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« Reply #325 on: March 02, 2014, 03:28:00 PM »

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« Reply #326 on: March 25, 2014, 10:46:49 AM »

Inquiry Is Said to Clear Christie, but That’s His Lawyers’ Verdict
By MICHAEL BARBARO
MARCH 23, 2014

With his office suddenly engulfed in scandal over lane closings at the George Washington Bridge, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey two months ago summoned a pair of top defense lawyers from an elite law firm to the State House and asked them to undertake an extensive review of what had gone wrong.

Now, after 70 interviews and at least $1 million in legal fees to be paid by state taxpayers, that review is set to be released, and according to people with firsthand knowledge of the inquiry, it has uncovered no evidence that the governor was involved in the plotting or directing of the lane closings.

The review is the first of multiple inquiries into a scandal that has jeopardized Mr. Christie’s political future. It will be viewed with intense skepticism, not only because it was commissioned by the governor but also because the firm conducting it, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, has close ties to the Christie administration and the firm’s lawyers were unable to interview three principal players in the shutdowns, including Bridget Anne Kelly, the governor’s former deputy chief of staff.

But lawyers from the team who led the inquiry are prepared to vigorously defend their work, which they described as an unfettered look into the inner workings of an administration known to prize loyalty and privacy.

Randy M. Mastro, the lawyer leading the internal investigation, said that the level of cooperation from Mr. Christie’s office and the volume of records reviewed had allowed investigators to resolve the most pressing questions to arise from the scandal. The governor himself handed over his iPhone and telephone records and allowed the lawyers to search his government and private email accounts.

Questioned about the credibility of an internal inquiry, Mr. Mastro said there was no incentive to sugarcoat the findings. Any shortcomings of the investigation are likely to be exposed by parallel investigations now underway, by the State Legislature and the United States attorney in New Jersey, Paul J. Fishman.

“At the end of the day, we will be judged by whether we got this right,” said Mr. Mastro, who called the review “comprehensive and exhaustive.”

Much about the review remains secret, and Mr. Mastro declined to describe any specific content before its release. But it is expected to lay out a detailed narrative of the events, motivations and communications leading up to the closing of the lanes, which snarled traffic in Fort Lee, N.J., for thousands of commuters last September.

According to those familiar with the report, it will also address what and when Mr. Christie and his aides knew about the lane closings; analyze the structure, practices and culture of the Christie administration that contributed to the scandal; and issue pointed recommendations to prevent such conduct.

It is not known whether the investigation resolved the crucial issue of whether Mr. Christie created or condoned a culture that fostered political intimidation.

Among the issues covered, according to people familiar with the report, is the widespread use by Mr. Christie’s aides of private email accounts to conduct government business. The report is also expected to offer a tough assessment of the intergovernmental affairs unit inside the governor’s office, where Ms. Kelly worked.

Over the past two months, a dozen lawyers from Gibson Dunn questioned more than 70 people, including the governor and the lieutenant governor, every current member of Mr. Christie’s senior staff and top New Jersey officials at the Port Authority. The lawyers also gained access to government and private email accounts of key current and former administration officials and obtained records of their incoming and outgoing phone calls and text messages.

The investigation’s most significant obstacle was the lack of access to the three figures at the center of the lane closings — Ms. Kelly, the author of the infamous “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” email; Bill Stepien, the governor’s former aide and campaign manager; and David Wildstein, a Christie ally at the Port Authority — who all declined to be interviewed.

But the lawyers had access to a wide range of documents, including thousands of emails left on government servers by current and former employees like Ms. Kelly, whom Mr. Christie fired in January, and Mr. Stepien, who left the administration in 2013.

They drew on records from the Port Authority, which runs the bridge; reviewed documents subpoenaed from Mr. Wildstein and Bill Baroni, a Christie appointee to the Port Authority who was involved in the lane closings; and interviewed independent witnesses and associates of Mr. Christie outside of government.

And because of frequent interactions between administration and Port Authority officials, the lawyers were able to piece together communications leading up to, during and after the lane shutdowns, despite the lack of cooperation from Ms. Kelly, Mr. Stepien and Mr. Wildstein.

Their internal inquiry examined not only the administration’s conduct in the lane closings, but also the claim by the mayor of Hoboken, Dawn Zimmer, that Mr. Christie’s staff threatened to withhold Hurricane Sandy recovery money from Hoboken unless the mayor supported a real estate development that the governor wanted built there. Neither Ms. Zimmer nor Mark Sokolich, the mayor of Fort Lee, agreed to be interviewed, but Gibson Dunn lawyers received thousands of internal documents from the towns.

The review will be delivered to Mr. Christie, who has promised to make it public quickly without alterations. The work by Mr. Mastro’s firm is being paid for by state taxpayers, at a rate of $650 an hour. That has led to criticism from some Democrats who say the public should not be asked to underwrite what they view as the governor’s damage-control efforts.

Gibson Dunn has worked for the administration in the past, and Mr. Christie is friendly with a top partner there, Debra Wong Yang, who like him was appointed United States attorney by President George W. Bush in the early 2000s.

In mid-January, after emails emerged showing that Mr. Christie’s aides had carried out the lane closings, the governor requested a meeting with Ms. Yang, and Mr. Mastro, a high-profile litigator who had served as a deputy mayor in the administration of Rudolph W. Giuliani and had never before met Mr. Christie.

At the meeting, on the afternoon of Jan. 14, after delivering his State of the State speech, Mr. Christie told the corporate lawyers that he wanted a full airing of what had happened.

Five seasoned former federal prosecutors were involved in the law firm’s inquiry, including Reed Brodsky, a former assistant United States attorney who helped lead the successful prosecution of Raj Rajaratnam, who headed one of the world’s largest hedge funds, on insider trading charges; and Avi Weitzman, who oversaw major organized-crime investigations for the United States attorney’s office in New York’s Southern District.

Besides the 12 lawyers who worked on the internal investigation, a group of Gibson Dunn lawyers is assigned to respond to the broad subpoenas issued by the Legislature and the United States attorney’s office for records from Mr. Christie’s office.
 
Since January, lawyers from the firm have become a regular presence inside the office of the governor, turning a second-floor conference room in the State House into an interrogation room. In New York, they set up camp in a 47th-floor conference room at Gibson Dunn, using organizational charts drawn on erasable boards to keep track of key figures in Mr. Christie’s world.

Maria Comella, a spokeswoman for Mr. Christie, said the lawyers faced “no restrictions on their access to governor’s office staff, documents or any other forms of communications.”

Friendly exchanges with Christie aides turned a bit frosty as the lawyers’ requests multiplied, according to interviews. A less-than-popular move: collecting iPhones and BlackBerrys from the governor’s top aides for inspection.

No matter the conclusions of the internal review, suspicious Democrats are prepared to pounce on it. They said Mr. Christie would not have needed to hire expensive lawyers if he had promptly questioned his aides when the bridge controversy arose last fall.

Senator Loretta Weinberg, a Democrat who is involved the Legislature’s investigation, deemed it “too little, too late.”

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« Reply #327 on: March 25, 2014, 11:01:07 AM »

He was caught in several big lies.  But yes, he managed to insulate himself so far.  He busted himself with the lies about what he knew and when... but he was smart enough not to write it down himself.

Will he go to jail for bridgegate?  Of course not.

Does he have the credibility or integrity to be president?  Of course not.  (Assuming he had any after the way he played footsie with obama and dissed Romney a week before the 2012 election)
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« Reply #328 on: March 25, 2014, 02:02:10 PM »

Chris Christie investigated himself and declared that he did nothing wrong

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« Reply #329 on: March 25, 2014, 02:17:24 PM »

Chris Christie investigated himself and declared that he did nothing wrong



Taking a play right out of Obama/holder playbook right? 
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« Reply #330 on: March 25, 2014, 03:09:16 PM »

Taking a play right out of Obama/holder playbook right? 

Wrong.... as usual
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« Reply #331 on: March 25, 2014, 03:14:45 PM »

Wrong.... as usual

LOL - IRS / Fast n Furious / NSA / Benghazi / and all the other Obama scandals? 
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« Reply #332 on: March 25, 2014, 03:50:46 PM »

LOL - IRS / Fast n Furious / NSA / Benghazi / and all the other Obama scandals? 

so you missed the congressional hearings on all of those things?
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« Reply #333 on: March 28, 2014, 10:15:24 AM »

Lawyer in Christie 'Whitewash' Probe: I'm a Democrat
Friday, 28 Mar 2014
By Greg Richter

Former federal prosecutor Randy Mastro defended a probe he led that cleared Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie of wrongdoing in the Bridge-gate scandal.

Mastro said he is a registered Democrat and has represented high-profile clients from both parties.

Appearing on Fox News Channel's "The Kelly File" on Thursday, Mastro said he first met Christie on the day the governor hired his firm to lead the probe in mid-January.

Mastro said he did once work for former GOP New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who is friends with Christie, but said he has never had any "extended conversations" with him about the Bridge-gate affair.

"I was honored to serve in his administration," Mastro said of Giuliani. "But as Rudy knows, I'm an independent and a registered Democrat."

Mastro's report was slammed as a "whitewash" by Hoboken mayor Dawn Zimmer, who was portrayed as delusional for claiming that Christie's lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno, had tried to strong-arm her to support a real-estate development in her city in return for state aid to help Hurricane Sandy recovery, one of several conflict-of-interest allegations that were thrown up in light of the Bridge-gate inquiry.

Mastro said his clients have included the current Democratic mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, and Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson.

Mastro said he went into the investigation with a "completely" open mind.

"We did an exhaustive and thorough investigation," he said. "We believe we got it right."

Federal investigators and a state legislative committee also are looking into the scandal, in which Christie aides are said to have closed down lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge, snarling traffic in political retaliation against the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J. Mastro said he believes those investigations will show his investigation reached the right conclusion.

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« Reply #335 on: April 02, 2014, 11:43:28 AM »

Christie stabilizing in new poll, but few believe he's clear from scandal
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(CNN) – Gov. Chris Christie's approval ratings appear to be stabilizing in New Jersey after they dropped significantly following the George Washington Bridge controversy, according to a new survey.

The Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll was conducted after a review commissioned by Christie's administration cleared the New Jersey governor of any wrongdoing in the bridge controversy.

Fifty-four percent of New Jersey adult residents have heard about the report, which was released last week and led by Randy Mastro of the Gibson Dunn & Crutcher law firm.

But of those who are aware of the report's findings, a little less than a third (30%) consider the investigation to be fair and unbiased.

According to the survey, 52% say the report was simply done to improve Christie's reputation.

The internal probe found that two top Christie appointees orchestrated traffic jams near the bridge in Fort Lee last year. A state legislative committee and the U.S. Attorney's Office are also looking into the incident and whether it was political retribution against the town's Democratic mayor for not endorsing Christie for re-election.

The recently released report cleared Christie of having any knowledge of the matter until after it all occurred, a point the governor has made previously.

But the saga has called into question his sometimes brash leadership style and the potential 2016 presidential contender saw his poll numbers dramatically fall both at home and nationwide.

"The bleeding has stopped for now. The poll was conducted after the Mastro report was released, but this does not seem to be the reason why Christie's ratings have stabilized. In fact, few New Jerseyans agree with the report's conclusions," Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a news release.

Thirty-two percent say the governor has been completely honest about his knowledge of the lane closures, while 61% say he has not been honest. Those numbers were relatively the same in February.

Public opinion also barely moved from February on the question of whether Christie is more concerned about his day job or his political future. Thirty-five percent say he's more concerned with governing, unchanged from February, while 54% say he's thinking more about his future, down slightly from 56% two months ago.

The poll was conducted from March 30 to April 1 by telephone with 803 New Jersey adults. The sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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But of those who are aware of the report's findings, a little less than a third (30%) consider the investigation to be fair and unbiased.

According to the survey, 52% say the report was simply done to improve Christie's reputation.

Imagine the stupidity of the 1/3 of the state that really thinks the investigation was fair and unbiased lol.

The internal inquiry’s authors didn’t speak to anyone at the Port Authority during their investigation.

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« Reply #337 on: April 03, 2014, 10:47:16 AM »

Chris Christie: The $33 million man
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Washington (CNN) – It appears the George Washington Bridge controversy that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's been dealing with back home in the Garden State hasn't affected his standing nationally as one of the Republican Party's most potent fundraising rainmakers.

The Republican Governors Association announced Thursday that the group has raised a record $23.5 million the first three months of this year, and $33 million since Christie took over as RGA chairman in late November. That's a new fundraising record for the first four and a half months of a new RGA chairman's tenure.

The $23.5 million raised in this year's first quarter shatters the previous RGA record of $9.1 million brought in during the first three months of 2010 under the chairmanship of then-Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi.

"While Washington is broken, Republican governors are getting results, making government work and putting policies in place to put their states on the right track," said Christie in a statement. "Republican governors have done more than just talk about reforming government, they have made the tough decisions and gotten results. Thanks to the hard work and success of every Republican governor, we have the resources we need to win these critical elections."

Christie's chairmanship of the RGA was seen as a possible stepping stone to a potential 2016 bid for the GOP presidential nomination. But six weeks into his tenure as RGA chairman, the bridge controversy went viral. State lawmakers and the U.S. Attorney's Office are looking into allegations that top Christie appointees orchestrated traffic jams last September by closing access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee to politically punish that town's mayor for not endorsing the governor's re-election.

Christie has denied knowing anything about the gridlock until after it occurred, and has said he knew nothing about any political mischief by members of his administration.

Last week a review commissioned by Christie's administration cleared the New Jersey governor of any wrongdoing in the bridge controversy, which has put a cloud over his political future.

But the scandal and the intense scrutiny by the national media that Christie's come under may be helping him with some in his party, especially from the conservative base, that have long been suspicious about politically pragmatic governor from a blue state.

"Christie remains popular among Republicans, many of whom see the attacks on him as partisan efforts to destroy a popular GOPer. That's why he remains a formidable fundraiser for the RGA and an asset to his party," Stuart Rothenberg, editor and publisher of the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report, told CNN.

Republicans are defending 22 of the 36 gubernatorial seats up for grabs this November. The party could face challenging re-election bids in Pennsylvania, Florida, Maine, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin, states all won by President Barack Obama in 2012.

The RGA will also report Thursday that it has just shy of $60 million cash on hand, nearly double what it had in the bank at this point in the 2010 midterm cycle.

RGA Executive Director Phil Cox said that the "RGA's strong financial position will give us the resources to push back against the public sector unions and the White House, who have targeted Republican governors and candidates for defeat."

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« Reply #339 on: April 22, 2014, 01:17:23 PM »

Christie Campaign Piles Up Debt Over Bridge-gate
Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014
By Drew MacKenzie

The bridge-gate scandal is costing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election campaign a bundle of money, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Chris Christie for Governor has forked out $314,000 to date to pay for legal fees for the federal and state investigations into the closure of lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge last year.

According to recent finance figures, the campaign has $156,587 in the bank, but listed $264,000 of legal fees as debt.

The campaign commissioned the legal firm Patton Boggs LLP to help investigate the shutdown last September after a federal probe was launched into the legality of the closures, as well as an inquiry by a state legislative committee.

The firm has billed $160,000 in fees so far, while Stroz Friedberg, an investigations and intelligence firm, charged the campaign $154,000 for fees pertaining to its review of the traffic ban on access lanes to the bridge from Fort Lee, N.J., that caused four days of bumper-to-bumper chaos.

The Christie administration hired the Manhattan law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP to examine whether the governor knew about the closures beforehand. The firm, which exonerated Christie, has yet to submit its bill, although it will be paid by the state.

The legislative committee, which hired a special counsel for its investigation, has shelled out $488,400 spent in legal fees, the firm’s invoice reveals, according to the Journal.

Two months ago, the state Election Law Enforcement Commission agreed to allow Christie’s campaign to cover the legal expenses on the condition that it did not become the target of a grand jury investigation.

The Christie campaign only received $3,800 in donations in the first quarter of the year, the report added, meaning that it will have to raise money get itself out of debt.

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« Reply #340 on: May 13, 2014, 11:26:11 AM »

Spokesman: Christie Was Unaware of Traffic Scheme
Tuesday, 13 May 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's longtime press secretary says he's confident his boss of 14 years had no knowledge or involvement in the scheme that shut traffic near the George Washington Bridge in a political payback plot.

The spokesman, Michael Drewniak, called the plot reckless and perplexing in an opening statement Tuesday before a New Jersey legislative committee that's investigating last September's lane closings.

The scheme carried out by Christie loyalists has become a major distraction as the Republican contemplates a 2016 presidential run. Christie has denied knowing about the plot.

Drewniak has also testified before a federal grand jury that's separately investigating the lane closings.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Gov. Chris Christie's longtime press secretary is to testify before a New Jersey legislative committee on what he knew about the political retribution plot carried out by former aides to the governor.

Michael Drewniak is the only witness scheduled to testify Tuesday. Two others are to appear next month as the panel attempts to determine who ordered the approach lanes of the George Washington Bridge to be blocked without notice last September, and why the Democratic mayor whose town is at the base of the heavily traveled span was targeted for payback.

"The hearing is going to be an effort to continue to fill in the blanks on the record that we have so far," said Assemblyman John Wisniewski, co-chairman of the legislative panel. "The picture that has been provided to us by emails and other documents leaves lots of questions unanswered as to why certain actions were taken and, just as importantly, why certain actions weren't taken."

The plot carried out while Christie was running for re-election has become a major distraction as the Republican contemplates a 2016 presidential run. A federal criminal investigation is underway in addition to the legislative inquiry.

Drewniak has worked for Christie for 14 years, starting when Christie was New Jersey's top federal prosecutor. Christie recruited Drewniak and many assistant prosecutors after winning the 2009 gubernatorial election.

Drewniak had a professional and social relationship with David Wildstein, a key figure in the case. The Christie administration approved the creation of a $150,000 job for Wildstein at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the agency that operates the bridge. Wildstein was forced to resign from the post in January, after his involvement in the lane closings was revealed.

It was Wildstein who replied, "got it," after Christie aide Bridget Kelly sent him an email saying, "time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee."

Drewniak had dinner with Wildstein the evening before he resigned and helped draft the administration's response to the resignation. Afterward, Wildstein thanked Drewniak for his advice.

Drewniak was interviewed three times by lawyers hired by Christie to review the lane closings. Their report found that Kelly and Wildstein acted alone in ordering the lanes closed for an unknown political vendetta.

Drewniak also was grilled for two hours by the Christie administration in January, after which the governor decided not to fire him.

The legislative panel heard from Christina Renna last week. Renna, who worked for Kelly while the lanes were blocked, described her former boss as erratic and overwhelmed but said she would not have decided to cause traffic jams without orders to do so.

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« Reply #341 on: May 19, 2014, 11:24:19 AM »

Christie calls for more aggressive foreign policy after stumble on Israel
Published May 19, 2014
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Courting powerful Jewish donors for the second time in two months, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Sunday for a more aggressive foreign policy that defends American values abroad, but he also said he is concerned about the direction America is heading in.

"The rest of the world watches in desperation and hope that America will realize and act upon once again its indispensable place in the world," Christie, a prospective Republican presidential contender, said in a keynote address Sunday at the Champions of Jewish Values International awards gala in New York. "We must lead."

He charged that America must represent the strongest military and economic power, but also "the strongest moral power for what is good and what is right in the world."

“We see Russian activism once again rearing its head in the world, we see an America that backed away from a commitment made by the president of the United States in Syria, we see a country, our country, permitting even a thought of a terrorist state like Iran having nuclear capability,” Christie said. “It's unthinkable that the America that has led in the way that it has always led this world would permit that to happen. Yet we are sitting in a world, we are watching the vacuum that the lack of American leadership has created being filled and it is almost never filled by virtue, it is almost always filled by evil.”

The appearance offered Christie a second chance to impress deep-pocketed Jewish donors after stumbling in a recent speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition. Sunday's event also featured Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and major political donor Sheldon Adelson.

The gathering comes as donors — none bigger than Adelson — begin to size up the crowded field of potential Republican presidential candidates ahead of the 2016 contest. While billed as a nonpartisan affair, there were political references throughout the evening.

Asked if he was running for president, Perry told reporters: "I'm being governor for the next nine months. To be real honest with you I don't know what I'm gonna do after that."

Christie did not talk about his own presidential prospects in a speech that offered aggressive rhetoric but few specifics. He didn't mention Israel, but insisted that America's leaders must send "clear and consistent signals" to those nations it supports and those it doesn't while promoting America's values.

"We need to stand once again loudly for these values," he said. "And sometimes that's going to mean standing in some very messy, difficult places. Standing long and hard for those things that we believe in."

He added: "We will either lead or disappoint. Those are the only two choices. Unfortunately, today, in my opinion, America is disappointing. But it's not too late."

Christie was seated at the same table as Adelson, who figures to play a prominent role in the selection of the next Republican presidential nominee. It was their second meeting over the last two months.

At a Las Vegas gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition in late March, Adelson met with Christie and several other possible Republican contenders: former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

At the time, Christie, a Catholic, said he was overwhelmed by displays of religious tolerance during a recent trip to Jerusalem.

"I took a helicopter ride from occupied territories across ... and just felt, personally, how extraordinary that was to understand the military risk that Israel faces every day," Christie said.

The comment about "occupied territories" drew sharp criticism from some in the audience. The Israeli government and by extension most of Israel's supporters in the U.S. don't consider the West Bank and East Jerusalem to be occupied territory.

After the speech, Christie met privately with Adelson to explain that he misspoke.

With a net worth estimated at nearly $40 billion, Adelson may be the Republican Party's most influential donor. He is known for his devotion to Israel, in addition to an aggressive American foreign policy.

Adelson donated more than $90 million to Republican candidates and their allies in the 2012 election.

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Christie Breaks RGA Fundraising Record by $25 Million
Thursday, 05 Jun 2014
By Cathy Burke

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, on the stump for fellow GOP executives as head of the Republican Governors Association, has reportedly raised $50 million since taking over as chairman, breaking a previous six-month record by $25 million.

Christie took over the RGA following the 2013 election, and the political organization now has "nearly $70 million cash on hand… nearly double the cash on hand figure the RGA had at this point in 2010," an RGA official told CNN.

Christie has returned to making public appearances during RGA trips after taking part in mostly private events in the aftermath of his Bridge-gate scandal, in which aides allegedly orchestrated lane closures on the George Washington Bridge that gridlocked a small New Jersey town. Christie has denied any role in the shutdowns; a federal investigation is continuing.

Last week, Christie was in Tennessee delivering a keynote address at a GOP fundraising dinner and in the next few days will be stumping for Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett in his re-election bid, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Republicans are defending 22 governorships in November, eight more than Democrats, and have a 29-21 advantage over Democrats in terms of governorships held, CNN reported.

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« Reply #343 on: July 01, 2014, 08:29:19 AM »

4 reasons Christie keeps moving forward
By Julian Zelizer, CNN Contributor
updated 7:14 AM EDT, Mon June 30, 2014

(CNN) -- After months of being beat up by the media about his "Bridgegate" scandal in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie is still standing. And there is even some evidence that he might finally be regaining ground.

A new poll from Quinnipiac shows that the governor has narrowed the lead that Hillary Clinton, another possible presidential candidate, has over him in Iowa. His appearance on "The Tonight Show" and at a charity softball game in Yankee Stadium generated some media buzz about the more likeable parts of his personality.

Although his political reputation is a long way from repaired, the idea that the governor might still run in 2016 is back on the table.
How can this be?

A number of factors have helped him absorb the continued blows that he has received from the constant news coverage and ongoing investigations into the events that transpired in the Garden State. The dynamics of the scandal have followed a few principles about surviving scandal politics that have worked in his favor.


1. Avoid the smoking gun: This is the biggest one.

Until investigators have clear-cut evidence that a politician is responsible for the scandal at hand, there is always room for a person to maneuver. In certain cases, American voters are willing to give the benefit of doubt to the person accused -- especially in a heated partisan environment where investigations and accusations often turn out to be unfounded -- until there is evidence in hand that the politician is guilty beyond any doubt.
Whether the evidence is a recording of White House conversations (Watergate) or pictures on Twitter (Weinergate), it's not usually over before this information actually emerges.

The absence of a smoking gun of illegal activity has been very important in this case since, to many Americans, so much of the story -- leaning on politicians, favoring friends and intimidating enemies, making politics a top concern among the staff -- all seem like politics as usual in New Jersey.

2. Time your scandal well: As with everything else in politics, timing is everything when it comes to scandal.

It matters very much when a story breaks. With Christie, the timing was good and bad. The revelations about the bridge began at a real high point for the governor when the media was virtually nominating him to be the Republican nominee on their own. So the impact of negative information was dramatic.
But the story also broke a long time before any presidential primaries started. There is a huge amount of time still remaining until the political season really begins. This means that Christie has had some time for the noise to die down and the worst of the coverage, thus far, has taken place when nationally many people are not paying attention.

The virtues of the scandal happening early are amplified in a rapid-fire media age where reporters turn their attention to the next big story quickly and the readers and viewers are quick to move on.

3. Keep governing: Christie has followed the Bill Clinton playbook.

When faced with bad press and damaging allegations, keep doing the job that you were elected to do. During the past months, Christie has continued to focus on his work in New Jersey. He has been steadfast in his effort to convey the image of a politician most concerned about the challenges facing the electorate rather than the challenges he faces as a result of the scandal. He has also used his fundraising and appearances with the Republican Governors Association to continue to remind voters and member of the party of the assets that he can bring to the table as a party leader.

By doing so, he continues to give the public opportunity to evaluate him a leader in action, rather than just the subject of investigation, and to charge that the accusers are more concerned in scandal than solving problems.

4. Remind your party that they need you: One of Christie's greatest virtues is his party. Even with all the problems that President Barack Obama has faced, the GOP remains greatly damaged. The party has suffered in the polls as a result the way in which Republicans have governed in Congress, as well as continued disapproval of President George W. Bush.

Many of the possible candidates, such as Rand Paul or Marco Rubio, are untested or have serious potential weaknesses, such as Paul's noninterventionism at a moment that things are heating up overseas. Christie receives considerable protection just from the fact that Republicans don't have so many alternatives. Desperate to regain the White House, Republicans have been willing to give him some slack as the story unfolds.

To be sure, it is far from clear whether Christie will ever regain the strength he once had. The recent news about a second scandal involving alleged securities laws violations connected to a major road repair might rekindle public interest in his wrongdoing and potentially produce the smoking gun that has not yet emerged.

But at this point, Christie is still showing some signs of life and remains a player on the political field. He still has the potential to join the list of politicians who have stared scandal in the face and survived politically.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/30/opinion/zelizer-christie-survival/index.html
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« Reply #344 on: July 01, 2014, 08:42:16 AM »

Dudes,

There are WAY better options that christie.  He's bad on the eyes - doesn't look like president.  He's been a MAJOR liberal in the past, we all know that.  He's barely dodging scandal, barely dodging smoking guns.  He has these mis-steps all the time.  ANd he's just a stubbed toe away from calling a teacher a C-word, let's be honest lol.

Why gamble with a change to really defeat the dems in 2016 by choosing a candidate with so much baggage?  Why not choose someone like Cruz, respectable and calm and scandal-free? 
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« Reply #345 on: July 01, 2014, 08:54:06 AM »

Dudes,

There are WAY better options that christie.  He's bad on the eyes - doesn't look like president.  He's been a MAJOR liberal in the past, we all know that.  He's barely dodging scandal, barely dodging smoking guns.  He has these mis-steps all the time.  ANd he's just a stubbed toe away from calling a teacher a C-word, let's be honest lol.

Why gamble with a change to really defeat the dems in 2016 by choosing a candidate with so much baggage?  Why not choose someone like Cruz, respectable and calm and scandal-free? 

Says the person who voted for Obama.
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« Reply #346 on: July 01, 2014, 09:24:24 AM »

Says the person who voted for Obama.

How does that help your point at all?

Seems to me that 240 is talking about electability.

And Obama, whatever his faults serving as president, is/was roughly 2 zillion times more electable than Christie.

So, while Christie might make a good president, he's a bad bet to ever be voted in as one, given the reasons that 240 has cited.

C'mon, BB.  This makes sense to you, doesn't it?
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« Reply #347 on: July 01, 2014, 09:26:27 AM »

so you missed the congressional hearings on all of those things?

amazing
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« Reply #348 on: July 01, 2014, 09:35:57 AM »

How does that help your point at all?

Seems to me that 240 is talking about electability.

And Obama, whatever his faults serving as president, is/was roughly 2 zillion times more electable than Christie.

So, while Christie might make a good president, he's a bad bet to ever be voted in as one, given the reasons that 240 has cited.

C'mon, BB.  This makes sense to you, doesn't it?

I don't read a lot of his posts, but the ones I do read rarely make sense. 

Whatever Obama's faults?  lol  You are quite the partisan hack.  Obama has been a disaster.  Anyone being objective sees it.  Honest liberals like Turley are jumping all over him. 

Trying to compare the electability of Obama in 2008 or 2012 to Christi in 2016 is meaningless at this point.  We don't know who the Democrat nominee will be.  We don't know the state of the economy.  We don't know which part of the world Obama will have further destabilized by 2016.  Too many variables. 

No candidate is either a lock or unelectable at this point.  Too much can happen.  But you sort of have to not have your head up the Democrat Party's rear end to understand that. 
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« Reply #349 on: July 01, 2014, 10:16:38 AM »

I don't read a lot of his posts, but the ones I do read rarely make sense. 

Whatever Obama's faults?  lol  You are quite the partisan hack.  Obama has been a disaster.  Anyone being objective sees it.  Honest liberals like Turley are jumping all over him. 

Trying to compare the electability of Obama in 2008 or 2012 to Christi in 2016 is meaningless at this point.  We don't know who the Democrat nominee will be.  We don't know the state of the economy.  We don't know which part of the world Obama will have further destabilized by 2016.  Too many variables. 

No candidate is either a lock or unelectable at this point.  Too much can happen.  But you sort of have to not have your head up the Democrat Party's rear end to understand that. 

Wait, you're not saying that when you quoted 240's post where he gave reasons why Christie would be a poor choice to represent Repubs because of his lack of electability and wrote, "Says the person who voted for Obama.", you were just responding to a post that you couldn't make sense of, are you?

Because I follow what you're saying about there being too many variables at this time to reasonably compare the electability of Obama in 2008 & 2012 to Christie in 2016 (though you're using the word "meaningless' too casually) but do you get that when you posed your one sentence quip in response to his thoughtful post that YOU were the one doing the comparing of the electability?

BTW, I'm no partisan hack.  I voted for Obama in 2008 but not in 2012, you'll likely be surprised to learn.
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