According to IRS filings for the legal defense fund of Senator Robert “Hudson Bob” Menendez (D-Dominican Republic, Ecuador) released Tuesday, the Cuban conspiracy *cough cough* to undermine the sitting Senate Foreign Relations Chairman is a $700,000 endeavor to date.
Tucker Carlson, whose Daily Caller initially reported the sex scandal, can’t help but take note of the evolving character of Menendez’s operative theory. “I guess this means Menendez no longer thinks the story is part of a racist plot against him, as he initially suggested,” Carlson told the Business Insider. “But Cuban intelligence? It’s a bizarre claim, and self-serving, and they’ve produced no evidence of any kind to prove it. Obviously we’re skeptical, but we’re making calls right now to see what we can dig up.”
So which is it? A racist Republican conspiracy? Or an international communist plot? A third possibility un-examined by Menendez (at least in the press) is the reality of manure attracting flies or, said another way, how his penchant for placing himself in questionable situations with shady characters will inevitably lead to unsavory rumors.
Until I have the opportunity to examine hard evidence of a grand foreign anti-Menendez conspiracy, Save Jerseyans, I’m left to conclude that there’s more reason to think the Obama Administration would use the FBI to punish Menendez than the Castro regime has any genuine interest in discrediting the Senate’s foreign relations chair. Just sayin’…
Case in point? When he’s criticizing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for taking a relationship-building trip to communist-controlled Cuba.
“I would like to reiterate my concerns about the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s trip and the desire to strengthen its relationship with the Government of Cuba – a government that jails foreign business leaders without justification, violates international labor standards, and denies its citizens their basic rights,” Sen. Menendez complained in a letter to the Chamber’s current president. “Such conditions hardly seem an attractive opportunity for any responsible business leader.”
A Quinnipiac Poll released this morning indicates that, despite the beating he has been taking in the local and national media since January, Governor Chris Christie has higher approval ratings than President Barack Obama, Senator Bob Menendez and Senator Cory Booker, among New Jersey voters.
Quinnipiac didn’t spin the poll that way in their narrative, but that is what the numbers indicate. Most of the media coverage about this poll will be negative for Christie. Too many reporters and editors read the spin and not the numbers.
There is bad news for Christie in this poll. His approval rating has dropped to 49-44% since January when it was 55-38%.
82% of Republicans and 54% of Independents approve of Christie’s job performance. Only 23% of Democrats give the Guv love.
The Governor’s bully rating is higher than ever before. Voters are now evenly split 48-48 on whether he’s a leader or a bully. In January they said he was more of a leader by 54-40 margin.
56% of voters think the Mastro Report, the internal investigation commissioned by the Governor’s Office that exonerated Christie from any involvement in the Bridgegate scandal was a “whitewash.” Voters are split 46-46 over whether the legislative investigation into Bridgegate lead by Assemblyman John Wisniewski and Senator Loretta Weinberg is a legitimate investigation or a political witch-hunt.
Voters have a net negative impression of the State Legislature that crosses all party lines. Republicans disapprove of legislature 40-45, Democrats 40-43 and Independents 33-53. The Legislature’s overall approval numbers are negative 36-48.
En route to Fair Lawn, heavily-armed Russian troops arrive at nearby Teterboro Airport.
In a move certain to carry dire geopolitical consequences for the world, the Russian Federation has moved troops into the 32,000-person borough of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, only days after annexing Crimea and strengthening its troop positions along the Ukrainian border.
The Kremlin also moved quickly to assert a rationale for its provocative act as Asian stock markets and Dow futures tumbled, one which the Christie Administration is labeling a “naked invasion” and “clear violation of international law as well as, most troubling of all, Governor Christie’s clearly-articulated town hall meeting rules.”
There are two moving pieces to the Ukrainian crisis, Save Jerseyans, in the wake of Sunday’s Crimean “referendum” (at gun point): (1) the Kremlin’s troop build-up and (2) the West’s snail-paced response. There were a number of things we could’ve done immediately; there simply wasn’t the will to make it happen. The people of Eastern Europe may pay for it soon if history is any guide.
I’ll say this for Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-Dominican Republic, Ecuador), Save Jerseyans: his foreign policy track record is a lot better than Joe Biden’s. That’s not saying a WHOLE lot, but there you have it.
For example, when he joined Jake Tapper to discuss the Ukrainian/Russian situation last week, only hours before the invasion, Menendez correctly identified Putin’s imperial ambitions:
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Our Blogger-in-Chief Matt Rooney visited Fox29/My9′s Chasing New Jersey team on Friday to discuss the latest developments on the Bridge-gate, Sandy-gate and Menendez scandals rocking New Jersey politics…
Matt was also joined by American hero and author of the book Leading With Honor, Col. Lee Ellis, who was a P.O.W. in North Vietnam’s infamous ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prison at the same time as John McCain:
Excessive TV consumptive may have led you to mistakenly believe that Chris Christie is the first “bully” in American political history, Save Jerseyans.
Buy Sen. Cory Booker (D-Twitter) a drink or tweet him at an off hour and maybe, just maybe, he’ll tell you about the time Barack Obama’s OFA put the fear of God into him. This is, after all, the same Administration known for turning a blind eye to IRS profiling of tea party groups. The former secretary of state’s own campaign kept a revenge list! You don’t mess with these Obamacrats or Clintonites and not expect retaliation. They won’t simply close your bridge lanes.
They’ll bury you under the bridge without batting an eye.
We’ll get to the losers a little bit later, Save Jerseyan, but for now (as well as for the sake of wrapping up a long, busy year on a “positive” note), here are the thirteen people/groups of people who undoubtedly walked away from 2013 with the most to be happy about in the New Jersey political world:
(1) Chris Christie
Duh, I know, but it bears repeating that Chris Christie is now indisputably the most powerful Republican in the United States and, if the latest polls are any indication, well-positioned to upset Hillary Clinton. At the moment. A lot might happen (and go wrong) over the next few years. Any number of decisions including the DREAM Act could come back to haunt him. A scandal like Bridgegate could derail his own dreams or, despite his team’s best efforts, he might fight himself over-exposed and vulnerable to another candidate who hasn’t yet come into his or her own on the national stage. But that’s all speculative. Today, Chris Christie is undeniably the man to beat for both sides of the aisle. It’s hard to imagine a scenario where a politician could’ve had a stronger 2013.
According to WPTV-5, “[a]gents served a search warrant at Dr. Salomon Melgen’s office in the 2500 block of Metro Centre Blvd. They have taped off the office’s parking lot, and several boxes were seen stacked outside.”
For those who try to read political tea leaves, the only lesson to be taken from the results of the Special Election this week is that apples and oranges make fruit salad.
For conservatives and Tea Partiers enthused that Steve Lonegan lost to Cory Booker by a significantly lower margin than Joe Kyrillos lost to Bob Menendez last year, consider this; Kyrillos had more votes in the 2012 general election than Booker and Lonegan had combined on Wednesday. More people voted for Joe Kryillos in the 2012 U.S. Senate race than voted for Chris Christie in the 2009 gubernatorial race…
Here’s a little bit of morning-after consolation for the Lonegan campaign:
It significantly improved the Republican Party’s performance over that of the last GOP U.S. Senate campaign in New Jersey.
State Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) lost to Bob Menendez (D-Dominican Republic) last fall by a 18.5-point margin (58.4% to 39.9%). Lonegan fell short last night by approximately 11-points (55% to 44%) accordingly to the most recent count.
You could argue that this comparison is apples and oranges. Menendez was (1) an incumbent (2) running in a presidential cycle where (3) key GOP voting regions (notably Kyrillos’s Jersey Shore district) were still overwhelmed by the immediate impact of Hurricane Sandy. Fair enough.
Still, while Bob Menendez is a notoriously tough campaigner, he’s certainly no Cory Booker in the charisma or celebrity departments…
Harry Reid now has the ability to strip ObamaCare defunding language from the CR.
I’m sure the Senate feels good about itself with so much bipartisan support for cloture. ‘Cause that’s an end justifying the means, right? Now its members can enjoy a weekend of golf, strippers and steakhouses while the rest of us pay higher premiums, face reduced shifts at work and wonder what the hell happened to this great country. God Bless America…