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NJ Mayors: Was Christie Getting Revenge on Me, Too? --- What if Ft. Lee was the tip of the icebeg?

Mayors in New Jersey say they're starting to consider foul play on behalf of the Christie administration in light of the George Washington Bridge lane closure controversy.


In Jersey City, Mayor Steven Fulop recently disclosed that the Christie administration cancelled several meetings — the day after he refused to endorse the Governor.

In Elizabeth, Chris Bollwage, who has been the mayor for 21 years, says his city has gotten payback from Christie after its state legislators opposed several pieces of the Governor's legislation.

“The Governor's retribution was to close down the Division of Motor vehicles here in the city of Elizabeth, which is the fourth largest city in the state of New Jersey,” Bollwage said.


Today's Weather

peace, kp

Now THAT's Respecting The Flag!

reminded me of this:

Jack “Kids Should Sweep the Floor” Kingston Eats a Lot of Free Lunches

Jack “Kids Should Sweep the Floor” Kingston Eats a Lot of Free Lunches
Posted on January 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm by JM Ashby

In December prior to the holiday break, Representative Jack Kingston (R-GA) asked are there no workhouses?

KINGSTON: “But one of the things I’ve talked to the secretary of agriculture about: Why don’t you have the kids pay a dime, pay a nickel to instill in them that there is, in fact, no such thing as a free lunch? Or maybe sweep the floor of the cafeteria — and yes, I understand that that would be an administrative problem, and I understand that it would probably lose you money. But think what we would gain as a society in getting people — getting the myth out of their head that there is such a thing as a free lunch.”

Not very many people were amused by Kingston’s remarks, myself included, because there is a such thing as a free lunch and it turns out Jack knows all about that.

Local NBC affiliate WSAV dove into Jack Kingston’s expenses and found that he eats quite a lot of free lunches.

“Kingston and his staff expensed nearly $4200 in meals for business purposes to his congressional office, paid for by the American taxpayer,” WSAV 3′s Dan Kartunen reported. The amount could have purchased nearly 2,000 Georgia school lunches.

WSAV also found that Kingston also racked up $4,289 of free meals paid for by third-party groups like the Georgia Bankers Association and the Congressional Institute. Kingston has also travelled to a handful of continents on congressional business racking up $24,313 in costs. Those expenses include more than just meals. What’s more, Kingston also expensed $145,391 worth of meals for campaign events.

It’s clear that where poor students went wrong was not having a third party, a lobbyist, or their campaign pay for their lunch.



Why wasn't Christie dismissed in the great US Attorney purge of '06? Because he did what he was told

Christie Showed His Stripes
by BooMan
Sat Jan 11th, 2014 at 08:28:51 AM EST

The dismissal of U.S. attorneys controversy of 2007 has been largely forgotten, but it was a very big deal at the time. It resulted in the resignations of the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General, the Acting Associate Attorney General, the chief of staff for the Attorney General, the chief of staff for the Deputy Attorney General, the Director of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, the former acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, and the Department of Justice's White House Liaison. It was a total disaster for the Bush administration that was the natural result of a conspiracy to deliberately politicize the Justice Department. The U.S. Attorneys who were fired were fired for insufficient partisan zeal. In some cases, they refused to open meritless voter fraud cases. In other cases, they wouldn't open meritless investigations on Democratic politicians. In still other cases, they were actually investigating lawbreaking by Republicans.

So, one of the takeaways from the scandal was that the U.S. Attorneys who weren't dismissed were incredibly suspect. The attorneys who were found acceptable to the Bush administration were the ones who would launch phony investigations against innocent people and who would cover up criminal activity if is was carried out by Bush's allies. Chris Christie was a U.S. Attorney who passed that test. He was considered sufficiently corrupt (or corruptible) to remain a U.S. Attorney in Alberto Gonzales's (and Karl Rove's) Justice Department.

How did he pass that test? Let's go into the Wayback Machine:

The enmity between Mr. Christie and Mr. Menendez dates at least to 2006, when Mr. Menendez was running for Senate and Mr. Christie was the top federal prosecutor in New Jersey. Mr. Christie’s office started an investigation that touched on Mr. Menendez’s dealings with a community group. Mr. Menendez charged that the inquiry was politically motivated — nothing came of it — and people close to the senator say he still resents it.

Why wasn't Christie dismissed in the great purge of 2006? Because he did what he was told, and harassed Bob Menendez during election season.

After Christie became the governor of New Jersey he had the power to make dozens of appointments to the Port Authority, and it is now clear that he continued his practice of using his office to politicize non-political organizations.

MORE plus links:

John Dean: After Kent State massacre, Hoover ranted about one how 1 of the murdered women was a slut

A perfect high level Nazi

by digby

Jon Schwarz tweeted out this interesting little tid-bit from John Dean's book,
discussing Hoover's reaction to Kent State:

John Dean says after the Kent State massacre,
Hoover ranted about one how one of the murdered women was a "slut":

They always seem to know all about the "sluts" don't they?


Christie/PAPD-Conspiracy? Fort Lee Mayor: Port Authority Police Blamed Me For Christie's Traffic Jam

Fort Lee Mayor: Port Authority Police Blamed Me For Christie's Traffic Jam
JAN. 10, 2014, 3:07 PM 1,946 2

Fort Lee, N.J. Mayor Mark Sokolich (D) wrote a letter to a top Port Authority official on Sept. 12 complaining that the agency's police officers were telling commuters it was the mayor's fault that lanes were closed on the George Washington Bridge, causing massive traffic jams.

Documents revealed this week made clear that Gov. Chris Christie's (R-N.J.) appointees were responsible for the closures, along with at least one member of the Governor's senior staff.

The state of New Jersey released hundreds more pages of documents Friday surrounding the "Bridgegate" scandal, including the Sokolich letter to Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni. Here's the relevant excerpt:

The release of these new documents comes two days after the revelation that top Christie aides were involved in the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. Christie held a press conference on Thursday apologizing for the scandal and said he didn't have any knowledge of or involvement in the decisions.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/fort-lee-mayor-port-authority-blamed-me-for-the-traffic-jam-2014-1#ixzz2q2lC679A

If this was indeed the case, the conspiracy included giving marching orders to PAPD officers who were instrumental in dropping the blame for the traffic jam in Sokolich’s lap. So not only did Wildstein and the other conspirators endanger public safety with a week-long, nightmarish traffic jam, but they chose to involve police officers as mouthpieces to spread their ill-conceived criminal enterprise.http://thedailybanter.com/2014/01/a-big-piece-of-the-christie-bridge-conspiracy-revealed/

We Can Afford To Help The Unemployed

We Can Afford To Help The Unemployed
JAN 10 2014 @ 1:22PM

The deficit continues to fall:

The Congressional Budget Office this week published its estimates for the finances for the first three months of the fiscal year. Looking at what we know about the first two months, it looks like the government actually ran a $44 billion surplus for December. As a result, according to CBO, the estimated deficit for the first three months of fiscal 2014 was $182 billion—that would represent at 38 percent decline from $292 billion in the first three months of fiscal 2013.

Think about that. Through the first 13 weeks of the current fiscal year, the deficit has declined by $110 billion—or about $8.5 billion per week. The $6.4 billion needed to extend unemployment benefits represents about five days of deficit reduction.


PERFECT!!!---The New Yorker Cover Draws Christie

Please proceed, governor.

You assigned Kevin O'Dowd and Charlie McKenna
to investigate your staff's involvement in the
order to close lanes on the bridge.

BUT -- "Charlie" is one of the people named in
the redacted emails. He not only knew about
the order, but gave one of Christie's men kudos
for his role in pulling it off.

So how did "Charlie" investigate the role of Christie's
office staff if he was part of the crime?

Please Proceed, Governor
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