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Christie “knew this was bull****” and “obviously there’s been a coverup,” N.J. ex-gov tells Salon

Former New Jersey Gov. Richard Codey blasted Gov. Chris Christie Thursday, telling Salon “obviously there’s been a coverup” in the scandal over lane closures allegedly orchestrated to punish a mayor who didn’t endorse him. “There’s a lot of crimes committed here,” charged Codey, saying that while he didn’t believe Christie personally ordered the alleged retribution, “the governor should just be totally destroyed” over the “arrogance” apparent in appointees’ emails released on Wednesday. Codey, now a state senator, urged Christie to “take responsibility” for a “reign of terror” that led his allies to take vengeance on the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J.

While Christie said in a two-hour press conference Thursday that “there still may have been a traffic study that now has political overtones to it as well,” Codey called that “phony,” and said, “Come on, you knew this was bullshit.” While Christie told reporters “This is the exception, not the rule,” Codey pointed to past episodes of alleged vengeance, including the governor’s refusal to fund a postpartum depression program championed by Codey’s wife. “This has been an ongoing part of the administration,” charged Codey, “the way they attack anybody who doesn’t agree with them, on policy or anything else.” A spokesperson for Christie did not respond to a Thursday afternoon request for comment.

A condensed version of our conversation with Codey follows.

Ding Ding Ding: Over 2 Weeks Ago-Christie Claimed His Staff Gave Him a ‘Full Briefing’ on Bridgegate

Over Two Weeks Ago, Christie Claimed His Staff Gave Him a ‘Full Briefing’ on Bridgegate
By Andrew C. McCarthy
January 9, 2014 10:04 AM

Back on December 23, Christie held an “Ask the Governor” townhall-style radio meeting conducted by the local station, NJ 101.5 FM. He was pointedly asked about the so-called Bridgegate scandal.

By way of background, when the GWB lanes that caused massive traffic delays were closed, the Christie-appointed Port Authority deputy director claimed, falsely, that this was done in connection with a PA “traffic study.” The “Ask the Governor” radio host, Eric Scott, asked Christie whether he had seen the study. The governor responded with the now-familiar back-of-the-hand gruffness he deploys when asked questions he does not want to answer: “No. What do I care?” (This can be seen on a video the radio station has released, at about the two-minute-mark of the 3.5 minute clip.)

Scott then pointed out the obvious: If there were such a study and Christie had seen it, that would put the issue to rest once and for all. The governor peremptorily dismissed this suggestion: “No . . . because they’d find something else.” According to Christie, it was all a manufactured political scandal by people out to get him.

And how did he know that? Because, Christie explained at another point in the radio meeting, he had already looked thoroughly into the matter with the help of his staff. I’ve asked my staff to give me a full briefing,” he told Scott and listeners. “They’ve told me everything that we know. None of this makes sense; it’s all about politics. None of it makes sense.



Gov. #Christie never met Mayor Sokolich? This photo says otherwise. Mayor is far left.

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Gov. #Christie never met Mayor Sokolich? This photo says otherwise. Mayor is far left. CC: @WNYC pic.twitter.com/SOJcr2wRgJ


The Most Maddening Thing -The Deification Of Christie By The Media

The most maddening to me is the deification of Christie by the media. His opponent, Barbara Buono, was a very capable, hardworking woman. Yes she was a significant underdog but the media purposely ignored her all through the campaign. To the media she was boring. Never mind who would govern the State of New Jersey better. They were completely unfair in their coverage of the campaign. Then they ignored her when she said something was amiss after the campaign. To me it seemed clear there was political hanky panky going on. But the media silence was deafening.

It was as if the media was writing a movie script instead of reporting news.

The media always does this now and our nation really, really suffers for it.

from a comment at:http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/01/09/morning-plum-dems-slam-gop-senate-candidates-over-unemployment-benefits/?commentID=washingtonpost.com/ECHO/item/1389287875-992-111

Jon Stewart on Chris Christie’s scandal: ‘You can see Paul Ryan’s b*ner from space’

“Political payback through traffic congestion?” Stewart said disgustedly. “To see New Jersey sink to such a pi*s-poor third-rate quality of corruption. This is New Jersey. A state renowned for its pi*s-rich, first-rate quality of corruption.”

Stewart did give credit to Christie for his attempt to squelch the issue in December by saying he was “working the cones” on the George Washington Bridge at the time.

“That is a level of d*ckishness and sarcasm befitting our great state,” Stewart said. “It’s how I used to handle any accusation of wrongdoing at home as well: ‘Yeah, Mom, I was totally smoking pot. I’m a drug fiend, and me and my friends just smoked a whole bag of weed, yeah, and now we sell it to other people — that’s what we do.’”

But even if the burgeoning investigation threatens Christie’s presidential aspirations, Stewart observed, it was boosting another Republican’s spirits.

“You can probably now see Paul Ryan’s b*ner from space,” he said.


Baghdad Chris:

What Bridge, Where?

GOP Newspaper: Christie is a "Thug" and "he's Finished"

In the best possible light, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie built a top staff of lying thugs who threatened lives and safety to serve his political ends. If not, Christie is a lying thug himself.

Emails and text messages among his close aides made public Wednesday documented that in September they gleefully engineered George Washington Bridge lane closures to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee for failing to endorse their boss’ reelection.

Local officials say the gridlock they caused delayed ambulances in responding to four calls, including one involving an unconscious 91-year-old woman who later died.

Christie’s presidential ambitions are all but kaput, as he will be lambasted and lampooned as a man of low character and horrible judgment — again viewing him in the most favorable way.

and check out their featured cartoon:

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/christie-waterloo-article-1.1570246#ixzz2pv3RpvXohttp://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/01/08/1268212/-GOP-Newspaper-Thug-Christie-is-Finished

"There was a missing child"-NJ Bridge Lane Closure Slowed Search for Missing 4-Yr-Old, Says Official

Private messages released on Wednesday strongly suggest that a top adviser to Republican Gov. Chris Christie orchestrated a massive traffic jam in Fort Lee, New Jersey, as political retaliation against the city's Democratic mayor.

Calling the messages "astonishing" and "unconscionable," members of the Fort Lee borough council described the mid-September traffic disaster, caused when the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey unexpectedly closed two of the town's access lanes to the George Washington Bridge, as having dire consequences.

"There was a missing child that day. The police had trouble conducting that search because they were tied up directing traffic," says Jan Goldberg, a Fort Lee councilman who works with local emergency personnel. Police found the missing child, a four-year-old. "But with the streets in the condition they were, I would venture to say that the search took longer," Goldberg says.


Al Roker Owns Rush Limbaugh On The Polar Vortex- Tells Limbaugh To "STUFF IT"

On the Today Show this morning, the NBC weatherman told Limbaugh to "stuff it:

"Let me tell you something. We've never used the phrase 'global warming' or 'climate change' in conjunction with this... Okay?! So for all the doubters out there, STUFF IT."

Al Roker has this to say to all the haters out there: The polar vortex is real, and anyone who doesn't believe that can "stuff it."

Roker got the last word on the "polar vortex" controversy Wednesday morning when he pulled out an old college textbook from 1959 that contained a term ID for the weather condition.

Roker ✔ @alroker
For all the doubters who say the media "created" the Polar Vortex: From the 1959 AMS Glossary of Meteorology
3:52 PM - 7 Jan 2014



NJ's Biggest Paper: If He Knew, He's 'Obviously Lying And Unfit For Office'...

.... But was the governor lying, too?

Christie has said that after checking with his staff, he determined that no one from his office was involved in these lane closings. He scoffed at the very idea that it was political retribution against the Fort Lee mayor for refusing to endorse his re-election, and joked that he had moved the traffic cones himself.

His attempts to laugh this off now appear to be dishonest, though we can't yet be sure that he personally knew about the correspondence of one of his top aides. Still, Christie bears responsibility either way. If it turns out he did know, he is obviously lying and unfit for office -- let alone a 2016 presidential run.

And even if he did not, his officials are liars. If Christie can't control them, how can we trust him as a potential future leader of our country?

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