NJ politicos on Christie aide fired over Bridgegate: She’s always followed the chain of command

posted at 11:21 am on January 14, 2014 by Allahpundit

Inconclusive but interesting as a breadcrumb to tide us over until Bridget Kelly ends up in front of a microphone. I read the NYT piece about five minutes after watching Christie-friendly Democrat Mika Brzezinski, whose show has had him on as a guest many times, say, “we know Chris Christie and we know that he would have known.” (Scarborough disagreed.) Given the rap on Christie for petty slights towards pols who’ve crossed him and the comparative surprise among Kelly’s acquaintances that she would have spearheaded something like Bridgegate herself, I’m more eager than ever for her to sit down in front of that microphone.

Although I really don’t know why. If it happens at a state legislative hearing, she’s bound to take the Fifth, no?

[F]riends, Trenton operatives and people who have recently been in touch with Ms. Kelly said that the portrait of her that had emerged — as a vengeful rogue operative — did not square with the woman they knew. And while they were careful not to discuss with her what happened, let alone ask why, they said that her actions were highly uncharacteristic for someone who had always been a loyal soldier, but never a rule-breaker

At first glance, nothing about Ms. Kelly’s life — not her strict Catholic upbringing; her close-knit extended family; her decision to send her children to the same Catholic schools she attended in her hometown, Ramsey; or her fierce loyalty to her political mentors — would suggest anything but a dutiful, behind-the-scenes role player.

“She follows the chain of command,” said a friend who, like nearly everyone contacted for this story, insisted on anonymity to avoid being caught up in the continuing investigations. “She’s not a cowboy.”…

Even now, after Mr. Christie’s denunciation of her, friends of Ms. Kelly said she sounded as devoted to him as ever.

It says “at first glance” because the article goes on to cite other Jersey pols who say Kelly seemed to change once she made Christie’s inner circle, becoming more “brusque” and insular and seemingly enjoying the payback she was dishing out. Peggy Noonan spitballed the same possibility in her column the other day: Give a low-ranking political hack a taste of real power and there’s no telling how they’ll behave. Some might revert to acting the way they think they’re supposed to act from having watched too many movies about hardball politics. But in a way, that brings us full circle. If Kelly was building a reputation for bareknuckle politics, how come the governor supposedly didn’t know about it? Was Kelly buzzed on power in her new role or was it, as Christie’s critics suggest, a culture of bullying rivals in the governor’s office that led her to think closing lanes on the bridge was okay? Kelly as fierce loyalist and as power-tripping enforcer aren’t mutually exclusive narratives; on the contrary, the more loyal she is, the more Christie could have trusted her to quarterback something like Bridgegate knowing that she wouldn’t roll over on him even if they got caught and he had to scapegoat her. It sounds from the NYT piece, in fact, like she won’t point the finger at him no matter what. That’s smart practice for someone who works in politics professionally but frustrating for the rest of us who want to know the truth.

Tangentially, I wonder if the beating Christie’s taking from his pals in the media lately will nudge him back to the right a bit before 2016. There have been lots of comparisons this week to how the media turned on McCain, another Republican they seemingly loved until he got in their way to the White House, but McCain didn’t learn his lesson about the limits of bipartisanship until the 2008 campaign itself. Christie’s learning early. If he was planning on carrying his brand as a nominally Republican but functionally independent centrist into battle in 2016 thinking that the media would carry him on their shoulders, it’s time for a change of plan. He can still be the centrist he is, but framing himself as an enemy of the media would help him a little with grassroots righties — not enough to win their votes in the primary but maybe enough to get them to turn out for him in the general if he’s the nominee.


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Another wafer-thin mint?

Fallon on January 14, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Kelley pleads 5th…..GUILTY. impeach Christie
Lerner pleasds 5th……meh..retirement bound….enjoy!
-lsm

cmsinaz on January 14, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Not a big Christie fan, but the media is starting jump the shark on this story.

cww on January 14, 2014 at 11:25 AM

but McCain didn’t learn his lesson about the limits of bipartisanship until the 2008 campaign itself.

You give McStain too much credit. He still hasn’t learned that lesson.

Flange on January 14, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Ding ding ding flange

cmsinaz on January 14, 2014 at 11:28 AM

“He needs to admit what he knew and when he knew it” – MFLSM.

“obama?”

“NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo – Christie!”

VegasRick on January 14, 2014 at 11:29 AM

I can’t stand Christie, so the ONLY thing that bothers me about this story is the news media’s obsession with burying Christie and their “What, me worry?” attitude and non-coverage of the far more serious (and numerous) Obama scandals.

DRayRaven on January 14, 2014 at 11:31 AM

If it happens at a state legislative hearing, she’s bound to take the Fifth, no?

If it’s good enough for Lois Lerner, it’s good enough for everyone else.

Good Lt on January 14, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Inconclusive but interesting as a breadcrumb to tide us over until Bridget Kelly ends up in front of a microphone.

You need to get out more.

Given the rap on Christie for petty slights towards pols who’ve crossed him and the comparative surprise among Kelly’s acquaintances that she would have spearheaded something like Bridgegate herself, I’m more eager than ever for her to sit down in front of that microphone.

Seriously, get out and see the rest of the world. Stop being so gullible. Maybe The Fat Man ordered this, maybe he didn’t, but stop being such a naive fool and see this NYT article for what it really is: A sly attempt to implicate The Michelin Man without any evidence.

NotCoach on January 14, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Socons think if they push Christie out if the way, a socon automatically moves into frontrunner position for 2016.

If Christie goes out, someone else not a socon will automatically take his place. So, GREAT PLAN..

Of course, the media will portray them as Jesse Helms on steroids.

Moesart on January 14, 2014 at 11:33 AM

You’re SO wrong!
McCain learned NO lesson after 2008. He’s the same toady, again fawning for MSM attention and accolades once he got re-elected to the Senate.

Christie will learn nothing from this.

The real story is why is the media fixation on this “local” story? Remember all the excuses for NOT covering Gosnell’s trial? It was “local.”

philw1776 on January 14, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Socons think if they push Christie out if the way, a socon automatically moves into frontrunner position for 2016.

Moesart on January 14, 2014 at 11:33 AM

You don’t need to be a socon to loathe Chris Christie.

All that is necessary is a belief in limited government and a contempt for self-promoting big government politicians who stab their allies in the back and cavort with socialists on the beach.

DRayRaven on January 14, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Socons think if they push Christie out if the way, a socon automatically moves into frontrunner position for 2016.

If Christie goes out, someone else not a socon will automatically take his place. So, GREAT PLAN..

Of course, the media will portray them as Jesse Helms on steroids.

Moesart on January 14, 2014 at 11:33 AM

And ignorami spout off daily saying ignorant stuff.

Crisco Christie can DIAF for his stance on guns. He is dead on arrival. I will not vote for him even if he does win the nomination.

NotCoach on January 14, 2014 at 11:36 AM

He can still be the centrist he is, but framing himself as an enemy of the media would help him a little with grassroots righties — not enough to win their votes in the primary but maybe enough to get them to turn out for him in the general if he’s the nominee.

Don’t count on it.

Chris Christie the “old fashioned, muscular(lol), masculine” NJ Governor hiding behind a girl. I’ll wait and see what more pops up. My hunch is that CC does this crap all the time and there are more examples the libbies in the media can, and will, find.

magicbeans on January 14, 2014 at 11:36 AM

If he was planning on carrying his brand as a nominally Republican but functionally independent centrist into battle in 2016 thinking that the media would carry him on their shoulders, it’s time for a change of plan.

If Christie or any other future Republican candidate EVER thinks that, they are admitting their stupidity and have no business running.

fogw on January 14, 2014 at 11:36 AM

You don’t need to be a socon to loathe Chris Christie.

All that is necessary is a belief in limited government and a contempt for self-promoting big government politicians who stab their allies in the back and cavort with socialists on the beach.

DRayRaven on January 14, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Yup.

magicbeans on January 14, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Update: Now 44 Times More TV Coverage of Christie’s Traffic Scandal Than in Last Six Months on IRS

Fallon on January 14, 2014 at 11:39 AM

You’re SO wrong!
McCain learned NO lesson after 2008. He’s the same toady, again fawning for MSM attention and accolades once he got re-elected to the Senate.

Christie will learn nothing from this.

The real story is why is the media fixation on this “local” story? Remember all the excuses for NOT covering Gosnell’s trial? It was “local.”

philw1776 on January 14, 2014 at 11:35 AM

…very good point!

KOOLAID2 on January 14, 2014 at 11:40 AM

The enormous gaggle of “C” average journalist majors we call the media, has tasted blood on this one.

rplat on January 14, 2014 at 11:42 AM

I’m not worried about Christie. He’s stronger than the storm.

“Bridge it” Kelly is clearly the designated scapegoat in the “nuts and sluts” strategy being used for damage control. No matter the truth about Bridgeghazi, she’s going to be painted as the petty vindictive staffer who plotted spiteful revenge on political rivals. It really boils down to one of two possibilities. Christie is a bully and/or he has no executive abilities.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Yeah, Christie’s tacit or explicit consent is responsible for this. But why are we obsessing with the ultra-liberal NJ “Republican” gov? You know, to win in NJ as a R you have to be essentially a Dem, and as can be expected, up and down the line, Christie sides with the Democrats. Some suggest that maybe he’d be a better candidate against a Dem in 2016, that’s bs because there would be such a huge “missing white vote” with Christie that the Dem would walk away with it.

And even if we he won the presidency, it would be worse for us than if a Dem won because we’d have a super lib in office that would get partnerships of Rs & Ds to pass AMNESTY, liberal Obamacare “fixes,” probably gun control, and other liberal programs. No, Christie is bad news for us.

Oh, yes, and who knows what Christie would do with the EPA and cap & trade (look at the cap & trade that the “Republican” Schwarzenegger rammed through in California) as he’s even more of a leftist on climate change than John Kerry, see a two minute video of Christie bloviating on how he is smarter than the rest of us Republicans on climate change: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPxDnb2-aVI&ii=ChristieClimateChange

anotherJoe on January 14, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Really. Why do we care? He’s a mini-Obama, sorta, and the sooner he’s removed from 2016 contention, the better. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

BKeyser on January 14, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Who believes he is in the dark.

Nobody.

So where’re the potential opponents to pounce on him with what everybody’s gut tells them. You know he’d stab YOU in the back if he had the chance, he did it to Romney.

Marcus on January 14, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Ding ding ding flange

cmsinaz on January 14, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Oh boy! Dinner time. Wait, that’s not the dinner bell. Damn.

Flange on January 14, 2014 at 11:44 AM

If Christie or any other future Republican candidate EVER thinks that, they are admitting their stupidity and have no business running.

fogw on January 14, 2014 at 11:36 AM

+ however many sane people are left in the land

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2014 at 11:44 AM

The real story is why is the media fixation on this “local” story? Remember all the excuses for NOT covering Gosnell’s trial? It was “local.”

philw1776 on January 14, 2014 at 11:35 AM

But Gosnell was just killing babies. People using the GW Bridge got stuck in traffic! Big difference! /

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 11:46 AM

You give McStain too much credit. He still hasn’t learned that lesson.

Flange on January 14, 2014 at 11:27 AM

I suspect that McCain has a different idea of what bipartisan means than rational human beings.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Why do we care? He’s a mini-Obama, sorta, and the sooner he’s removed from 2016 contention, the better. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

BKeyser on January 14, 2014 at 11:43 AM

You might as well face facts. The fat man will be on the 2016 ticket. Of the Dems as VP nominee (Martin O’Malley hardest hit).

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Never believed Christie would get the nomination anyway, but whomever we choose will be under the microscope 24/7 by the media. It’s gonna be really ugly….If a squeaky clean candidate like Romney gets sliced and diced imagine what Rand Paul will get. Or Ted Cruz. Or Scott Walker… You get my point…

sandee on January 14, 2014 at 11:53 AM

I’m beginning to think Aretha Franklin sang about that chain chain chain.

cbenoistd on January 14, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Bridget Kelley is going to get reamed by the press.
Her only hope is to join the IRS.

gwelf on January 14, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Socons think if they push Christie out if the way, a socon automatically moves into frontrunner position for 2016.

Moesart on January 14, 2014 at 11:33 AM

I think if we push a bully out of the way, we might nominate someone who isn’t a bully. I think if we push an islamophile out of the way, we might nominate someone who isn’t. If we push a gun grabber out of the way, we might nominate someone who respects the 2nd amendment. Clear as mud, Butch?

gryphon202 on January 14, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Well the next squirrel just got dropped. A felony search warrant has been served on Justin Beiber. That’ll keep the LIVs entertained until Honey Boo Boo’s new season begins. And, of course, away from Dance Moms because a mean bully yelling at people and acting out of spite is a little too close to what the fat man did.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Tangentially, I wonder if the beating Christie’s taking from his pals in the media lately will nudge him back to the right a bit before 2016. There have been lots of comparisons this week to how the media turned on McCain, another Republican they seemingly loved until he got in their way to the White House, but McCain didn’t learn his lesson about the limits of bipartisanship until the 2008 campaign itself. Christie’s learning early.

Frankly this is a lesson that all of the GOP needs to learn…yesterday.

They need to understand, simply because they are not progressive-leftists, the largely progressive-leftist media will be treating them entirely differently than those pols who are advocating the agenda, vision, and ideology so many bankrupt media sycophants embrace.

No matter how much they ‘go along to get along’, unless they fully embrace the progressive agenda, when it serves their purposes at election time or in the appearances of a ‘scandal’, the media will do all it can to discredit, defame, and defeat them.

And it will not matter how friendly the media might appear to be when there is no election or divisive issue or scandal – the majority will not be your friend.

GOP pols need to act with full knowledge that the LSM is not there to help you get your message out. They also need to know that the LSM will report the lies, misdirects, and half-truths of progressive politicians as verified facts – just as much of the media is doing today with the lying partisan toady, Frank Pallone’s, claims of Christie’s malfeasance regarding an advert touting the Jersey shore in the wake of Sandy.

Athos on January 14, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Republicans love to be loved by the media…until they aren’t, which is inevitable. They NEVER learn.

joepub on January 14, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Anti gun chris is not a possibility, it is progressives like him that have given us dictator barack.

tim c on January 14, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Ambassador Chris Stevens also followed a chain of command.

portlandon on January 14, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Ambassador Chris Stevens also followed a chain of command.

portlandon on January 14, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Thread winner

gwelf on January 14, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Flange on January 14, 2014 at 11:44 AM

lol
:)

cmsinaz on January 14, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Not a big Christie fan, but the media is starting jump the shark on this story.

cww on January 14, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Christie flat out sucks, but the very idea this is a “scandal” at all is jumping the shark. It’s stupid in every way and I can’t for the life of me figure out why HotAir cares so much.

Spliff Menendez on January 14, 2014 at 12:16 PM

I suspect that McCain has a different idea of what bipartisan means than rational human beings.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 11:49 AM

I think you might also be giving McStain too much credit. He just likes the attention and has no clue what any of this means. Whenever the NYT writes something positive about him he goes into Sally Field mode and starts twirling in front of a mirror saying “You like me. You really like me.”

Flange on January 14, 2014 at 12:24 PM

I’ve made this statement in different venues, but can’t get an answer:

I think the closing of traffic lanes in New Jersey for political reasons was a petty, spiteful, mean-spirited action that was harmful to the citizens of that state, and any other travelers on that road.

Can somebody explain the difference between that and the closing and barricading of the National Monuments and Parks by the Obama Administration?

questionmark on January 14, 2014 at 12:31 PM

I’ve made this statement in different venues, but can’t get an answer:

I think the closing of traffic lanes in New Jersey for political reasons was a petty, spiteful, mean-spirited action that was harmful to the citizens of that state, and any other travelers on that road.

Can somebody explain the difference between that and the closing and barricading of the National Monuments and Parks by the Obama Administration?

questionmark on January 14, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Yeah. Christie calls himself conservative, and so does most of the GOP electorate.

gryphon202 on January 14, 2014 at 12:35 PM

ObamaChristie has set up an atmosphere that is conducive to this kind of behavior. The IRSstaff members didn’t have to be told explicitly to do this but in doing it, they believed that their leader would be completely supportive.

“It’s something he would have done…”

Christie will not turn away from the love he craves. Just like the french Republicans, he will do all he can to get back into the media’s good graces.

JAGonzo on January 14, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Athos on January 14, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Indeed!

Ask not for whom the pregressive left’s media death knell tolls. It tolls for thee. If not now, then later.

KW64 on January 14, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Not a big Christie fan, but the media is starting jump the shark on this story.

cww on January 14, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Christie flat out sucks, but the very idea this is a “scandal” at all is jumping the shark. It’s stupid in every way and I can’t for the life of me figure out why HotAir cares so much.

Spliff Menendez on January 14, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Christie is a Jck*ss and should not be the R nominee and this is a scandal ,especially for those that live in the NJ/NYC area and use the bridge , but the amount of national media attention is getting insane. I’d be happy to get regular updates but I don’t see the reason for the constant stream of Christie articles.

He didn’t let American’s die and then blame it on a video. He didn’t use the IRS to target his enemies. He didn’t give killers truckloads of guns to use on 100s of Mexicans and at least 1 American. He didn’t lie about surveillance of NJ phone calls. He didn’t destroy healthcare based on a series of lies. He didn’t send troops to war when he didn’t believe in the mission.

But Christie should be disqualified from higher office if he allowed his top staff to run an extortion racket form the Govs office. That’s just common sense.

BoxHead1 on January 14, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Never, ever will I vote for Krispy.

AH_C on January 14, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Christie is a Jck*ss and should not be the R nominee and this is a scandal ,especially for those that live in the NJ/NYC area and use the bridge , but the amount of national media attention is getting insane. I’d be happy to get regular updates but I don’t see the reason for the constant stream of Christie articles.

The MSM have pretty much crowned Christie the 2016 GOP nominee, and they obviously think he is a formidable opponent for Queen Hillary, so this is just what they see as the opening salvo of the campaign. They can’t caricature him as a rich out-of-touch plutocrat or a far-right misogynist. so we get He’s A Bully!!1!!1!1!!!!!! ad nauseam.

He didn’t let American’s die and then blame it on a video. He didn’t use the IRS to target his enemies. He didn’t give killers truckloads of guns to use on 100s of Mexicans and at least 1 American. He didn’t lie about surveillance of NJ phone calls. He didn’t destroy healthcare based on a series of lies. He didn’t send troops to war when he didn’t believe in the mission.

All true. But this isn’t about Obama, it’s about Christie vs. Clinton in 2016. We atre never going to get anywhere whining about the unfair magnification of this scandal vs. any of Obama’s.

But Christie should be disqualified from higher office if he allowed his top staff to run an extortion racket form the Govs office. That’s just common sense.

BoxHead1 on January 14, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Video or it didn’t happen. It will never be proven.

rockmom on January 14, 2014 at 1:26 PM

The very fact that someone has to question Christie’s strategy in terms of running as a… “nominal Republican” but a functioning independent” should be enough to mount a major campaign by conservatives to discredit this RINO pig!

redware on January 14, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Christie is finished.

However, we need him to hang in there and draw the fire for another year so it takes the pressure off of Rand Paul, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, etc.

Jeb is finished already but he simply is so lost he hasn’t figured it out yet.

Hand in there Chris…be the Fullback hitting the gap for tailback Paul.

Be….a TEAM PLAYER!

KirknBurker on January 14, 2014 at 1:35 PM

He didn’t let American’s die and then blame it on a video. He didn’t use the IRS to target his enemies. He didn’t give killers truckloads of guns to use on 100s of Mexicans and at least 1 American. He didn’t lie about surveillance of NJ phone calls. He didn’t destroy healthcare based on a series of lies. He didn’t send troops to war when he didn’t believe in the mission.

All true. But this isn’t about Obama, it’s about Christie vs. Clinton in 2016. We atre never going to get anywhere whining about the unfair magnification of this scandal vs. any of Obama’s.

rockmom on January 14, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Maybe or maybe not. The double standard in all this “investigative journalism” might be the 1 thing we can get the LIV to understand. After the CC biz blows over maybe people will demand the same treatment for the ONE. Barak the magic Liar still has 3 years left so…

BoxHead1 on January 14, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Ok, let’s just assume Christie’s done. Fine, stick a fork in him. Now can we move the heck on?! Cus most of us didn’t care for the guy much anyway.

Erich66 on January 14, 2014 at 1:42 PM

But Christie should be disqualified from higher office if he allowed his top staff to run an extortion racket form the Govs office. That’s just common sense.

BoxHead1 on January 14, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Video or it didn’t happen. It will never be proven.

rockmom on January 14, 2014 at 1:26 PM

His staff surely felt comfortable enough to pull a stunt like this. At the very least, it speaks to the culture he cultivated in his administration.

Bitter Clinger on January 14, 2014 at 1:57 PM

After reading all these posts, it is obvious that the right wing conservatives are as full of hate and vitriol as their progressive left wing liberal brothers and sisters. Like the Democrat and Republican parties, I cannot see any difference between them. They’re both lying partisan hypocrites.

timberline on January 14, 2014 at 2:18 PM

f he was planning on carrying his brand as a nominally Republican but functionally independent centrist into battle in 2016 thinking that the media would carry him on their shoulders, it’s time for a change of plan he’s an idiot.

FIFY

besser tot als rot on January 14, 2014 at 2:48 PM

All true. But this isn’t about Obama, it’s about Christie vs. Clinton in 2016. We atre never going to get anywhere whining about the unfair magnification of this scandal vs. any of Obama’s.

rockmom on January 14, 2014 at 1:26 PM

It is about Obama. And how Christie’s political instincts and tactics are similar to Obama’s. And whether or not that is something that we want.

besser tot als rot on January 14, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Video or it didn’t happen. It will never be proven.

rockmom on January 14, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Right. Because we all know that the only scandals that hurt pols are the ones that can be proven with video evidence.

besser tot als rot on January 14, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Video or it didn’t happen. It will never be proven.

rockmom on January 14, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Video is out this morning: Crispy meeting face to face with the one of the main characters on the THIRD DAY of the FOUR DAY FIASCO. Face to face. Only a complete moron could ever argue at this point that Crispy had no idea.

Enough talk from Crispy, he needs to go ASAP and let us all get back to real issues facing the country: F&F, Benghazi, IRS, HusseinCare, executive order over-reach, etc. At this point Crispy is just running interference for Hussein and Co. Just like one of their own.

riddick on January 14, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Video link: http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2014/01/14/christie-official-who-arranged-bridge-closures-together-during-fiasco/

Enough with Crispy and his lies and deceptions, the longer this goes on the better of Hussein and progressive are.

riddick on January 14, 2014 at 3:29 PM