AM
Charlie B, January 24, 2014 at 10:26 pm: "The only thing we know for certain about Christie is that he's a bully." Looks like Charlie B was correct about Christie being a bully, but now we also know that his bullying extended to keeping dossiers on various NJ city mayors--collecting intelligence in hopes of controlling and leveraging support for his recent election and who knows what else at this point. Guess he didn't think that scheduling the "special" Cory Booker election was enough to ensure his dominance.
Charlie B February 11, 2014 at 06:13 PM
UPDATE: WAR ON CHRISTIE (I mean BENGHAZI). Fox News cited reports of a stand-down order no fewer than 85 times during prime-time segments as of June 2013. The "news" was that the Obama administration at some point ordered the military not to take action (to stand down) that would have saved lives. BUT (no surprise), a new report — which the Republican majority of the committee authored –makes very clear in its findings, however, no such order ever existed. Question: How many reports does this make, and why are you not changing you mind? Pasted from <http://thinkprogress.org/world/2014/02/11/3276171/gop-benghazi-military-hasc/>
Charlie B February 13, 2014 at 12:50 PM
Here's a look behind the Christie we see on TV. I can't/won't vouch for its accuracy. http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116601/chris-christies-rise-and-fall
Charlie B February 18, 2014 at 12:04 PM
UPDATE II: WAR ON CHRISTIE (I mean BENGHAZI) UPDATE: Issa shares his priorities for 2016. “I will get to the top of Benghazi... " http://www.unionleader.com/article/20140218/NEWS06/140219216
Status Quo February 18, 2014 at 12:14 PM
In corollary to your headline, Mr. Issa also stated in outlining some of his priorities as my Congressman: "I’m committed to my job in Congress and to conducting the oversight of the President and the Executive branch that the founders envisioned when they wrote the Constitution."
Antonio February 18, 2014 at 12:44 PM
Issa, the richest Congressman, is only interested in advancing the far right wing agenda of protecting the enormous wealth of the top 1% and screw the middle and lower class. His actions are too political and very little for doing anything for the common good. He uses his investigative powers strictly for partisan politics. Get real.
Status Quo February 18, 2014 at 01:23 PM
Incorrect 'Lyn'.
Charlie B February 18, 2014 at 01:27 PM
Like a wise man said, If Benghazi was Obama's fault, then 911 was Bush's fault. Headline: Darrell Issa plans hundreds of hearings (but not a one regarding WMD's in Iraq) http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/44850.html> Headline: Darrell Issa reveals list of investigations http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/46952.html
Status Quo February 18, 2014 at 01:56 PM
Yes 'Char', this non sequitur is kited often in-like manner to 'Lyn's lie and scorched Earth desperation.
Brian Aherne February 19, 2014 at 06:38 PM
I typically ignore Peterson's stuff, but this time I read the comments he left standing. "Lyn" takes the cake for inane. Protecting the democrats (who may have most of the 1%)? Yeah, right. Issa the richest? I do not know, but somehow I doubt statistics from anyone as silly as Lyn.
Carl Petersen III February 19, 2014 at 07:57 PM
It doesn't take a lot of effort to run a Google search: http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/uscongress/ss/Wealthiest-Members-of-Congress_11.htm
Carl Petersen III February 19, 2014 at 07:58 PM
Antonio February 19, 2014 at 09:38 PM
The above cite, blares the following headline, "Issa tops The Hill's 50 Wealthiest." He has been the wealthiest Congressman for several years. The fact that someone didn't know this, or foolishly disputes this fact, says legion about their knowledge and judgement.
Status Quo February 19, 2014 at 10:33 PM
I like the fact Mr. Issa IS the richest Congressman, made the bulk of his earned income from running of businesses and the fact it(Mr. Issa's personal wealth) has nothing to do with the idiocy of 'Lyn'. So far, just like 'Carl III'... I am well represented in my hodge-podged District by Mr. Issa... and 'Carl III' by his more left leaning Representative. This diversity, is a marker of how our American system operates.
Brian Aherne February 20, 2014 at 01:20 AM
Oh I guess the reports make it true. My rule is never believe politicians and those who report on them. Sen. Feinstein's reported personal wealth may or may not include her spouse as an example. The same for the rest. As Jess Unruh said long ago, "money is the mother's milk of politics." Unfortunately, we are the suckers, and they feed at the public trough. That said, my opinion of Lyn remains the same, but I'll add gullible.
Brian Aherne February 20, 2014 at 01:23 AM
I forgot to add that running a Google search adds nothing except to remind one of the now older TV ad that had some one believing something was true because they heard or saw it on the internet, and you cannot lie on the internet. Maybe you can't exaggerate or overstate either.
Fortified- AKA Mungo Jerry February 20, 2014 at 02:43 AM
THE GOVERNMENT OF ( guess which "third world", or "banana republic is planning this) IS MAKING PLANS TO SEND MONITORS INTO NEWSROOMS. according to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, the Obama administration is making plans for the FCC to do the monitoring. The same group that is in charge of reissuing the license, would be monitoring how the newsroom collects and uses information. We may no longer be in the position to sit by and wait for the next election. ( http://northridge.patch.com/groups/what-the-hell-are-they-doing-now/p/freedom-of-the-pressbye-bye_03df19cf )
Charlie B February 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM
More on ISSA'S partisanship. It's not his wealth that's the problem (except for how he made it, perhaps). http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2014/02/21/issas-suspicions-that-hillary-clinton-told-panetta-to-stand-down-on-benghazi/
Carl Petersen III February 23, 2014 at 03:58 AM
This week's blog is live at http://goo.gl/L5mPCw
Antonio February 23, 2014 at 01:51 PM
statusQuo must love a lot of federal politicians because a lot of them are very wealthy. Too bad you weren't around when Louis XVI needed your support. As for diversity, we have way too much extremist partisan divide and not nearly enough compromising for the greater good. Open your eyes.
Status Quo February 23, 2014 at 02:11 PM
'Lyn', I have respect for any politician who has gained their well-earned wealth in ethical ways, and generally 'love' wealthy' people who derived their rewards for hard work and determination to thrive. The small-minded extremists at both ends of your spectrum see no need or want compromise, just as many in the middle see that compromise is replacement for regular process of Advice and Consent. The very act of compromise, is throwing in-the-towel on correct legislation and governance. Having a bad Manager/management regime in-place with products of poor performance, does not help the present regimes' case. The wealthy as well as disparate Americans, all primarily respect smooth transitions of power. The moves and overreaches toward liberalism, has not performed well and performances require better choices by the electorate to restore some sanity into the divide caused from the excesses of exuberant Liberals and illiberal mindsets ~ thinking they know better or perform well. I have never liked following France in anything 'Lyn'. Incidentally, I've had eyes open to the overreaches of the Left and Right but give you the ginchie' eye about your stance.
Antonio February 23, 2014 at 02:30 PM
Most very wealthy people in the U.S. didn't get their wealth thru hard work, etc. Their parents were also very wealthy and so it will always be so. The only thing we are increasingly demanding is to partially restore their former higher income tax rates and slow/reduce the long and strong trend of income inequality. Does this sound reasonable or extreme?
trueconservative February 28, 2014 at 05:30 PM
Extreme!! You want someone to get wealth handed to them rather than earning it. Issa had a very successful business before he got into politics. He built his corporation and actually employed citizens and taxpayers which is unlike Obama who has always worked for a non-profit, non-taxed organization which depends on government grants funded by the taxpayers. Do you forget all of the ACORN scandals which is who Obama worked for? I just don't understand why you think working in the private sector and building your own financial stability is wrong? Issa employed and took care of many employees which included offering pensions and benefits that the taxpayers did not foot the bill for. You should actually go to one of his town meetings, he is a brilliant man and actually answers questions in an intelligent manner without a tell-a-prompter. I have been a business owner and worked for corporations and non-profits. It is much easier being an employee of the corporation. Non-profits are run and employed with people who like to give taxpayers money away and support themselves in a grandiose lifestyle off the taxpayers money.
Jack Doyle March 09, 2014 at 02:11 PM
ANYONE WHO BELIEVES that an office aide to the governor clogged the George Washington Bridge on her own and had help as well from an appointed governor's asisstant without Crapulent Christi knowing about it believes in Santa Claus and was born a Republiblot.As far as Clowngressman ASShold he is rich because he insured a warehouse he owned at a low price for 250 million dollars and it burned down in one month. The jujry found him not guiltyof arson.With that kind of bribery bucks available no wonder N ow as to Benghazi which no one know where it is or cares the secretary of State was not responsible for standing guard over an empty store front where four Americans died who wee guarded by Lebanese soldiers However in 1983 President Reagan ordered ten thousand Americans into Lebanon where 242 US marines who were guarded by US marines were blown to pieces in ten seconds. We the uninvaded Lebanon at a cost of 100 million dollars and several more lives Later Reagan said he was sorry and no investigation was demanded by teh Republbot Clowngress .Hypocritical?
Charlie B March 09, 2014 at 02:29 PM
trueconservative, you are extreme, and (willfully?) ignorant. Corporations pay nowhere near the tax rates we have now because of the loopholes we've given them, in spite of the fact that tax rates are lower than they've been in years. _________ Acorn had no real scandals, as has been determined by multiple investigations, and Obama had the most minor of connections with the organization; none of which were below-board in any way. http://www.factcheck.org/2008/10/acorn-accusations/ _________There is a much stronger case that Issa is not the most reputable businessmen (and certainly a stronger case that his investigative committee is closer to a kangaroo court)
Antonio March 09, 2014 at 02:36 PM
Thru loopholes (aka corporate welfare) U.S. C Corporations pay an average of 20% effective income tax rate. TC, checkout Issa's early years in San Francisco in which him and his brother were arrested for a car insurance scam but never prosecuted.
Jack Doyle March 10, 2014 at 05:10 PM
Issa owned on an over insured Warehouse that was set on fire deliberately according to investigators,the insurance compnay settled at far less than the number asked.He was also arrested three times for car theft,once his brother took the rap and he "got off" He did get very wealthy by owning a cartheft alarm he bought from someone that Ford bought and installed in almost all cars for years. Royalties accrued. He pursues the Bangazi farce to be a good Republibot but is losing the battle gradually,see what happened Friday? He looks like a little Hitler on that one. In 1982 Reagan invaded Beirut with ten thousand men and 242 US marines died in their beds protected.... by US Marines. WE then left the countryinless than three weeks at a cost of over 300 lives and 100 million dollars .Reagan later said he was sorry,Congress(GOP) never asked to investigate. Write to ISSA and ask why?
Carl Petersen III April 02, 2014 at 05:37 PM
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger January 18, 2014 at 06:05 pm "Carl continues to use the term "Teabaggers", after been told many times of the hateful use of that he spits out. You Carl, had a long comment section where people expressed their feelings about this. The "well They called themselves" ...and again Carl, a few did" _________________________________________________________ http://0.tqn.com/d/politicalhumor/1/0/j/L/3/teabagging-jesus-democracy.jpg
Fortified- AKA Mungo Jerry April 02, 2014 at 06:17 PM
"The "well They called themselves" ...and again Carl, a few did use it until MSNBC used it in a negative way in 2009"...AND THAT PICK IS FROM 2009....EXACTLY MY POINT!!! http://moronswithsigns.blogspot.com/2009/10/jesus-forgives-you.html
Fortified- AKA Mungo Jerry April 02, 2014 at 06:23 PM
And three months later? A half quote to justify your vile hateful speech from the "tolerant left" ?? And as the full quote states, is was used in 2009 until the "tolerant liberals changed the meaning., THE PIC WAS 2009 ________________________________________________......FULL QUOTE:______________________________________ Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger January 18, 2014 at 06:05 pm 1) Phillyboy January 18, 2014 at 02:13 PM "In Hillary's case , Four Americans died. Her response " What difference does it make " TO WHICH CARL ANSWERED___________________________________________________ The gospel according to the Tea Baggers. As you already know this is not her complete quote and taking it out of context changes its meaning. Sort of like "you didn't build that." ___________________________________________________ FACT: This is "her complete quote: ( http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1301/23/sitroom.03.html ) Carl continues to use the term "Teabaggers", after been told many times of the hateful use of that he spits out. You Carl, had a long comment section where people expressed their feelings about this. The "well They called themselves" ...and again Carl, a few did use it until MSNBC used it in a negative way in 2009. If you want to discuss, stop using it. If you want more mud slinging, and the gutter effect in your blog, you are doing that now. The ones who cry racism all day, but feel completely justified of doing exaclty that against those they hate.


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