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How Chris Christie Lost His Way
National Journal, by Josh Kraushaar

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Posted By:ketchuplover, 1/17/2014 2:00:18 AM

It´s easy to forget now, but New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was a hero to the Right during his first year in office. He became a fiscally conservative icon for pushing through a budget that focused on spending cuts, particularly to a bloated public sector. The governor tackled entitlements, reducing billions in scheduled pension payments. And he made his mark as an education reformer, aggressively challenging teachers´ unions, (snip) But at some point, he replaced his devotion to policy with a devotion to reelection. The cult of Christie went into overdrive after Hurricane Sandy hit, when he developed a politically

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As Senator Obama´s convention speech launched his political fortunes, Christie´s convention speech (centering on himself and not Romney) launched his political downslide.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Country Boy, 1/17/2014 2:47:23 AM     (No. 9695145)

"Even if Christie had no direct connection to the George Washington Bridge scandal, it´s becoming clear that his administration reveled in a play-to-pay culture ..."

Really, when did that become clear? What day was that?

I´m thinking more of RatherGate type operation, where the Dems CREATED a scandal, charging Bush 43 with bad behavior, only to find out that the documents Dan Rather was flashing around were forged by Dem operatives. "Fake but accurate" Dan quickly retired, quietly.

This brigeGate thing has my BS meter banging. Smells like Hillary is somewhere near, working some Dem magic.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rinktum, 1/17/2014 3:33:51 AM     (No. 9695151)

Bridgegate did not do Christie in. For me, it was his cozying up to Obama after the Sandy storm that proved he was nothing but an ambitious politician. Respectful gratitude could have been accomplished without the gushing praise right at the end of the election. To me. It showed bad judgment. By the way, New Jersey folks, can you tell us if you received expedited help or did Obama just use Christie for political advantage.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Country Boy, 1/17/2014 3:40:29 AM     (No. 9695152)

#2, I live in NJ. After that hurricane we did have huge convoys of power companies and tree cutters, saw some from as far away as Iowa.

But no idea if obama had anything to do with that. More likely that was Christie.

We did have a big gasoline shortage, caused by loopy EPA mandates for NJ. PA, across the river had plenty of gasoline. Took obama a week to call the EPA and "temporarily" lift the ban on regular gas.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Spidey, 1/17/2014 4:16:44 AM     (No. 9695160)

I think Christie put too much faith in the woamn who was his main aide,the one he fired.To me,she´s the ambitious political climber but really had a tin ear politically.Maybe she saw herself with a big job in the WH if Christie was elected.

Nobody knows what would motivate someone to do a crazy political stunt but this woman needing a $46,000 loan is a big red flag to me,possibly being driven by one form of addiction or another.

There´s tons of minor violations that wen ton here but none come close to the evil corruption of Obama´s,IRS audits being just one example.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Terry_tr6, 1/17/2014 4:29:37 AM     (No. 9695161)

Beed through many hurricanes in Fl, and there are always convoys of utility trucks from out of state. It doesn´t take the president or governor , not when there is money and overtime to be made. Good old capitalism makes that happen

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Country Boy, 1/17/2014 5:19:24 AM     (No. 9695172)

#5, I think electric utilities are regulated mostly at the state level. In NJ, there´s a board in Trenton, oversight. When the utilities want rate hikes, they have to justify it.

During that hurricane, Christie was giving the power companies deadlines, publicly, how many houses had to come back on line, when. The companies didn´t meet the deadlines, but he was yelling at them.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 1/17/2014 8:28:27 AM     (No. 9695336)

I like Christie. I think he´s possibly the best possible politician with the Republican label. He´s frank. He´s direct. He´s likeable, and he´s not afraid to speak out.

However, New Jersey is one of the nation´s most anti-gun states. It is in a class with New York and Maryland.

Christie has grown up with the New Jersey anti-gun mindset. I do not trust him near my constitutional rights.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: civilservant, 1/17/2014 9:14:45 AM     (No. 9695422)

Apropos of #2´s comment; while I was NEVER a CC fan, his passionate embrace of the Wan(especially contrasted to Bloomberg´s stance) was made even more atrocious when CC castigated the House for trying to rein in the Pork filled Sandy bill. CC is supposed to be an intelligent man and yet he does not know that that was their Constitutional Duty?

Out of that $50 BILLION bill, NJ has received a mere $1.8 billion.

And we shoulda been able to do it by ourselves. Dam-mit, what happened to American men???

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