This video is from Tuesday’s town hall meeting in Franklin Township; Governor Christie’s fighting to save the arbitration cap that was central to his property tax reform legacy before Assembly Democrats allowed it to expire two weeks ago.
Predictably, The Star Ledger editorial board was in full wig-out mode on Thursday, Save Jerseyans, after a Mercer County Superior Court Judge sided with Bill Stepien and Bridget Kelly in a suit brought by the hapless Wisniewski-led Bridgegate legislative SCI.
Context: Governor Christie told Diane Sawyer last month that “they love me in Iowa,” Save Jerseyans, but a new Suffolk University poll out Wednesday strongly suggested that the steady drumbeat of Bridgegate news, manufactured or not, is close to ending the presidential aspirations of the man who these same polls reported could give the GOP its best chance of defeating Hilldawg in 2016.
The New Jersey Republican Party isn’t exactly killing it right now, Save Jerseyans, with the U.S. Attorney and U.S. Media establishment ravenously circling and pecking at its figurehead like hungry buzzards starved for a fresh carcass.
But you know what? It’s very much in Paul Fishman’s hands. The table is already set and the pieces are moving independent of externalities.
The real battle lies on the other side of the aisle at the moment, and it’s one which has the potential to become so messy, so quickly, that it could actually undermine Democrat chances of capitalizing on Bridgegate’s fallout in the coming cycle(s)…
Did you catch what that broom-less witch Joy Behar said?
Hard to watch. I know.
Toast or not, Save Jerseyans, the Guv is under no obligation to butter himself and hop into the toaster oven. Don’t do their job for them, Governor Christie. Stay away from this crap for the foreseeable future. It’s not working for you, but if you stop going, you’ll not only be less exposed, but we won’t even know the event happened for want of coverage since you’re the only story! It’s a win-win…
“He doesn’t always try to persuade you with reason,” Kean said. “He makes you feel that your life’s going to be very unhappy if you don’t do what he says.” He added that one of Christie’s flaws “is that he makes enemies and keeps them. As long as you’re riding high, they’ll stay in the weeds, because they don’t want to get in your way. But you get in trouble, they’ll all come out of the weeds, and come at you.” Although I didn’t ask, Kean told me that if Christie ran for President he wouldn’t necessarily endorse him. “I haven’t decided whether I’m going to support him or not,” Kean said. “There are a lot of people I don’t know that well”—he mentioned John Kasich, Scott Walker, and Jeb Bush, among other potential 2016 Republican Presidential nominees—“and I’d like to get to know them better.”
Governor Chris Christie listens to a resident’s question in Belmar. March 25, 2014 MMM photo/Art Gallagher. Click for larger view.
Governor Chris Christie may have just had his best week of 2014, Save Jerseyans, or at least since January 9th.
We found out on Thursday that the Republican Governors Association (RGA) had posted a whopping $23.5 million in donations for the first quarter of 2014 (January 1st through March 31st), an achievement which is almost 3x better than its previous record high of $9.1 million.
Since Christie took over last November, the RGA raked in $33 million.
This isn’t the first time that Chris Christie declared defeat in the so-called War on Drugs, Save Jerseyans, saying something very similar back in 2012 at the Brookings Institution. Since that time, Governor Christie has signed a controversial “Good Samaritan” law immunizing people reporting overdoses from prosecution for possession and pushed for sentencing reforms but refused to consider decriminalization of pot for non-medicinal purposes.
Loretta Weinberg still can’t point to a shred of evidence indicating a lack of candor on the part of Governor Chris Christie concerning his non-involvement in Bridgegate, Save Jerseyans. That, and it’s apparently “sexist” to document an alleged personal relationship between two prime targets of the investigation.
Governor Chris Christie is facing down the press corps beginning at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Save Jerseyans, continuing an administration media blitz intended to make the most out of an internal report which clears the Governor of any wrongdoing in both the Bridgegate and Sandygate scandals.
The first bombshell? NY-NJPort Authority chieftain and long-time Christie ally David Samson has resigned. Effective immediately. The Governor also pledged to work with his New York counterpart, Gov. Cuomo, to restructure the Port Authority.
For easy reference as you follow along with the rest of it, get your Ctrl-F fingers ready to go and then click here to view the full report.
You can watch the presser LIVE right here below the fold…
“The truth is inconvertible. Malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”
Randy Mastro of Gibson Dunn chose to close Thursday’s Bridgegate internal review presser on Thursday with a Churchill quote. I think it may prove to be an appropriate choice.
The report itself will keep the media machine churning to be sure, but near the end of his remarks, Mastro offered up a critical point that seemed to sail over the heads of most of the press conference attendees. Not that I’m surprised in the slightest.
Here’s the uber-relevant portion of the report referenced by Mastro:
Bridget Kelly (left) and Bill Stepien (rear right) during happier times.
I’d like to give you something more substantive than that following this morning’s release of the Gibson Dunn internal review of the Christie Administration’s role in Bridgegate, Save Jerseyans, but there you have it.
The “love” angle. The media’s going to eat it up. There are some other interesting revelations, to be sure, but nothing that matters in terms of what everyone driving this scandal wants to know: what Governor Christie knew, and when did he know it?