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Christie the Bully? A Look at NJ Gov's Remarks

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- 2013 days ago -
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's opponents have repeatedly accused him of being a bully, but never before have they had such a dramatic example to try to make their point.


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Ellen G (322)
Friday January 10, 2014, 8:17 am
Imagine that! A politician that is a bully, or a politician with his/her tail between its legs. We elect them. Shame on us.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Friday January 10, 2014, 9:47 am
I have never liked this man - period.

divergent revolution (309)
Friday January 10, 2014, 11:53 am
I hope this kills his dreams of being President

Winn A (179)
Friday January 10, 2014, 12:32 pm
This will most likely end his political dreams of being President of the United States. I'm not shedding any tears over this. Can you imagine if you were waiting for an emergency vehicle and it was held up because of this? And, how many lawsuits do you think there will be? Can you count that high???????????

Patsy Olive (0)
Friday January 10, 2014, 12:32 pm
Looks like he is a terrible person,look how sweet he was when he needed the help from a democrat President,after the hurricane hit his state.

Louise D (44)
Friday January 10, 2014, 12:36 pm
It may be sometimes a good thing to haul out a serial bully but in this case Governor Christie is not the guilty party for the lane closure.The story seems to be that his aide Bridget Kelly, was the instigator of the lane closures. In an email to David Wildstein, a Christie appointee on the Port Authority , the organisation that controls the bridge, she wrote: “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee”. Wildstein replied: "Got it." What the emails had made clear is that she had lied to him, and that she had acted towards the people of Fort Lee in a “completely callous and indifferent way”. It is pretty obvious that he is trying to fillibuster the damage away but with the Democrats claiming bullying and even Rush Limbuagh is saying that the episode showed that he engaged in political “payback”. It is also evident that there are elements in Christie' office that are engaging in petty vendettas so if he is not involved or is turning a blind eye suggests that he does enjoy hectoring people particularly when there is someone that can be the fall guy.

Jamie Clemons (282)
Friday January 10, 2014, 12:54 pm
Christie typical jerk republican he is only sorry that he got caught.

Wilma S (1)
Friday January 10, 2014, 1:05 pm
'Tis a shame that Christie is getting called on the carpet, as he should, yet Hillary gets off Scott-free about her inaction in Benghazi where men were murdered. We live in a an unbalanced world indeed!

Roger G (148)
Friday January 10, 2014, 1:18 pm
noted, thanks

Jaime A (52)
Friday January 10, 2014, 1:54 pm

Jean C (18)
Friday January 10, 2014, 2:14 pm
I see the smear campaigns are already beginning. Hillary must really be afraid of this dude...

Robert K (31)
Friday January 10, 2014, 2:26 pm
His reputation is that he runs a tight ship and nothing leaves his office without his approval, and Rachel Maddow had an alternate and more likely explanation about what happened. Now if he didn't approve this he isn't as much in charge as he thinks and if he did he's a felon.

People from NJ, despite the Jersey Shore evidence are usually too hip to be fooled by scumbags like him. The man is one cup short of teabaggery and should never have been elected in the first place.

Robert K (31)
Friday January 10, 2014, 2:31 pm
Wilma, you fell for Darrel Issa's lies. Hillary, who I do NOT want as president. just like I do NOT want any corporatist, did nothing wrong. It was the Republicans slashing the budget for embassy and consulate protection that caused that, and it has recently been proven al Qaeda had nothing to do with it, it actually was the fired up crowd pissed about the wing nut film.


Past Member (0)
Friday January 10, 2014, 3:36 pm
Today, the State Department declared certain groups as terrorist organizations partly because of their participation in the Benghazi attack. Ansar Al Sharia Derna is now declared a terrorist entity and specifically mentioned their involvement in the attack.

"It was the republicans slashing the budget for embassy.....blah blah" is totally incorrect. It was due to the incompetent Miss Hillary ~ the certified liar ~ married to our impeached former president ~ both democrats. Anyone today who believes this tragedy was due to a film has been sleeping under a boulder.

Past Member (0)
Friday January 10, 2014, 3:41 pm
As for Chris Christie, he is a task master and he lets nothing stand in the way of getting a job done for the state of New Jersey. Is he a bully? None of us can say for certain. He exhibits very strong leadership skills. Perhaps when he is compared to the limp wristed Obama he could look like a bully to some people. That would be comparing apples to oranges with Obama who has no leadership skills compared to Christie who has what could be called excessive leadership skills. The voters will tell us how they feel about Christie in due time.

Andrew C (6)
Friday January 10, 2014, 3:46 pm

. (0)
Friday January 10, 2014, 4:54 pm
It seems like everybody in politics is a bully. Thanks for sharing, Cal.

Past Member (0)
Friday January 10, 2014, 5:05 pm
You are on the mark, Laura!

Janis K (129)
Friday January 10, 2014, 5:21 pm
I don't get that people like this guy.

Nelson Baker (0)
Friday January 10, 2014, 5:37 pm
He says he had nothing to do with the incident. Why would he not have questioned what was causing a four day traffic tie-up? In my opinion he is an overbearing a$$hole.

Deb E (63)
Friday January 10, 2014, 7:47 pm
This has nothing to do with Benghazi and there is no comparison. Hilary didn't order a strike on the embassy, did she? Or did the people who worked right under her order it and then cover it all up that they did that??? And then she lied to everyone about not knowing that her staff were actually the ones responsible for the entire attack??? Seriously? This whole thing about Christie will blow wide open as soon as they grant immunity to Wildstein, which his lawyer has already asked for with a promise of all sorts of info to come when he gets it. He reminds me of Nixon ..."I am not a crook!!"

Jason R (67)
Friday January 10, 2014, 10:20 pm
LOL Diane! Could you kiss the ass of the devil any more? OMG! A lady died on that bridge and Christi could get charged with negligent homicide and you think he's a leader? OMG!!!

Jason R (67)
Friday January 10, 2014, 10:22 pm
"I don't get that people like this guy."

They aren't people. They're alien reptiles, cloaking as people. They are here to destroy us.

Jason R (67)
Friday January 10, 2014, 10:26 pm
""It was the republicans slashing the budget for embassy.....blah blah" is totally incorrect."

Watch C-span! they are still asking Ryan to put up a bill allocating more money to embassy security!

Turn FOX OFF! It just makes you unbearably stupid and dangerous.

. (0)
Friday January 10, 2014, 10:29 pm
Why would Christie get charged with anything? There is no evidence to link him to this incident.

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 2:06 am
" I am not a bully " he says well governor in this you opinion about yourself counts for nothing.It's how other people per sieve you to be and yes you are a bully and a self opinionated fool.

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 3:17 am
I agree with DonnM...Christie hasn't been charged with anything. Obama, on the other hand, lied to the American people since 2010 about the ACA stating they would not lose their private health insurance and they did by the millions. Obama needs to be impeached. So, cool your jets and sit tight. If Christie lied and is in the middle of a cover up, think Hillary and Benghazi, it will come out and the American people will respond.

Suzanne O (33)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 5:11 am

"Genova’s daughter, Vilma Oleri, told The New York Times on Thursday that she does not believe the delay was a factor in her mother’s death. “I honestly believe it was just her time,” said Oleri, a Closter resident. She had not been aware that her mother’s death had been an issue in the controversy surrounding the lane closures. “We want to stay out of it,” Ms. Oleri said. “It’s not political.” - See more at:

I think this situation could have created some real responder problems but in this case it did not. I also find it disgusting that this poor woman's timely death is trying to be used to further create damage and potential criminal implications. The story is big enough without lies and added drama.

These charges of negligent homicide are a democrats dream but are not reality and shame on them for the lack of respect being shown to this woman and her family in trying to use this for political fodder.

There are major traffic jams overflowing on to the streets of Fort Lee created by bridge traffic all the time. An accident on the Cross Bronx, which occurs quite often creates ample delays and traffic. I am not making light of this but I am also not blowing it out of proportion considering daily travel in that area.

Suzanne O (33)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 5:52 am
You know if people are worried about response times for emergency situations then I would suggest no big name people ever come to this area causing road shut downs creating havoc for the public.

Personally, I can't wrap my head around Governor Christie who was well ahead in the polls and was heading for the solid victory he had making such a careless and reckless move. Especially considering his national goals. It makes no sense. I believe him when he says Fort Lee and their mayor was not on his radar. He didn't need them.

All these documents released. Nothing connects him directly. Let's see what comes of this. Surely the democrats and those on the right who do not care for Christie will keep this alive.

I do laugh every time someone calls him a bully. This guy is a big teddy bear.

Suzanne O (33)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 6:18 am
Robert K, just an FYI on Jersey. The tea party does not like Christie. He is too liberal for them. Also for all the hip New Jerseyans you speak of. You are right about that and the majority including many demographics that don't vote republican in this state did. Why do you think that might be?

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 6:26 am
Great comments John and Suzanne. Great to see you comment on this thread. The liberal media swooped on this diversion from our fumbling president. Christie has his own style of leadership and then, of course, Obama has hasn't revealed his leadership qualities to date IMO.

Shirley A (96)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 9:11 am
I see the Right Wing Troll is spinning, trying to divert attention and mis-informing again. For those that think poor sad, humiliated Christie knew nothing about this and had no hand in it, I'll be interested to see your remarks when Ms. Kelly and the rest of his cronies feel safe enough to come forward and tell the truth about this disgusting and completely corrupt piece of bullying, self-righteous, egomaniacal crap. He's the damn poster boy for exactly what a politician/leader/servant of the people SHOULD NOT BE. He's either the poorest excuse for a competent leader out there or one of the biggest and most foul liars that's been exposed so far. I vote for the latter. Actually they both are true. Get past the "big boy" bluster and check out his record for New Jersey. If your not a blinded, brainwashed, completely naive and gullible sheep, you'll see just exactly where his loyalties and priorities lie and it sure as hell isn't with the poor and middle class good people of New Jersey. He's a snarling, disingenuous ass and needs to be kicked out of office, never to darken a political doorway again. I SHUDDER at the thought of this idiot even getting close to the White House.

Jason R (67)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 10:53 am
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GOP Troll

"Obama, on the other hand, lied to the American people since 2010 about the ACA stating they would not lose their private health insurance and they did by the millions"

What part of the insurance companies pulling a fast one don't you understand?
If you said. I'll mow your lawn and some one steals your lawnmower, are you a liar. OMG! The brainwashing by fox runs soooo deep!!!!

Jason R (67)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 10:56 am
Donn…Really? You think the bully, Don Christi knew nothing? OMG!!!!!!

Prediction. Inquiries will show deep corruption over the years.

Jason R (67)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 11:02 am
EMS responses delayed by GWB lane closures in what Fort Lee ...
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Jason R (67)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 11:02 am
Cal, What is your opinion?

Jason R (67)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 11:19 am

Chris Christie Revenge Scandal Deepens a Day After Brash Governor Apologizes

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

New motives, damaging documentation, and a federal investigation.

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 12:47 pm
Wow, pants on fire, Jason! left wing charged website. While the country is waiting for Obama to get impeached for lying to the American people who actually did lose their healthcare insurance and then faced much higher premiums under Obamacare the liberals have glombed onto a Republican governor who may or may not be telling the truth. Give it time, folks, we didn't know that Obama was lying to us until after he won the election. If Obama had told the truth in 2010 who knows Romney might've won the election.....tricky, lying, underhanded President Obama deceived the American people in order to win in 2012. That's hard to top, Jason. Oh, but, I shouldn't bring that up because you don't want to talk about that, right?

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 12:50 pm
Jason, I haven't read any language that suggests that Christie is lying. Let's wait for the truth to come out, pal. Look how long the Republicans have been patiently waiting for the truth to come out about Benghazi and Hillary's incompetence....4 Americans were slaughtered. So, I know how you feel, but be patient. The truth about Benghazi is about to erupt....patience, my friend. Keep looking in your crystal ball hoping to see if Christie is going to fry.....that should keep you occupied until an investigation has taken place.

Suzanne O (33)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 1:35 pm

Above are stories from November/December 2013. I put them here to illustrate that traffic, shutdowns, etc. are not rare in this area. Anyone traveling over this bridge or in this area knows traffic is never good and sometimes worse then usual.

I wonder how everyone deals with it then.

I am not saying this was not a stupid stunt. It was. It is not the major catastrophe being played out however.


Suzanne O (33)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 1:38 pm
I also would like to add the democrats you have seen on television, or quoted in articles that are leading the charge against Christie are all well know Corzine buddies.

I think that in itself speaks volumes about legitimate concern for what took place.

Suzanne O (33)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 1:43 pm
One other thing the GWB did not have lane closures. What was closed were two of three local entrance ramps which backed traffic up into Fort Lee. The GWB actually was a smoother ride if you were coming on her from other areas.

Most commuters who take the GWB would surely know of other ways to get on.

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 1:56 pm
Today on The Fluffington Post:

"As a week loaded with questions for and apologies by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) drew to a close, one of his key mentors emerged with doubts about how the George Washington Bridge scandal would affect any 2016 ambitions.

In an interview with the Washington Post published Saturday, former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean Sr. (R) painted the either-or picture for Christie's presidential hopes, highlighting how the tumult from this traffic issue should raise caution.

“On the one hand, I think he’s got a lot to offer," Kean Sr. said. "I think he’s the most able politician since Bill Clinton. On the other hand, you look at these other qualities and ask, 'do you really want that in your president?'”

Earlier in the week, Kean Sr. expressed similar sentiments to the Associated Press, saying that barring new details, he thought Christie would "survive" the bridge scandal. Yet the events set precedent for a thin margin of error in the future.

"If there's a pattern of these things, if other incidents emerge with similar characteristics, that's going to be a real problem," Kean Sr. told the AP. "

Seems the liberals are losing sleep hoping to hear that Christie has lied perhaps because if he runs for president he can win. If you want to follow a liar....listen to Obama. He has perfected the art of lying. He should be impeached like Clinton for lying under oath for having sex with a young woman in the Oral Office. Obama lied to win the election in 2012. Even then he didn't win by a landslide.

Leave Christie alone until you have proof that he lied. We have actual proof that thousands of Americans lost their healthcare insurance and Obama knew about it in 2010. But then apologized....after the election.

Snake in the grass....


. (0)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 5:26 pm
Dear Jason, My opinion is no less valid just because you hold a differing opinion. I know that is hard for you to grasp, but i would prefer to let the evidence speak, until then it is just conjecture and assumption. If it turns out that Christie had knowledge of the situation, then we can only wait and see how the public will react. Until then do try to keep all kneejerk reactions under control, lefties.

JL A (281)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 5:39 pm
Rachel Maddow has raised a question regarding a different kind of political payback with the bridge issue

Sheila D (28)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 6:34 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal.

Jason R (67)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 8:37 pm
Raise your hand if you know when you're being lied to.

Jim Phillips (3247)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 8:48 pm
The best coverage on the Christie bridge scandal, listen and view
Rachel Maddow on TV or on the internet here at:

with the Friday, Jan. 11, 2014 edition. Be sure to tune in the following week
as this story continues.

ty, Cal.

Jason R (67)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 8:52 pm
Chris Christie's press conference claims don't add up

There are quite a few inconsistencies in what Christie claimed during his marathon press conference. Some of them are more glaring than others:
Christie claims he learned about the emails/texts yesterday along with the rest of us. That would mean that not only did his Deputy Chief of Staff/Port Authority appointees lie to him repeatedly since September, she/they didn't even tell him after the emails/texts were turned over to the legislative committee, which happened a couple of weeks ago. Given what was turned over and the number of people involved, that seems implausible.

Two of his own appointees were forced to resign over this weeks ago. Press reports were already reporting that documents turned over to the investigating committee were incriminating for his administration. But he says he didn't know those documents even existed until yesterday. Did the governor confine himself to a hermetically sealed box for the last few weeks? Was he working on a particularly interesting crossword puzzle?

Two weeks ago, Christie said his staff had given him a "full briefing" on the investigation. That emails were being turned over directly implicating his office didn't come up? His entire office staff figured that if they didn't tell Christie that emails ordering the traffic closure existed, he would never find out about it?

This would all have been cleared up in an instant if Christie had verified just once that there was indeed a "traffic study" whose particulars meshed with the facts in question. He never did, and in fact was dismissive of reporters who asked whether he had done that. As hardball politician (and one who has no been no stranger to scandals) he never once asked for a scant page or two of paperwork that would have made the single biggest scandal of his tenure disappear in an afternoon? And that his staff was apparently unable to locate such paperwork on their own was unconcerning to him—his claim to the reporter asking the question was that if he produced such documents his opponents would just "find something else?"

On a more petty point: how did Christie "not get a lot of sleep" for the past two nights when he claims he only found out about the connection to his office yesterday? That's one night, Mr. Ex-Prosecutor.

That's not even getting into the premise of Christie "investigating" how this happened while simultaneously expressing no interest in talking to the primary, now-fired witness, but we'll chalk that up to Christie's normal predisposition to vengeance over logic, or his new claims that the fellow who had previously been described as one of Christie's school chums is in fact someone Christie barely knows (convenient, given that the non-friend has spent the morning pleading the 5th.)

So far Christie is pleading total managerial incompetence, up to and possibly including sudden onset amnesia. We'll see how that works out for him.
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