“Heartbroken”: Christie fires aide over Bridgegate, maintains he knew nothing

posted at 12:42 pm on January 9, 2014 by Allahpundit

Bridget Kelly, who wrote the now infamous e-mail about it being “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” is out. Bill Stepien, his former campaign manager and nominee to head the state GOP, has also been asked to withdraw due to the “callous indifference” he displayed in the e-mail chain. That was enough for Christie fans on Twitter who are eager to rehabilitate him to draw a flattering contrast with Obama: When a Christie subordinate screws up, she’s out on her ass. Fair enough, although Christie has a lot more to lose right now in not sacrificing someone than our lame-duck president has in refusing to sacrifice Sebelius. And it’s not like O’s never accepted a resignation resulting from scandal. Would candidate Obama have canned a political aide who jeopardized his chances at the presidency like this has for Christie? We don’t have to wonder — he did, before ultimately bringing her back as an ambassador. Fearless prediction: If Christie’s elected, a contrite, reformed Bridget Kelly will also catch on in the administration somewhere. That prospect should keep her quiet even if she was in fact directly ordered by Christie to close the lanes on the bridge. And even if Christie doesn’t re-hire her down the line, someone else might — unless she decides to spill the beans on Christie, in which case her breach of loyalty will make her toxic in her industry.

As for today’s presser, it’s the same sort of political Rorschach as yesterday’s scandal news was. If you like Christie (i.e. you’re center-right to center-left), you’ll likely find this a masterful show of accountability and leadership. My Twitter timeline was packed with Republicans cooing that Christie had defused the bomb, even though he spoke not a word that wasn’t fully expected of him. If you dislike Christie (i.e. you’re a liberal or a tea partier), you’re skeptical that he’s telling the truth and irritated at how easy it is for a pol to get away with something like this. I don’t dislike him the way TPers do but I’m skeptical nonetheless. I find it hard to believe that Bridget Kelly is the mastermind of a revenge operation that extended to Christie appointees in the inner circle and at the Port Authority, especially in the middle of a reelection campaign. Even if Kelly wanted to punish the mayor of Fort Lee for not endorsing her boss, it’s mind-boggling to think that various members of Team Christie would have played along knowing that exposure could have jeopardized his reelection bid and presidential chances. It’s one thing for the candidate himself to be that reckless; it’s his life, after all. It’s another thing for subordinates to do it to their superior. That being so, how likely is it that Kelly, Stepien, and Wildstein would have instigated this retribution without any of them so much as mentioning it to him? They’ve briefed him on this before, at length, and no one said anything? Ever?

If you missed it last month, read this NYT piece from late December about Christie’s growing reputation for retribution against his political enemies. The best you can say in his defense is that Kelly, Stepien, et al. thought, based on what they knew of their boss, that he’d be fine with screwing Fort Lee with brutal traffic for a few days as punishment. Which makes me think this isn’t the last story we’ll hear about dubious forms of retaliation by Team Christie.




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Sorry, “Christie”….

d1carter on January 9, 2014 at 2:04 PM

This whole post by AP assumes that the land closures were always intended as political retribution and that there was no legitimate traffic study.

tommylotto on January 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Don’t you think we would have heard about any legitimate reason for those lane closures? Why did the guy who ordered the study plead the 5th in Trenton this afternoon? In short, if the fat man could point out some legitimate reason for the closures he would have done so long before now.

Even Christie’s mea culpa was carefully worded. He never “authorized” lane closures as political retribution. That doesn’t mean it did not happen nor does it mean that he was unaware that it was going on.

Happy Nomad on January 9, 2014 at 2:04 PM

You know what would convince me? Prosecute the people involved. Don’t stop at firing them. Make sure they never work in this business again. THEN I’ll believe a) that he didn’t secretly tell them to lay low now, he’ll rehabilitate them later, and b) that he really didn’t know, and he’s not afraid they can prove otherwise if squeezed a little.

C’mon, Chris. You didn’t know? Really? Then CLEAN HOUSE. I wasn’t going to vote for you, but jail those people and we can talk about it.

Dirty Creature on January 9, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Christie campaign talking point in 2016:

“I took responsibility for the failures that happened. She did not.”

VinceOfDoom on January 9, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Not only that, but if the “bully” or “political retribution” charge comes up, he says “Oh yes? Let’s talk about how you fired the entire White House Travel Office staff and installed your loyalists. Let’s talk about those 700 FBI files. Let’s talk about Craig Livingston. Let’s talk about what happened to Kathleen Willey.”

Some of us remember.

rockmom on January 9, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Cristie will never make a good democrat by firing the guilty parties. Look at President Choom; he hasn’t fired anyone for crimes a lot worse that shutting down some traffic on a bridge.

RoadRunner on January 9, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Cristie will never make a good democrat by firing the guilty parties. Look at President Choom; he hasn’t fired anyone for crimes a lot worse that shutting down some traffic on a bridge.

RoadRunner on January 9, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Exactly.
He should have waited a month or so and then promoted them.

After wagging his finger at the press for following a fake scandal.

DRayRaven on January 9, 2014 at 2:10 PM

These are his direct reports and/or directly appointed by him.

We’re supposed to want to vote into the POTUS office someone of the ilk that knows not what these people directly underneath him are doing?

Don’t we already have a similar POTUS?

Again, two birds of a feather flocking together.

Carnac on January 9, 2014 at 2:11 PM

C’mon, Chris. You didn’t know? Really? Then CLEAN HOUSE. I wasn’t going to vote for you, but jail those people and we can talk about it.

Dirty Creature on January 9, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Jail them for what?

rockmom on January 9, 2014 at 2:12 PM

I’m going to give this link again to Christie on Climate Change (TM), because I just watched the 2 minute video again, and I’m shaking my head as Christie sounds just like John Kerry. Here he is, talking about the undeniable rise in temperatures, but this, from 2 years ago, after we had had 13 years of non-warming. And he is just too effusive in his support of the leftists on global warming climate change, and he’s says we must “defer to the experts” over 3 years after Climategate had caught these “experts” with their pants down manipulating and fudging the data… to dupe the public so they could implement leftist agenda as Obama is doing. Christie should change parties because this is nothing short of disgusting for a “Republican:”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPxDnb2-aVI&info=ChristieOnClimateChange

anotherJoe on January 9, 2014 at 2:12 PM

With only one lane open the toll revenue had to have been significantly reduced that week.

When I see somone offer to write a check, then I’ll see what “sorry” means.

Carnac on January 9, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Jail them for what?

rockmom on January 9, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Deliberately tying up traffic which, according to a report, may have led to an elderly person’s death.

ddrintn on January 9, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Jail them for what?

rockmom on January 9, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Hold them acccountable for the lost toll revenue of that week.

I’m betting someone has spent time in jail for stealing less money.

Carnac on January 9, 2014 at 2:16 PM

These are his direct reports and/or directly appointed by him.

We’re supposed to want to vote into the POTUS office someone of the ilk that knows not what these people directly underneath him are doing?

Don’t we already have a similar POTUS?

Again, two birds of a feather flocking together.

Carnac on January 9, 2014 at 2:11 PM

He has a chief of staff who he delegates to. Most top CEOs do. No CEO can know everything their employees are doing. But he can take responsibility and apologize when one of them screws up. Which is what Christie has done, and what Obama has not done.

One of the unfortunate facts about politics is that there are a lot of really good people who are attracted to political jobs for the best reasons and for the worst reasons. There are also many people who are loyal to a person who gets elected and they go to work for him and he has no reason to distrust them, but they don’t have the character to withstand the temptation to screw around with the levers of power. And once in power, even the best of them can lose their way while believing they are helping the team win.

Oliver North comes to mind. I bet you don’t think Reagan should have resigned when North’s activities became known. I bet you believed him when he said he didn’t know about the Iran-Contra scheme.

rockmom on January 9, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Deliberately tying up traffic which, according to a report, may have led to an elderly person’s death.

ddrintn on January 9, 2014 at 2:15 PM

That’s a civil suit waiting to happen against the Port Authority. But it’s not murder, for crying out loud. The lady was 91 years old and she was not DOA.

rockmom on January 9, 2014 at 2:22 PM

That’s a civil suit waiting to happen against the Port Authority. But it’s not murder, for crying out loud. The lady was 91 years old and she was not DOA.

rockmom on January 9, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Right, let’s investigate. Let’s see the emails etc etc.

Oliver North comes to mind. I bet you don’t think Reagan should have resigned when North’s activities became known. I bet you believed him when he said he didn’t know about the Iran-Contra scheme.

rockmom on January 9, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Oliver North was grilled for quite a while. There was an extensive investigation. Reagan didn’t just stand there and say “I was lied to and I take responsibility and I fired this one and that one so we’re all cool”. Apples and oranges.

ddrintn on January 9, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Hold them acccountable for the lost toll revenue of that week.

I’m betting someone has spent time in jail for stealing less money.

Carnac on January 9, 2014 at 2:16 PM

The bridge wasn’t closed and the tollbooth wasn’t closed.

rockmom on January 9, 2014 at 2:26 PM

I’m trying to keep an open mind, especially without any proof, but you are right AP, something about Christie made these folks think that this would be okay.

Cindy Munford on January 9, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Chris Christie is much too smart and way too big a man (sic) to have engaged in this kind of juvenile nonsense. The same cannot be said for thse who think this is an opportunity to damage or eliminate him as the GOP frontrunner.

Basilsbest on January 9, 2014 at 1:23 PM

“I heart anyone willing to put an R after their name.”
/Basilsbest

Bitter Clinger on January 9, 2014 at 1:48 PM

I see a lot of unfairness and some hysteria in the comments of those who don’t like Christie. For example Kingjester’s suggestion that he is toast is risible.

There are no perfect choices in life except Christ. I don’t like CC’s attitude towards Islam, however I will support him if he is the Republican nominee as the alternative to a GOP president is execrable.

Basilsbest on January 9, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Oliver North was grilled for quite a while. There was an extensive investigation. Reagan didn’t just stand there and say “I was lied to and I take responsibility and I fired this one and that one so we’re all cool”. Apples and oranges.

ddrintn on January 9, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Actually, Reagan just said, famously, “mistakes were made” and “I just found out the extent of what was done.” He never apologized or took personal responsibility. He read a speech and never answered questions from the press.

rockmom on January 9, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Jail them for what?

Well, didn’t a 92 year old die because they couldn’t get her help fast enough? It might not stick, but give it the college try. Let a jury decide. As I said — at a minimum, tar them bad enough that nobody will think he’ll become Obama and make them ambassadors later if they just shut up. We’ve had enough of presidents that do that kind of sh**.

Dirty Creature on January 9, 2014 at 2:34 PM

I’m trying to keep an open mind, especially without any proof, but you are right AP, something about Christie made these folks think that this would be okay.

Cindy Munford on January 9, 2014 at 2:28 PM

If anything it is the political culture in New Jersey and especially at the Port Authority, which has long been its own little fiefdom with lots of money and lots of pwer to those who run it. There is stuff that goes on in local politics there too involving GOP county leaders. I read on Twitter that Bridget Kelly was a local county GOP head before she joined Christie’s staff. She may be a lot shadier than we know, or than Christie suspected.

rockmom on January 9, 2014 at 2:35 PM

I ain’t even mad. I knew something like this would happen the moment the media made Christie the R front-runner after his first election. Falling D approval numbers were inevitably going to endanger Hillary, and the lapdog media would be forced to take Christie out before the Establishment could line up behind him.

Sekhmet on January 9, 2014 at 2:35 PM

I’m going to give this link again to Christie on Climate Change (TM), because I just watched the 2 minute video again, and I’m shaking my head as Christie sounds just like John Kerry. Here he is, talking about the undeniable rise in temperatures, but this, from 2 years ago, after we had had 13 years of non-warming. And he is just too effusive in his support of the leftists on global warming climate change, and he’s says we must “defer to the experts” over 3 years after Climategate had caught these “experts” with their pants down manipulating and fudging the data… to dupe the public so they could implement leftist agenda as Obama is doing. Christie should change parties because this is nothing short of disgusting for a “Republican:”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPxDnb2-aVI&info=ChristieOnClimateChange

anotherJoe on January 9, 2014 at 2:12 PM

It’s a long way from being wrong about AGW and Islam for a former prosecutor to engage in a petty scheme which could have him facing wrongful death charges. I know of nothing in Christie’s history which makes him stupid enough or lacking in character enough to have participated in this lunacy.

Christie did not come across in his press conference as a guilty man.

Basilsbest on January 9, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Well, didn’t a 92 year old die because they couldn’t get her help fast enough? It might not stick, but give it the college try. Let a jury decide. As I said — at a minimum, tar them bad enough that nobody will think he’ll become Obama and make them ambassadors later if they just shut up. We’ve had enough of presidents that do that kind of sh**.

Dirty Creature on January 9, 2014 at 2:34 PM

They are plenty tarred, I think.

rockmom on January 9, 2014 at 2:39 PM

He has a chief of staff who he delegates to. Most top CEOs do. No CEO can know everything their employees are doing. But he can take responsibility and apologize when one of them screws up. Which is what Christie has done, and what Obama has not done.

Oh, I admit it’s a million times better than Obama. But who isn’t? That’s no bar. It would be impossible to NOT hit it.

We need better than “not as bad as the worst ever”. Freaking Carter meets that standard.

Dirty Creature on January 9, 2014 at 2:40 PM

I ain’t even mad. I knew something like this would happen the moment the media made Christie the R front-runner after his first election. Falling D approval numbers were inevitably going to endanger Hillary, and the lapdog media would be forced to take Christie out before the Establishment could line up behind him.

Sekhmet on January 9, 2014 at 2:35 PM

What’s unbelievable to me is that any of Christie’s political team could have been involved in something so stupid and expect to get away with it, or even think it was a good idea, in an election that Christie was running away with and knowing the proctological exam they were going to get from the media the day that election was over. It’s just beyond stupid. But that’s politics, stuff always happens that you’ve never seen before and didn’t think was possible.

rockmom on January 9, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Ha ha – I bet the media is going to be sorry they didn’t sit on this until after they had made him the nominee. Everyone is a chump in this story. Everyone.

djl130 on January 9, 2014 at 2:42 PM

He read a speech and never answered questions from the press.

rockmom on January 9, 2014 at 2:30 PM

And given the extensive investigation into the matter, if Reagan had known we would have found out about it. Let’s give Christie the same scrutiny. Are you not confident he could come out clean?

ddrintn on January 9, 2014 at 2:43 PM

We need better than “not as bad as the worst ever”. Freaking Carter meets that standard.

Dirty Creature on January 9, 2014 at 2:40 PM

You are bound to be disappointed then. No politician or his/her staff is perfect, screwups are common and stuff happens that always amazes in its stupidity. I mean, did you really think Obama would go live with that website on October 1 without knowing or caring whether it actually worked?

We’ve seen some weapons-grade stupidity recently and it’s almost a certainty there will be more, no matter who the candidates are.

rockmom on January 9, 2014 at 2:44 PM

We’ve seen some weapons-grade stupidity recently…

rockmom on January 9, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Like “Romney can win”. And the same ones preaching that are at it again.

ddrintn on January 9, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Ha ha – I bet the media is going to be sorry they didn’t sit on this until after they had made him the nominee. Everyone is a chump in this story. Everyone.

djl130 on January 9, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Only a matter of time before some smart pundits start asking whether Christie just trolled the national media, bigtime. Got them to play the big card right away.

rockmom on January 9, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Like “Romney can win”. And the same ones preaching that are at it again.

ddrintn on January 9, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Oh, I mean just operational stupidity. Policial and pundit stupidity is in its own universe. ;-)

It’s idiotic for anyone to declare at this point that “XXXXX can win.” It’s just as idiotic for anyone to declare that this finishes Chris Christie. Have we forgotten Bill Clinton getting caught red-handed dodging the draft AND having an affair, when he was already running for President?

rockmom on January 9, 2014 at 2:47 PM

It just goes to show how we are merely pawns to them all.

I bet this goes on all the time, and some get caught and others don’t.

I am more concerned that Christie and his minions got caught. He would be far better than ANY Democrat, and that is all I care about anymore… and few other things like being better for families and the economy, but mostly Democrats are bad for families and the economy, so just about any Republican makes the cut after the last 6 years.

I am jaded enough by now to assume that every inconvenience to me benefits one politician or another.

Believing that used to get you an eye roll, but seriously, if you don’t believe it, you deserve an eye roll now!

Our government is corrupt top to bottom and we are their pawns.

Therefore, I want the corruption to benefit the family and the economy. The end.

petunia on January 9, 2014 at 2:51 PM

It’s idiotic for anyone to declare at this point that “XXXXX can win.” It’s just as idiotic for anyone to declare that this finishes Chris Christie.

It’s not idiotic to say “Hillary can win”. I would say though that Christie, like Romney, has “lose” baked in.

Have we forgotten Bill Clinton getting caught red-handed dodging the draft AND having an affair, when he was already running for President?

rockmom on January 9, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Different animal. Clinton was a Democrat and he was running against feckless George Bush Sr.

ddrintn on January 9, 2014 at 2:51 PM

I find it hard to believe that Bridget Kelly is the mastermind of a revenge operation that extended to Christie appointees in the inner circle and at the Port Authority, especially in the middle of a reelection campaign.

I’m telling you, political women are hardcore, evil.

Vince on January 9, 2014 at 2:53 PM

rockmom on January 9, 2014 at 2:35 PM

I’ll take your word for it, I don’t know a lot about the area politics. What was suppose to be the reason for the lanes being closed?

Cindy Munford on January 9, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Big media has Christie in a headlock. The question now is when they’re going to apply the pile driver and end this match!

claudius on January 9, 2014 at 2:58 PM

They are plenty tarred, I think.

Not enough for my taste. If I am not absolutely positive he didn’t tell them to shut up now, they’ll be fine, he’ll take care of them later, forget it — I pass.

I want them done so ugly that there’s no way he CAN make it up to them later. Only then will I not smell a rat. We’ve had Obama for too long. It’s time to go back to the ‘not even the *appearance* of impropriety’ standard.

Dirty Creature on January 9, 2014 at 2:59 PM

“At this point what difference does it make anyway!” — I worked for Hillary, will it work for Christie?

Dasher on January 9, 2014 at 3:00 PM

And even if Christie doesn’t re-hire her down the line, someone else might — unless she decides to spill the beans on Christie, in which case her breach of loyalty will make her toxic in her industry.

Nicolle Wallace and Steve Schmidt still seem to find work.

besser tot als rot on January 9, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Stats

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2014 at 3:02 PM

It’s a long way from being wrong about AGW and Islam for a former prosecutor to engage in a petty scheme which could have him facing wrongful death charges. I know of nothing in Christie’s history which makes him stupid enough or lacking in character enough to have participated in this lunacy.

Christie did not come across in his press conference as a guilty man.

Basilsbest on January 9, 2014 at 2:38 PM

I didn’t see anywhere in anotherJoe’s post where he said anything about whether Christie was guilty or not. He was just pointing out what a leftist dolt Christie is.

But enjoy pulling the lever for the Islam-loving, AGW-loving, Obama-loving, Cuomo-loving POS in the 2016 primaries. ‘Cause he’s ‘electable’ or something.

Bitter Clinger on January 9, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Nicolle Wallace and Steve Schmidt still seem to find work.

besser tot als rot on January 9, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Yep.

Bitter Clinger on January 9, 2014 at 3:10 PM

I don’t know if was involved, but I know the media will spend exponentially more time investigating this than Benghazi, Fast & Furious, and other Obama scandals.

Ward Cleaver on January 9, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Makes Benghazi look really small.

CWchangedhisNicagain on January 9, 2014 at 3:23 PM

He has a chief of staff who he delegates to. Most top CEOs do. No CEO can know everything their employees are doing. But he can take responsibility and apologize when one of them screws up.

rockmom on January 9, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Ever heard of Sarbanes-Oxley?

besser tot als rot on January 9, 2014 at 3:24 PM

You are bound to be disappointed then

Really? So worse and worse, every president worse than the last, is the BEST we can hope for, to your mind? Wanting things to get better is not just improbable, but actually foolish?

Gee — thanks a lot. Considering I bled on the battlefield for this nation, you’ll hopefully understand if I don’t quite give up everything on just your say-so…

Dirty Creature on January 9, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Makes Benghazi look really small.

CWchangedhisNicagain on January 9, 2014 at 3:23 PM

If you think traction from Benghazi is going to put whatever GOP candidate over the top in 2016, you’d be swell-advised to wake up from that stupor now.

ddrintn on January 9, 2014 at 3:26 PM

If you think traction from Benghazi is going to put whatever GOP candidate over the top in 2016, you’d be swell-advised to wake up from that stupor now.

ddrintn on January 9, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Yep that’s what I said. You nailed it.

CWchangedhisNicagain on January 9, 2014 at 3:27 PM

And just a reminder to y’all. Oxley was a Republican. Thanks, GOP.

besser tot als rot on January 9, 2014 at 3:29 PM

If you missed it last month, read this NYT piece from late December about Christie’s growing reputation for retribution against his political enemies. The best you can say in his defense is that Kelly, Stepien, et al. thought, based on what they knew of their boss, that he’d be fine with screwing Fort Lee with brutal traffic for a few days as punishment.

Leading by example, eh?

I’m just waiting fro the MSM to demand and pore over 25,000 emails of the Chrispy Admin; like they did with some hillbilly from up North, then compare and contrast what’s discovered. She too had enemies on both side of the aisle, more so within her own party.

But after untold $$ and hours spent investigating emails, the MSM found nothing, yet she’s the idiot unfit to lead a party, let alone country.

Sarah 2016!!!

AH_C on January 9, 2014 at 3:29 PM

I wish you would use the term “conservatives” when speaking of those who do not like Chris Christie because he is definitely not a conservative. Disparaging the voters with the Tea Party mantle time and time again is annoying and disingenuous. I suspect you know little about conservatives who either are part of or are like minded or don’t think of themselves as part of the Tea Party.

And in case you need to be reminded the Tea Party is not one group;
however, made up of many small groups who identify with “Taxed
Enough Already”.

Amjean on January 9, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Do we have evidence that the reason for the lane closures was actually based on a vendetta rather than the stated purpose? Are the emails based on actually causation, or based on ill advised humor?

As far as I know, the case hasn’t been made. If the underlings actually caused this to happen based on retribution, I think that it reflects very poorly on Christie. If not (which seems more likely), it’s just standard Democrat smear tactics.

Either way, it doesn’t change my opinion of Christie: that he’s a pompous, big government, statist who wouldn’t get my vote for national office in a million years (though, I’d probably vote for him in local or state elections if NJ if I happened to be unfortunate enough to live there).

besser tot als rot on January 9, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Do we have evidence that the reason for the lane closures was actually based on a vendetta rather than the stated purpose? Are the emails based on actually causation, or based on ill advised humor?
….
besser tot als rot on January 9, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Not sure in this up is down down is up world that it matters. Pretty sad.

CWchangedhisNicagain on January 9, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Well I wouldn’t blame Lonegan one bit if he finds schadenfreude in Crispy’s predictament. Krispy practically endorsed Booker for Senante and gave the shaft to Lonegan – all because he was conservative. That’s some punishment, but then again, RINOs always preferred the company/support of a democrat than a conservative. Look at what Alexander did when losing to Murdock and now supporting Sam Nunn’s daughter in GA over a conservative candidate there.

Karma is and will be a b!tch.

AH_C on January 9, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Either way, it doesn’t change my opinion of Christie:

besser tot als rot on January 9, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Me either. I couldn’t care less about the bridge or how glib he was in some press conference.

ddrintn on January 9, 2014 at 3:45 PM

I’m trying to keep an open mind, especially without any proof, but you are right AP, something about Christie made these folks think that this would be okay.

Cindy Munford on January 9, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Not necessarily, but let’s say that these folks thought that CC would be pleased that they caused a monumental traffic jam (in a place where monumental traffic jams are the rule rather than the exception) in order to punish an unimportant no-name mayor who had no effect on Christie’s reelection.

It makes no sense, really. I was mad as hell at Christie for the Walk on The Beach, before the 2012 election…..but I just don’t see traffic jams as his MO.

Priscilla on January 9, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Christie was completely convincing and unflappable during his two hour press conference. I don’t believe Christie is stupid enough to have known about this juvenile nonsense and not have nixed it. Christie’s critics on this site are attacking him because he’s not conservative enough for them. It’s no surprise they are lacking the integrity to look at this objectively.

Basilsbest on January 9, 2014 at 1:04 PM

The conservatives, like the liberals, are all cut from the same cloth. Both are loonies and juveniles. This forum is proving my point. If I didn’t know what the story was about, I’d swear they sound just like left wing liberals. No reasoning…just vitriol…and they don’t even know why they feel that way. Sure, Christie is Krispy, fat, bully, donut lover, but he did a lot in his first term as Governor to check some of the out of control spending NJ had. No, he won’t be able to solve all the state’s problems, but he didn’t make them worse. The biggest problems NJ has is high property taxes and a lack of jobs. It took the Democrats 20 years off and on to create this mess. It won’t be fixed in 4 years.

timberline on January 9, 2014 at 3:53 PM

This forum is proving my point. If I didn’t know what the story was about, I’d swear they sound just like left wing liberals. No reasoning…just vitriol…and they don’t even know why they feel that way. Sure, Christie is Krispy, fat, bully, donut lover, but he did a lot in his first term as Governor to check some of the out of control spending NJ had. No, he won’t be able to solve all the state’s problems, but he didn’t make them worse. The biggest problems NJ has is high property taxes and a lack of jobs. It took the Democrats 20 years off and on to create this mess. It won’t be fixed in 4 years.

timberline on January 9, 2014 at 3:53 PM

You make far too much sense.

Priscilla on January 9, 2014 at 4:05 PM

The conservatives, like the liberals, are all cut from the same cloth. Both are loonies and juveniles. This forum is proving my point. If I didn’t know what the story was about, I’d swear they sound just like left wing liberals. No reasoning…just vitriol…and they don’t even know why they feel that way. Sure, Christie is Krispy, fat, bully, donut lover, but he did a lot in his first term as Governor to check some of the out of control spending NJ had. No, he won’t be able to solve all the state’s problems, but he didn’t make them worse. The biggest problems NJ has is high property taxes and a lack of jobs. It took the Democrats 20 years off and on to create this mess. It won’t be fixed in 4 years.

timberline on January 9, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Here’s the thing: A lot of people don’t like Christie.* And a lot of people hate Democrat smear tactics that debase our society, community, and comity. So, people that dislike Christie, want to see him taken down politically. But, they don’t like how it was done. It’s complex, but, understandably, the policy dislike generally wins out against the tactics dislike. On the other hand, if you like Christie, you simply hate the tactics. The feelings are simple.

Calling people loonies isn’t likely to make people more rational in their analysis.

* And I think it’s important to emphasize that the current dislike for Christie is not necessarily that people don’t like him, but they don’t like him for President. Me included. I think he’s totally fine for NJ. As a governor, congressman, whatever – as long as it’s from/in NJ. Same for Romney – awesome as a MA governor – probably the best they could do. For President? Awful.

besser tot als rot on January 9, 2014 at 4:23 PM

maintains he knew nothing

Why is it when I think of this comment with regards to Christie, I think of Sgt. Schultz: “I know nuutthink!”

Though I do think Sgt. Schultz is less corrupt and more honest than Christie, for a Nazi.

Sterling Holobyte on January 9, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Jail them for what?

rockmom on January 9, 2014 at 2:12 PM

A public servant is guilty of official misconduct when, with
purpose to obtain a benefit for himself or another or to injure or to
deprive another of a benefit:

a. He commits an act relating to his office but
constituting an unauthorized exercise of his official
functions, knowing that such act is unauthorized or
he is committing such act in an unauthorized
manner; or

b. He knowingly refrains from performing a duty
which is imposed upon him by law or is clearly
inherent in the nature of his office.

Straight from NJ law

triple on January 9, 2014 at 5:34 PM

fun fact: minimum sentence for official misconduct is 5 years

triple on January 9, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Congrats AP! Mark Levin just called you a good writer!

Brat on January 9, 2014 at 6:22 PM

You know this might be the only thing that might get me to agree with a Christie GOP nomination, IF (key word) Obama goes after Christie over the bridge.

Why???

If Christie becomes president, and thinks Obama tried to take him down, stabbed him in the back after they reached a “deal”…you know. It is like the NJ mob vs. Chicago mob. Just watch godfather…or whatever.

William Eaton on January 9, 2014 at 6:30 PM

The conservatives, like the liberals, are all cut from the same cloth. Both are loonies and juveniles. This forum is proving my point. If I didn’t know what the story was about, I’d swear they sound just like left wing liberals. No reasoning…just vitriol…and they don’t even know why they feel that way. Sure, Christie is Krispy, fat, bully, donut lover, but he did a lot in his first term as Governor to check some of the out of control spending NJ had. No, he won’t be able to solve all the state’s problems, but he didn’t make them worse. The biggest problems NJ has is high property taxes and a lack of jobs. It took the Democrats 20 years off and on to create this mess. It won’t be fixed in 4 years.

timberline on January 9, 2014 at 3:53 PM

NJ Gov. KristieKreme is an egomaniacal, bullying, big fat liar who loves donuts – this isn’t news. His office abused its power – this isn’t factually debatable.

If you believe his staff didn’t think they had his approval when closing the bridge’s lanes, you’re at best naive…

Anti-Control on January 9, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Christie was completely convincing and unflappable during his two hour press conference. I don’t believe Christie is stupid enough to have known about this juvenile nonsense and not have nixed it. Christie’s critics on this site are attacking him because he’s not conservative enough for them. It’s no surprise they are lacking the integrity to look at this objectively.
Basilsbest on January 9, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Progressive Chris Christie is anti-gun and a promoter of illegal alien amnesty.

Anyone who promotes or defends this fraud Christie is no conservative.

bluegill on January 9, 2014 at 7:29 PM

1.) I do not like Christie; He’s a fat Democrat in Rino’s clothing.

2.) Why in the Blue F**k does anyone besides New Jersey Residents CARE?!?!

Seriously, obama and Company are LITERALLY destroying the nation with crushing, unsustainable debt, throwing citizens off their private health insurance to purposely destroy the market and force a Government single-payer system; Violating Goddamned near every single right guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, including spying on people, denying them the right to keep and bear arms, their protection against unreasonable searches and seizures (mouth-swab checkpoints), allowing the murder of our ambassadors in foreign countries, literally (according to Fmr. Def Sec Gates) sending troops knowingly to their deaths in a war he couldn’t possibly care less about winning…

And the leftist media is *apoplectic* about a fat, well-known loud-mouthed Governor, choking off bridge traffic for four hours? Because *THEY* have deemed him the de-facto Republican 2016 Presidential nominee two years early?

Christ, if you were planning a trip back to Earth anytime soon,…Hurry it up, will ya? I’d say we’re pretty much done f8c!ng your planet up by now, and hopeless as an intelligent species.

a5minmajor on January 9, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Whatever.

You sound like your BFF, Barry BAMSTAHHHHHH!!!!!! YOU DA MANNNNN BAMMY BABYY!!!!!! LOVE YA BARRY OL BUDDY OL PALLLLL!!!!!! YAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!
win7 on Janry 14 at 12:51

cableguy615 on January 9, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Christ Christie is:

A bully

A blowhard

A Big gov loving Progressive

A Ruling Classer like all the others in the DC gop cabal.

NO NO NO

PappyD61 on January 9, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Whoa Whoa Whoaaaaa!!!!

Whats all this nonsense about FIRING those responsible?????? He’s setting a dangerous precedent here, it should be enough to just look for those responsible, or vow to get to the bottom of the event… I think Christie is showing his political naiveté in going off half cocked and actually firing someone.

On another note though, (and I am definitely no Christie fan) His goose is cooked after this nonsense …. the political pundits are foaming at the mouth over this.

Koa on January 9, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Should I feel bad that I silently judge people who give nicknames to politicians they don’t like?

triple on January 9, 2014 at 8:40 PM

And who exactly has the record for shutting ‘er down?
http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgreenfield/you-know-who-shut-down-roads-parks-and-memorials-for-petty-political-reasons/

onlineanalyst on January 9, 2014 at 8:52 PM

If only Chris were a black democrat…

MT on January 9, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Should I feel bad that I silently judge people who give nicknames to politicians they don’t like?

triple on January 9, 2014 at 8:40 PM

You should feel stupid about it, but from reading your humorless, inane, and delusional posts, I know that you lack the necessary sophistication! :)

Anti-Control on January 9, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Looks like time for a little traffic problem…on the route to Pennsylvania Avenue.

Blaise on January 9, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Now are the GOP RINOs going to try to cram down our throats so that they can get their butt handed to them in the election? Hey I know; let’s run Romney again!


Mark Levin: Chris Christie’s Scandal “reminded me of his dear, close friend, Barack Obama”

conservativeBC on January 9, 2014 at 10:30 PM

C’mon, Chris. You didn’t know? Really? Then CLEAN HOUSE. I wasn’t going to vote for you, but jail those people and we can talk about it.

Dirty Creature on January 9, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Jail? Seriously? Please, people, let’s keep some perspective here.

I dislike Christie, but let’s not go batshit crazy, ok?

Also – why did the guy take the 5th? Because there’s going to be lawsuits about the lady who died that they’re tying to the lane closures. Why would anyone want to put anything on the record that would help them lose a gazillion dollar personal lawsuit (that they’re probably going to lose anyway).

That said, folks were fired – beyond that, is there *really* a legal case to be made against them?

Does this *really* warrant an attorney general and f*cking *FBI* investigation? FFS, this is beyond ridiculous.

Perspective, people. Stop letting the discussion be diverted from Obamacare, the Gates allegations, etc. Stop it, just f*cking stop it.

Midas on January 9, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Should I feel bad that I silently judge people who give nicknames to politicians they don’t like?

triple on January 9, 2014 at 8:40 PM

You should feel ashamed for having said some humilatingly stupid things every time you show up here, but I doubt you’re capable.

Midas on January 9, 2014 at 10:45 PM

I hereby insist that “BridgeGate” from now forth, be referred to as “GatesGate”; As it’s sole purpose is to detract from Bob Gates’ scathing expose of the boy who would be King, two days after the release of said book.

a5minmajor on January 9, 2014 at 11:04 PM

a5minmajor on January 9, 2014 at 11:04 PM

What about “BridgetGate” in honor of the villain-of-the-piece, Bridget Kelly?

I’m sure the media will take the high-ground and not pay millions for the tearful account of “Bridget’s Story“, a tense and edgy political drama about a lowly official, just doing her job, too afraid to blow the whistle, scapegoated evil Republican fat cats, drunk with power and obsessed with the presidency.

(if anyone from Hollywood is reading, I have a script…)

virgo on January 10, 2014 at 2:18 AM

FAST & FURIOUS:
Obama authorizes thousands of weapons and grenades to be given to Mexican Drug Cartels in order to create such a high body count (deaths) that he will have justification to strip Americans of their Constitutional right to bear arms. The program is exposed, & 300+…and counting… die – to include 1 US Border Patrol Agent. The Attorney General is Censured for 3 Felony ounts of Perjury in the attempted cover-up before Congress (as the DOJ refuses to pres charges on their boss, Congress is left with only 1 option: They Censure Holder, making him the 1st/only US Atty General to ever be ‘Censured’ for a crime). The WH refuses to demand Holder step down or fire him, refuses to release subpoenaed documents, & continues to file legal requests to have the issue closed despite the cover-up continuing. Obama has and continues to refuse to meet with Brian Terry’s family to answer questions. Obama refuses to hold a Press Conference to thoroughly address the issue, has never taken responsibility for the scandal, has never apologized for it, and no one has ever been truly held accountable – no one has been fired.

BENGHAZI:
Obama violated THE War Powers Act for fighting a prolonged war without going before Congress to request the authorization to o so. He ordered our military to aid the very perpetrators of 9/11/01 and who had been recruiting Jihadists for years from Libya to go to Afghanistan & Iraq to kill US Soldiers, ordered them to hel Al Qaeda take over their own country. He hired an Al Qaeda-associated militia to guard an American ambassador and other Americans in Benghazi, and he ignored several terrorist attacks prior to the final fatal attack that cost the lives of 4 Americans – to include Ambassador Stevens – the 1st Ambassador to be killed in over 30 years. He denied multiple requests for additional security personnel despite knowing about warning of a coming attack and threats and calls to kill Americans in retaliation for an earlier drone strike that had killed a Libyan Al Qaeda member. He abandoned those 4 Americans, sacrificed them to die at the hands of Al Qaeda – who he helped take over Libya. He fired the AFRICOM General for voicing his intent to reject a ‘stand down’ order which directed the military to do NOTHING about the attack that went on for 12 hours. He and Hillary modified the CIA report calling the Benghazi attack 12 times before releasing it and waging a campaign of lies to Americans calling the attack a protest over a video. He hever held a press conference explaining what happened. He never apologized to the Nation. Hillary never apologized or accepted any responsibility. She instead feined anger and screamed before Congress ‘What does it matter’ – what does the deaths of 4 Americans because of their incompetence, traitorous decisions, and betrayal matter?! NO ONE WAS EVER HELD ACCOUNTABLE OR FIRED.

BRIDGE-GATE:
An over-zealous aide engaged in political payback for a mayor not choosing to endorse Christy. No one even died in this candal, unlike the 2 above. Upon finding out about what happened, Christy immediately investigates, found out who was responsible, FIRED the responsible individual, then called a 2-hour press conference in which he actually ;out-lasted’ the media, staying there until the media had asked just about every question they could come up with. During that press conference he accepted blame for what happened because it was one of his who had perpetrated the act – HE accepted responsibility. He also apologized a reported 20 (TWENTY) times.

I hope someone video-taped the entire press conference and sends it to Obama because everything Obama lacks and needs to learn about responsibility, accountability, and leadership was displayed by Christy in that ‘tutorial’ press conference.

easyt65 on January 10, 2014 at 8:46 AM

There is not one piece of evidence to show Christy knew anything about this. In this country one is innocent until proven guilty…or it use to be that way. Those calling Christy names and blaming him are just flat out wrong….until there is proof he had a direct hand in this. As pointed out, he put on a clinic – especially for Obama – on how to be responsible, accountable, and how to be a leader. The way Christy has handled this has been ‘refeshing’, especially after 5 failed years of ‘transparency’, ‘accountability’, ‘responsibility’, & in being a ‘leader’.

easyt65 on January 10, 2014 at 8:50 AM

“WHAT HAPPENS ON MY WATCH IS MY RESPONSIBILITY.”

“THE ONLY ONE WHO NEEDS TO APOLOGIZE IS ME.”

These are the words of Chris Christie … and words you will NEVER hear from the mouths of Obama, Hillary, or anyone in Obama’s administration…about ANYTHING!

easyt65 on January 10, 2014 at 9:11 AM

“WHAT HAPPENS ON MY WATCH IS MY RESPONSIBILITY.”

“THE ONLY ONE WHO NEEDS TO APOLOGIZE IS ME.”

These are the words of Chris Christie … and words you will NEVER hear from the mouths of Obama

Oh contraire, you’d hear the same BS from Obama and nothing would be done. Like when Christie says “I AM FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS” but he’s the one still with a job. In Japan, “I AM FULLY RESPONSIBLE” means you resign (or worse).

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Marcus on January 10, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Has Ms. Kelly given the requisite tearful apology yet? Stay tuned. I’m not positive but this seems way worse than Mitt’s book of women.

Kissmygrits on January 10, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Hey, Virgo, I would recommend Kellygate for the lsm. This way they could get a twofer. Some people might get confused and think it was Megan Kelly and blame FoxNews.

Kissmygrits on January 10, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Why are the media elites obsessed with this non-story? When an actual story comes along (Benghazi), they yawn.

nazo311 on January 10, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Christie has made it all too clear that he doesn’t want or need the help of nasty conservatives……so good luck with that. Don’t call me I’ll call you.

DFCtomm on January 10, 2014 at 10:38 AM

I agree with Cindy.

SparkPlug on January 10, 2014 at 11:55 AM

I am not a fan of Mr. Christie’s for several reasons. Those mostly have to do with policy on which he is eminently wrong, especially on a national level. Secondarily, they are on temperament. As an example, if you don’t believe his “bromance” with Mr. Obama just prior to the election was political retribution- I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Traffic jams not included.

That being said, I do believe Mr. Christie is being sincere and contrite. I don’t share your unsupported speculation the bad actors from this incident will show up in any future Christie administration- period. Not only would the political cost be too high, but is would be unethical and demeaning to people (like myself) who feel he is sincere.

What Mr. Christie should perhaps take away from this is the support of established Republicans is shifty and ephemeral. As is that of the media and Democrats. How many people have bailed on Mr. Christie or now pointed the political dogs of war in his direction? How quickly they forget. In the words of Mr. Obama, this is indeed a teachable moment.

It will be interesting to see if this causes Mr. Christie to have any type of epiphany and reach out to others in the party, whom he has previously seemed to cajole, harass and belittle. Oddly, many of those same people have not run from him (in a defensive sense of course, not on his political positions). They see the dishonesty of establishment types, the Democrats and their adoring media for the fleeting, destructive hacks they are.

For example, establishment types (both parties), Democrats and the media are all still incurious about four dead Americans, including an American Ambassador, simply because Mr. Obama and their next exalted leader, Hillary Clinton are the key suspects. What about the IRS or perhaps the lawless despotism with which Obamacare is being foisted upon our citizenry? Surely the DoJ and Congress must have forgotten about these. Because the speed, precision and tenacity with which they have rushed to investigate some bridge traffic clearly indicates they do have some priorities.

If this incident shows anything it is the blatant dishonesty with which our government and the media operates. Mr. Christie should take a lesson from that.

Marcus Traianus on January 10, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Proving just how despicable the Left Wing Liberal nuts jobs are, just how low they are willing to go, Rachael Maddow has labeled the Bridge-gate scandal ‘BridgeGHAZI’. Only a POS Liberal like Maddow would DARE compare two lanes leading onto a bridge that caused a horrible traffic jam to Obama’s on-going scandal of betrayal and abandonment in which four Americans, to include the 1st Ambassador in over 30 years, were killed, left to die by this administration!

Not 24 hours after the Christie bridge scandal hit the media Christy had already scheduled a press conference and had fired the person responsible. During that I hour and 47 minute press conference Christy apologized 20 times and stayed there until every reporter’s question had been asked and answered. Christy has asked to meet with the mayor and will apologize to people’s faces.
Benghazi is one of the darkest times in our nation’s history. After ordering our military to help al Qaeda, this administration hired an Al Qaeda-associated militia to defend Americans in Benghazi, ignored 2 previous terrorist attacks, ignored multiple warnings & Intel about another pending attack, & rejected numerous requests for additional security. During the 12 hour attack Obama/Hillary modified the CIA’s report calling the attack a terrorist attack, stripping any reference to terrorism out of the report. The AFRICOM Commander was fired for voicing his intent to ignore the ‘Stand Down’ order preventing response teams from heading to Benghazi. This administration engaged in a cover-up / operation of MIS-information by telling people the attack was over a video. Despite Obama claiming he admitted it was a terrorist attack the day after it happened, as much as a month later he spoke before the world’s leaders in U.N. and told them how it was all over a video. Hillary appeared before congress, feigned anger, and screamed, “What does it matter who killed them. Obama promised to bring the perpetrators to Justice…and he has made no effort to do so YET! And Obama & Hillary continue to refuse to meet with family members to explain what happened while continuing to refuse to allow witnesses to testify to what happened.

HOW DARE THAT BI’ @TCH TRY TO COMPARE A TRAFFIC JAM TO 4 DEAD AMERICANS!

easyt65 on January 10, 2014 at 2:42 PM

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