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AdLib On January - 13 - 2014

Chris Christie

It’s an old political…and for that matter, Mafia tactic. The person at the top makes sure that they never have anything in writing or are witnessed giving the order to “hit” an adversary. In politics, the pleasant technical term for being deceitful like this is “plausible deniability” (the less technical terms include “Cheney” and “sneaky bastard”).

In other words, it’s okay and unavoidable that people may suspect you’re responsible for an action you clearly look responsible for sanctioning but as long as you haven’t left concrete proof, you can deny your ass off and play betrayed victim as you throw your loyal team to the wolves. Or as Chris Christie supporters call it, “showing leadership and character”.

There are those who exclaim “Innocent until proven guilty!!!” whenever someone exercises simple deductive reasoning to arrive at the conclusion that someone who looks to have probably approved a “hit” did so. However, the proper forum for that sensibility is a court of law. As citizens, we’re allowed to use our ability to reason to come to sensible opinions. In the real world, we can use the “If it quacks like a duck” rule.

Of course Christie knew about all of this, it is just unbelievable that the governor’s closest operatives would be working together to arrange the same kind of bullying Christie is so well known for, in a secret operation that Christie had no involvement in. We are supposed to believe that all of Christie’s closest aides were instead part of a conspiracy that went rogue and took over the Governorship while poor Chris Christie was distracted cutting Sizzler coupons each day?

We don’t need a smoking gun to have an opinion that it is far more likely that Christie did the “Jersey Thing” (“You know that thing with that guy, take care of it.”) than it is that Christie is regarded as a clueless, helpless idiot by his closest, most trusted advisers. It doesn’t need to be proven that Christie approved of this because the alternative is beyond rationality.

It is this kind of game that is both an insult to the people and a license to act like human garbage in elected office. In the old days, just the appearance of impropriety could be enough to get a politician to step down. Now, you can be a Republican House member who’s arrested and convicted for cocaine possession and use and refuse to resign.

The people have the right to expect that those they elect are held to a higher standard than criminal prosecutions of Mafia bosses (which may be why Christie has pulled his nomination of Whitey Bulger to be Attorney General). Not that we need to play his lame game of “Prove I’m Involved!” but isn’t it sufficient to disqualify him from continuing as Governor, that his judgement was reflected in the hiring of these people who have, according to him, staged a coup and used the power of the Governor’s office in a criminal way? These are his people. He thought they were great. He filled up the state government with them and others just like them. Isn’t not having a smoking gun on him for Bridgegate irrelevant when it comes to him not being fit for office (double entendre intended)?

And how could such a person even be considered to fill the nation’s top cabinet, diplomatic and judicial  positions as President?

Christie may have technically protected himself just as fictional New Jersey mafia boss, Tony Soprano often did when it came to ordering a “hit” but Christie was still the boss of that criminal mob which was acting to benefit him and harm his “enemies”. There has to be a price to be paid for that alone.

And now comes this new federal probe over Superstorm Sandy aid because Christie gave the contract to a company asking almost double of the other bidder, because it feathered his re-election nest by promoting him on screen just before the election.

How can Christie justify giving nearly $5 million to the firm he did…that offered the ads as a stealth re-election campaign…while turning down another firm that would have only spent $2.5 million on a similar campaign…that did not act as a stealth campaign ad for Christie? Easy, by saying what he did was approved by the Obama Admin…just because they approved the general plan. Is anyone buying this from Christie outside of the Fox News chuckleheads?

Christie has been so confident that he could just schmooze his way out of taking responsibility for his nasty actions because it’s worked so well with NJ residents (don’t forget he wasted millions of New Jersey taxpayer money by forcing there to be a special election for Senator just 20 days before the regular election…and yet NJ residents didn’t seem to care about that corrupt waste of their money used to promote Christie for Governor and President). But there is only so far his skill for schmooze can take him and it looks like this is it.

Even if he succeeds in hiding from some behind the lack of a smoking gun in Bridgegate (not so sure he can hide from the Sandy charges), corruption grows in and around Christie and there is no escaping that. The “funny bully” Christie that was is gone, the best he can be now is the corrupt governor who cleverly avoided having to take the rap for how corrupt he is…in this one case at least.

And that doesn’t make for the best bumper sticker for a Presidential candidate.

Written by AdLib

My motto is, "It is better to have blogged and lost hours of your day, than never to have blogged at all."

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  1. Assumed Name says:

    Nice piece, AdLib.

    I’ve not read all the comments, so this may have already been mentioned, but apparently some of Christie’s fincial backers might pull back, and Republican governors are taking a “wait and see” approach to backing his presidential candidacy:



  2. VegasBabe says:

    There isn’t anything much worse than folks pissing down your back and claiming its water. Though I hadn’t much in the way of respect for this clown from the door, whatever was evident is now long gone. One wonders when was it he’d decided he was Tony Soprano? And in the face of this debauchery with this supposed traffic study he claims no knowledge of, now we learn he’s inappropriately used Sandy funds? Yet gopers will defend him and what else can they do? Who else have they for 2016? The day we wake up to learn republicans have safely moved to an extremely minority position, is the day we celebrate. I’m thinkin’ Dom Perignon! Whose buyin’? 🙂

    • AdLib says:

      VB -- It’s no coincidence that there are echoes of Nixon denials in Christie’s denials (“I am not a bully/crook!”), as The Bard wrote, he does protest too much. As this clip of Christie from his State of the State speech last night shows:

  3. Fergie1 says:

    Bruce Springstein and Jimmy Fallon -- Clever!

    And another one bites the dust.

  4. escribacat says:

    Updated version of Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall.

  5. Beatlex says:

    Nailed it AdLib!

    • AdLib says:

      Thanks Beatlex! Don’t know if you saw any of his State of the State speech but what a steaming pile of BS! Christie still has that guilty look on his face, he knows he’s been caught red handed and even his new subdued tone is testimony to that.

      This guy is so guilty and he’s just handed an inescapable attack to his Repub and Dem opponents…why would anybody want someone in the WH who staffs his office with criminals who abuse power? He thinks an excuse of incompetency gets him off the hook? It would be laughable but it’s what passes for the character of the GOP.

  6. kesmarn says:

    😆 AdLib I was just getting ready to comment on your great article when I suddenly noticed the Whitey Bulger reference in the intro paragraph and started laughing all over again. Brilliant!

    As I said earlier, if Christie’d had a history of being a genial, compassionate guy in the past, his protestations of innocence might fly (just barely). But as everyone knows, he’s had a long lurid history of bullyism — much of it caught on camera and undeniable (plausibly or otherwise).

    And even if he were a hapless nice guy caught in a bad situation, the point that you made in your article stands: he’d still be seen as an incompetent executive who was criminally inept when it came to the appointments he’d made.

    Bully? Incompetent? He don’t need either one in the White House.

    After all — we’ve already had Dubya.

    • AdLib says:

      Thanks Kes!

      He’s spent his entire professional career being a bully and succeeding because of it then when an excess of it leads to a crisis, he jumps up on a table holding his skirt up and screeching, “Eek! A bully!”

      It may be the most convenient lie but it’s not the most believable one for him to be making. Even a majority of NJ residents believe he’s lying. And there are many more documents to be subpoenaed.

  7. Nirek says:

    Ad, once again you make an excellent point with some humor to boot.
    This guy is a bully. It would be funny if it were not so serious.

  8. Sabreen60 says:

    I wanted the actual tweet to post, but obviously I don’t know how 🙁


    • jjgravitas says:

      The link works fine … for me, since I have a Twitter account. Others who don’t have a Twitter account may not be able to see it. Before I signed up I was unable to get past the sign in page.
      That is a great tweet though.

    • AdLib says:

      Sabreen, great graphic! Hypocrisy is God’s way of asking, “Now do you know why you shouldn’t elect a Republican?”

  9. Sabreen60 says:

    Jersey mayors are coming out the woodwork. When a pundit asked a mayor (I believe it was mayor of Jersey City) why he was just coming forward with retribution he had suffered, he said he wasn’t just coming forward. He said the press was in love with Christi and just overlooked the complaints from mayors prior to Christi’s election. This particular mayor was brand new and several meetings had been scheduled for him to meet with state commissioners. Meetings that any new mayor really needs. Well when he declined to endorse Christi, ALL the meetings were suddenly canceled without explanation. I can’t remember which mayor this was -- don’t think it was the one from Elizabeth New Jersey. Because he said when he failed to endorse Christi the Department of Motor Vehicles was removed from Elizabeth. He was told that there wasn’t a real need for it Elizabeth. An agency that urban and suburban people use.

    The whole Sandy recovery fiasco is going to be the shit hitting the fan. It’s not just the ad campaign. 36.5% of blacks, 19.0% Latino and 13.5% whites have had applications denied. Not good. There are still 1000’s who are waiting for recovery assistance.

    It boggles the mind that any salient being believes Christi is not a thug capable of all kind of dirty tricks.

    • AdLib says:

      Sabreen, what is fascinating is how Christie was living in this unsustainable delusion…and thought he could continue to do so because he had done so to date.

      As Governor, he abused power and acted as a nasty bully but nationally he wore the disguise of Moderate Chris. The facade has been torn to shreds now and revealed the true Christie…and one can’t help but be amused by his Bush-like surprise at his phony PR image collapsing. He was so sure of how stupid the public was, how easily fooled they were…he just never saw this coming…he never even saw it as a possibility.

      No matter what happens, any reasonable person isn’t going to buy Christie’s cowardly dodge. He is a nasty piece of work and no amount of makeup can cover that up now.

    • jjgravitas says:

      Bang Zoom!

  10. jjgravitas says:

    Ralph Kramden for President? To the moon, Alice!

  11. pinkpantheroz says:

    Shades of “Will no-one rid me of this meddlesome priest”. I can hear it now:
    “No, I didn’t know about what they did. I may have said something in the order that I wouldn’t mind something happening at the bridge, but I didn’t MEAN for anyone to do anything”! Hmmmm. Correct, adLib. Implausible!

    • AdLib says:

      PPO, “All I told my people was, ‘Wouldn’t it just be too bad if somethin’ happened to a few lanes of the GW Bridge?” So because I’m concerned that this kinda thing could happen, I’m a bad guy?”

      We saw the same thing under the Bush Admin, the corrupt think that as long as they have power, they can do whatever they want and get away with it.

      Well, to a degree they may be right but there are limitations to that invulnerability and thanks to their hubris, they often discover that.

  12. jjgravitas says:

    Who would trust Christie with the keys to the White House now? He’s either a vengeful snake who would wreck the lives of thousands of innocents for political payback, or he’s a clueless fool whose subordinates commit all sorts of mayhem without his knowledge. Either way, he is the opposite of presidential material. Responsible or irresponsible.

    • AdLib says:

      jjgravitas, you put your finger on it. If you see him as he likely is, he’s a criminal bully who abuses the power of his office to help enrich his friends and harm his enemies and anyone around them.

      But even if you buy his BS, he’s an incompetent, clueless leader who hires the most horrible and dishonest people into government.

      Either way, how is this someone who can make a valid argument for being President? Impossible. Stick a fork in him, he’s done.

  13. Kalima says:

    Without a doubt, Christie knew and gave his approval for the Bridgegate fiasco, then threw his staff under the bus where they belong as much as he does, claiming he was a victim. In his rambling press conference it was all about his anger at their “betrayal” and nothing about the people who suffered being stuck in traffic or the woman who died because she couldn’t receive medical attention.

    His administration was run this way from day one I would think, staff just don’t decide to do things like this on a whim. Bullies are immature, Christie proves my point.

    Christie is a scumbag bereft of any moral compass, and I imagine him sitting in his office scoffing a gigantic pizza with the sauce dripping down his chins as he chuckled at the chaos he had caused for a Democrat.

    He has opened the can of worms for deeper investigation, and I hope they fry/bake him like a Krispy Creamer.

    That this know-it-all knew nothing is like saying that the moon is made of Gorgonzola Cheese, and McCain and the rest of those losers now supporting this despicable lying mammoth, are just as bad as he is.

    Let the investigations begin.

    A few links from this morning’s MB.


    Adding to Christie’s Troubles, a Rift With a Former Mentor Widens

    Former Gov. Thomas H. Kean of New Jersey, who previously compared Gov. Chris Christie to Reagan, has begun calling his governing style dangerous.



    A Bridge to Scandal: Behind the Fort Lee Ruse

    The lane closings on the George Washington Bridge that caused colossal gridlock have shaken Gov. Chris Christie’s office.



    Hypocrites supporting a lying bully? That figures. John and Rudy who??

    Senior Republicans rally round embattled NJ governor Chris Christie

    • RNC chairman: ‘Americans are forgiving people’
    • John McCain and Rudy Giuliani also offer support



    Benghazi equals New Jersey’s Washington Bridge fiasco?? Huh?? Huh??

    Republicans Defend Christie By Invoking Benghazi


    • AdLib says:

      Kalima, thanks for the MB links on Christie (Morning Blog Rocks! And usually scoops me!)

      It is funny that John “I Am Not A Maverick” McCain is standing up for Chris “I Am Not A Bully” Christie. Richard “I Am Not A Crook” Nixon would be proud.

      Anyone who can read body language, the flushness of a face and eye blinking that accompanies lying can plainly detect how Christie was BSing in his press conference. The naive victim costume doesn’t fit him and we can all see how quickly he’ll dive behind his closest allies and kick them out into the line of fire to save himself.

      Like most bullies, he is at heart a coward and acting like the most spineless, craven kind. And that stink will surround him from now on…and into his non-Presidential retirement.

  14. Dbos says:

    Stop all the investigations we ALL know its President Obama’s fault :0))

  15. confuseddemocrat says:

    “But there is only so far his skill for schmooze can take him and it looks like this is it.”

    I am not so sure you are correct. The RW is rallying around him and starting their distraction campaign. Whether we want to admit it or not, the RW media is often successful at changing the subject for the mainstream media and at keeping the base in line.

    • AdLib says:

      confuseddemocrat, I think it is very predictable that the RW will always defend their own no matter the outrageousness of their actions. And the MSM has been very cooperative in promoting Christie in the past despite how dishonest the portrait of him was.

      However, they are coming down on him now because they love how “sexy” this story of corruption and self-destruction of a Presidential contender is. I don’t really see any MSM outlet besides the likely RW suspects, anxious to sweep this under the rug or portray Christie as a wronged victim. In fact, of all people, George Will came out on Sunday to compare Christie to Nixon on corruption.

      If George Will, one of the unquestionable symbols of the establishsment GOP, is putting the Nixon stake through e heart of Christie, I don’t think we’re going to see him rise again.

    • choicelady says:

      I don’t think anyone can sweep this mess under the Koch Welcome Mat. The Right may be rallying, but it’s pretty weak save for the FOX folks who think Christie is ‘masculine’. Uhhhh.

      This one won’t go away. It won’t be covered up. It’s just too juicy. Ann Coulter and the extremists hate him, so…

      Sorry but Benghazi isn’t going to cut it. Neither will the IRS or any other phony Obama ‘scandal’ that never was. Nothing here for the Dems, but Christie -- hated by the hardcore right -- will become a sacrificial lamb to their interests. Just wait a few days. The enthusiasm will poop out like a tired helium balloon.

      • AdLib says:

        Agree, CL. This scandal is what the MSM lives for, they aren’t going to abandon it for another round of boring Benghazi chest pounding by Issa.

        Sorry Christie, this scandal is real, unlike all the BS the RW has been trying to whip up against Obama, and you’re not going to be bailed out by feigning ignorance or the public getting bored of this story.

        If abuse of power by a powerful bully in NJ wasn’t entertaining to the public, why was The Sopranos on for so long?

    • Dbos says:

      Lots of Koch brothers Bucks to cover anything wrong with any right winger.

      • choicelady says:

        Cynically I’d say he’s NOT in pay to Koch brothers so much as The Mob. And I suspect the Right will let him die. They hate him for his cozying up to PBO over the hurricane, and unlike Dems, they don’t ‘rehab’ their former focuses of hate.

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