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Chris Christie: A Self Portrait

A Gibson Dunn Crutcher Production
Directed by Chris "Governor Soprano" Christie
Written by Rudy Mastro
Technical Adviser: DU-er Laxman (Christie Crime Digest)
Financed by The Taxpayers of New Jersey


Who is the real New Jersey Governor Chris Christie? From the Bridge(t)-Gate summary memos (beginning on page 163):

A man with a mind like a steel trap?

...(H)e believed he spent more time with Mayor Zimmer than most other Mayors in the State. Governor Christie noted that Mayor Zimmer was one of a few mayors he met with alone in his office about Sandy aid.

He recently saw a photograph of himself and a Rockefeller Group executive at a DayTop Village charity event last year. He had not recalled seeing the executive at that large gathering, but realized that he must have, given the photograph.

...(T)he Governor recalls singing a song with the Lt. Governor after dinner...the Governor recalled going to the kitchen for a snack—he recalled having raspberries—and running into the Lt. Governor in the kitchen and briefly saying hello.

The Governor said he did not know (Chip) Michaels well, but he is familiar with Michaels’ family. They were reacquainted in the past few years because their children played hockey. The Governor recently saw Michaels at the hockey rink, where they discussed their children and hockey, including his son’s recent injury.

Mrs. Christie was by the Governor’s side throughout the 9/11 Memorial Event, including the period before the event began...the Governor recalled that Mrs. Christie asked to use a bathroom...there was no bathroom in the (Port Authority) trailer. A female Port Authority Police Department officer, who was possibly Baroni’s driver, then took Mrs. Christie to the bathroom...

Usually, the Governor would have to go to Stepien’s office if he wanted to speak with Stepien. As of April 2013, Stepien would need an appointment to meet with the Governor because he was no longer a State employee.

At some point, someone, possibly Deb Gramiccioni, told the Governor that Baroni wanted to bring in Wildstein and pay him over $200,000 a year, which she said was too high. The Governor agreed and said that Wildstein’s appointment was acceptable as long as he was not paid too much.

The Governor had two reactions to the article: (1) it was typical of Foye to write and then leak an email, rather than directly discussing the issue; and (2) the Governor wanted to know what happened.

The Governor listened to part of Foye’s testimony and the other Port Authority professionals while he ate lunch.

...(T)he Governor walked into O’Dowd’s office while Drewniak was there...Drewniak was talking about having dinner with Wildstein, which the Governor found surprising because he did not think that Drewniak and Wildstein were such good friends that they would have dinner together.

The Governor also recalled getting a call from Stepien on December 14, 2013, while the Governor was on his way to a doctor’s appointment...


Or a man with a mind like a stainless steel sieve?

The Governor was not aware, and had no recollection of ever knowing, that Mayor Zimmer took any position adverse to the Rockefeller Group project.

The Governor...now knows that Wolff & Samson represented the Rockefeller Group, although he was not aware of that at the time of the allegations at issue.

The Governor had no memory of meeting Mayor Sokolich. The Governor knew Mayor Sokolich’s name because of the accusations that Mayor Sokolich made.

While the (lane) realignment was in effect, Governor Christie did not recall being aware of the lane realignment or the traffic caused by the lane realignment.

...Baroni and Wildstein, along with others, were present for most of the time (during the 9/11 memorial ceremony). The Governor has no specific recollection of conversations with them, other than light banter.

Asked whether anyone raised the subject of traffic in Fort Lee prior to or at this event, the Governor responded that he had no such recollection...

The Governor had no specific recollection of the September 17, 2013, and October 1, 2013 Wall Street Journal (“WSJ”) articles...The Governor had two reactions to the article: (1) it was typical of Foye to write and then leak an email, rather than directly discussing the issue; and (2) the Governor wanted to know what happened.

Asked about...Wildstein’s and Baroni’s resignations, the Governor recalled telling McKenna to ask for Wildstein’s resignation, and telling O’Dowd and McKenna to ask for Baroni’s resignation, although the Governor did not recall when this was.

...(T)he Governor recalled someone (though he does not recollect who), relaying that Wildstein had said something along the lines of, “I’m not stupid; I got this cleared by the Front Office.”

On the morning of December 12, 2013, there was a breakfast...(with) union leaders, which Stepien attended. The Governor had no specific recollection of that event...


As tough as nails?

During the December 13, 2013 senior staff meeting, the Governor walked in, slammed the door, and stood the whole time...He delivered this message loudly and made eye contact with everyone.

The next day, the Governor went to Trenton...He then held the press conference, while exhausted, answering all questions. Only after coming back did he realize that the press conference lasted nearly two hours.


Or as tender as rose petals?

...When the meeting started, the Governor recalled being nervous...He got emotional, and with tears in his eyes, asked if anyone else had anything else to do with the lane realignment, because he could not get sandbagged again....

The Governor recalled that O’Dowd had reported that Kelly was crying when she had said that she had nothing to do with the lane realignment...The Governor was not surprised that someone, particularly an individual like Kelly, might be nervous or upset in this situation...


So many facets, so little time! Stay tuned...


rocktivity

I've got his campaign slogan ready




Unless being more subtle would work better:




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"As long as the slut and that crazy female canine take the fifth, this report clears me."

That's not exactly what New Jersey governor Chris "Governor Soprano" Christie said in his interview with Diane Sawyer -- but he might as well have. From the report's executive summary:

Something happened to change this dynamic dramatically, however, in August 2013. By that time, Kelly had become Deputy Chief of Staff, assuming the post left vacant by her predecessor, Stepien, who had departed in April 2013 to run the Governor’s re election campaign.

Because Stepien was her “benefactor,” Kelly relied heavily on him during this transition. And at some point after Stepien’s departure to run the campaign, Kelly and Stepien became personally involved, although, by early August 2013, their personal relationship had cooled, apparently at Stepien’s choice, and they largely stopped speaking.

Kelly -- a vengeful woman scorned?


Our investigation found that Mayor Zimmer’s allegations are, in material respects, demonstrably false...the subjective perceptions she may have do not match objective reality, as reflected in the hard evidence uncovered during our investigation...

Even crediting this notebook’s contents as genuine, however, they are only as accurate as the perceptions of the writer...what other witnesses say she then told them is not corroboration either because it is as unreliable as the perceptions she recounts...

Whatever subjective perceptions she may have do not match objective reality, as reflected in the hard evidence uncovered during our investigation.

Zimmer -- an incompetent hysteric?


Rachel Maddow sure picked up on it:

...In the report, quote, "Evidence in Kelly`s personal life may have had some bearing on her subjective motivations. Her first known communication to David Wildstein about the lane closures occurred around the time her relationship with Bill Stepien had cooled. Apparently at Bill Stepien`s behest and Stepien and Kelly had largely stopped speaking...

"Given that Stepien`s personal relationship apparently cooled by Stepien and Kelly`s personal relationship apparently cooled by early August 2013" -- I mean, essentially they`re going throughout this report over and over again, did we mention that he dumped her?

...They have disproved (Zimmer's) allegations because they found a photo of her yawning...(A)s you can see here, the narrative here, figure five, "a person does not normally yawn when being threatened, coerced, or spoken to improperly."

Well, that is damning evidence...but it`s not all...Look at figure six. What is that? Mayor Zimmer of Hoboken, New Jersey, caught smiling...The hard evidence that she once yawned. Also that she once smiled.

You know how women are. Boy crazy. That`s why it happened. You know how it is.


But Rachel's a woman, of course, and a gay one at that -- her objectivity on slut shaming is compromised right out of the gate. Besides, you know how MSNBC is -- liberal crazy; GOP shaming. That's why it happened. Surely the rest of the media doesn't feel that way:

The Daily Beast: The Slut-Shaming of Bridget Anne Kelly

Raw Story: Slut-shaming Bridget Kelly: How she ranks among history’s greatest political sluts

New York Times: Irate Friends See Sexism in Report on Former Christie Aide

Huffington Post: Christie Report Finds A Culprit: A Scorned, 'Emotional' Woman

NYC.org: A Jilted Lover, a 'Crazy' Man and Diane Sawyer: What Christie Crisis Management Looks Like

Salon: Christie’s creepy misogyny: Behold his despicable “blame Bridget” strategy

New York Magazine: Chris Christie Bridgegate Report Slammed As Sexist

Media Matters: Will Megyn Kelly Ignore Sexist Attacks In Report Commissioned By Christie?

NorthJersey.com: Hoboken mayor portrayed as confused in report commissioned by Christie's office


Hmm. Well, surely a voyage through the Twitterverse will prove my point:

There are other ways to reach same conclusion without crafting a narrative that tries to shame Kelly + cast Zimmer as naive

it's telling that the only woman featured in Christie Bridge report gets trampled/slimed in print by Gov's hand-picked attorney.

If I were Bridget Anne Kelly, I'd stop protecting whoever I was protecting," says @morningmika "A woman should never be treated that way."

Christie's report all but says bridge closings happened because it was that time of the month

Fake traffic studies know no fury like a lover scorned

Wow, even Fox News says Christie's #BridgeGate report "slutshames" Bridget Kelly


Hmm. Well, maybe it's a good thing David Samson resigned today -- Christie certainly needed the media distraction!


rocktivity

My definitive DU moment was winning all of Congress in 2006

with the help of Howard Dean's fifty state strategy. Otherwise, Obama would have been impossible. Runners up:

Georgie's "Mission Accomplished" Banner

The Kaloogian Photo: Instanbul or Baghdad?

Outing Jeff Gannon

The Al Qeada Job Application

The Moran Family Reunion

Not Buying The "Pretzel-Dunce" Story

Neil Munro Could Dish It Out, But Couldn't Take It --
(Plus A Video)

Steve Colbert: "The Emperor Has No Clothes -- And There Isn't Much Of An Emperor, Either!"

2012 Republican Convention, Democratic (Underground) Backdrops --
(Plus A Video)

Let's Keep This (Thread) Kicked Till Franken Is Seated Or Hell Freezes Over


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P.S. Submitted without comment? I suppose you think you're too good to condescend to speak to the rest of us!!!

"This project...stalled when...an anti-development faction took over..."

Yes, I remember it well: the city of Hoboken refused to allow a tattoo parlor to open, citing "sanitation issues." But the owners had gone to the health department beforehand and found out what standards they would be expected to meet. Armed with that information and the fact that doctors and dentists were being allowed to operate despite their potential "sanitation issues," they filed suit and got a permit.

But why was the tattoo parlor given such a hard time? It soon became apparent: the city had just begun to gentrify, and an establishment that attracted biker and rock star types would certainly not fit in with the decor of their yuppie hell-to-be. But this story has a happy ending: more than twenty-five years later, The parlor is STILL in business!




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Doesn't feel very good to finish behind someone who fell down, does it?

For the record, I certainly understand WHY you'd be pissed about it. But you didn't seem to mind getting on the Olympic team ahead of someone though you'd fallen down yourself -- twice! YOU should have been the alternate, and I'm sorry to say that I think you skated like one: while I agree that your score should have been higher, I think the Japanese skater was better even with her fall.

I wouldn't have minded your getting all the media hype and endorsements if you hadn't been such a legend in your own mind. And I wish I could tell you "Better luck next Olympics." But thanks to your profane "ugly American" sore loser reaction, the judges will never give you good scores again.

Now you've made fools of those who inundated you with the hype and endorsements that Gracie Gold was better qualified for. And now you're on record as being unable to out-skate someone who fell down.

You got exactly what you deserved, Miss Tim Tebow On Skates.


rocktivity

What really offends the "rabid racist trolls" about Gracie's family

is that there isn't a white male involved.

Gracie is a living monument to her mother's preference to a black man over a white one -- and now that there's a little brother coming, it means she's had sex with him MORE than once -- and WILLINGLY!!!



This Swiffer commercial, on the other hand, has barely made a ripple because it's the lesser of two evils. A black woman desiring a white man, while not "ideal," is at the very least "logical!"





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Her mention of Rob Blagojevich brings back memories

It's time to play "Name That Goon!"

...One's a trash-talking thug trying to stay one step ahead of the law. The other was played by James Gandolfini. Can you identify the speaker of the ten quotes below?

1. "Unless I get something real good...shit, I'll just send myself, you know what I'm saying."

2. "What the fuck am I, a toxic person or something?"

3. "Log off, that "cookies" shit makes me nervous!"

4. "They're not willing to give me anything except appreciation. Fuck them."

5. "You got no fuckin' idea what it's like to be number one. Every decision you make affects every facet of every other fucking thing."

6. "I've got this thing and it’s fucking golden, and I'm just not giving it up for fuckin' nothing. I'm not gonna do it. And I can always use it. I can parachute me there."

7. "That motherfucker's full of shit. He's shaking me down."

8. "Our recommendation is fire all those fucking people, get 'em the fuck out of there..."

9. "I could have made a larger announcement but wanted to see how they perform by the end of the year. If they don't perform, fuck 'em."

10. "Jesus Christ! The money I've been dropping in here, I could've bought a fuckin' Ferrari."



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And here are the mistakes that YOU made, Governor Soprano

1. Not realizing that since it involves more than one state, the Port Authority of New York AND New Jersey can be investigated federally. You thought that promoting the PA contact who initiated the traffic closing and turning your chief of staff into the new state attorney general would shut down any investigation on the state level, and that would be that.

2. Not putting the nomination of your chief of staff on hold immediately and calling for a federal investigation yourself. That would have made it at least look like you wanted the most objective investigation possible.

3. Complaining to NY governor Andrew Cuomo that his executive director at the Port Authority was being too nosy. That indisputably makes you part of the coverup (if not the crime itself) and confirms that you knew there was no Ft. Lee traffic study.

4. Having your crew -- I mean, senior staff -- do their email communicating privately rather than on the government servers to avoid detection because they would have been on public record. I think this was done with your knowledge and consent because if you were innocent, you would have fired them -- not allowed them to resign -- for that alone, and at least a month sooner.

5. And here's your biggest mistake of all: successfully cultivating such a vindictive, despotic, lying, bullying cult of personality that the idea of Bridge(t)-gate happening without your consent brings an entirely new dimension to the concept of cognitive dissonance. All whom you've victimized and terrorized are creeping out into the sunlight now, and their stories reveal a pattern of behavior that puts the possibility of your being innocent light years beyond a reasonable doubt.

And I thought that Bon Jovi were the only New Jerseyites who could give me so much pleasure.


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