"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?

Sent 9/10/13 8:05 AM


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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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- I am Buzzlightyear >>>>>>>> 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- I am Buzzlightyear >>>>>>>> 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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