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Chris Christie Endorses Koch Brothers Operative For Senate


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Cal
- 391 days ago - thinkprogress.org
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) endorsed Steve Lonegan (R), the former New Jersey head for the Koch Brothers' Americans for Prosperity, for U.S. Senate on Tuesday.



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Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 5:06 pm
Will wonders never cease. Thank you for the news. (n, p, t)
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 5:30 pm
Thanks.
 

Helen Porter (40)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 7:43 pm
I just don't know.

shaking my head
 

Susanne R. (249)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 9:12 pm
So much for Chris Christie's 2009 promise of a middle-of-the-road “common-sense approach"...
 

Arielle S. (317)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 8:52 am
For some strange reason, I expected better....
 

Jason R. (60)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 10:07 am
Could he be as dumb a goon as he looks? No surprise from the so called moderate.
 

Suzanne O. (34)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 10:47 am
Jason, that comment is just so disrespectful and doesn't offer up much in terms of reason or sense. But go for it.

NJ has not had a republican senator in over 40 years. NJ does not get a very good return at all for all the tax money sent to Washington. While I don't agree with everything Mr. Lonegan espouses and I am quite sure Governor Christie doesn't either. NJ needs some change in Washington.

To be perfectly honest, who would you really expect him to endorse anyway?


It's funny I don't hear any of you singing praises for Governor Christie for banning gay aversion therapy for youths. NJ only the second state to do so.

No, you want to waste your time on bashing rather than understanding. I think if you lived in NJ you might have a better grip on the reality of the politics. Maybe not.

While I am not 100% sure who I plan to vote for in this senate race. I surely would love to get some other representation down that way. It just hasn't been working out so fairly for the good citizens of my state.

All the extremes dislike Governor Christie. I wonder why that is? hmm....
 

Suzanne O. (34)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 11:09 am
You know I was just thinking about how party endorsements go. I can remember being really upset with President Obama coming to NJ at least 2 if not 3 times to endorse Governor Corzine in the last election. The people here didn't go for it because they knew what Jon Corzine was and what he did to our state and her citizens.

Now either President Obama had some really bad info on Corzine and truly loved the guy or he was just sticking to party politics.

It's just an example...
 

Suzanne O. (34)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 11:31 am
Just to clear up a couple of points on the list in the article.

Governor Christie is expanding medicaid in NJ in accordance with ACA. Exchanges are also being set up.

The areas where he is encouraging Charter schools are mainly Abbot districts, which since the 70's have failed those school systems spending on average $20,000+ per student. The system that is in place does not work very well and is extremely costly to all the taxpayers of the state for failure. I will have to check but I do believe Cory Booker is in favor of Charter schools as well.

Funding and aid for just about everything in our state was cut through necessity. Not just Planned Parenthood suffered this. Talk to our past Governors and see the shape they left us in before making judgement on this one.

NJ has some of the strictest gun laws around. He just recently passed through a crap load more and vetoed I believe two due to content within the actual bills. Legal guns are not the problem here.
 

Joanne Dixon (38)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 11:42 am
I encourage anyone with any spare change (living on Social Security, I know how tough that is) to send it to Barbara Buono. If she can get out her message, she can win the governorship. And, as in Virginia, the election is this year.
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/08/21/christies-massive-lead-in-governors-race-shrinks/
 

Suzanne O. (34)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 12:23 pm
http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/pollster/2013-new-jersey-governor-christie-vs-buono
 

Barbara K. (84)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 12:23 pm
Well, people in New Jersey better vote Democrat if they don't want a Koch puppet in the government.
 

Barbara K. (84)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 12:23 pm
Well, people in New Jersey better vote Democrat if they don't want a Koch puppet in the government.
 

Suzanne O. (34)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 12:31 pm
My bet is Cory Booker will take the senate. I'm not really upset by that. So far what I see in Booker I can live with. I quite possibly may be voting that way myself. I will see what goes on over the next few weeks.

As far as the state politics, such as, the governors race, I respectfully ask those that have no skin in this game to stay out. If you don't live here, please leave it to New Jerseyans to decide. New Jersey I believe has a 3 to 1 democrat lead in registered voters. There is a reason Buono is not fairing so well. Please do not condemn a state to death because you prefer a democrat in charge.


 

Dianna M. (13)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 2:41 pm
"Please leave it to New Jerseyans to decide"? Suzanne O, let me respectfully ask that you tell that to the Koch brothers and Karl Rove. As for your comment about "condemning a state to death," I think that statement would be better aimed at those in Congress who voted against giving any financial aid to New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy. Certainly not to the people here on Care2, some of whom, like me, may have made donations out of their own pockets for disaster relief. Are you really telling us to mind our own business the next time disaster hits your state?
 

Dianna M. (13)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 2:43 pm
"Please leave it to New Jerseyans to decide"? Suzanne O, let me respectfully ask that you tell that to the Koch brothers and Karl Rove. As for your comment about "condemning a state to death," I think that statement would be better aimed at those in Congress who voted against giving any financial aid to New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy. Certainly not to the people here on Care2, some of whom, like me, may have made donations out of their own pockets for disaster relief. Are you really telling us to mind our own business the next time disaster hits your state?
 

Dianna M. (13)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 2:54 pm
Sorry for the double posting. Care2 is acting weird today.
 

Suzanne O. (34)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 2:55 pm
Dianna, I absolutely contacted every congress member and senate member who would hold up very needed aid. That is not what I was referring to.

On a federal level you guys share the results of who is put in office. On the level of state governor, you bear no joy or pain, so don't get involved in it by trying to solicit donations. That was my point.

Dianna, I have a question for you. Do you ask me your last question because you think you know something about me. Not likely at all. I actually find it a silly question just to stir it up.
 

Nyack Clancy (435)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 3:04 pm
Hello, neighbor, New Jersey!

I just wanted to interject @ Dianne
" may have made donations out of their own pockets for disaster relief. Are you really telling us to mind our own business the next time disaster hits your state?"

HELL YES! If you think making a donation to a cause in a state, buys you special privileges to govern that state- then PLEASE DO KEEP YOUR DONATIONS!

Financial donations do NOT buy VOTING RIGHTS.
 

Suzanne O. (34)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 3:06 pm
You know I went back and read my post. I thought the way I stated it was pretty clear and respectful. Do you want me getting involved with picking your state government?

Every state has different situations, problems, needs. I would never expect or ask that someone living in Nebraska, for example, know what NJ day to day needs are.


Every state has disasters that we as a country come together and try to help. Day to day politics are our own.
 

Suzanne O. (34)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 3:09 pm
Nyack, much appreciated and we still must meet for that cup of coffee some day. :)
 

Nyack Clancy (435)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 3:10 pm
There-in lies the problem. People that contribute financially begin to think that buys them the right to govern.

That is NOT called a ""contribution"- it is called BRIBERY, and it is a CRIME.
 

Dianna M. (13)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 3:24 pm
Again, I ask: Are you telling the Koch brothers and Karl Rove to stay out?

No, I don't think my disaster relief donations "buys you special privileges to govern that state"--but I apologize deeply and abjectly for caring about what happens to people in your state, or any other. Obviously, that was wrong of me. Never mind that what happens in your state affects the rest of us too--especially with Chris Christie positioning himself for a run for the Presidency.

And this is why we can't have a discussion. I make a statement disagreeing with what you said, and I'm accused of bribery.
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 3:52 pm
No surprise. No Republican would dare oppose the Koch brothers.
 

Suzanne O. (34)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 3:56 pm
Dianna, you really need to read what I am saying rather than what you believe I am saying.

Your apology falls along the lines of pathetic and self-serving.

Are the Koch Brothers and Karl Rove telling Governor Christie what to do? No. I think it is pretty clear that Governor Christie takes on everyone for what he believes is best for us all. I think we would be fortunate to have a man like him be President, but then I would lose him. I don't want that to happen.

As far as a discussion, I think you did pretty nicely in dismantling that.
 

GGmaSheila D. (169)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 7:00 pm
Don't know if any of my comments are getting thru but am going on assumption they'll show up sometime - maybe a month from now...Anyway had a good time reading all the comments her. Noted and thanks.
 

Bill and Katie D. (78)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 9:41 pm
Then he's all set just push the buttons!!?? WE SURE DON'T NEED THIS!!
THANK YOU
 

Robert K. (31)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 1:58 pm
Just in case you thought that maybe Christie isn't a bass ackwards scum sucking pig. As many have mentioned, a stopped clock is right twice a day and Christie is right twice a century.
 

Suzanne O. (34)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 7:20 pm
Robert, how could I possibly argue such thoughtful commentary?

I think I will let it sit on its own because it certainly speaks volumes about someone.
 

Roseann D. (178)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 7:38 pm
Sigh, when it comes to the GOP, even the moderates are beyond moderately crazy.
 

Suzanne O. (34)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 7:40 pm
Sigh, not really. Not at all...
 
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