Christie changes story on bridge closures, may have lied during 2 hour press conference

Wow, just wow. I’d reported an hour ago that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was facing new allegations that he lied when he told New Jersey voters, and America, that he had no knowledge about the now-infamous lane closures on the George Washington Bridge until AFTER the lanes were reopened.

After we heard today that a key Christie appointee to the New York and New Jersey Port Authority told the Port Authority general counsel that Christie was lying, and that the aide apppointee have evidence to prove it, Christie has now suddenly changed his story.

Christie is now admitting that he knew about the bridge closures while they were happening – which is not what he said earlier.  Christie also now appears to be lying about what he said earlier.

January 31, 2014

What Christie’s office is saying tonight:

In the response to a story from The New York Times, Christie’s office says a letter from a former Port Authority official that suggests the governor knew more about the controversial lane closures than he originally admitted, merely “confirms what the governor has said all along.”

“Mr. Wildstein’s lawyer confirms what the governor has said all along – he had absolutely no prior knowledge of the lane closures before they happened.”

But that’s not what Christie has been saying all along.  He’s been saying all along that he didn’t know about the closures until after the lanes were reopened.  So Christie is now lying about his previous lie.  And there’s video to prove it, see below.

First, what Port Authority appointee David Wildstein said today via his lawyer:

“…evidence exists as well tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the Governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference.”

January 9, 2014

Now, what Christie said during his two-hour-long January 9 press conference:

Christie: “I don’t know what else to say except to tell them that I had no knowledge of this — of the planning, the execution or anything about it — and that I first found out about it after it was over.”

December 2013

Bergen Record reporter John Reitmeyer on Twitter:

“Christie during a Dec. news conference specifically if he knew about the closures as they were occurring. “Never. No,” he replied.”


Now that’s interesting – as some might try to argue that Christie’s quotes are talking about not knowing about the allegations of impropriety, not that he didn’t know about the actual lane closures while it was happening.  But, the reporter from the Bergen Record says he asked Christie specifically about whether he knew about the closures at all while they were happening, and Christie said no.

More from John Reitmeyer of the Bergen Record on this point:


December 13th Press Conference (video below)

Christie: “A: factually it did not get to me, um the first I ever heard about the issue was when it was reported in the press, which I think was in the aftermath of Mr. – the leaking of Mr. Foye’s email. I think that was the first I heard of it, but it was certainly after the whole thing was over.”

Note: Foye’s emailed leaked on October 1st, weeks after the lane closure.

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  • Holli Hollister

    And I could have sworn we were talking about the ever corrupt Christie. When you have nothing else, deflect…typical con.

  • barada

    You are either stupid, or dishonest.
    Personally, I’m going to go with dishonest.
    Ever heard of Glass-Steagall?

    See below.

  • barada

    The actual traceable “bubble”, started right after Glass-Steagall was
    nullified in 1999:

  • Holli Hollister

    So that’s worse than refusing to be put under oath?…me thinks you have your priorities screwed up.

  • Rick McCallister

    Honest people don’t have to keep their story straight.

  • farmerjim

    Thanks, i like your tongue in cheek math .. and i’m still grinning

  • Anonymous

    Just another Republican turned “Independent.” Your loyalties are obvious. I don’t hear any condemnation of Chrispy Creme’s lying.

  • Anonymous

    It’s reverse psychology.

  • Von Bailey

    What that ignores is that not voting for any of those you mentioned does not automatically mean that you vote for the opponent. It also ignores the historically large numbers and the fact that he won with a majority in both elections with more votes than any other president in history.

    You should probably check the facts and compare that to your reality instead of whatever you are using.

  • lssmc

    Business Week is a Leftist Rag. I was a builder/realtor at the time and had first hand knowledge of the CRA. I also know Bush tried to rein it in back in 2005, but got slapped down by a Democratic Congress. You know, Barney (gay escort service) Frank, Rent control Rangle, and the Usual Suspects mad at the “Man”. They are all retiring as millionaires. Doesn’t it bother you Left or Right, that these pols go in making barely a living and leave millionaires?
    Oh, a sample of Commie Newsweek.

  • Anonymous

    Like Mitt’s tax plan.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Does he remind anyone else of Jackie Gleason?

  • Anonymous

    No, that’s unfair. It doesn’t look like he’s running from anything. It doesn’t look like he’s moving much at all.

  • Anonymous

    Well, the person in the ambulance that actually needed to use the road. But I guess Fauntleroy here puts throwing a tantrum over his constituents’ lives. And you want this guy to be president so he can kill more?

  • Anonymous

    Republicans lie? No, they’re showing us how to be “moral” – how can they lie? My day is ruined…

  • Anonymous

    AND bullies people over “lifestyle choices” and who need health insurance for more legitimate reasons than overeating.
    So, a hypocrite as well.

  • Anonymous

    “Compassionate conservative” is an oxymoron. Others come second to themselves, period.

  • Anonymous

    That’s what they would like us to be. We are already doormats at times – like the 2010 elections. Don’t take the obvious baiting.

  • Anonymous

    My compassion if off the table for a bully who lectures people on “lifestyle choices.” It’s clear he doesn’t have any willpower at all.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t hear a single mention of Bush. That said, you are a complete fool if you think the president from 2000-2008 didn’t contribute to the economic fallout of late 2007. And it was slimy and dishonest to wait to announce the recession until 2009, after Bush had left office and Obama had taken his place.

    Most Republicans (well, wingnuts these days) can’t tell me when the recession actually started. In fact, they can’t get a lot of facts right, given their info sources.

  • Anonymous

    FOX is a multi-million dollar media franchise that claims to be “fair and balanced.” This is a blog by someone whose opinions we agree with that never made neutrality claims. Comparing the two is embarrassing on your part. The lack of integrity from FOX is inexcusable given its scope of influence.

  • Anonymous

    Republicans are slow learners. They can find the same quote from 5 different news sources and they’ll still say it’s “out of context.” Regardless of the opinions here, the stupid quotes come from Teabaggers in droves. You’d think after the tenth one, Republicans would say “hey, let’s stop being idiots.”

  • Anonymous

    Yeah. We had someone try to argue that Huckabee’s one-page screed was “misconstrued.” Please give us a guide to wingnut language…apparently there’s some alien code underneath the plain English.

  • Anonymous

    Numbers 1-544 – Benghazi. #545 – wild card.

  • musician

    Ah, if only life were like that! LOL.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, if you want to get specific it’s a whole host of uniquely American diet factors. Refined sugar & flour, high fat, high sodium, preservatives, GMOs, large portion sizes. It’s all a mess. The point is, you choose to eat these things and Republicans still want to lecture others on health insurance. If you take obesity-related illnesses off the coverage, Republicans would be rioting. They also suffer from dire health education problems, not just poor urban types.

  • silas1898

    Here ya go. From those commies at Business Week.

    “today we’re hearing the know-nothings blame the subprime crisis on the Community Reinvestment Act — a 30-year-old law that was actually weakened by the Bush administration just as the worst lending wave began.”

  • silas1898

    All politicians lie. It’s Chapter 1 in the manual.

  • AnthonyLook

    Get on board, you know under Hilary- Warren is going to be a Supreme Court Judge —-FOR LIFE—infinitely better.

  • AnthonyLook

    Ok so he lied about not knowing as they were happening; Next question— DID YOU ENJOY IT FOR SOME SICK REASON OR WHY DIDN’T YOU AS GOVERNOR DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, WHY DIDN’T YOU STOP IT? I know the lying answer actually- ” I found out too late to act”.

  • ComradeRutherford


    I wish the Democrats would run Democrats, instead of moderate Republicans…

  • ComradeRutherford

    And today that Republican would be so far to the left that they’d never even get elected dog catcher. Even the Democratic Leadership would say that guy was a radical leftist…

  • AnthonyLook

    I have thought of that too, make him the victim and send him to slaughter- come out the victor; –only one thing—- with as many subpoenas out there, that would be realized and he’d go down for conspiracy.

  • AnthonyLook

    For such a big guy, he sure knows how to put on his best whining not mea culpa soft disingenuous victimized little lie voice.

  • Badgerite

    His press conference was just flat out dishonest damage control. Nothing he said holds up.

  • lssmc

    575 US troops died in Afghanistan during the Bush presidency. Today, over 1500 US troops have died in Afghanistan since President Obama took office

    Oh, and

    “Al Qaeda is on the run and Osama Bin Laden is dead”. What a joke Obama is.

  • barada

    With Christie out of the picture, let the GOP run Ron Paul.
    Liz Warren would beat him like a drum.

    Go Elizabeth Warren!!

    We don’t need to run “Wall Street-Hillary”.

  • barada

    No no no, it’s…
    Benghazi! Benghazi! Benghazi!

    Say it right!

  • barada

    It depends on what the meaning of
    Benghazi! Benghazi! Benghazi! is.

  • barada

    Sally, you forgot…
    Benghazi! Benghazi! Benghazi!

    How careless and absent-minded of you!

    But I’m sure your link rocks!

  • lssmc

    Yes! The whole housing bubble started with Carter and prosecuted fully by Clinton. And I do mean prosecuted. The CRA passed by the 95th Congress led by Tip ONeil.

    Liberals won’t read it, but it does make a good read. I challenge Liberals to find an article that disputes it.

  • barada

    They are all innocent and pure, wrongly accused.

    What’s more…

    Benghazi! Benghazi! Benghazi!

  • barada

    You beat me to that line, you bum!

  • barada

    Didn’t Hillary shoot Foster in Benghazi?

  • barada

    Those rich elites who refuse to learn from the past, can pay-off a whole lot of people with lot$ of money, knock-off a few others, and change the past for good.

  • barada

    Hey! Morals change all the time.

    Saturday Morals differ from Monday, Tuesday, etc

    Why is it that only Conservatives get that?

  • barada

    The 4 deaths in Benghazi were far worse than the 52 deaths in 11 attacks during the Bush years. Why? Because 4 is a much bigger number than 52. Can’t you see that?
    Sheesh! It’s so obvious.


    What is it about that, that Progressives just don’t get?

    Progressives just aren’t smart like Conservatives are.

    Everybody knows 4 is more than 52!!!!!
    (At least, Conservatives do).

  • zahrans

    you should leave “conservative math” to the conservatives/baggers. :)

  • barada

    Christie’s political career is only a little bit dead.

  • barada

    Hey! A Republican told the truth, once, back in 1947, about some minor matter.

    See? They don’t ALWAYS lie!

  • barada

    Christie is the quintissential corporate Republican.

    The Ideal GOPer.

  • barada

    Clinton sucks because he helped pass NAFTA, The monopoly-creating 1996 Telecommunications Act, the so-called “Welfare Reform” fiasco,
    and he helped eliminate
    The much-needed Glass-Steagall Act in 1999.

    These are the worst things he did, and they are pretty dang bad.
    I’m sure Conservatives agree, no?

  • barada

    Conservative math has influenced my spelling.


  • barada

    Ghembazi, Ghembazi,Ghembazi, Ghembazi,Ghembazi, Ghembazi,Ghembazi, Ghembazi,Ghembazi, Ghembazi,Ghembazi, Ghembazi,Ghembazi, Ghembazi,Ghembazi, Ghembazi,Ghembazi, Ghembazi,Ghembazi, Ghembazi,Ghembazi, Ghembazi,Ghembazi, Ghembazi,Ghembazi, Ghembazi,Ghembazi, Ghembazi,Ghembazi, Ghembazi,Ghembazi, Ghembazi,Ghembazi, Ghembazi,Ghembazi, Ghembazi,Ghembazi, Ghembazi,Ghembazi, Ghembazi,Ghembazi, Ghembazi,Ghembazi, Ghembazi,Ghembazi, Ghembazi,Ghembazi, Ghembazi,

  • barada

    Bush admin (2000-2008) attacks on US Embasies–11 attacks, 52 deaths.
    Benghazi–1 attack, 4 deaths.
    Conservatives are smart and know Obama’s situation is far worse
    because 4 is a bigger number than 52.

    Here’s the equation:

    Just simple Conservative math.

    And you can’t argue with math.

    Conservatives win again–See?

  • barada

    You forgot to mention Obama lied about being a communist-nazi werewolf-vampire
    from Neptune (but was born in Kenya).

    How irresponsible of you.

  • barada

    Christie never foresaw these problems, because …
    Nobody Expects The Spanish Inquisition!

  • Michael Capanelli

    I’ll repeal the patriot act – Obama

    You have to pass it to read it – Nancy Pelosi

    If you like your insurance you can keep it- Obama

    Your insurance rates will go down – Obama

    We urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.” — Joe Lieberman, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara A. Milulski, Tom Daschle, & John Kerry

    And another quote just because I like it……

    Extremes to the right and to the left of any political dispute are always wrong.
    ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • Michael Capanelli

    Resorting to liberal talking points when you can’t present valid and succinct argument is a liberal tactic. Your post could have been about kittens and he would have hit back in a similar fashion.

  • farmerjim

    It’s why we call them Faux Noise, Unfair and Unbalanced

  • farmerjim

    Thanks and i appreciate your quotes. Here’s a 1 word summary: Hubris –sorry — HUBRIS!!

  • farmerjim

    ummmmm … i like your comments all several of them above, even faved a couple.

    Now, an information correction: you said: :”Christie & Cheney had expensive surgeries to fix their lifestyle choice (eating fat)”. It’s not eating fat which leads to being fat — it’s pigging out on refined grains (white flour foods, like white bread, pasta, etc.) and sugars and their substitutes — like high fructose corn syrup and aspartame which cause all this flabby flab. Google: The Bitter Truth, short version. Go to Dr Mercola and look up aspartame, and refined grains.

    Enjoy, and thanks

  • farmerjim

    Benghazi a big deal? — nah — it is tiny compared to Bush’s 13 Benghazis with a lot more deaths (google: Bush, 13 Benghazis) and learn the true perfidy of your Hero. And then there were all the rest of Bush’s diplomatic fiascoes.

    Wasn’t it the Late JC who so fabulously said: “Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone” You’re sure casting a lot of stones while standing in the shade of your Hero. Cut it out unless you can defend your Hero’s disasters, deaths, breakdowns, lies, perfidy and incompetence adequately. And you haven’t yet which makes your Heroes sins you sins.

  • Dave of the Jungle

    Crispy Creme is Toast. Burnt Toast.

  • Anonymous

    I get my information from scientific studies, not a book based on pre-civilization ignorance.
    Yes, fat people can stop eating. A size 22 isn’t normal, a diabetes scooter isn’t normal. I know most of America can’t put down the fork. They want us to pay for obesity in the south where they have “comfort” food. But cancer is one’s fault, right?

  • Anonymous

    When did I mention abortion? I might have referred to adoption. Your guys like it when the mom has to raise it & rapists have fathers’ rights. Or when the mothers have to see his likeness looking up at them from a crib. Anything less would be selfish. The Scarlet Letter is alive and well.

  • Anonymous

    I guess starting wars over “WMDs” that don’t exist is better.

  • lssmc

    So I guess being FITA is a choice? Well, isn’t that special? You’re really tipping the reasoning scales. At least obese people can change and lose weight. You just keep on believing.

  • lssmc

    you’re as sick as he is.

  • lssmc

    Where in the hell did my post about Clinton be a serial Mac Daddy become about abortion? But since we’re on it. Most of this country abhors killing babies. I guess you don’t. Keep the baby or adopt it? What’s wrong with that? You are a true sicko. BTW, If I’m two faced snake, you are a murderer.

  • Magginkat

    Thank you. Well stated!

  • Anonymous

    Your politicians would say it was God’s will, then tell her to keep the baby. Right on bro!

  • zahrans

    eagerly waiting to see how the “good morning trenton” crowd on msnbc will spin this story come monday morning.

  • zahrans

    the fat guy actually….

  • zahrans

    you should keep on repeating the word “benghazi” from morning to dusk.

    create a butterfly effect all on your own.
    who know, you could help solve CC’s troubles.

  • “could this page be any more Liberally biased?” That’s a good thing dim wad.

  • angryspittle

    And what about the 50 that died in embassy attacks under the idiot?

  • angryspittle

    Simple solution. Put fatboy under oath in court.

  • Whatever

  • lssmc

    Right on! Clinton didn’t just have a BJ with an intern. He was a serial womanizer and according to Paula Jones and Kathleen Willy, a rapist. My God, he had multiple accusations even before he became president. I’ve had posters actually say, “Well, Hilliary forgave him. So I’m supposed to forgive and forgive and forgive because my husband can’t control his libido? A woman who would allow her husband to be accused of being a serial rapist and womanizer could never… and should never be POTUS.

  • Anonymous

    So you just copied everything I said a few comments below – lol, don’t Republicans think for themselves? Oh yeah…nevermind.

  • WVsmiley

    I think Vince Foster committed suicide due to angst over traffic tie-ups on the George Washington bridge.

  • Obangya

    Get over it, It isn’t like Obama hasn’t lied during his whole term, Benghazi, Mexico fast and the furious, better jobs, and to many other to even keep up with. I started to say something derogatory, but I cant stoop that low. Even Clinton lied to the whole world about a BJ to every American citizens. I think a president should he held accountable at a much higher standard than the average American. The thing about Clinton, he should have just come clean and quit lying about it.

  • Gerald

    LESS WE FORGET– The great opportunity of 2001
    In 2001, G. W. Bush took over the executive branch of our government (thanks to that horrible decision of the Supreme Court) In 2001, he had also:
    1) The support of the Judicial Branch of our government.
    2) The support of the legislative branch of our government — the GOP controlled both houses of congress. 3) A nation at peace. 4) A federal budget with a positive cash flow, left to him by the Clinton Administration.

    This gave the GOP a great opportunity to prove their TALENT AS A POLITICAL PARTY.
    1) the worst recession in seventy five years, 2) two unpaid-for wars, followed by an Iraq in total chaos. 3) the worst federal deficits in our history 4) our reputation abroad at the lowest level in history. 5) the worst disparity of wealth between the rich and poor since the 19th Century.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Chris: being gay is not a lifestyle choice. Being morbidly obese is.

  • Anonymous

    On some people it doesn’t work as they can’t adhere to a diet; I wouldn’t be surprised. Conservatives like to splurge on radical, expensive surgeries whereas the average person would have to change their lifestyle. Cheney I’m looking at you.

  • Gerald

    Josh — did you for get about the two worst criminals ever to haunt our government — Bush and Cheney — and they are walking free on huge government pensions? So, by your reasoning we are already “officially the weakest system of democracy in the world”. Compared to those two creatures, Christie is a loyal Eagle Scout, while at the same time proving himself to be a slime-ball.

  • Anonymous

    Well, that’s it guys. They asked him publically and he said no. I guess Bill Clinton lying about a sexual act was worse.

  • Anonymous

    It used to be “9/11!” “WMD!” “Terror!” Now it’s “Benghazi!” “Benghazi!” “Benghazi!”

  • Anonymous

    It shows that they live in a FOX information bubble when they say these things. It always goes back to the same 4 or 5 talking points. Lol.

  • Anonymous

    Republicans are moral relativists. Their immorality is relative to the atheist/liberal archetype they scapegoat. No matter what they’ll always feel a baseless sense of superiority against those evil liberal boogeymen.

  • Eyeball_Kid

    I remember a religion class from decades ago. We covered morality. I remember hearing from the teacher that an action’s immorality is never affected by the social milieu. It is either a moral act or an immoral act, and one of the methods of justifying immorality is to use the equivalence argument, which is intended to muddy the issue. whether Christie committed illegal and immoral acts rests upon his own actions, not the equivalence argument of comparing his behavior to a mythical sequence of events in Benghazi.

  • ydrittmann

    It’s from eating his heart out.

  • ydrittmann

    i believe he did kill the rabbit.

  • Anonymous

    The whistleblower lied – they don’t seem to mind when it’s one of their own.

  • don

    Christie should come out for his next press conference wearing Viking horns with braids, carrying a spear, wearing a dress and do the honors himself.

  • The Franklin

    First I am not a Condor! Second, I am Journaliste! I do not make the news I only write it. As for Liberals being loving and accepting and unbiased. I cannot find anything in my description that isn’t!

  • Drew

    What more can you say other than Christie is a prime example of the typical GOP member…only difference is he was caught. They are narcissistic pigs essentially (no pun intended of course to Mr. Christie)

  • Julian Alexander Cicone

    All you have to do is look at his demeanor. Chris Christie talks tough, acts tough, is very aggressive in the way he condones himself. He has that attitude and he uses that attitude and his weight for his benefit. Just seeing how Christie is as a person and politician there’s no way he does not have knowledge and didn’t have knowledge about this lane closure. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was his idea too. He just comes off that way, he comes off as someone who would make sure he knows EVERY single thing that happens within his governorship.

  • AnthonyLook

    Oh so he’s only a little pregnant, not entirely pregnant. Little lies don’t count, I see.

  • AnthonyLook

    What is that he said about LIES in his administration and subsequent consequences to his Deputy Chief of Staff- Bridget Anne Kelly- Should he fire himself for LYING to the New Jersey citizens and the American Public ( it’s called resigning). So is he now sorry he lied but we are to believe that there are no further lies especially if he uses that victimized soft spoken voice of his.

  • musician

    And the fat lady sings………

  • ComradeRutherford

    When Bush II sat there like a deer in the headlights, he was a HERO! Fox ‘News’ said so!

  • ComradeRutherford

    Wait a second, Christie is a Republican, right? Well then, of course he lied!

  • RepubAnon

    Benghazi caused all the traffic backups!

  • Chris Christie is a loathsome, despicable bully and a slimeball.

  • weRstarstuff

    and the lap dancer

  • weRstarstuff

    I`m Not a Republican- weRstarstuff …..;-)

  • weRstarstuff

    Plus 13 embassy bombings and 60 dead under Bush and not a peep about those …..

  • johnmartin

    We don’t. There is enough evidence on its own.

  • PorridgeGun

    13 Benghazis under Bush:

    January 22, 2002. Calcutta, India. Gunmen associated with Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami attack the U.S. Consulate. Five people are killed.

    June 14, 2002. Karachi, Pakistan. Suicide bomber connected with al Qaeda attacks the U.S. Consulate, killing 12 and injuring 51.

    October 12, 2002. Denpasar, Indonesia. U.S. diplomatic offices bombed as part of a string of “Bali Bombings.”

    February 28, 2003. Islamabad, Pakistan. Several gunmen fire upon the U.S. Embassy. Two people are killed.

    May 12, 2003. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Armed al Qaeda
    terrorists storm the diplomatic compound, killing 36 people including
    nine Americans. The assailants committed suicide by detonating a truck

    July 30, 2004. Tashkent, Uzbekistan. A suicide bomber from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan attacks the U.S. Embassy, killing two people.

    December 6, 2004. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Al Qaeda terrorists storm the U.S. Consulate and occupy the perimeter wall. Nine people are killed.

    March 2, 2006. Karachi, Pakistan again. Suicide
    bomber attacks the U.S. Consulate killing four people, including U.S.
    diplomat David Foy who was directly targeted by the attackers. (I wonder
    if Lindsey Graham or Fox News would even recognize the name “David
    Foy.” This is the third Karachi terrorist attack in four years on what’s
    considered American soil.)

    September 12, 2006. Damascus, Syria. Four armed
    gunmen shouting “Allahu akbar” storm the U.S. Embassy using grenades,
    automatic weapons, a car bomb and a truck bomb. Four people are killed,
    13 are wounded.

    January 12, 2007. Athens, Greece. Members of a Greek
    terrorist group called the Revolutionary Struggle fire a
    rocket-propelled grenade at the U.S. Embassy.

    March 18, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Members of the
    al-Qaeda-linked Islamic Jihad of Yemen fire a mortar at the U.S.
    Embassy. The shot misses the embassy, but hits nearby school killing

    July 9, 2008. Istanbul, Turkey. Four armed terrorists attack the U.S. Consulate. Six people are killed.

    September 17, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Terrorists
    dressed as military officials attack the U.S. Embassy with an arsenal of
    weapons including RPGs and detonate two car bombs. Sixteen people are
    killed, including an American student and her husband (they had been married for three weeks when the attack occurred). This is the second attack on this embassy in seven months.


    And how many died on 9/11 and because of the invasion and occupation of Iraq?


  • Ms. Kelly’s obvious and well-documented involvement is why it surpasses logic and reason to believe Governor Christie didn’t know what was happening in Fort Lee — including long before it happened.

  • debj

    Sally, Sally, Sally……..there are thousands of threads which you can access to bash the President; that being said, it won’t help Gov. Christie a bit. Give it up girl!

  • Bill_Perdue

    We ‘truly’ lost that battle when Obama declared that he had the to order the extra judicial murders of Arab and muslim Americans like

  • weffie

    You only quoted part of the recent denial from the governor’s office. They also stated, “As the governor said in a December 13th press conference, he only first learned lanes were closed when it was reported by the press.”
    Now, conceivably, he received a press report on the morning the lanes were reopened, and that means he’s backtracking from his statement on January 9, but you made an error in not reporting this important aspect of the governor’s denial.

  • debj

    I think Rafael Cruz put this whole thing in to motion so he moves up the ladder so to speak for the Republican nomination in 2016. Just thought we needed a conspiracy theory to throw into the mix….

  • debj

    I think he may have put all his eggs in one basket; seems Briget Kelly has been very quiet since her ouster and being called a liar on national tv should have elicited some response I would think. Time will tell, but I will be very curious to see her legal guru, after all, her office was just steps from the Gov’s.

  • You seem to be of the opinion that this site is a nest of Obama supporters and that we are robots to the DNC or something. If you read the comments and past stories, you’ll find that to not be the case. There’s much valid criticism of Obama. Lots of people here refer to him as a Republican and view him as being a center-right politician. You’ll also find mention of the fact that he puts on a pretty good speech, but that his job performance does not live up to the grand ideals in his speeches.

    The common thread here is indeed liberalism… you say that like it’s a bad thing. Yeah, we’re a bunch of liberals, so what. Conservatives hang out together online all the time, and yet one never hears that as being “sinful”. I find it funny that conservatives use the word “liberal” as a weapon and declare it something to be ashamed of. It’s not.

    Now if one wants to be truly well-informed and “balanced”, one would include this site in his or her daily reading in an effort to achieve that balance. If you do regard this place as a “bizzaro version of Fox News”, then you must be familiar with Fox News. Compare and contrast; see who has the right story. Anyone fair-minded would A) understand the limitations of a blog to newsgather and B) find that while the liberal side has its share of clowns, by and large, we know what we’re talking about.

    Don’t fall for the conservative narrative. Follow the money in the press world. Determine who is paying whom and who they’re connected to. It’s really quite interesting.

  • pappyvet

    I don’t get all the negativity about Ben Ghazi. It was a great doctor show and Vince Edwards was a doll.

  • TwoFootDaddy

    What a great collection of quotes!! And because any person who has studied history knows these quotes to be accurate, we are left with a paraphrase of a quote I first heard attributed to George Santyana but have since read in other forms attributed to other writers, Those who refuse to learn from history are condemned to repeat it. Also, a tip of the hat to jskingers comments.

  • Seems to have liberals confused with doormats.

  • pappyvet

    I get very tired of people attempting to justify bad behavior by pointing a finger at something someone else in the past did. Yes bad behavior is just that. I do not condone any of it. But the topic is Christie.
    What happened in New Jersey was a calculated and cold blooded piece of revenge that greatly affected the citizenry . Right here and right now. Purposely , with knowledge of how it would affect neighbors , mothers , fathers , and children in order to PUNISH a FELLOW CITIZEN who would not give support. Fellow citizens. Right next door.

  • rawbdawwgg

    I love the right wingers who keep bringing up Benghazi. Its tragic that four people have died as a result of several factors there, no doubt about it. But what the Teabaggers and other right wingers forget is that it wasn’t that long ago that President Obama’s predecessor failed to protect America from the worst terrorist attack in the country’s history and sat reading a children’s story looking like an imbecile for a really long time while the country was under attack and then proceeded several years later to leave American’s stranded on rooftops with no food or water and then proceeded even further to attempt to destroy the United States from within by collapsing the entire financial, housing, auto and employment sector. Benghazi is a tragedy……it could have been handled better. But it ain’t goin’ no where as a huge scandal. Either is the IRS thing!

  • The piece was done in jest, Bugme Nomor’s excerpt doesn’t capture the full flavor of it. If you read the article at the link, you’d see that the cartoon at the top of the article and the content of it certainly makes that evident.

  • debj

    But I want to know for sure……

  • Folks who believe it don’t have “minds.” There fixed it.

  • “I fired her because she lied to me” Translation: “She said that bag contained Christie Cremes not Dunk’n Donuts.”

  • Correction: Christie is not so important to our shared future. Stay on topic.

  • zerosumgame0005

    The only question now is how long until his “family” boss considers him a liability?

  • Your Momma drinks COKE!

  • You tell em Mikie!

  • “I thought liberals were loving, accepting, and unbiased?” ROTFL!

  • Perhaps if you stayed on topic it would be clear. Oh and Benghazi and Acorn!—-

  • Yawn

  • Eat some more worms dude and it will all make sense.

  • emjayay

    Both please.

  • pappyvet

    Stop holding back Sis. ;]

  • “I did not have sex with that bridge!”

  • RiverDrifter

    And boom goes the dynamite….

  • Christie is Wall Street’s Boy. There is a greater chance of Wildstein showing up in a Jersey dump than Christie being impeached. Its not about telling the truth…there is about 30 percent of Americans who respect the ability to stare down the truth with balls of steel and they will vote for it everytime. And since the New America was founded in 2001, 30% approval has become a ruling mandate. Corrupt politics? In Jersey? Get Outta here! Will be interesting how this turns out.

  • Bridgeghazi—-there fixed it #snark

  • emjayay

    And let’s get commenters who know what the shift keys are for.

  • emjayay

    And now Cathy Rodgers, with her absurd and completely disproven claim to the nation in the very high profile SOTU response about the people having to pay almost $700 more a month because of the ACA. She is Michele Bachmann in a Laura Bush costume.

  • I suspect KS was referring to a Hegelian situational state.

  • KarenJ

    You optimists really ought to look at Public Policy Polling lately. Hard to believe, but…

    The best liked person we tested on this poll with Republican primary voters is actually Sarah Palin who has a 70/20 favorability rating. She’s followed by Huckabee at 64/18, Ryan at 58/18, Paul at 58/21, Bush at 56/18, Cruz at 45/20, and Christie at 40/38. Most of those numbers are similar to what they were a month ago but Christie’s seen a substantial drop from +18 at 47/29 a month ago to his new +2 net favorability.

  • bluesharp

    “A Society that is in its higher circles and middle levels widely believed to be a network of smart rackets does not produce men with an inner moral sense; a society that is merely expedient does not produce men of conscience. A society that narrows the meaning of “success” to the big money and in its terms condemns failure as the chief vice, raising money to the plane of absolute value, will produce the sharp operator and the shady deal. Blessed are the cynical, for only they have what it takes to succeed.”
    – The Power Elite by C. Wright Mills

    “What’s more, deception works best, according to studies by psychologists, when the person doing the deceiving is fool enough to be deceived, too; that is, when he believes his own lies. That is why incompetent leaders – who are naïve enough to fall for their own guff – are such a danger to civilized life. If they are modern leaders, they must also delude themselves into thinking they know how to make the world a better place. Invariably, the answers they propose to problems are ones that bubble up from their own vanity, the essence of which is to make the rest of the world look just like them!”
    ― William Bonner, Mobs, Messiahs, and Markets:
    Surviving the Public Spectacle in Finance and Politics

    “When a candidate for public office faces the voters he does not face men of sense; he faces a mob of men whose chief distinguishing mark is the fact that they are quite incapable of weighing ideas, or even of comprehending any save the most elemental — men whose whole thinking is done in terms of emotion, and whose dominant emotion is dread of what they cannot understand. So confronted, the candidate must either bark with the pack or be lost… All the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre — the man who can most adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum.”
    -H.L. Mencken

    “Let us have the candor to acknowledge that what we call “the economy” or “the free market” is less and less distinguishable from warfare.”
    “Rats and roaches live by competition under the laws of supply and demand; it is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy.”
    — Wendell Berry

  • emjayay

    Making cheap jokes about someone’s appearance is unacceptable. Well, unless they are new ones and really funny.

  • 5-4-3-2-1 OBAMA! Oh please. rotfl!

  • There are rumors he mistakenly ate the lap band.

  • luv-luv-luv ya. :-)

  • PhilT Listener

    “I had no knowledge of this — of the planning, the execution or anything about it… I first found out about it after it was over.”

  • Moderator3

    The link was broken on purpose.

  • PhilT Listener

    Chrispie is full of himself. Wait, did I just call him a cannibal?

  • LasVegas Inventor doesn’t exist

    Yes Obama is held to higher standard than the dishonesty of Chris Christie, you reverence is non existence as a Republican giving facts.

  • rwlorenz

    Zero. What’s your point?

  • rwlorenz

    “Does he think people believe this stuff?” Yes he does, if there is one thing Mr. Christie does understand, it is the mind of conservative voters.

  • rwlorenz

    In SF Dan White gunned down two men and got off with the Twinkie defense.

  • emjayay

    That was a really wierd answer to a question about knowing Wildstein in high school.
    “I was far too important and busy being the top everything in high school the entire four years to notice some nobody unpopular Jewish nerd boy.”

  • rwlorenz

    Keep shooting the messenger Michael, someday it may allow you to feel better.

  • rwlorenz

    Prediction for the summer of 2016: the only mention of Chris Christie will be by Republican loyalists complaining that he could have the GOP nominee for President if only the liberals and their lapdogs in the media had not destroyed his name with that drummed up bridge scandal.

  • CountDown

    So what your saying is there was or wasn’t a traffic Study – response::BENGHAZI!!!!

    Was there anything that you knew prior to all of this GWB – response::BENGHAZI!!!!

    When were you aware your entire inner circle was involved in this scheme – response::BENGHAZI!!!!

    Huh, What does Obamacare have to do with the closing of the traffic lanes – response::BENGHAZI!!!!

    You do know CBS 60 minutes Benghazi Report turned out to be big a HOAX – response::BENGHAZI!!!!

  • rwlorenz

    If Christie literally falls, the seismic shock will make Hurricane Sandy look like a summer breeze.

  • rwlorenz

    Thank you Davis, until there is a town in New Jersey named Benghanzi that has a bridge with blocked lanes, then there is no way that Christie did anything wrong.

  • RetRev

    The real answer is BENGHAZIIIIIIIIIIIIII !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • emjayay

    Actually it was a big secret until leaked. But right, it should be showing obvious results by now. Some versions at least can be worked around eventually if you are really dedicated, but I believe that the first year or so usually results in dramatic losses.

  • rwlorenz

    The House of Representatives can bring impeachment charges against Mr. Obama any time it wants. Don’t cry to the general public; contact your Congressman.

  • tomfiore

    The number of collateral casualties in WWII was in the millions. The number in Iraq was in the thousands (from our side) and now in Afghanistan it is in the hundreds. We lose more children in the US due to gun violence per year than the total number of non-combatants we kill per year in this war. It sucks, be we are doing better over time.

  • rwlorenz

    Anything involving Gov. Christie will have to be HUGE! As to your question on what kind of President would he make. The answer — Richard Nixon.

  • KarenJ

    When Pakistan stops hiding Al Qaeda terrorists among innocent civilians while taking billions in military and economic aid from the USA, I might muster up some outrage. Until then….

    BTW, has anyone ever asked why there are terrorists at so many of these “wedding parties”?

  • rwlorenz

    With all of the hair-splitting on who said what and especially when they said it, can we all agree on one key point: it’s all Obama’s fault.

  • dmm1047

    So he lied? Geez, go figure, huh?

  • Tom Street

    It also confirms that he is not a unicorn.

  • jomicur

    And Nixon got pardoned. And Reagan got away with Ian-Contra. Etc., etc., etc.

  • Moderator3

    This has been addressed.

  • CountDown

    Wildstein you make my heart sing
    You make everything groovy, Wildstein
    Wildstein, I think I love you

  • Moderator3

    Technically this was Spam, but since so many of you replied, I’m not deleting it. The link has been broken.

  • Talis

    Republicans love their criminals. He will still be a viable presidential candidate to them.

  • CountDown

    GOP Hall of Criminals

    — Republican Helen Chenoweth (1998)
    — Republican Dan Burton (1998)
    — Republican Henry Hyde (1998)>
    — Republican Rudy Giuliani (2002)
    — Republican James West (2005)
    — Republican Don Sherwood (2006)
    — Republican Mark Foley (2006)
    — Republican Newt Gingrich (2007)
    — Republican David Vitter (2007)
    — Republican Larry Craig (2007)
    — Republican Vito Fossella (2008)
    — Republican John Ensign (2009)
    — Republican Mark Sanford (2009)
    — Republican Trey Radel (2013)

    Soon to make the GOP embarrassment line up: CHRISTY & McDONNELL

  • CountDown

    Sounds familiar …. The Pride of the GOP

    I’m Not a Addict – Trey Radel
    I’m Not a Bully – Chris Christy
    I’m Not a Witch – Chritine O’Donnell
    I’m Not Gay – Larry Craig
    I’m Not a Crook – Richard Nixon

  • sjkfromthebellyoftheplane

    At that point he’d have to resign anyway as the Feds are on this like flies on poop.

  • cciva

    Lets give him a HUGE benefit of doubt. What kind of President would he make, if his staff is going around creating havoc & threatening people without his knowledge?

  • SerbianIrishYankee

    It’s too bad you try to change the subject to Obama every time we talk about future ex-governor Chris Christie.

  • GoBlue

    Did he lie about the weight loss surgery too? He looks as fat as ever.

  • Sammee

    Yeah, that says it all. Because it’s not like any moron with access to a computer can start their own blog. Oh…wait…

  • KarenJ

    The official GOP response: “Bette from Spokane…”

  • GoBlue

    Do the Democrats have a large enough majority in the statehouse that they could CONVICT him? Impeachment is only the trial, he’d still have to be convicted before he’d be removed.

  • KarenJ

    Backpedalling furiously, eh?

  • Phil Lanager

    Big fat Jersey Gov.Soprano lies some more… I’m shocked.

  • guest

    Did the downvoter not understand the words?

  • KarenJ

    You’re worrying about insults aimed at a morbidly obese pol’s WEIGHT?

  • flint2

    You seem so CONCERNED this morning. What might that indicate?

  • I actually suspect the author of this comment simply left off the sarcasm and/or snark tags…

  • And the word-games don’t even work, either. Christie is on record — in front of cameras numerous times — claiming he didn’t even know there were traffic jams on the GWB or why they were happening until AFTER it was long over.

  • sjkfromthebellyoftheplane

    Can they impeach him for this? If he knew and lied, hell yeah!

  • He looks nervous.

  • KarenJ

    Don’t get too horrified by this little bit of news, but….

    The best liked person we tested on this poll with Republican primary voters is actually Sarah Palin who has a 70/20 favorability rating. She’s followed by Huckabee at 64/18, Ryan at 58/18, Paul at 58/21, Bush at 56/18, Cruz at 45/20, and Christie at 40/38. Most of those numbers are similar to what they were a month ago but Christie’s seen a substantial drop from +18 at 47/29 a month ago to his new +2 net favorability.”

  • Sock-puppet blog-whoring and cut-and-paste comment spam is also very much frowned upon here, “Sally.”

  • KarenJ

    “Dan From Squirrel Hill…” — that says it all.

  • debj

    …and Rick Scott, the medicare thief…….

  • mikeinparis

    Can they impeach him for this? This is what all these voters for Republicans need: a dose of reality. The party of executive sleaze raises its ugly head again. If he had an ounce of honesty in his hundreds of pounds, he’d just resign NOW, along with the Lt. Governor, as sleazy as he is. New Jersey, if you do not DEMAND honesty and transparency from your government, you are always going to have very expensive and harmful events happening. It’s up to you!

  • gdeer

    Oregon has an honest politician, Peter DeFazio.

  • debj

    Reality…he fired her for leaving a paper trail…..

  • tomfiore

    So could you please enlighten the rest of us, we hopelessly biased liberals, as to what is inaccurate in the article?

  • redneckbob

    2/10 – unoriginal, attempt to deflect from the topic at hand, old and tired. Try harder next time, please.

  • edbotsko

    Is that flop sweat I see?

  • wisdom67

    Oh I see because someone else lied about Benghazi ( which to date has not been proven) Christie should be able to lie to the people of New York and New Jersey….really?

  • Pete

    Clinton didn’t lie. Read the actual question they asked him. It was a very badly framed question and being a lawyer he answered it without lying. Splitting hairs but he still didn’t lie.

  • wisdom67

    He said it twice; he was seen ( there is a picture of him walking with Wildstein during the period the lanes were closed) with Wildstein in September which is not a long time when you are talking about it in January. But more importantly why would anyone appoint someone to a patronage job that he did not know and know well. I think we need an explanation of why Samson, Barone and wildstein were appointed by Christie and then in concert used Port Authority funds to clearly support non Port Authority Projects.

  • Bob

    The word “is/are” has a present tense meaning and it can be debated if you are currently doing something as in “are you lying to me right now?” (no, I’m not even saying anything right now) vs “Did you just lie to me”. Christie is in trouble with the past tense of, “I had no knowledge…” because that’s not debatable except as to the facts, which shown here seem pretty damning.

  • Sally Smith

    It’s too bad Obama isn’t being held to the same standards of honesty as Christie: Obama supporters will go hysterical over this well sourced list of 545 examples of his lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, etc.

  • myj58

    December interview is before the emails were released, so it was still called a traffic study.

  • wisdom67

    Where is the scandal with Benghazi; what lie was told; what cover-up has been uncovered. I understand you would love a scandal to pin on the President but where is the proof. where is the government official or other eyewitness to the events that tie the President to any scandals.

  • wisdom67

    Christie lied period. The record is clear he said several times that he did not learn of the bridge closures until after it was over and the lanes were reopened. A minor misstatement I admit however, it does raise the question about what other matters has he lied about; not only with the the bridge matter but also the closing of the tunnel project; the power plays with Sandy Relief funds. Once you have been lied to even on a small scale it raises the questions about what else have you lied about.

  • Michael Capanelli

    I won’t get caught up in that. If you haven’t already figured out that ACH was a mistake and we were lied to, or Obama never had any intention of completely withdrawing from the Middle east, or he completely lied about repealing the patriot act but instead made it worse, and then signed the NDAA, that these things were barley headline news and the president held over the coals for it proves my point for me. I didn’t read any articles on here about those issues, just like I’ve never read how bush is a war criminal on Fox. No matter what I say you’ll continue to believe what you want to believe. Keep blaming bush if that’s what lets you sleep at night.

  • tomfiore

    At least a couple of times he went on record as not knowing about it until it was over. On one occasion he said that he didn’t know about it until weeks afterward. This guy is a lawyer in the middle of something that could lead to indictments; he is going to be careful about what he says and how he phrases it so it wasn’t just a slip of the tongue.

  • Michael Capanelli

    That’s fair Tom. I’ll explain. This Christie article was on my Newsfeed. not being a fan of Christie I clicked it. After reading the comments I decided to take a quick spin around the site. Now granted I’m generalizing here, but the site itself is VERY left leaning. So much so that it seems to be the other side of the Fox coin. So my brush is colored with my perusal of the articles on this site. If present company is excluded than you have my apologies. I’ve met plenty of reasonable and unreasonable people from both sides of the political fence.

    In hindsight maybe saying the commentators IS painting with too big a brush and for that I apologize. However, the site is just as left leaning as Fox is right and it saddens me that we (meaning the country) can no longer seem to have a civilized debate about something so important as our shared future. Again man, sorry for coming on too strong.

  • cay12

    Please provide some specific examples.

  • tomfiore

    I suspect that by the end of this the people of New Jersey won’t have the option to keep their governor if they like him.

  • Karma Sartre

    It depends on what “Is” is.

  • Indigo

    Amazing how they do that.

  • American_Kidd

    Yeah, yeah Bengazi and…and… yeah and the gun running by Holder, and O been “palling around” wif da terrorists… and ummm he’s from Kenya and… socialist… oh oh yeah Muslim atheist… yep that’s da ticket!!

    Oh why don’t you just leave Christie alone!!!!

    The “best” and only viable GOP candidate is melting……

  • eleanorrubymoon

    I understand the vilification fatties endure unfairly. BUT, Christopher Chris Christies Christoph Chris Chrises underwent weight loss modification surgery and apparently has not followed the strict regimen required in order for it to be successful; i.e. CONTINUE TO MONITOR HIS FOOD INTAKE. People who who do not follow the strict dieting instructions post surgery do not lose the weight. It has been quite some time since the surgery (nearing a year?) and there’s very very little difference. THAT is nothing other than his indulgence getting in the way.

  • Xanthippia

    I’d vote either Rick Scott or Scott Walker off… take your pick.

  • Thom Allen

    No, Mike, I was trying to point out the assumptions that YOU made by using such a broad brush by showing you how I could do the same. So, if what I said isn’t true of you, then how can you justify generalizing as you did?

  • Westviking

    the bergen record should get the pulitzer for this. they’ve been the heroes here.

  • Toredown

    Because of the horrendously wingnutty choices of Sarah Palin, and later, Mitt the Twit. Doomed to fail…

  • Boredinmin

    Drink? Even Old Ben Ghazi can’t save him now.

  • Boredinmin

    “Mr. Wildstein’s lawyer confirms what the governor has said all along –
    he had absolutely no prior knowledge of the lane closures before they happened.”
    Well, it over. Christie is down to word games and pure obfuscation. He has no more plays in the scandal-avoidance playbook. Its just a matter of time now. A few weeks? A couple of months to iron out the facts and issue indictments? It wont be long before he steps down or is impeached. What an epic fall from just a couple of months ago!

  • Toredown

    Sizzle, pop…

  • Toredown

    Dubya was – that’s why he and his soggy bag of pretzels remain in hiding to this day.

  • Toredown

    …and tragic events of Bush’s failed war relate to the Christie bridge scandal, how, exactly (aside from the fact that Repubs were behind it all)?

    Btw, you meant “It’s quiet”, right?

  • TheOriginalLiz

    Bald-faced lying bully – perfect GOP candidate for 2016.

  • Davis

    Everyone should leave Christie alone because…Benghazi!

  • tonygumbrell

    Look closely, his nose is getting longer as he speaks.

  • Toredown

    …will be minimal, at best. Fox Noise is the only loser still trying to get any mileage out of that one, anyway. Beat that dead horse, Hannity!

  • Toredown

    and also, a few hundred million that would otherwise be wasted in 2016 by the Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Harold Simmons, and Robert Perry, to name a few.

  • Michael Capanelli

    Let’s face it, they all lie.

  • Michael Capanelli

    I think you’re missing my point here. This place is hopelessly biased to the left, just as Fox is hopelessly biased to the right. Both are two sides of the same coin and are exactly what’s killing this country. Partizan politics (and yes, its practiced on both sides) will kill the republic faster than any neo-conservative or Socialist in the White house ever could.

  • Toredown

    and Iran-Contra, the Keating Five, Jack Abramoff, Mission Accomplished, Heck of a Job Brownie, Scooter Libby, etc.

  • Michael Capanelli

    So I post about how biased you all are, and you prove me wrong by calling me dim witted and make a failed reference to a TEA party affiliation and Benghazi (neither of which I’ve even hinted at) and use your own broad brush to paint me a Republican? Thank you for proving my point.

  • Toredown

    snicker on the winger…

  • Toredown

    Using ‘bizzaro’ and ‘Fox News’ in the same sentence makes you kind of oxymoronic, no?

  • PhilT Listener

    “I’m humiliated…embarrassed…hurt…sad…etc.” for two hours.

  • PhilT Listener

    Iraq, Afghanistan.

  • PhilT Listener

    I fired Bridget Kelly. Never even spoke to her about it. I fired her because she lied to me.

    Does he think people believe this stuff?

  • Definitions

    He said he did not know about the planning of it all until after the lanes were reopened, not that he did not know the lanes were closed until they were reopened. I think there was a good chance Chrisite knew exactly what was up but this “article” is nothing but misconstruing a short comment made in a 2 hour news scrum.

  • Thom Allen

    “So because I point how hopelessly biased you ALL are . . . . ” Now, Mike, could you paint with a more broad brush? If you feel that your comment is accurate, then I can say that all of your family is just as dull-witted as you are and be right, too. Now, go sip your iced TEA and chill. And have a good Benghazi!

  • Cindy C. Strait

    Indeed. Trey Radel, the cocaine snorting GOP/Tea Party Florida congressman also comes to mind.

  • Cindy C. Strait

    I keep trying to vote up your comment about Issa being a car thief and it comes up as -1. Agree…he is a car thief and I am happy you pointed that out.

  • restats

    Liar, liar, pants on fire.

  • PhilT Listener

    Should we cut the “class president and athlete” some slack? Though the “big guy” sure could use some I say no.

  • NotConvinced

    Wait he could have forgotten, right?

  • kazoo

    Christie is an overweight goombah and has always been a goombah. His best quality is that he’s not a total blockhead or christian crazy like nearly all republicans nowadays–but all this talk about him as a serious presidential contender is laughable. He’s not very impressive–but then that is what you get with republicans. This scandal might open the door for Rick (“I’m a complete idiot but a wear glasses now to make people think otherwise”) Perry or Rick (“If I’d just become a priest I could say stupid, sanctimonious things in church and people would nod in agreement”) Santorum.

  • Monophylos Fortikos

    You forgot to mention Chappaquiddick, too.

  • Michael Capanelli

    So you posted something I didn’t proof for what reason? I caught my mistake and took care of it.

  • Michael Capanelli

    So because I point out how hopelessly biased you all are and I’m a conservative? What a laugh. How about partizan politics is the playground of fools like yourself. If you really believe Liberals are all good and conservatives are all bad than you belong here with the rest of the fools. You and those Fox loons are two sides of the same coin and do nothing of this country but promote division and hostility.

  • Joshua Kaanaana

    You start holding your own party to that standard Michael and see how far you get with Conservatives.

  • kapow

    We knew that!

  • Joshua Kaanaana

    If this sonunvabitch Christie doesn’t go to jail over this and get thrown out of office, we are officially the weakest system of democracy in the world. He has consistently lied about EVERY thing EVERY step of the damn way. The media praised him for being bipartisan when he was a bully. Praised him for his role in the Hurricane Sandy Tragedy when he was withholding relief funds for political purposes. Praised him for compromising when he’s voted exacted one way all the way down the line: As a tea party man.

    Christie is a fraud! Literally and figuratively.

  • Monophylos Fortikos

    “But really now, could this page be any more Liberally biased?”

    I hope so! We need a bit more liberalism in the world.

  • Kevin

    Actually 1 person did die. A woman died due to the delay of help.

  • Monophylos Fortikos

    Christie’s career is dead, anyway, and that saves a few hundred million lives when you think about it.

  • Michael Capanelli

    At this point you have to wonder? I’d say almost all are this bad if you look under the right rocks.

  • JANK

    80 Embassy personnel were killed in Embassy attacks during the rein of GW Bu$h. WHERE oh WHERE was the outrage then?

  • Michael Capanelli

    No, I don’t like Christie and hope he best what’s coming. But really now, could this page be any more Liberally biased? I feel like I’m in a bizzaro version of Fox News.

  • ericxdc

    we’re increasingly finding your lame attempts at attention shifting quite amusing in its desperation.

  • Michael Capanelli

    I’m sorry, I though you were referring to Clinton. He actually lied under oath.

  • Von Bailey

    Then why is Obama the President? Why were there more votes for the democrats than republicans in the last election in both houses?

  • JANK

    Mike prefers a good brainwash in deference to FACTS.

  • Michael Capanelli

    You should consider leaving your weight insults at home. I thought liberals were loving, accepting, and unbiased? I’m no fan of Christie, but insulting the guys weight only belittles myself, not him.

  • Bird

    The bigger they come, the harder they fall.

  • Von Bailey

    You have a problem with people talking about something relevant instead of a made up republican talking point? Too bad. Nobody’s forcing you to read the article.

  • Guest

    You should condor leaving the fat insults at home. I though liberals were loving, accepting and unbiased? I’m no fan of christie, but resorting to insults only belittles myself, not him.

  • Makes you wonder whether all politicians are this bad.

  • The Franklin

    Christie is a liar liar XXXXXX large pants on fire!!!!

  • Leroy9

    I suggest you keep digging through 2016. Even if false …. the doubt it embeds in folks minds.

  • Michael Capanelli

    I’m no fan of Christie and hope this puts him out of the running or out of politics entirely.

  • Michael Capanelli

    I suppose we’ll hear your outrage over the wedding party recently killed in Pakistan in a drone strike……..I’m waiting………Its quite……..

  • Eric Bacon

    Benghazi was not a political corruption scandal. As much as the right likes to latch on to anything to smear the administration, fictional or otherwise, this was not a scandal. Here:

  • Michael Capanelli

    America deserves the truth, and one of the most liberally biased news sources on the internet is going to give it to you. What a farce.

  • debj

    I know that certain people want to fan the fires of Benghazi in Hillary Clinton’s direction. The “lie” that seems popular is about the anti-Muslim video. That video was being protested in the Middle East so it wasn’t much of a stretch to consider that it may have played a part in what happened in Benghazi. However. those who want to “get” her hang their collective hats on this.

  • Leroy9

    This was a reference to Hilary. Let’s jump on that Benghazi story!

  • Holli Hollister

    One woman did die because emergency responders could not get to her because of the lane closures…now let’s hear your outrage.

  • Holli Hollister

    I remember cheney refused to be put under oath or he refused to talk and of course we know when he did talk it was a LIE.

  • workfaster

    As if that matters… Look at Iraq and tell me how many US Presidents and Vice Presidents were held accountable because of it?

  • workfaster

    His blood sugar was low, so he was confused. Get that man a Twinkie!

  • jnc306

    I think that repubiclans think it’s ok to lie as long as they are not under oath. Remember Bill C.? Probably, the only way to get them to tell the truth , is to constantly put them under oath?

  • truthhurts

    more time spent on this nonsense than…”if you like your insurance…”

  • Buford

    One additional note – the traffic was jammed up on the busiest bridge in the world on 9/11… a date on which most elected officials make a public display of their concern for security, efficiency, and safety.

  • bobstannard

    The Tea Party crowd is still apoplectic over Christie hugging Obama. They will run that pic a zillion times. They can’t stand Christie and he can’t win a primary without them.
    Add to this the fact that he has now been caught in one lie, and in all likelihood will be caught in more lies, I think this is more than a bump in the road.

  • Buford

    “They are the kids of an impotent bully..”

  • While what you write may be true, I’m not sure finding a new way to call Christie fat helps further the discussion.

  • bobstannard

    Eweeee, you’d need a really big plunger

  • bobstannard

    This just in, Lee. Christie has now seen a 26% drop in Democrat support. The R’s , of course, are still standing behind him as are some I’s. Once it becomes clear that he knew about the bridge closing, that he pressured the mayor of Hoboken to OK the Rockefeller development and that he’s lied about what he knew and when he knew it, he will be over. He’ll be lucky if he’s not impeached, which at this point I’d give even money on.

  • Buford

    “Time for some impeachment problems in Trenton…”

  • Joe_Teixeira

    You are so right. Political corruption should only be measured by the number of deaths resulting from the corrupt actions, regardless of how the law is written. And to answer your obnoxious question: one elderly woman’s death is most likely connected.

  • Thom Allen

    You’re right. It’s OK for someone to abuse his power then lie about it then cover it up as long as there aren’t more than just a few fatalities. All of those people who lost wages because they were late for work, those who lost their jobs because they couldn’t get into work, all of those missed doctors’ appointments, all of those school children sitting in traffic, all of the extra miles people had to drive to get around this traffic disaster, those aren’t important, all of the extra hours that police had to work, the delays in getting medical care to victims, people who missed airline flights, they’re not important. What’s important that an egomaniac control freak (who used a NJ State Police helicopter to attend his son’s baseball game) could abuse his authority to get petty revenge. Yep, you’re definitely right – extreme right. No go sip your tea before it gets cold.

  • bobstannard

    As large a man as Christie is we hope that the hole that he is digging for himself is sufficient in girth and depth. Christie specifically and repeatedly stated that he had no knowledge of the bridge closure debacle until after it was over and he read about it in the press. He now admits that was a lie. We look forward to the time when Christie will admit that he had no prior knowledge is also a lie.
    Drip, drip, drip….

  • vindrag

    And to think, he underwent lapband surgery thinking he would be the next Pres.

  • Leroy9

    How many people DIED, again, over this?

  • Thom Allen

    And arsonist.

  • Thom Allen

    Rotting in jail.

  • Thom Allen

    Like the Republicons did with Benghazi, the IRS, the ACA and so many more.

  • Richard Clark

    …………Interesting how when you lie you have to lie again and again to cover your lies……

  • BillFromDover

    Looks like the fat is in the fire.

  • Bonzo

    Chris Christie has more rolls than a bakery!

  • silas1898

    The car thief.

  • Joan_Gerding

    Problem is, there are no toll bridges in Kansas City.

  • Bonzo

    he’s still big enough to have his own zip code

  • Thom Allen

    And there are a few sane Republicons, like you.

  • silas1898

    Christie got re-elected because of the afterglow of Sandy. He made all the right public moves during that. Even I was impressed, though not enough to vote for him.
    The NJ Democrats also just conceded the election. Buono got very little money or help from the party. I think she only had 1 or 2 TV ads. Her campaign was almost non-existent, just like Conzine’s

  • Bonzo

    Just don’t get between Chris Christie and the buffet table. It would be like getting between a momma bear and her cubs.

  • Thom Allen

    And under “half-wit” for all the stupid statements he’s made along with the lies.

  • flyinroom

    If anybody could be considered an expert on parsing and juggling his words I guess Chris Christie would be the man. His background in the legal profession/politics has prepared him for just such a moment.
    One thing though that shouldn’t be taken too lightly is the fact that Gov. Christie is used to being in the driver’s seat. Passenger/backseat driver is not a position that he relishes or for that matter even understands.
    That is one of the main reasons why he will fall.
    He thinks too highly of himself and cannot believe that the losers could ever do him damage.
    He tries to get too “cute” and does himself in.
    How the mighty have fallen.

  • Thom Allen

    And the Minnesotan woman, and the Arizona woman and . . . the Reoublicons have so MANY of them.

  • cole3244

    and just think he coulda beena contenda!

  • newsninja

    I would not bet on that. The feminist and pro rights organizations sport some pretty good numbers. And the black vote is going to stay democratic no matter who runs. Again, the Latinos could be the swing vote and the dems are pushing hard to get citizenship for all who are currently in the country while the gop is resisting. Not good…

  • Lee Alan Bartholomew

    Only one problem.. reason Chris is in there is he appeals to Dems and Independents. Scott Walker or Rand Paul Does not let alone Moderate Republicans..

  • Lee Alan Bartholomew

    do’h. if telling the truth keep your statements the same. oops. oh but he isn’t. facepalm

  • Ed democratic America

    The voters DO NOT CARE…they have morphed into a “party before country” bunch who substantiate nothing, do not believe truth, and manufacture their own set of teapublican facts. The electorate will vote for any GOtP politician on ANY ticket. SAD, but true.

  • Centerfold Skye

    Credibility FAIL.

  • Carla M. Corman

    Big Fat Liar!!!

  • Richard Chase

    So…. This is how sausage is made.

  • SleepyDad

    while this may be true, there are many hard-core conservatives that never forgave him for the Obama photo ops, etc after Sandy. Much like big money pushed Romney as the 2012 candidate because he was good puppet material, they will find another 2016 candidate that will be less of a loose canon that Christie and more an agent to do their bidding.

  • mike

    my thoughts are this is a ploy to knock christie out of the public favor so scott “koch” walker can be the republican nominee

  • Tex4Dem

    Not to get to off subject, but what exactly is Hillary Clinton lying about? Maybe a better question is, “Why did House Republicans block all requests for increased security funding that might have prevented Benghazi?”

  • Russell Poggensee

    Corpus Christie

  • Pacificblue55

    You’ve been wet dreaming too much about Hillary. Your dwelling on Benghazi this long shows how dumb you are.

  • Charles Bane, Jr.


  • Paul Deemer

    Republican White House Bridge is Falling Down, Falling Down.

  • Paul Deemer

    Bye Bye Republicans! Nothing is sweeter than watching your only White House hope in 2016 slowly getting flushed down the drain.

  • lynchie

    You are right. Many of his underlings were the type that dreamed of being a mean bullying piece of crap. Christie not only nurtured this behavior but was applauded by his entourage. They were perhaps surprised that he cut them free and shit on them the moment he was threatened. Like all bullies he has no balls and it took a Mayor from Hoboken to bring him down.
    Morning Joe and Formika will have to eat crow after their constant grovelling and sucking up. They have at last proven they are not fit to host a show giving opinions when they are so obviously using personal bias in everything they report on.
    My dear old Irish Mom used to say…”don’t worry, God gets even”, and I replied “but I just want to be there”. Well this time I am and we can all watch the fall of a vain, mean vengeful man who believed pushing people around was his right.

  • dsmith

    This is a flashback to the days of GW Bush lying to us with a straight face.

  • ajm

    He is toast.

  • lilyannerose

    Really angry that he’s been exposed!

  • lilyannerose

    London Bridge is falling down – falling down!

  • Razor Blade

    Buy 2016 this time Christi will be preparing for a presidential run and this speed bump will be just a distant memory. I’m not a supporter, republican or fan. It’s just my observation given, one the republican party and two, how scandal’s affect “some” politicians and not others. There’s definitely no consistency in reporting, indicting and sentencing.

  • samiinh

    “Chris Christie’s
    chances of becoming President are about as likely as Amanda Knox
    taking a vacation in Italy.” Matt Dowd, ABC News.

  • chef54

    Never liked the guy. Typical GOP tactic COVER UP, LIE, ALL OF THE ABOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jay

    yes file him under “half term”

  • Bruce H. Scroggins

    What part of we were ALL told, by the President.,.. There’d be 5% that are going to have problems with the PPACA, when it is enacted and we are working a fixes for those problems (Grandfather Clause, we all know didn’t work like it should).

    Now, I was told and understood, 5% would have problems and it is 1.8% of the 5% who have lost Insurance (and will get better Insurance).

    Now, admit the Media, (who has had a hard on for Obama, since Holder recorded evidence of theft’s of National Security Secrets, by Journalist/Reporters) The Media turn from Holder and on President Obama, especially since IRS, AP and Benghazi all fizzled and no connection to the President was found. Don’t be a Issa drone and lemming, please.

    People and bones, dogs and bones

  • If he was “embarrassed and humiliated” before, wonder what he’ll be now?

  • Indigo

    Good! Now we can stop talking about that person and file him in the dust bit with that Alaskan woman.

  • No. We can’t all agree that “everyone does it.” Benghazi? Seriously??

  • Bruce H. Scroggins

    It’s about the COVER UP and the Bald face LYING… always the Cover up.

  • ihaterepubs

    Why did it take Crisco 2 hours in his news conference? He had to cover his ass.

  • Richard Chase

    This is a problem with republicans, it seems. They can always come up with these grand schemes to screw people in one fashion or another. But inevitably they are are short-sighted. They don’t think it’s necessary to see the end-game, how it’ll all play out. Virtually without fail, their game falters and people are damaged as it gets to the point where something’s gotta give. If only they would think first what effects their selfish, greedy, immoral actions are going to have, Americans could be spared the wounds they inflict, time after time.

  • JMEchev

    Q: what exactly did Hilary lie about concerning Benghazi? A: nothing.

  • Michael

    can we at agree that all of our leaders do this to one extent or another? let’s get Christie out for lying about this, let’s get Hillary out for lying about Benghazi, let’s get POTUS out for lying about hc insurance. there all full of it, and it stinks! keep the media on this story, hold him accountable, he deserves to fry on that press conference stand if he is proven guilty!

  • Nab TL

    then he needs to resign they dont need a governor in office who cant be truthful with his voters. there is way more to this story and christie has his hand right up there.

  • It’s not just New Jersey — which really isn’t a bad state. I spent much of my early career working there.

    It’s American society itself, and corruption and the evil that men do.

    At the core of Chris Christie’s sins will be greed, avarice, and an unquenchable thirst for power and self-gratification.

  • Doug Sawyer
  • Doug Sawyer

    lol…the guy who was brought up for corruption …lmao!!!

  • Anarchy For All

    The gun is smoking.

  • Bugme Nomor

    He previously said he thought the lanes were closed for a traffic study. And that he didn’t know his staff was involved. And if he had, he never would have joked about the lane closures.

    There was apparently a traffic study:

    “Ph.D. Dr. Milledge was most recently the designer of a traffic study
    submitted to the agency that operates the two bridges that cross the
    Missouri River near downtown Kansas City, Mo. The design for that study
    calls for furnishing commuters on one bridge with $20 bills and
    instructions to say to the toll taker, “Sorry, it’s the smallest I’ve
    got,” collecting no tolls on the other bridge, and observing the result.

    …The principal hypothesis of the study was that the tollbooth closings
    might ease traffic flow onto the bridge, due to fewer cars from Fort Lee
    being able to gain bridge access

    …We recommend a follow-up study. To obtain reliable statistics on what is
    required to discourage use of the bridge to a point of reducing bridge
    traffic flow on a long-term basis, the lane closings should be at least
    two weeks in duration, with unlimited options for extensions. The
    methodology to be used is described at length in Dr. Milledge’s book,
    “No Pain, No Gain: A New Approach to Traffic Studies.”

  • Porfivor Nixon

    liar, liar, pig ass on fire.

  • anarchy for all

    Since his lap band surgery, Christie has become perpetually hungry. So, Christie ate his career.

  • guest

    Yeah, like there really is a state called New Jersey, and he’s the elected governor of it. Beyond that, I doubt it. It’s a principle of propaganda–some truth, some lies all woven together. I’d amend to say that most truths have nuggets of lies. I guess nuggets might not be the right word, but you know.

    And then you repeat the lie and further weave it into the rest of the story where there is a guy named–whatzisname–and so forth. They’ll drag up his reputation, and ruin his life, and they’ll still lose and will have taken another with them. It’s a preventable tragedy, and now we get to see Christy at his level best, and it won’t be reconciliatory. Just the opposite. Oh well. That’s New Jersey, I guess.

  • appears to be lying? with his own big mouth, he admits it.

  • Lawrence Freeman

    …he either knew or he is dumber than a box of rocks… either way…

  • Rebel Rebel

    Crispy Christie is a dead as fried chicken!

  • Fireblazes


  • guest

    There are few honest Republican politicians. My favorite is Darryl Issa.

  • Lawrence Freeman

    Hillary can relax…

  • johnmartin

    you mean lying!

  • johnmartin

    and fat

  • johnmartin

    or local.

  • johnmartin

    Its over for the fat man, singing or not.

  • Stanley77

    Europeans laughed at America during the Nixon Watergate hearing when we were appalled that politicians were crooked, they always knew all politicians are crooked.

  • kassi

    Thank God

  • veggiedude

    It’s not over until the fat man sings

  • We’ve been ‘truly lost’ for decades. For example, George Zimmerman was found to be not guilty.

  • Janet Swanborn

    Convicted. (That covers both.)

  • Janet Swanborn

    Oh, well, if his lawyer says he’s cool, then let us say no more about it.

  • jrfunkenstein

    ‘Americans detest all lies except lies spoken in public or printed lies.’

    Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937)

    ‘Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.’

    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

  • Naytchureboy9

    What’s ironic is that when I was a child growing up my Father would only whip my butt with a belt for one thing

    A time my Father would say when a man’s word was his bond and his reputation in private and community life, where you did not need a cadre of lawyers and slick mouthpieces to cover your ass for doing so, because you lack the honesty and integrity with courage to tell the truth.

    Hell..its not even courage, it should be normal to tell the truth, otherwise your distorting reality, and that’s not useful nor productive to the greater good of the family, and the larger community of life as counterproductive.

    He’d tell me as a top executive with one of the largest rocket defense contractors in the early 150’s how billion dollar contracts were done over lunch with a handshake, and not 100 lawyers with waivers to cover your ass if you can’t live up in good faith to your end of the bargain.

    That’s not how we do business anymore, because back then I can remember men like that having to move from the neighborhood when none of the other parents would allow their kids to play with their kids anymore out of fear of bad influence which comes from Fathers who act this way and how that transcends to what their kids learn from their Fathers.

    Its one of the primary reasons you see today such a breakdown in our social and economic systems when we put and actually elect human garbage like this to you gotta be kidding people like this to represent us.

    He no more represents the values I hold with our family than the man and the moon..

    People like Christie were blackballed out of public and community life as being a scourge to the community of life.

    Now they give out merit badges for this kind of behavior, and why ultimately its game over.

    when you see the breakdown to our social & economic life as this kind of symbolism represents, its game over.

    Actually it was game over during the early 20th century when we exceeded our carry capacity of earths resources to maintain a lifestyle we do and we wont stop until it collapses, evidenced by the fact people like Christie still exist occupying the highest levels of executive political office.
    Its pathetic.

  • PlaneNutz

    Stick a fork in him…….he’s done!

  • Also, the best lies have within them nuggets of truth.

  • A lot of people like bullies when they can fool themselves into thinking the bully will be their ally.

  • Jerry Howe

    He is going no further in national politics.

  • Naytchureboy9

    Well when you have a man like Christie with such a level of social psychopath of arrogance, tend to believe their bullet proof, not unlike a rabbid form of Machiavellian megalomania.
    This is the kind of man where the only real remedy for cutting him down to size, is isolation in prison on 800 calories a day.

    Hes an aberration of what humanity is, and certainly not eh kind of person I would be screening for the first mission into the cosmos to seek out new life to represent the human race.

    He is about the closest thing to human garbage as can find, and what blows my mind, is that his demeanor is so obvious as to what he thinks of himself, where he is actually a slug, that the people of NJ actually voted for this shell of a man.

  • Gerald Jevon Covington

    Yes it’s true someone got there wish but in reality it is Governor Christie that is granting it all by himself.

  • sulguy

    Religious right could make a comeback – my bet is Huckabee will get the nod…

  • Gerald Jevon Covington

    Just googled exgoverner Christie and your right the cake is now baking.

  • Of course, ‘being careful’ in that way is illegal in and of itself. All actions taken as governor are required by law to be done through official channels. To prevent this exact kind of thing.

  • I prefer ‘indicted’.

  • Don’t forget Benigno Fitial! :)

    The whole crop of Republicans elected in the 2009/2010 time period were nothing but a festering heap of corruption and incompetence. Ten Republicans elected to Congress in 2010 were ousted in the 2012 election. The rest are probably dug in like ticks by now.

  • Naytchureboy9

    He’s a slug, and he represents the people of NJ?

    Your not serious?

  • Naytchureboy9

    This man is clearly a sick and despicable pice of crap, who has absolutely no honor, no integrity and represents the absolute worst virtues a person could possibly have.]

    The man belongs in jail not living in the people’s house of NJ or occupying any public buildings for risk of contamination.

    Its gotten beyond sickening that this man ever got beyond being in charge of anything in his life.
    Hos level of arrogance and refusal to be honest and forthright in American today is downright pathetic and should be impeached forthwith for lacking any integrity of the public truth.

    Imagine the lawsuits that could come now, for if it was me as a New Jersey of New Yorker stakeholder, I would not only seek Tort damages in his professional capacity, but as a person who has such moral repugnancy towards public safety and the harm he caused makes him directly responsible for the harm which came being he swore an oath to do the opposite.

  • Naytchureboy9

    Doesn’t matter. If he knew and did nothing to stop it, is the same thing as “tacit approval;”. That’s the same as complicit. Besides if hes coming out now and admitting he knew, then others have no reason to stand on the fifth, and can start telling the truth. Either way he’s n burnt toast.

  • Jeremy Bentham

    He “… burst into flames!…It’s fire—and it’s crashing! It’s crashing terrible! Oh, my, get out of the way, please! It’s burning and bursting into flames…folks agree that this is terrible, this is one of the worst catastrophes in the world…ladies and gentlemen…It’s smoke, and it’s flames now … Oh, the humanity…” Hindenburg II

  • jrfunkenstein

    The more protracted the lie, the more difficult it is to keep your story straight.

  • UpBone

    There goes his Bridge Tender job.

  • tonygumbrell

    Great big governor speak with forked tongue.

  • Richard chavez

    “IMPEACH – a la – MODE!”

  • Yeah, that was one of the dumbest lies of all among the boatload he’s been telling since this whole scandal broke.

    What he should’ve said? “Yes, I heard about it the day it happened. At first I dismissed it as maybe a fluke, maybe caused by an accident or something — I wasn’t really paying attention. I’m sorry about that. By Day 2, it was obvious from the news reports that something was up, so I told my aides to look into it. On the third day, we learned it was due to some kind of bogus and highly disruptive traffic study. I was about to take further action when the New York commissioner called it off and the traffic returned to normal. Should I have acted sooner? Sure. I’m going to get to the bottom of who ordered the lane changes and why, especially since they didn’t make sense given the volume of traffic coming through Fort Lee.”

    A statement full of different lies? Sure, obviously. But not one with all the easily disproven lies and stupid and petulant digs at Fort Lee for having three lanes out of 12 on that upper deck — a totally appropriate number, by the way, considering roughly 25% of the traffic passing through the upper deck toll booths comes from the Fort Lee on-ramps.

    At that point, you take Wildstein aside, tell him that a nice cushy wingnut-welfare consulting job will be arranged ASAP, Wildstein takes the blame and resigns, and the whole thing goes away.

    As ever, it’s not the crime, but the coverup that brings down these corrupt bastards.

  • robin gaylord

    You are a wise person.

  • As I remarked in a comment below, if you want a guy to take the fall and not squeal, you see to it that he has (1) a good lawyer and (2) a lawyer who will follow your directions to tell the fall guy not to take a prosecutor’s deal.

    Even if the Port Authority can’t cover it, there’s sure to be some names in Christie’s rolodex he could’ve called to say, “Hey, I need a favor. Make a big donation to Wildstein’s defense fund. And send ‘X’ his way to be his suit in the courtroom.”

    It’s sounded to me like Christie was interested only in more petty revenge — which is not smart.

  • ErikDC

    First, Bob McDonnell and now Chris Christie. It’s like we’re playing “Survivor” and voting Republicans off the island. Who’s next?

  • robin gaylord

    meeee eeee eee owwwww!!!!!

  • robin gaylord

    I luv u man.
    IN the most platonic way of course. LOL.

  • verafish

    That’s assuming there could be criminal charges. There may never be any proof of illegal activity, and hence no charges and no court. He will *still* be sunk, politically.

  • vinnieboiblue

    Wow that would be a first, a 2 handed puppet. Guess there is a first time for everything.

  • vinnieboiblue

    Burnt makin bacon.

  • Hue-Man

    Here’s how I put it 23 days ago on a different website: “To put it more bluntly: Why can’t the most powerful politician in New
    Jersey get the traffic moving, particularly when his own government is
    causing the delays? If he were competent, he would have picked up the
    phone the first hour of the blockage and [said] “Do what you have to do to make
    the traffic move!” (understood: otherwise, you’ll be paving remote
    roads in rural NJ for the rest of your career)”

  • Tyroanee

    KrispyCremeCristie… nothing but hot air.

  • vinnieboiblue

    Oh Gawd what an awful picture, he probably wheezes while moving the excess lard out of the way. “heave…ho…heave..ho…oh screw you get me my inhaler.

  • vinnieboiblue

    Wait…. if you could see Lyin Paul Ryan’s boner from space, then you know it must be an inflatable Christie.

  • vinnieboiblue

    Make that a pitch fork.

  • vinnieboiblue

    OMG late night talk shows, would have a ratings war with all the Christie jokes over this scandal.

  • S’hauni Waterdragon

    Would that the criminal Darrell Issa had been punished.

  • Pamela Bassett

    Add “impeached”..,.

  • vinnieboiblue

    LMAO……what is that a new krispy kreme flavored doughnut? The “Christie” full of who knows what?

  • BigEd

    Put a big fork in this guy, he’s done!!

  • neighborhoodmole

    There may be no proof that Christie ordered the closing, but there will be proof of the coverup!

  • neighborhoodmole

    Christie may have been careful to not email, phone or text his illegal orders, but he forgot that his staff might not be as careful! Those who become dependent on the convenience of technology will too easily forget when they are not supposed to use it.

  • folsomdon

    This story is like a huge floating piece of ice and only beginning to unravel.

  • Ellie

    Naaahhhhh, not even Reagan would qualify for the loony tea partiers. Too moderate.

  • Mark Frederick

    Not if he goes before a Fed. bench. He can’t pack those courts. He recently tossed one of his picks under the bus to make a point. No, he could be out of office in a year.

  • njboomer

    The man is sleaze and always has been. Wildstein is a loose cannon. Christie should have been kinder to him but instead it sounds like he was cut loose. We, dear tax payers, will foot Christie’s legal bills – um, The Office of the Governor – at 650 an hour for each lawyer working on the case (remember we are broke because our governor has said so a million times) so Kelly will be part of that but Wildstein was facing paying for his own defense after the PA told him no way. I would love to have been a fly on the wall for all negotiations before Wildstein went rogue.

  • jrfunkenstein

    You don’t think this will affect his tenure?


  • jrfunkenstein

    Why? Was this their idea?

  • jrfunkenstein

    Who exactly strikes you as a viable candidate from the woeful individuals on the Right?

    Keep alienating women, minorities, GLBT people, seniors and students and the only hope you’ll have left is Reagan’s reanimated zombie corpse.

  • jrfunkenstein

    Anyone who watched the Jan. 9th press conference (as I did) could see that Christie’s claim that he was the only person in the tri-state area that was wholly unaware of the biggest story in the region as it was unfolding over the course of several days, was simply not credible, and that the idea that some of the highest ranking members of his administration would risk his entire political career and future aspirations by creating this fiasco without his consent, was a joke.

    Republicans; this is who they are folks.

  • newsninja

    They would run her as opposed to Christie anyhow just to get the votes of the female percentage of the population. Its a done deal. And the GOP has nothing to counter with. Especially with their anti abortion stance. The religious right is no longer a factor. In fact the country is so split down the middle that the Latino vote controls the next presidential election.

  • HereinDC

    When ever you type Christie’s name…..type: exgovernor. Just start trying it. ExGovernor

  • newsninja

    How could he NOT have known about something that affected so many people for so much time? His phone had to be ringing off the hook with complaints and he was a control freak. Had he not known he would have been demanding to know what was going on and why. He looked at it simply as “New Jersey politics” and thought nothing of it. Well guess what big guy? Those days are over….

  • maryannnews

    How much longer will it be before people running for/elected to office are aware of the fantastic advances in computer technology in the last 25 years? Emails, texts, phone records are forever. You cannot hide.

  • zahrans


  • babyjanehudson

    At least she was not the home wrecker like Calista Gingrich.

  • LouiseM

    He still gets to be the Governor of New Jersey, which is the most powerful Chief Executive in the nation, for the next four years. Even if the NJ Senate tries to impeach him, there aren’t enough votes to convict. As a former US Attorney, he will certainly know how to avoid conviction on a Federal charge. He’s packed the state’s justice department with lackeys, so they won’t do anything to him.

    Unless HUD or Congressional investigators get onto him for Sandy graft, Christie may just sit pretty, raising 501(c)(4) money (which we will never know about) as head of the Republican Governors Association.

  • Monica

    uh… isn’t that Jon Stewart’s joke?

  • darksoulswaiting

    That is hilarious

  • RepubAnon

    Poor Governor Bluto – he should have resigned as soon as the “Popeye the Sailor Man” theme song started playing at the spinach salad bar…

  • Dakotahgeo

    Those were the days when Republicans were uber respectable! My, how times have changed. We, as a WASP family voted for JFK en masse and never turned back. Dems forever! (I was in a Political Science department head’s office and the group of us watched “I AM NOT A CROOK” go through the impeachment process… something I never want to experience again in my lifetime!). It tore us apart as a nation!

  • StraightGrandmother

    Any minute now I expect him to shout back at reports questions,
    “Bengazi. Bengazi, I SAID BENGAZI”

  • Jim Olson

    No thank you.

  • Dakotahgeo

    Crispy has any???

  • Dakotahgeo

    ROFLMBO!!! And THAT’S when he’s laying down, lolol.

  • Jim Olson

    Yeah, he actually does deserve to be considered innocent until proven guilty, in a court of law. If we do not, then we are truly lost.

  • earthsong

    I don’t know what will be provable, but there is no way the micromanager governor would not have been apprised of the GWB traffic snarl early on by his staff. Nobody would have wanted to cross him.

  • Dakotahgeo

    Heh heh heh… well, heaven knows, there’d be WAY enough room for the “hand” to move around in! LOL.

  • Jim Olson

    Drip, drip, drip. What did Governor Christie know, and when did he know it? It’s not the initial crime, it’s the coverup. God, they never learn, do they…

  • zahrans

    you can see paul ryan’s boner from space today!

  • zahrans

    I feel badly about CC’s kids.

  • Thom Allen

    Now that Christie is slowly twisting in the wind, time for a new Republicon bully-darling: Rep. Mike Grimm of NY. He seems to have some unbridled anger issues as well as a few skeletons in his closet. Plus an investigation into his campaign finances, too.

  • Lawerence Collins

    Christie is going to jail, where almost all of the GOP belongs! You sound like the typical “DSSRZS”! What a hypocritical fraud you must be!

  • zahrans

    the end is nigh for the big fat lier.

  • Philadelphia Steve

    Maybe she forgave him and they worked to save their marriage. It does happen if you are not married to Newt Gingrich.

  • vinnieboiblue

    Don’t forget, the two companies tied into all this, Rockafeller , and that law/lobby firm. You can bet people will be looking into the bidding process of contracts awarded to them.

  • Thom Allen

    Burnt Christie butt.

  • vinnieboiblue

    He could be a hand puppet on FOX Crap Noise. Is that not where all conservative losers end up?

  • vinnieboiblue

    This is a good example as any, to know when to keep your trap shut. You keep saying or answering questions in regards to an on going investigation, only magnifies ones credibility or lack there of. If the State has lawyers, you would have thought they would ask him not answer questions until the investigation is over. But now you say stuff, and it contradicts your other statements and people are going to wonder about his character and integrity.

  • lssmc

    Good for the Conservatives. I would hate to think Christie was the one I had to hold my nose to vote for against maybe… “Hillary”. A woman who lived with a man that cheated on her daily and yet she embraced him for the power play. What a poor excuse for women.

  • J N

    “electable” Republicans? Lincoln, Roosevelt (Teddy), Eisenhower, anybody?

  • Rozzieman

    that would be…chris christie?

  • angeloR

    Bigger. Burnt Bagel?

  • churchladyblogs

    It appears someone got their wish of making sure Governor Christi does not attempt to run for president in 2016

  • Dave of the Jungle

    Is it wrong that I’m smiling?

  • IBWatching

    I smell burnt toast.

  • nicho

    No. He doesn’t deserve that at all.

  • pappyvet

    What is that thing the repubes are always slapping their bellies over? Oh yeah, accountability.
    You will find very little of it here.

  • PrahaPartizan

    Once they finish going over all of the financial dealings Christie’s been involved in via the Port Authority, he won’t even be able to vote for a number of years until after his voting rights get restored. Felony convictions have that nasty effect on citizenship rights. More importantly, he won’t have a job and he won’t be eligible for a job, being disbarred and all that. Maybe he could go to work for Rudy or Bernie.

  • Dakotahgeo

    Christie is so “toast’ in the political world! The only thing he’ll be able to do politically in the future is vote!

  • MyrddinWilt

    Umm, I said that he deserves to be considered innocent, not that we would. Then I said he was obviously guilty.

    As Digby has been pointing out for years now, it was always obvious that the man was a lying sack of shit and an obnoxious bully. But the press always have a hard on for those types.

  • For three straight days, unprecedented traffic jams at the GWB headlined New Jersey and NYC news.

    It surpasses comprehension and any degree of rational thought that the governor of New Jersey heard nothing about what was happening up there at the bridge until it was over.

    As I’ve seen commented in editorials, there are only two conclusions to draw. One is that Chris Christie is manifestly unfit to be New Jersey governor due to incompetence and inability to oversee his staff and do his job. The other is he knew all along what was being done and approved of it.

    Occam’s Razor: The far simpler explanation is not that somehow, Christie saw no news, read no newspapers, was never briefed on the Fort Lee three-day traffic jam, never developed enough curiosity to ask, “Hey, what the f*ck is happening at the GWB and is there something the Port Authority can do about it?” The simpler explanation is he knew and was involved up to his neck.

  • nicho

    No, you have it wrong. Christie only needs to be considered innocent in a court of law. In the court of public opinion, we can consider him to be the lying sack of shit that he is.

  • FLL

    There certainly was a time—and I’m sure you all remember it—when Ann Coulter supported Christie for president because she thought he was the most “electable” Republican. Well, I guess she changed her mind later because of Christie’s too sensible ideas about immigration; but the notion, among conservatives, of supporting the “electable” Republican lingers on. So anyway, I was reading Americablog in November… just minding my own business… when, out of the blue, I came across this bit of fanboy nonsense: “Cruz is out of his league if he goes up against Christie” (link here). What kind of fanboy adulation is this?! Back in November, Christie was seen as the most “electable” Republican, but that was before his recent self-destruction in the toll-bridge scandal. Oh, well. Time for the Republican fanboys (semi-closeted or otherwise) to look for another “electable” Republican to put those progressives in their place. I’m sure they’ll find some POS to fawn over.

  • olandp

    I’m shocked! Shocked I say!

  • MyrddinWilt

    No, you have it wrong. Politicians almost never lie. They mislead or misdirect. They only tell actual lies if they have no other option.

    Sources suggest that Wildstein is a compulsive liar who would have no trouble stitching Christie up by saving something that wasn’t true. But he isn’t the only person who would have known. And if Wildstein is saying he will sing, Kelly is going to be rushing for the exit as well if she has anything.

    So lets not jump to conclusion here. Even if it is obvious that a micromanager like Christie would have known.

    Christie’s presidential hopes are completely blown at this point. It really does not matter that he is still the leading GOP candidate in the polls, that just show you how much they hate the other options. they prefer Romney to Christie.

    This is all about whether Christie gets impeached or indicted. As I said, Christie deserves to be considered innocent until he is proven guilty. Even though its obvious he did it.

  • TonyT

    Tap dance music please.

  • bkmn

    Is anyone amazed? No.

    Are any of Christie’s Republican enemies celebrating tonight – let’s see, Santorum, Cruz, Pubehead Paul (as opposed to Ron Paul), Jeb et al.

    I’m sure their expense accounts are working overtime tonight.

  • Let him dig. He’s needs a large hole if he’s going to bury himself.

  • cole3244

    in this situation could we change the gender and say its all over when the fat MAN sings, just sayin and enjoyin!!!

  • nicho

    Christie lie? He’s a politician. That gives him about a 95% chance of lying. He’s also a Republican. That increases his chances of lying to about 150%.

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