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rusty charly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-07-10 07:09 PM
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Christie in 2012?
This only demonstrates the paucity of the GOP field and their desperation to grab on to anything. That this man, who is only where is his because of a Bush appointment and is bare in office one year is being fast-tracked to the White House by his party and The GOPMedia is frightening, to say the least.

The really scary thing is Christie is the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters, trampling everything in his path and Obama doesn't get down in the mud, like The Goodyear Governor obviously will.
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rusty charly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-07-10 07:25 PM
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1. "If I were you Christie,
I would be worried about surviving the next election with all of the bridges your burning!"
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rusty charly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 09:13 AM
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2. "Stumping puts Governor Chris Christie in the spotlight"

"Stumping"? Is that what the kids are calling it these days?
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rusty charly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 09:19 AM
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3. Winners and Losers: Week of Nov. 1
"It's too early to say whether his national campaigning will produce wins or losses for Gov. Chris Christie here in the Land of Woodrow Wilson."
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rusty charly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 07:56 PM
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4. "In terms of the percentage of travel,
U.S. Attorney C was the U.S. Attorney who most often exceeded the government rate without adequate justification. The U.S. Attorney provided insufficient, inaccurate, or no justification for 14 of 23 trips (61 percent) that exceeded the government rate.

For example, U.S. Attorney C traveled outside of his district to Boston, Massachusetts, for meetings with representatives of a defendant company at the Nine Zero Hotel. U.S. Attorney C stayed at the Nine Zero Hotel at a cost of $449 per night, which was more than double the government rate of $220 per night in Boston.16 U.S. Attorney Cs secretary told us that it was a coincidence that these meetings were at the same hotel where she had reserved a room for the U.S. Attorney.

In addition to his case-related travel, U.S. Attorney C also exceeded the government lodging rate when he traveled to Washington, D.C., to speak to an association. The U.S. Attorney stayed overnight at the Four Seasons Hotel, where he was scheduled to speak the following morning. The hotel rate at the Four Seasons was $475 per night, more than double the government rate of $233 per night. According to the justification memorandum, the U.S. Attorney stayed at the Four Seasons because his speech was scheduled at that hotel early in the morning.

16 U.S. Attorney Cs reimbursements for airport transportation costs were also noteworthy. For example, rather than take a taxi from the Boston airport to the Nine Zero Hotel in downtown Boston, a trip of approximately 4 miles, he prearranged a car service to and from the Boston airport to the hotel, which cost the government $236 round trip. In another example of excessive transportation costs, his car service from a London airport to his hotel in central London cost $562 round trip."
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tilsammans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 06:42 PM
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5. This, from "fiscal conservative" Christie . . .
Not exactly walkin' the walk, is he now?

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prodigals0n Donating Member (174 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 11:32 PM
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6. Christie is a fraud
The unnecessary trips and over the limit hotel stays are just a sampling of the corrupt behavior Christie was involved in during his tenure as U.S. attorney for NJ.

Christie discussed his candidacy with Karl Rove while still serving as U.S. attorney, a clear violation of the Hatch Act.

Christie held stock in a company he was investigating while U.S. attorney.

Christie gave no bid contracts worth tens of millions to John Ashcroft and former U.S. attorneys.

Christie gave one of those contracts to David Kelley, former U.S. attorney for Manhattan. I wonder why.

Christie gave a subordinate in the U.S. attorney office, Michele Brown (currently hired as Christie's appointments counsel --
-- ) a loan he failed to disclose or pay taxes on. /

Christie also hired several attorneys from his former U.S. attorney office as advisers as governor and increased his staff budget by $440K over the Corzine administration's staff budget.

Christie may also have received improper aid from Brown during the gubernatorial election.

"October 20, 2009
Christie May Have Gotten Improper Aid
When news broke in August that the former United States attorney, Christopher J. Christie, had lent $46,000 to a top aide in the federal prosecutors office, he said he was merely helping a friend in need. He also said the aide, Michele Brown, had done nothing to help his gubernatorial campaign.

But interviews with federal law enforcement officials suggest that Ms. Brown used her position in two significant and possibly improper ways to try to aid Mr. Christie in his run for governor.

In March, when Gov. Jon S. Corzines campaign requested public records about Mr. Christies tenure as prosecutor, Ms. Brown interceded to oversee the responses to the inquiries, taking over for the staff member who normally oversaw Freedom of Information Act requests, according to federal law enforcement officials in Newark and Washington. The requested information included records about Mr. Christies travel and expenses, along with Ms. Browns travel records.

In mid-June, when F.B.I. agents and prosecutors gathered to set a date for the arrests of more than 40 targets of a corruption and money-laundering probe, Ms. Brown alone argued for the arrests to be made before July 1. She later told colleagues that she wanted to ensure that the arrests occurred before Mr. Christies permanent successor took office, according to three federal law enforcement officials briefed on the conversation, presumably so that Mr. Christie would be given credit for the roundup."

Christie opened an investigation into Senator Robert Menendez that was wholly without merit and designed to influence the election.

"Time to Vote Contempt

February 14, 2008

Alberto Gonzales may be out, but the country is still waiting for a full accounting of how he and his White House patrons cynically politicized the Justice Department. Congress is rightly asking questions about the actions of yet another United States attorney: New Jerseys Christopher J. Christie. The House also needs to stop procrastinating and vote to hold witnesses in contempt for refusing to testify in the wider scandal.

Federal prosecutors must be scrupulously nonpartisan. Mr. Christie, a Republican activist who got his job despite a lack of trial and criminal-law experience, has gone up to the line of acceptable behavior and possibly crossed it.

He began an investigation of Senator Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, late in a hard-fought election campaign. The charges now appear baseless, but at the time the news provided a big boost to Mr. Menendezs Republican opponent. Mr. Christie went against a long Justice Department presumption against opening investigations or bringing indictments right before an election, to avoid affecting the outcome."

Not to mention the massive errors Christie has created as governor. Christie lost $400 million in Race to the Top funding for New Jersey and New Jersey must now pay back an estimated $350 million for the ARC tunnel Christie canceled. That's on top of the lost $3 billion in Washington funding for the project and another $2.7 billion lost in Port Authority funding.

Christie has attacked teachers and compared students to "drug mules". Christie recently spoke to a captive audience of teenagers and blamed teachers for the students' lack of supplies and materials in school. This after Christie cut school funding by over $800 million this year alone and lost $400 million in Race to the Top funding. That's $1.2 billion lost for New Jersey public schools due directly to Chris Christie and he blames teachers in front of their students.

This man has no moral compass at all. He is an incompetent self-promoter, a bully and a liar. Sound familiar? He's Bush in a fat suit.

Chris Christie = MASSIVE FAIL
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rusty charly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-10-10 10:17 AM
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7. "New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says
he's skeptical that humans are responsible for global warming."
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rusty charly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-10 10:46 AM
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8. A good reference:
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prodigals0n Donating Member (174 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-10 08:34 AM
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9. Great link Rusty. Thanks!
All the facts about Chris Christie's ongoing personal criminal enterprise in one place.

I hope the author knows to leave plenty of room for future entries.
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AshenLady Donating Member (2 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-30-11 12:58 PM
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10. Beware NJ Residents - Christie is gathering steam for pres. run
Dear People of NJ: could you bear having Christie for President, when as Governor he is
truly bad enough.

I am not sure if he will run against Obama or the election, but I am sure the Republicans
will roll him out for one election or the other.

I don't like any of Christie's policies except for the regionalizaton of servies such as
the police.

That being said, the rest of his policies are absolutely devastating anyone in NJ who is
not among the elite, very rich level of people.

What can we, as voters in the state of NJ, do to try to stop this rather large tsunami?

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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-30-11 07:03 AM
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11. Welcome to DU.
I don't think Christie will run.

No offense meant, but in NJ he's literally a big fish in a small pond. He's too much of a loose cannon and can't be controlled by the national RNC and its financial backers who call the shots. And I think Christie is not entirely stupid: he knows the WH is too big a job for him. He lacks experience in foreign affairs, national and international economies, federal agencies and their regulations. He does know how to criticize the stuff he doesn't know about, but lacks the knowledge of how to offer better alternatives. And he doesn't strike me as someone who listens to advisors. Just ask Brett Schundler.
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tabbycat31 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 10:56 AM
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12. I so hope he does not win
However if he does I have doubts that he would carry NJ on the federal scene.

I just came off a stint in Wisconsin and everyone was asking me about Christie. I just told everyone he is Scott Walker's heavier clone.
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