The Highway’s Jammed by Right Wing Zeroes on a Fat Chance Power Trip

I’ve written quite a bit about New Jersey governor Chris Christie, aka the Hudson Harkonnen, America’s cafone, and Phony Soprano.  The latest Chris Christie news is a rapidly ballooning scandal, the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge by Christie Administration Port Authority apointees which caused major traffic snarls, seemingly to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, who didn’t endorse him in his gubernatorial race.  Predictably, Christie is blaming an underling for this d-baggery.  Christie is just the sort of vindictive creep who’d place the lives of ordinary people at risk (the lane closures have been implicated in the death of a woman due to a delay in the arrival of medical help) to “punish” an “enemy”. 

To tell the truth, Christie’s handling of Port Authority matters has been awful from the beginning of his tenure as governor, when he put the kibosh on a Hudson River rail crossing that would have been funded by the federal government.  Even when he’s not motivated by spite, the guy is an utter disaster.

I wonder if, had Christie’s incompetent-at-best and depraved-at-worst Port Authority hires been exposed in November, the jerk would have won the gubernatorial election.  By making people’s commutes longer and more tedious, his administration hit people “where they live”.  I don’t believe that even the most rabid GOPer would countenance a policy which directly harmed him… not only “those people” were affected by these traffic snarls.

Got buyers’ remorse, Jerseyites?

Cross posted at my eponymous blog.

Posted by Big Bad Bald Bastard on 01/08/14 at 11:44 PM • Permalink

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But that old lady was probably the grandma of a Buono voter, so…

What Gov. Christie is asking us to do is make up our minds whether he has people on his staff who would lie for him, or whether he might laid back over people on his staff who would lie to him, without being…in a red-faced rage. This is what looks like a tip-off—his persona is control. He’s pinned back the ears of journalists and regular folks who question his policies. And from the beginning, he tried to shrug off the lane closure question instead of promising to check out whether there was a connection to his aides?

He implied this was only a question because of his high profile—his ambition is what makes it plausible, not what makes it deniable. Who punishes Democratic mayors for not endorsing him, a Republican? Especially when he’s so ahead in the polls his win isn’t even a question? (Who does it by taking out his anger on thousands of commuters over a period of days to “send a message”?)

Looks to me like a person trying to make a legend.  But there’s another thing. This is being called “Nixonian”. I don’t know about that. Christie was a major bundler for Bush, and was appointed a US Atty despite not having a lot of criminal law experience. He became a big deal with political corruption prosecutions and somehow becoming the US Atty with the highest travel budget, despite all the work that was going on in his backyard. He has a history of treating donors and allies well, and paying back people who don’t support him—

But this isn’t being Nixon, even if you can ask, “What did he know and when did he know it?” or say “It isn’t the lane closures but the cover-up”. It’s Bush league. The cronyism. The use of political office (Google Bush Hatch Act violations—Bush’s DOJ was pretty politicized). Also, his NJ DOT pals were appointees who had no background in Transportation (like Bush buddy Brownie who got installed at FEMA) and might not have been clear that screwing with traffic wasn’t just an inconvenience, but a safety issue.

It does not look good.

It must have been really tough for Christie to have to decide between looking like a petty vindictive Jersey-boy or a big puss whose female capo wears the pants in the office.  I’ll bet his blood pressure’s in the 300s.

If Hillary’s machine is looking for 2016 practice, they should train their considerable talents on getting to the bottom of this caper and strapping a few bombs to this whale before it washes up in Asbury Park and stinks the place up.

Best. Title. Eva.

Indeed; that title deserves engraving on the headstone for Christie’s political career. 

Judging from Christie’s just completed news conference, he has now been extremely and completely clear that he had zip, nada, nothing to do with the closure.  If any evidence shows up that contradicts this (90% chance, at least), he’s indictable toast.  Oh, and the US attorney’s office has just opened an investigation…

One—i.e., the whole world—is entitled to wonder if Christie’s minions were so blithe about creating “traffic problems” because they’d done this sort of thing before—not necessarily closing bridge lanes, but exacting revenge on local political enemies.  Maybe the ensuing investigations (at every level imaginable) will encourage, or force, others to come forward.

What’s so striking, in all this, is the combination of swaggering bravado and um-be-lievable pettiness.  And even if that in itself is an argument against Christie’s personal involvement, it looks lousy as regards his judgment about whom to surround himself with and delegate authority to.

(And yes, the title is cherce.)

It’s Bush league. The cronyism. The use of political office (Google Bush Hatch Act violations—Bush’s DOJ was pretty politicized). Also, his NJ DOT pals were appointees who had no background in Transportation (like Bush buddy Brownie who got installed at FEMA) and might not have been clear that screwing with traffic wasn’t just an inconvenience, but a safety issue.

Too true.  If you don’t believe that government has a legitimate role in society, when you are in charge of government, you use it as as means to line your pockets and the pockets of your buddies, and to act like a petty tyrant to your perceived “enemies”.

It must have been really tough for Christie to have to decide between looking like a petty vindictive Jersey-boy or a big puss whose female capo wears the pants in the office.  I’ll bet his blood pressure’s in the 300s.

I have to note that the frat boys have chucked the token girl off the bridge, so to speak.  I’m listening to his press conference… he sounds like he’s sweating gravy.

Best. Title. Eva.

Thanks.  Coming from a maestra like yourself, that really tickles me pink.

Yeah, but…um…but…Benghazi!

If any evidence shows up that contradicts this (90% chance, at least), he’s indictable toast.

Relevant, and hilarious!

What’s so striking, in all this, is the combination of swaggering bravado and um-be-lievable pettiness.  And even if that in itself is an argument against Christie’s personal involvement, it looks lousy as regards his judgment about whom to surround himself with and delegate authority to.

The guy just loves to push people around.  Just watching all of those videos of him yelling at teachers is enough to tell you he’s a hothead and a bully.

Yeah, but…um…but…Benghazi!

IRS!!!

@QinaB maybe he’d consider Secretary of State if the President job goes off the table . . ?

mikey dubbed it “Bridgeghazi” in a comment at my blog.

Comment by Big Bad Bald Bastard on 01/09/14 at 04:25 PM

But this whole thing is a phony Rachael-Maddow manufactured psuedo-scandal! Bob Somerby assured me it was so!

It disturbs me that I live in a state with a Governor with the temperament of Eric Cartman.

In the 70’s, Hollywood promised me a future with a Planet of the Apes. In the 80’s and 90’s I was promised the machines would take over. Instead I am stuck on “The Planet of the Dopes”

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