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Rachel Maddow Catches Chris Christie's Staff Cheering on Appointee Who Lied to Lawmakers (TEXT and VIDEO)

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: media, Rachel Maddow, New Jersey, Chris Christie, government, corruption, dishonesty )

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow showed correspondence on Friday suggesting that several members of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) staff and one member of his re-election team reacted supportively toward a Christie appointee's testimony before lawmakers...

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Kathleen R (192)
Saturday January 18, 2014, 1:53 pm
Noted. Oh Carrie this is great. I missed Rachel's Friday program. Thanks for the video. I sit with baited breath (so to speak) waiting for the other shoe to drop. Have disliked Christie's style, to me he is a bully. But I guess it was too much to think he was at least honest. Corrupt administration from the top down. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

JL A (281)
Saturday January 18, 2014, 4:51 pm
Why did this trigger images from the movie the "Godfather" in my mind?

John B (185)
Saturday January 18, 2014, 5:25 pm
Thanks Carrie for the link to the article and video segment. Rachel is always on top of the issues and this was no exception. I'm hoping it will go to the point of impeachment for Christie. Read viewed and noted.

Jeanne Young (19)
Saturday January 18, 2014, 8:41 pm
And to think, some of the brighter lights 0.5watts?) of the GOP are talking about impeaching Obama!
Yes indeed, JohnB I'd LOVE to see this crude throw-back to the 20's gangwars, AND his staff of thuggish enforcers - impeached

Alan Lambert (91)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 3:14 am
I missed Friday's Maddow too...Great story.

Robert K (31)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 6:57 am
Kathleen R, it's "bated breath", not baited breath. ;o)

Unless fat ass scumbag Christie spends the rest of his life in prison there is no justice.

Lona G (80)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 9:33 am
I can't view the video from overseas, but the article was enlightening enough. Just lie to lawmakers and think you get away with it. So now the lawmakers are going to dig deeper. However: "The subpoenas call for Christie’s office to turn over all communication records between Sept. 1, 2012 and present day related to the lane closures, including emails, texts, visitor and phone logs, Blackberry messages, notes, documents, instant messages, voicemail messages, diaries, day planners and calendars." Do they really think any damaging evidence is still there, not in the shredder, and will be handed over to be scrutinised? How incredibly naive.

Suzanne O (33)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 9:42 am
You people just don't even begin to understand how this state has been run and her citizens abused by politicians mostly on the democrat side, since they really do rule the roost here. It would make me laugh if you were honest in your discussions about it all and not just out for blood for a man you will never view fairly.

These mafia comments are also beyond ridiculous. You really need to get the Soprano's out of your heads and realize we are just people here who have a different style and way. Just makes me shake my head in wonderment. Do you know any mafia members personally to make this comparison over and over again? Too many movies for you all.

Arlene C (40)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 1:16 pm

Birgit W (160)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 1:45 pm
Thanks for sharing Carrie.

Jae A (316)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 2:08 pm
Yes'em...Rachel is the best when it comes to beng on top of things with the "Facts"...that alone makes her miles above any righting political analyst/political talk show host.

Kathleen R (192)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 2:52 pm
Robert K, thanks for correction. I didn't but should have caught that. LOL And now there seems to be problems with the Sandy disaster aid money. in at least Hoboken. Where there is smoke you know the rest. And it seems to be awfully smoky in Trenton, NJ.

Brad H (21)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 3:20 pm

barbara C Horban (56)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 3:29 pm
Love Rachel. Shared and noted

Suzanne O (33)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 3:36 pm

Gov. Chris Christie's office today once again fired back at claims leveled by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer that Hurricane Sandy relief money was held hostage by the governor, saying the city has received millions in aid and has not been denied any grant it has requested.

In a release, a spokesman for the governor slams Zimmer and MSNBC, which first aired Zimmer's claim, for conflating hazard mitigation funding with Sandy recovery money. According to the governor's office, Hoboken already has received nearly $70 million in relief money.

"Hoboken has in no way trailed similarly situated communities in the receipt of rebuilding funds," the release from Christie's office said.

Flood mitigation is a separate and far smaller pool of money than actual Sandy relief funds, the governor's office said, adding that a total of $300 million for mitigation efforts was available in the form of federal grants. But municipalities - including Hoboken - across all 21 counties submitted grant applications totaling $14 billion. At $100 million, Hoboken's request totaled for than a third of the total pool of money, the administration said.

"The claim that Hoboken has been denied any Sandy relief funds is false," the release said. "Hoboken has not been denied on a single grant application for recovery efforts under the current programs for which they are eligible."

Go to the link for rest of story.

Sunday January 19, 2014, 3:38 pm
noted said article on 01-19-14 it just goes too show how corrupted our government is and will always be the truth will never be known because everyone that is involved will cover each other's backs, but eventually the truth will come out and heads will roll.

Suzanne O (33)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 3:44 pm

Asked by NBC's David Gregory during an appearance on Meet the Press if he was rushing to judgment in the investigation given his earlier statements that Christie could face impeachment, Wisniewski said the committee is taking a measured approach to unraveling the controversy.

"I've said that talking about impeachment is premature," he told Gregory. "There's no connection that he knew or he directed it. What we do know is someone in his staff sent an email to close the lanes. We know that senior people in his staff were involved in trying to do damage control and trying to come up with the cover story for it and so we have a lot of questions."

Go to link for rest of story...

Suzanne O (33)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 6:01 pm
Why did Mayor ZImmer say this on January 10?

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer says she had a face to face visit with Governor Christie in the spring, when he asked her to endorse him for re-election.

She told him she would be remaining neutral.

“He was quite disappointed, but I wouldn't say that he was angry. He was disappointed and said he would keep asking,” Zimmer said. "And I said, 'We can keep the conversation going but I don't expect to be changing my position.’ And I didn't.”

She had applied for a Hazard Mitigation Grant to protect Hoboken from flooding. During Sandy, 80 percent of the city was under water.

Zimmer says she asked the state for $100 million in grants. She got $300,000 — a fraction of 1 percent.

“It's a lot less and I was extremely disappointed,” Zimmer said. “And at the time I was angry because I felt like the focus was on the shore.”

Now, she says she can't help but wonder if her decision not to endorse Christie played a role.

"With 20/20 hindsight, in the context we're in right now, we can always look back and say, 'Okay, was it retribution?'” Zimmer said. “I think probably all mayors are reflecting right now and thinking about it, but I really hope that that's not the case.”

Read more: Hudson Reporter - Is Chris Christie into political payback and what about political rewards Fulop Zimmer and more

Karen Chestney (112)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 10:13 pm
God bless Rachel.....may She live long and prosper.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Monday January 20, 2014, 1:55 pm
Rachel is the best.

Jason R (67)
Friday January 24, 2014, 10:22 am
Meet the new troll, Suzanne
"You people just don't even begin to understand how this state has been run and her citizens abused by politicians mostly on the democrat side.."

Who shut down the bridge? Who said, no contract, no Sandy money…

Gimme a break!

Suzanne O (33)
Friday January 24, 2014, 10:40 am
Give me a break. You really are clueless.
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