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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Alec MacGillis, The New Republic: [T]he prevailing interpretations of [Chris] Christie fundamentally miss the mark. He has been so singularly successful at constructing his own mythology -- as a reformer, a crusader, a bipartisan problem-solver -- that people have never really seen him clearly. Over the past three months, I talked to more than 50 people who have crossed paths with Christie throughout his career -- legislators, officials, Democrats, Republicans, lawyers, longtime New Jersey politicos. ... The problem with Christie isn't merely that he is a bully. It's that his political career is built on a rotten foundation.

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Christie owes his rise to some of the most toxic forces in his state -- powerful bosses who ensure that his vow to clean up New Jersey will never come to pass. He has allowed them to escape scrutiny, rewarded them for their support, and punished their enemies. All along, even as it looked like Christie was attacking the machine, he was really just mastering it. ...

Christie used a corrupt system to expand his own power and burnish his own image, and he did it so artfully that he nearly came within striking distance of the White House. When he got cozy with Democratic bosses, people only saw a man willing to work across the aisle. When he bullied his opponents, they only saw a truth-teller. It was one of the most effective optical illusions in American politics -- until it wasn't.

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The funny thing is I don't think anyone in fly-over country gives 2 cents about Chris Christie, I know I sure don't.

His rise and fall is almost all-hype to me, to bring down someone with an "R" behind his name, it is so obvious as to be laughable. Too bad the media doesn't stay focused on important things, such as unilaterally changing law without congressional approval,

As for his running of NJ, I don't live in NJ, so I don't care.

#1 | Posted by danv at 2014-02-13 12:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

Hilarious. I thought Christie was brought to us by the media more than anything. His rude talk with reporters made great clips for the news cycle but, the idea he is more corrupt than others is laughable. Example, Obama's opponent in his first senate bid had sealed divorce records that magically got unsealed prior to the election. Then you have the Rezko fiasco where Obama can't even buy his own home and gets a crook to work the deal for him.

#2 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-02-13 12:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

At one time, several years ago, I had a favorable view of Christie. But that was several years ago.

#3 | Posted by moder8 at 2014-02-13 12:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

how does anybody get elected in NJ without making friends with some undesirable folks?

it's a very long article. don't have to read it all.

It's a hit piece, for sure.

#4 | Posted by eberly at 2014-02-13 12:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

"I said close the fridge, not close the bridge"

#5 | Posted by drewinnj at 2014-02-13 12:58 PM | Reply | Flag:

...to bring down someone with an "R" behind his name,

That is total BS. He did this to himself.

#6 | Posted by drewinnj at 2014-02-13 01:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

That is total BS. He did this to himself.

#6 | Posted by drewinnj

Too bad you lefties can't judge your own politicians as fast as you judge Republicans.

#7 | Posted by wisgod at 2014-02-13 01:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

i say i'm judging him? if there is nothing there, then nothing is there. Investigation runs it's course, and he is cleared..it's over.

let see what the final report says.

#8 | Posted by drewinnj at 2014-02-13 01:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

As I've said I don't really care but, watching a little bit of MSNBC all I've heard them say is "potentially" "Might have" "possibly" when they haven't really found any there there so to speak. Or as Obama would say.

#9 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-02-13 01:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

Also to add. Anyone that thinks Rachel Maddow is good on tv is nuts. She says the same stuff over and over as if that will make it more dramatic. If that doesn't work she does her silly little arm swing while changing her voice to high pitch. Watching her almost made me start hating women.

#10 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-02-13 01:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

I don't watch MSNBC, but I will take you word..

#11 | Posted by drewinnj at 2014-02-13 01:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

Drew I actually like watching Chris Matthews. He's such a clown that it's funny. I can't take Maddow or whats his name at 8. He's just a male version of her and even more crappy.

#12 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-02-13 01:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Too bad you lefties can't judge your own politicians as fast as you judge Republicans."

Yeah, because righties never attack before they have proof as in Benghaaaaaaazzzzzzzziiiiiii.

#13 | Posted by danni at 2014-02-13 01:43 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

we are so polarized as a nation, it (MSNBC / FOX) is all white noise to me.

#14 | Posted by drewinnj at 2014-02-13 01:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

#12 | POSTED BY DALTON

What is it that you do not like? The content of the programs or the presentation of the content?

#15 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-02-13 01:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

What is it that you do not like? The content of the programs or the presentation of the content?

#15 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-02-13 01:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

Presentation. Although she has been covering the Christie story the entire hour of her show which causes her to repeat herself over and over. The guy at 8 is just awful IMHO. I tried watching him a few times and he's just not a very good host. I'm sure he is a smart guy he just doesn't come across very good. Like I said up thread. I watch Matthews b/c he thinks much like Oreilly that interupting and slobbering on yourself makes you a "hard hitting journalist".

#16 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-02-13 02:06 PM | Reply | Flag:

Also, regarding Matthews. I meant to add the other entertaining part of his show is that he is such a clown it's pretty funny.

#17 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-02-13 02:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

#16 | POSTED BY DALTON

I tried watching him a few times and he's just not a very good host. I'm sure he is a smart guy he just doesn't come across very good.

That seems to be the common reaction, even amongst those on the Left. From what I understand, Maddow has almost completely taken over choosing the hosts for MSNBC and she has chosen those who she deems "intellectual elites" as opposed to those who the audience can connect with. At least, that's what I've read from the journalism watch dog groups.

I watch Matthews b/c he thinks much like Oreilly that interupting and slobbering on yourself makes you a "hard hitting journalist".

HAHAHA! Yea. I just caught Bill O'Reilly calling the SCOTUS decision making the Obamacare fine a tax "foolish," and I $h!† you not, three seconds later he referred to himself as a "humble journalist."

So yeah, I know exactly what you mean. Entertaining indeed. LOL

#18 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-02-13 02:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

Yeah, because righties never attack before they have proof as in Benghaaaaaaazzzzzzzziiiiiii.

#13 | Posted by danni

So it was due to a Video? Gotcha.

#19 | Posted by wisgod at 2014-02-13 02:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

Methinks we got an astro-turfer hanging around!

#20 | Posted by Mista Kurtz at 2014-02-13 02:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

"So it was due to a Video? Gotcha."

It happened 9/11/2012 but many on the right are still yammering on about it. Still making wild accusations all of which have been debunked.

#21 | Posted by danni at 2014-02-13 02:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

As for his running of NJ, I don't live in NJ, so I don't care.

#1 | Posted by danv

You realize he could become president right?

You don't think you should care if a presidential candidate is a corrupt spiteful arrogant bully? You think that's irrelevant?

Or do you just want people to stop talking about it because it makes the party look bad?

#22 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-02-13 03:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

WISDOGSHIZZ:
If there had been even ONE call for an investigation in the more-than-90 killed in consulate attacks on The Deciderer's watch, THEN I would be interested in the whole thing. By comparison with the tenure of Dubya, the four killed in Benghazi, while sad, is insignificant. The whole Benghazi thing is done for one reason only; you know it and I know it: a pre-emptive strike on the Clinton 2016 campaign. if you think I am exaggerating, consider how quiet Issa has been since his star "witness" was proven to be a damn liar.

#23 | Posted by e1g1 at 2014-02-13 03:18 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

watch it E1G1...if they finish the investigation and it proves he wasn't involved it's our duty to prove that it was, evidence be dammed. It's the way we roll...:)

#24 | Posted by drewinnj at 2014-02-13 06:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

He is just a democrat pretending to be GOP

#25 | Posted by tmaster at 2014-02-13 07:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

...it's funny as sheee-ite reading Teawinger as they whisle past the Krispie Kandidate Graveyard...

...LOL...

#26 | Posted by 1EyedMan at 2014-02-13 09:17 PM | Reply | Flag:

New Republic: Christie's Entire Career Reeks

You do realize that we are talking about New Jersey here. They needed a harda55 to come in and stir them up and it worked. The state is much better off. Same thing happened in Louisiana. God has a funny way of shaking up Liberals--Hurricanes and ------- Republicans.

#27 | Posted by LastAmerican at 2014-02-14 08:41 AM | Reply | Flag:

God has a funny way of shaking up Liberals--Hurricanes and ------- Republicans.

#27 | POSTED BY LASTAMERICAN

What does she have to do with any of this?

#28 | Posted by drewinnj at 2014-02-14 09:08 AM | Reply | Flag:

It happened 9/11/2012 but many on the right are still yammering on about it. Still making wild accusations all of which have been debunked.

#21 | Posted by danni

Sure, Danni. It was debunked in your mind on 9/10/2012.

#29 | Posted by wisgod at 2014-02-14 09:13 AM | Reply | Flag:

It's utterly incredible how both, the American public and American media, go over the deep end on what really are at times trivial issues, and just bring out the bulldozers and wrecking balls and keep hammering and hammering away. Pathetic!

#30 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-02-14 11:26 AM | Reply | Flag:

It's utterly incredible how both, the American public and American media, go over the deep end on what really are at times trivial issues, and just bring out the bulldozers and wrecking balls and keep hammering and hammering away. Pathetic!

#31 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-02-14 11:26 AM | Reply | Flag:

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

#32 | Posted by drewl at 2014-02-14 02:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

There is no difference between the parties.

They are all bought by the same fascisti.

#33 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-02-14 04:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

God has a funny way of shaking up Liberals--Hurricanes and ------- Republicans.

#27 | POSTED BY LASTAMERICAN

What does she have to do with any of this?

#28 | Posted by drewinnj

The Religulous still like to think that weather is an "Act of God". It proves the Bamboozle to say so. Many Insurance Companies are convinced anyway cause it works for their bottom line. No one is responsible for an "Act of God". No payout.

Canada does not use such archaic language. They call it what it is. A defined Peril or an Exclusion.

Besides everyone knows Catastrophic Weather is caused by Sin. Genesis 6:1-8.

#34 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-02-14 05:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

There's no sense in even debating Christie any more. Every minute of his sordid career is going to be scrutinized and exposed to the public. Guilt or innocence become irrelevant once the court of public opinion comes to their own conclusion.

He put on a good show for a long time and Hurricane Sandy was almost his path to the White House. Then along came that one little straw ~ the exact moment when he went one step too far. Now the piling on begins. The misappropriation of Sandy relief funds will also be front and center.

Frankly, he was never presidential material to begin with. The House of Representatives (maybe) but never the Oval Office. It's what I've been saying all along. No class! What worked for him in the rough and tumble politics of New Jersey would never work on a bigger scale.

The tar and feather brigade (the media) will do their job with great vigor ~ bless their dirt diggin' little hearts.

#35 | Posted by Twinpac at 2014-02-15 05:39 AM | Reply | Flag:

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