Christie on “Bridgegate”: I knew nothing. Have I mentioned I knew nothing?

posted at 6:11 pm on January 8, 2014 by Allahpundit

Obama said the same thing about the IRS targeting tea partiers, of course. To which conservatives replied: That’s no excuse. Even if he didn’t order the targeting, bad behavior coordinated by multiple subordinates typically doesn’t happen unless they have reason to believe it’ll be tolerated up the chain. Usually, when they play dirty, they’re taking some sort of cue from their boss to do so, whether in broad ideological terms or direct marching orders. Does the same reasoning apply to Team Christie?

His defense, I take it, will be that it would have been madness for a sitting governor running for reelection to greenlight a tactic this petty when he was on his way to a landslide. It could only hurt him. (Of course, the same was true for Nixon and Watergate.) But that’s also the case for the staffers who ordered the bridge lanes closed — it could only hurt their boss to do so, and yet, for some unknown reason, they felt compelled to. Would they have dared to take a risk that huge without his approval, tacit or not?

Gov. Chris Christie has responded Wednesday afternoon to email exchanges made public earlier in the day linking a top aide to the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal that’s been under investigation.

“What I’ve seen today for the first time is unacceptable. I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn that not only was I misled by a member of my staff, but this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made without my knowledge. One thing is clear: this type of behavior is unacceptable and I will not tolerate it because the people of New Jersey deserve better. This behavior is not representative of me or my Administration in any way, and people will be held responsible for their actions,” the governor said in a statement.

And so, as predicted, we’ll be moving next to the “Kelly resigns” phase of the scandal followed by the media feeding frenzy over whether Christie himself had a role in the lane closings. I thought it’d be over in a week, but Jersey Democrats are crowing about laws having been broken and Jersey papers are now running stories like this:

Emergency responders were delayed in attending to four medical situations – including one in which a 91-year-old woman lay unconscious – due to traffic gridlock caused by unannounced closures of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge, according to the head of the borough’s EMS department.

The woman later died, borough records show…

Although he did not say her death was directly caused by the delays, [EMS coordinator Paul] Favia noted that “paramedics were delayed due to heavy traffic on Fort Lee Road and had to meet the ambulance en-route to the hospital instead of on the scene.”

Joshua Green thinks the scandal’s a big deal because it damages Christie’s image as a “nice jerk” who fights for the little guy. That’s basically right, even though I doubt it’ll have legs if it can’t be proved that he endorsed the lane closings himself. The question with Christie is figuring out where his abrasiveness springs from. Is it from righteous indignation at how public-employee unions loot taxpayers or does he just get off on pushing people around? The two aren’t mutually exclusive, but the more evidence there is of the latter, the better Scott Walker looks as a righteously indignant yet mercifully soft-spoken alternative. A lot of undecided “somewhat conservative” voters in 2016 will be measuring how much good they expect President Christie to do against how aggravating, and exhausting, it would be to put up with him day after day for four years. This adds some weight to that second arm of the scale.

Update: Good point:

Second look at Rubio?


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Say it with me Crispy Creme:

I read about it in the papers this morning!

Not one conservative should raise a finger to defend this Obama-hugger.

Valkyriepundit on January 8, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Joshua Green thinks the scandal’s a big deal because it damages Christie’s image as a “nice jerk” who fights for the little guy.

I would think that Christie getting caught using the New Jersey State Police helicopter to take him to his sons little league game would have proved that.

portlandon on January 8, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Very obama-esque.

Pork-Chop on January 8, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Fort Lee, NJ, US
4m

Fort Lee, N.J., Mayor Mark Sokolich says Gov. Chris Christie crony David Wildstein

‘deserves an ass-kicking’

– @chrislhayes

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 6:16 PM

This adds some weight to that second arm of the scale.

in a post about christie??? was that pun intended or not…?///

ted c on January 8, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Christie on “Bridgegate”: I knew nothing. Have I mentioned I knew nothing?

Liar.

Progressives (and make no mistake, he is a progressive) love to use their power to make everyone’s life worse, even in the smallest, most petty ways.

Like the scorpion says, it’s in their nature.

Rebar on January 8, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Fort Lee, NJ, US
26m

EMS official: George Washington Bridge lane closures delayed response to 4 calls in Fort Lee, N.J. – @northjerseybrk
read more on northjersey.com
=============================

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/george-washington-bridge-ramp-closings-scandal/

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 6:17 PM

If this indeed leads to Scott Walker becoming the apparent “RINO” alternative, that’s a good thing as far as I’m concerned.

cdog0613 on January 8, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Typical progressive.

Murphy9 on January 8, 2014 at 6:18 PM

We already have one of these, fat boy.
He’s skinny and has big ears.

AllahsNippleHair on January 8, 2014 at 6:18 PM

New Jersey, US
51m

Democratic National Committee on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s response to the bridge scandal: ‘Chris Christie’s statement tonight neither takes responsibility nor answers many of the central questions that were raised with this morning’s revelations’ – @NBCNews

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Sounds like Christie has learned a few things from Obama…..

redguy on January 8, 2014 at 6:18 PM

I don’t care for the Sgt. Schultz defense.

rbj on January 8, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Emergency responders were delayed in attending to four medical situations – including one in which a 91-year-old woman lay unconscious

And later died. Was fat boy’s staff laughing about that too?

It’s fine that fat boy is taking the Sgt. Schutlz plea but that only means he is oblivious about what is going on in his own administration. Not exactly the credentials you want if you have Presidential aspirations.

Happy Nomad on January 8, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Bridgegate is tired and predictable.

May I suggest that fat boy is dealing with Bridgeghazi?

Happy Nomad on January 8, 2014 at 6:20 PM

“Hello, Barry? This is Chris. Christie. The fat Governor guy who hugged you in 2012. Yeah. I could sure use a hug right about now.”

portlandon on January 8, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Democratic National Committee on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s response to the bridge scandal: ‘Chris Christie’s statement tonight neither takes responsibility nor answers many of the central questions that were raised with this morning’s revelations’ – @NBCNews

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Why it as almost as if the DNC has abandoned him as their favorite opponent in 2016! But despite their motives they are spot on in their criticism.

Happy Nomad on January 8, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Sgt Schultz – Nothing
*********************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwcBaG-S7UA

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Could you imagine a president who uses his office to inflict petty revenge on his political enemies?

Nevermiiiind…..

whatcat on January 8, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Even if he didn’t know, which I don’t believe, it shows how things are done there. His people just do those things because that’s how he wants them done. Plausible deniability.

Flange on January 8, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Bully.

Punchenko on January 8, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Who gives a spit. What will you lefty Marxists do when your supreme leader, who is taking the country down with Obamacare et al has a Republican Senate and House in Nov

HAGGS99 on January 8, 2014 at 6:24 PM

The Associated Press ‏@AP 1h

RT @AP_Politics: Excerpts from texts, emails between Christie staffers and Port Authority over lane closures. http://apne.ws/K74lgG
===================================================================

Excerpts of messages among aides to NJ governor
By The Associated Press
— Jan. 8, 2014 2:14 PM EST
**************************

___

Aug. 13. Christie aide Bridget Anne Kelly to David Wildstein, Port Authority director of interstate capital projects: “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”

—Wildstein: “Got it.”

___

Sept. 10. Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich text to Port Authority deputy executive director Bill Baroni: “Presently we have four very busy traffic lanes merging into only one toll booth. The bigger problem is getting kids to school. Help please. It’s maddening.”

Exchange among unknown Christie aides and appointees:

—”Is it wrong that I am smiling?”

—”No.”

—”I feel badly about the kids.”

—”I guess.”

—”They are the children of (Democratic candidate for governor Barbara) Buono voters.”

—”Bottom line is he didn’t say safety.”

___

Sept. 13. Wildstein email to Kelly, apparently after a Port Authority executive from New York discovered the lane closures and halted them: “The New York side gave Fort Lee back all three lanes this morning. We are appropriately going nuts. (Port Authority chairman David) Samson helping us to retaliate.”

—Kelly: “What?”

—Wildstein: “Yes, unreal. Fixed now.”

___

Sept. 17. Sokolich to Baroni: “We should talk. Someone needs to tell me that the recent traffic debacle was not punitive in nature. The last four reporters that contacted me suggest that the people they are speaking with absolutely believe it to be punishment. Try as I may to dispel these rumors I am having a tough time.

“A private face-to-face would be important to me. Perhaps someone can enlighten me as to the errors of my ways. Let me know if you’ll give me 10 minutes.”

___

Sept. 17. Wildstein text to Baroni: “(Wall Street Journal reporter) Ted Mann just called my cell.”

—Baroni: “Jesus. Call (Christie spokesman Michael) Drewniak.”

___

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/excerpts-messages-among-aides-nj-governor

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Rubio 2016!

terryannonline on January 8, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Looks like Christie and Obama did more than just caress in public.
One of them might be pregnant.

Cybergeezer on January 8, 2014 at 6:25 PM

La Raza operative Chris Christie is no conservative.

There are a lot more skeletons in pro-amnesty liberal Christie’s closet. This is just the beginning.

bluegill on January 8, 2014 at 6:26 PM

This guy acts like a bully day after day (much like Obama), and his staff decides to bully a political opponent. Who would have thunk it?

This differs from the IRS scandal only in scope. I expect the same people that want investigations into how far up the chain the IRS scandal goes will want the same treatment for this. Don’t be hypocrites, people.

This governance by intimidation and coercion is the sort that makes people less likely to engage the political process, and an engaged public is what conservatism needs.

Chris Christie does not have the character to be a presidential candidate that I would vote for. I will never vote for that man.

h a p f a t on January 8, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Bullshiite. People willing to do something this callous to the public at large don’t do so if they believe their boss will slam them into a wall if he finds out.

If that woman died because help couldn’t get to her in time, hard to know yeah, but still, someone somewhere in that administration needs to be clinking a tin cup against their bars to pass the time.

Bishop on January 8, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Rubio 2016!
terryannonline on January 8, 2014 at 6:25 PM

You can take your lying, pro-illegal alien traitor Rubio and shove it. That loser is done.

bluegill on January 8, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Well, John Banner was a big guy too. Maybe that explains it.

LegendHasIt on January 8, 2014 at 6:28 PM

NOW: Democratic National Committee on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s response to the bridge scandal: ‘Chris Christie’s statement tonight neither takes responsibility nor answers many of the central questions that were raised with this morning’s revelations’ – @NBCNews

2012: Democratic National Committee on President Obama’s response to the Benghazi Scandal: ‘President Obama’s statement tonight show his leadership abilities. He will find those responsible.

portlandon on January 8, 2014 at 6:28 PM

This notion that senior administration aides run around cooking up things to do in the name of a President or Governor without anyone having the slightest idea what’s happening is new to politics in my experience. And anyone buying that whopper might want to put in a bid to actually buy the GW Bridge.

IndieDogg on January 8, 2014 at 6:28 PM

—”They are the children of (Democratic candidate for governor Barbara) Buono voters.”

—”Bottom line is he didn’t say safety.”
========================================

OH Sh*T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 6:28 PM

You can take your lying, pro-illegal alien traitor Rubio and shove it. That loser is done.

bluegill on January 8, 2014 at 6:27 PM

If you think he’s done……BWAHAHAHA!!

terryannonline on January 8, 2014 at 6:29 PM

I don’t think the lane closures themselves are problematic. Christie had commented that he was surprised Ft. Lee had three dedicated lanes. That is good for Ft. Lee, but sucks for the rest of the State. Experimenting to see if traffic flow overall would be better by restricting the lanes allocated to Ft. Lee is legitimate, even if it turns out not to have been a good idea after all.

The only embarrassing thing is the glee shown by the aides at the inconvenience caused by the experiment, but that is not the same as bad behavior and abuse of power, just unfortunate sense of humor when exposed publicly.

I still have not seen any evidence that the initial decision to divert the lanes was intended to inconvenience commuters rather than legitimately evaluate traffic flow.

tommylotto on January 8, 2014 at 6:32 PM

If you think he’s done……BWAHAHAHA!!
terryannonline on January 8, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Stick a fork in that pro-amnesty FRAUD Marco Rubio. The bloom is long gone on that turd. Sorry if you never got the memo. You might live in fantasyland, but in the real world Rubio isn’t the thought of as the rising star he once was.

bluegill on January 8, 2014 at 6:33 PM

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Why it as almost as if the DNC has abandoned him as their favorite opponent in 2016! But despite their motives they are spot on in their criticism.

Happy Nomad on January 8, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Happy Nomad:Me thinks the DNC wants to have a New Jersey Governor:)

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Stick a fork in that pro-amnesty FRAUD Marco Rubio. The bloom is long gone on that turd. Sorry if you never got the memo. You might live in fantasyland, but in the real world Rubio isn’t the thought of as the rising star he once was.

bluegill on January 8, 2014 at 6:33 PM

The 2016 campaign hasn’t started!

terryannonline on January 8, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Happy Nomad:Me thinks the DNC wants to have a New Jersey Governor:)

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Er,………….Democrat Governor!

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Rubio 2016!

terryannonline on January 8, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Jeb Bush 2016!
Yeah, I can do it too!

AllahsNippleHair on January 8, 2014 at 6:36 PM

“@allahpundit so the right will pass on Christie over traffic, but take Walker who is being investigated for campaign violations?”

Uh, that’s been “in the news” for a long time now and has gone nowhere. Call me when something actually happens.

cdog0613 on January 8, 2014 at 6:37 PM

http://tinyurl.com/2z33a8

davidk on January 8, 2014 at 6:38 PM

You can take your lying, pro-illegal alien traitor Rubio and shove it. That loser is done.

bluegill on January 8, 2014 at 6:27 PM

bluegill:Here ya go!
=====================

Burgess Everett ‏@burgessev 1h

.@marcorubio wants to replace Earned Income Tax Credit, devolve Washington anti-poverty programs back to the states http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/senator-marco-rubio-anti-poverty-pitch-101918.html
===============================

https://twitter.com/burgessev

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 6:39 PM

La Raza operative Chris Christie is no conservative.

There are a lot more skeletons in pro-amnesty liberal Christie’s closet. This is just the beginning.

bluegill on January 8, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Most of them, he actually ate.

AllahsNippleHair on January 8, 2014 at 6:40 PM

This is a big deal? Com’on really?

rubberneck on January 8, 2014 at 6:40 PM

When is he going to blame a video, or say “what difference does it make at this point?”, or say he first heard about it in the news, or claim that it must have been some low level rogue employees?

VorDaj on January 8, 2014 at 6:42 PM

http://tinyurl.com/2z33a8

davidk on January 8, 2014 at 6:38 PM

davidk:Lol:)

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Jesus Christ, HotAir! Using the access of high political office to punish citizens who disagree with you is NOT a small issue. It’s a freaking huge deal, the WORST kind of corruption there is. It shuts down dissent completely. It ruins people’s lives. It emboldens others. And it is an absolute GATEWAY to corrosive rot from top to bottom in an administration. It is straight-up fascism. What the HELL is wrong with this place?!!!

Rational Thought on January 8, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Rubio 2016!

terryannonline on January 8, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Jeb Bush 2016!
Yeah, I can do it too!

AllahsNippleHair on January 8, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Sounds like theres a very contentious Democratic primary ahead.

Valkyriepundit on January 8, 2014 at 6:43 PM

“Darn my rogue underlings!”

Akzed on January 8, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Looks like the FatMan is getting set to run. He has Obama’s favorite line down pat.

I can hardly wait for M.J. Brutus, KingGold, Crosspatch, Buy Danish and the other members of the HA RINO Brigade telling how Christie is the only “electable Republican” (just as Romney and McCain were).

bw222 on January 8, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Now if the bridge held up the Hopey Entourage,
I say, hahhahahahahahahahahaha, ah, hahahahahahhaah!!!!

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Too bad CRISTie went out of his way to stick it to conservatives and Tea Partiers all this time. Now none of us will come to his defense during this mess. And rest assured neither will the Democrat/media complex.

Doughboy on January 8, 2014 at 6:46 PM

New Jersey, US
26d
—-
NJ Gov. Chris Christie on NYC bridge ramp scandal: ‘When mistakes are made, people have to be held accountable for them’ – @jaketapper

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 6:48 PM

In 6 months, Chris Christie will no longer be fat. But he will still be a bully. He will still be a liberal. He will still be untrustworthy. And he will still be incompetent when it comes to creating jobs.

KMav on January 8, 2014 at 6:49 PM

In 6 months, Chris Christie will no longer be fat. But he will still be a bully. He will still be a liberal. He will still be untrustworthy. And he will still be incompetent when it comes to creating jobs.

KMav on January 8, 2014 at 6:49 PM

And I will still NOT be voting for him. Not ever.

Rational Thought on January 8, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Well, I never cared for Christies self-aggrandizing governing style in New Jersey anyway.

Valkyriepundit on January 8, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Think about how ridiculous it is for Christie to claim he’s just hearing about this for the first time today.

-Two Christie appointees, one a childhood friend, have resigned.

-The administration was ordered by a court of law to turn over emails. Those emails were heavily redacted. Obviously, someone from the administration, along with an attorney, read them before turning them over. Wouldn’t it make sense to warn fatso of what was contained in the emails? C’mon.

-Chris Christie is a former federal prosecutor, and presumably no dummy. No internal investigation ordered, despite having the emails, the resignations, etc.?

How stupid does he think we are?

I can assure you we haven’t heard the end of this one. Not by a long shot.

Right Wingnut on January 8, 2014 at 6:51 PM

And rest assured neither will the Democrat/media complex.

Doughboy on January 8, 2014 at 6:46 PM

The liberals are eating him alive over on the Politico Thread. I commented: “Hey Chris, try: “at this point what difference does it make”. Drove the libs nuts. :)

Rovin on January 8, 2014 at 6:52 PM

I don’t think the lane closures themselves are problematic.

The woman later died, borough records show…

Experimenting to see if traffic flow overall would be better by restricting the lanes allocated to Ft. Lee is legitimate, even if it turns out not to have been a good idea after all. tommylotto on January 8, 2014 at 6:32 PM

So Christie was “experimenting”? What’s your source, because so far he’s denying knowing anything about it and blaming underlings.

Aug. 13. Christie aide Bridget Anne Kelly to David Wildstein, Port Authority director of interstate capital projects: “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”

—Wildstein: “Got it.”

So, in your world, “traffic problems” is a synonym for experiment?

Are you, by chance, in the White House?

Akzed on January 8, 2014 at 6:53 PM

“What I’ve seen today for the first time is unacceptable. I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn that not only was I misled by a member of my staff, but this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made without my knowledge. One thing is clear: this type of behavior is unacceptable and I will not tolerate it because the people of New Jersey deserve better. This behavior is not representative of me or my Administration in any way, and people will be held responsible for their actions,” the governor said in a statement.

…big belly sounds like big ears!………here’s what fatso would say if he heard that excuse……………”What a big bag… full of shit!”

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2014 at 6:54 PM

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog 1h

Lesson for Chris Christie: next time, just shut down the National World War II Memorial.

davidk on January 8, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Sgt. Schultz

Philly on January 8, 2014 at 6:55 PM

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog 1h

Lesson for Chris Christie: next time, just shut down the National World War II Memorial.

davidk on January 8, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Exactly the same tird-hearted pettiness in each case.

Akzed on January 8, 2014 at 6:57 PM

How delicious that the New Jersey democrat media thinks they’re peeling off a candidate who was a threat to Killery’s coronation — only to have them learn down the road what a favor they’ve done for the GOP. There isn’t a conservative in this country who would have voted for this pig. They’ve done us a huge favor here. We don’t have to hate him cuz he’s a RINO (and all the intra-party ugliness that comes with that); we can hate him cuz he’s corrupt. Everyone can agree on that!

Rational Thought on January 8, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Jesus Christ, HotAir! Using the access of high political office to punish citizens who disagree with you is NOT a small issue. It’s a freaking huge deal, the WORST kind of corruption there is. It shuts down dissent completely. It ruins people’s lives. It emboldens others. And it is an absolute GATEWAY to corrosive rot from top to bottom in an administration. It is straight-up fascism. What the HELL is wrong with this place?!!!

Rational Thought on January 8, 2014 at 6:42 PM

If you understood what Jesus did for you, you wouldn’t use His Name as an explicative.

davidk on January 8, 2014 at 6:57 PM

You can take your lying, pro-illegal alien traitor Rubio and shove it. That loser is done.
bluegill on January 8, 2014 at 6:27 PM

I’m no fan of his myself, but you really didn’t need the “shove it” stuff.

whatcat on January 8, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Jesus Christ, HotAir! Using the access of high political office to punish citizens who disagree with you is NOT a small issue. It’s a freaking huge deal, the WORST kind of corruption there is. It shuts down dissent completely. It ruins people’s lives. It emboldens others. And it is an absolute GATEWAY to corrosive rot from top to bottom in an administration. It is straight-up fascism. What the HELL is wrong with this place?!!!

Rational Thought on January 8, 2014 at 6:42 PM

It’s called terminal partisanship. As long as he’s “our fascist”, s’cool.

lostmotherland on January 8, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Rational Thought on January 8, 2014 at 6:42 PM

eh…er…who you talkin’ ’bout?

the commenters are destroying him because HotAir linked it, you’re not being you

DanMan on January 8, 2014 at 6:59 PM

I think his stomach ate the lap band and the media is already circling like sharks.
He’s not ready for prime time.
That, and he wants to take your guns, give illegals amnesty and now, cheap college, and he agrees with Cuomo 98% of the time.

AllahsNippleHair on January 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Second look at Rubio?

I’ll be voting against Christie, Walker and Rubio.

FloatingRock on January 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Rational Thought on January 8, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Amen.

It saddens me to see all of these partisans try and rationalize this. I thought those that visited this site were above that. But for the most part, nope. Switch the names people to Obama, Jarrett, Holder and Carney. If the seriousness jumps a bit in your mind, then you might be too partisan to help those of us that really want better government.

h a p f a t on January 8, 2014 at 7:01 PM

It worked for Obama and the IRS scandal, why wouldn’t it work for Christie?

Oh. Right. That ‘(R)’ thing.

Socratease on January 8, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Is it from righteous indignation at how public-employee unions loot taxpayers or does he just get off on pushing people around? The two aren’t mutually exclusive, but the more evidence there is of the latter, the better Scott Walker looks as a righteously indignant yet mercifully soft-spoken alternative.

Yeah, that Scott Walker isn’t into petty acts of revenge at all.

Look, if we’re going to be voting for a former prosecutor, he’s almost by definition going to be somewhat of a bully. The question is whether he’s ethical or not. Granted, recent history has given us a rather low bar to clear there, but it’s still a bar to clear nonetheless.

calbear on January 8, 2014 at 7:04 PM

How many of you morons making fat jokes are overweight yourselves?

lostmotherland on January 8, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Second look at Rubio?

Rubio 2016!

terryannonline on January 8, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Well, I see that there are still two people in ‘Camp Rubio’ – must be pretty lonely over there.

Pork-Chop on January 8, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Where did they get the emails? NSA

rik on January 8, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Well, I see that there are still two people in ‘Camp Rubio’ – must be pretty lonely over there.

Pork-Chop on January 8, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Well his fundraising is still good.

terryannonline on January 8, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Let’s see how vigorously McCain, Graham and other democrats defend him.

SouthernGent on January 8, 2014 at 7:15 PM

s called terminal partisanship. As long as he’s “our fascist”, s’cool. lostmotherland on January 8, 2014 at 6:58 PM

You really want to go there?

I detest the fat bastard,, and no, I’m not fat.

wolly4321 on January 8, 2014 at 7:17 PM

This story was written a while ago. These guys are so stupid. He lost his usefulness.

tomas on January 8, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Christie first heard about it in news reports just like Nixon with Watergate and Obama with the IRS targeting.

Wigglesworth on January 8, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Well his fundraising is still good.

terryannonline on January 8, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Who would have thought that selling out to special interests pays well?

Valkyriepundit on January 8, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Jesus Christ, HotAir! Using the access of high political office to punish citizens who disagree with you is NOT a small issue. It’s a freaking huge deal, the WORST kind of corruption there is. It shuts down dissent completely. It ruins people’s lives. It emboldens others. And it is an absolute GATEWAY to corrosive rot from top to bottom in an administration. It is straight-up fascism. What the HELL is wrong with this place?!!!

Rational Thought on January 8, 2014 at 6:42 PM

+1.

FloatingRock on January 8, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Speaking of Rubio,………….on now for one hour:

http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN2/

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Rational Thought on January 8, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Years ago I used to troll TPM. Yeah yeah I know. Anyway, someone wrote a piece that was sacrilege to liberalism and there was a revolt. Hundreds of loyal commenters abandoned the site because of it. Conservatives don’ t act like spoiled children so I wouldn’t except them to do the same here, but HA is on thin ice.

Wigglesworth on January 8, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Speaking of Rubio,………….on now for one hour:

http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN2/

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Thanks!

terryannonline on January 8, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Jesus Christ, HotAir! Using the access of high political office to punish citizens who disagree with you is NOT a small issue. It’s a freaking huge deal, the WORST kind of corruption there is. It shuts down dissent completely. It ruins people’s lives. It emboldens others. And it is an absolute GATEWAY to corrosive rot from top to bottom in an administration. It is straight-up fascism. What the HELL is wrong with this place?!!!

Rational Thought on January 8, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Rational Thought: Hey,….I flood the H/A Tips E-Mail,
regardless, of who the candidate is,
Left/Right/, or, Centre:0

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Typical progressive.

Murphy9 on January 8, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Coincidence?!?!?!?!

Talon on January 8, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Hopefully this story has legs. I’m sure there are many more scandals too. Screw Christie.

Jack_Burton on January 8, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Sorry!!

http://youtu.be/moqX4t04yYo

Talon on January 8, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Christie passed on his chance to run against Obama for whatever reason… well, the Tea Party won’t forget who stood down when he was needed and we ended up with Romney and Paul Ryan, budgetmaster, and an embarrassing loss to a community agitator with a huge lack of documented credentials.

HopeHeFails on January 8, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Both parties are controlled by corporate fascists and are too corrupt to save. America is in desperate need of a renaissance of freedom and liberty, right now, there is no more time to waste. Please help me get Edward Snowden or a similarly proven champion of freedom and liberty elected president in ’16 on a 3rd party ticket. Let’s get it done. I don’t trust anybody in Washington DC or any of the governors anymore.

FloatingRock on January 8, 2014 at 7:31 PM

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Thanks!

terryannonline on January 8, 2014 at 7:25 PM

terryannonline:—————————:0

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 7:36 PM

How many of you morons making fat jokes are overweight yourselves?

lostmotherland on January 8, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Your mom never complains.

AllahsNippleHair on January 8, 2014 at 7:36 PM

The top aide should resign or Christie should fire them..Either way Christie has to “cut bait” here..:)

Dire Straits on January 8, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Thanks!

terryannonline on January 8, 2014 at 7:25 PM

terryannonline:——:)
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canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Let the MSN run with this and build to a high crescendo and have Rand Paul make a statement to the effect of: “Well I certainly find it troubling that a sitting governor used his political office to inflict petty damage on a political foe.”

Does it discredit him for consideration for higher office Senator Paul?

“Well that will be determined by the voters, but I certainly found it troubling when the current President has done it with the IRS, NSA and Media investigations, but might I add something else?”

Why yes of course.

“Thanks, I would also add that while I do find this troubling, I find even more troubling that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was allowed to stay in her post when it was clear that she was directly responsible for misleading the public, and by her lack of oversight of her department was responsible for allowing insufficient protection of Ambassador Chris Stevens and the brave souls who gave their lives in Benghazi.Not only did that discredit her for her position as SOS (as I stated at the time), it clearly discredits her from any serious talk of having the right stuff for higher office.”

A neat two-fer wrapped up in a bow.

can_con on January 8, 2014 at 7:38 PM

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Good to see you friend..Hope your and yours are doing well..:)

Dire Straits on January 8, 2014 at 7:38 PM

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