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.”

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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:

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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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477 Responses to “Christie changes story on bridge closures, may have lied during 2 hour press conference”

  1. Holli Hollister says:

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

  2. barada says:

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

    See below.

  3. barada says:

    The actual traceable “bubble”, started right after Glass-Steagall was
    nullified in 1999:
    http://www.mybudget360.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/case-shiler.png

  4. Holli Hollister says:

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

  5. Rick McCallister says:

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

  6. farmerjim says:

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

  7. Anonymous says:

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

  8. Anonymous says:

    It’s reverse psychology.

  9. Von Bailey says:

    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.

  10. lssmc says:

    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.
    http://www.redstate.com/mikeparanzino/2012/07/18/bloomberg-businessweek-targets-mormons-fracking-income-inequality-four-months-before-election/

  11. Anonymous says:

    Like Mitt’s tax plan.

  12. Anonymous says:

    ..

  13. Anonymous says:

    Does he remind anyone else of Jackie Gleason?

  14. Anonymous says:

    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.

  15. Anonymous says:

    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?

  16. Anonymous says:

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

  17. Anonymous says:

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

  18. Anonymous says:

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

  19. Anonymous says:

    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.

  20. Anonymous says:

    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.

  21. Anonymous says:

    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.

  22. Anonymous says:

    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.

  23. Anonymous says:

    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.”

  24. Anonymous says:

    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.

  25. Anonymous says:

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

  26. musician says:

    Ah, if only life were like that! LOL.

  27. Anonymous says:

    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.

  28. silas1898 says:

    Here ya go. From those commies at Business Week.

    http://www.businessweek.com/investing/insights/blog/archives/2008/09/community_reinv.html

    “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.”

  29. silas1898 says:

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

  30. AnthonyLook says:

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

  31. AnthonyLook says:

    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”.

  32. ComradeRutherford says:

    S’Truth!

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

  33. ComradeRutherford says:

    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…

  34. AnthonyLook says:

    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.

  35. AnthonyLook says:

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

  36. Badgerite says:

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

  37. lssmc says:

    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.

  38. barada says:

    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”.

  39. barada says:

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

    Say it right!

  40. barada says:

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

  41. barada says:

    Sally, you forgot…
    Benghazi! Benghazi! Benghazi!

    How careless and absent-minded of you!

    But I’m sure your link rocks!
    lol

  42. lssmc says:

    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.
    http://alfin2100.blogspot.com/2008/09/jimmy-carter-bill-clinton-share-blame.html

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

  43. barada says:

    They are all innocent and pure, wrongly accused.

    What’s more…

    Benghazi! Benghazi! Benghazi!

  44. barada says:

    You beat me to that line, you bum!
    :)

  45. barada says:

    Didn’t Hillary shoot Foster in Benghazi?

  46. barada says:

    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.
    ;)

  47. barada says:

    Hey! Morals change all the time.

    Saturday Morals differ from Monday, Tuesday, etc

    Why is it that only Conservatives get that?

  48. barada says:

    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.

    4>>>52.

    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).

  49. zahrans says:

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

  50. barada says:

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

  51. barada says:

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

    See? They don’t ALWAYS lie!

  52. barada says:

    Christie is the quintissential corporate Republican.

    The Ideal GOPer.

  53. barada says:

    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?

  54. barada says:

    Conservative math has influenced my spelling.

    :(

  55. barada says:

    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,

  56. barada says:

    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:
    4>>>>52.

    Just simple Conservative math.

    And you can’t argue with math.

    Conservatives win again–See?

  57. barada says:

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

    How irresponsible of you.

  58. barada says:

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

  59. Michael Capanelli says:

    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

  60. Michael Capanelli says:

    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.

  61. farmerjim says:

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

  62. farmerjim says:

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

  63. farmerjim says:

    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

  64. farmerjim says:

    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.

  65. Dave of the Jungle says:

    Crispy Creme is Toast. Burnt Toast.

  66. Anonymous says:

    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?

  67. Anonymous says:

    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.

  68. Anonymous says:

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

  69. lssmc says:

    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.

  70. lssmc says:

    you’re as sick as he is.

  71. lssmc says:

    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.

  72. Magginkat says:

    Thank you. Well stated!

  73. Anonymous says:

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

  74. zahrans says:

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

  75. zahrans says:

    the fat guy actually….

  76. zahrans says:

    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.

  77. karmanot says:

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

  78. angryspittle says:

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

  79. angryspittle says:

    Simple solution. Put fatboy under oath in court.

  80. karmanot says:

    Whatever

  81. lssmc says:

    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.

  82. Anonymous says:

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

  83. WVsmiley says:

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

  84. Obangya says:

    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.

  85. Gerald says:

    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.
    EIGHT YEARS LATER THE U.S. HAD:
    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.
    DOES THIS NOT PROVE THAT THE GOP IS INCAPABLE OF GOVERNING THE UNITED STATES?

  86. Anonymous says:

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

  87. Anonymous says:

    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.

  88. Gerald says:

    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.

  89. Anonymous says:

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

  90. Anonymous says:

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

  91. Anonymous says:

    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.

  92. Anonymous says:

    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.

  93. Eyeball_Kid says:

    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.

  94. ydrittmann says:

    It’s from eating his heart out.

  95. ydrittmann says:

    i believe he did kill the rabbit.

  96. Anonymous says:

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

  97. don says:

    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.

  98. The Franklin says:

    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!

  99. Drew says:

    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)

  100. Julian Alexander Cicone says:

    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.

  101. AnthonyLook says:

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

  102. AnthonyLook says:

    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.

  103. musician says:

    And the fat lady sings………

  104. ComradeRutherford says:

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

  105. ComradeRutherford says:

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

  106. RepubAnon says:

    Benghazi caused all the traffic backups!

  107. Blogvader says:

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

  108. weRstarstuff says:

    and the lap dancer

  109. weRstarstuff says:

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

  110. weRstarstuff says:

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

  111. johnmartin says:

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

  112. PorridgeGun says:

    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
    bomb.

    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
    two.

    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.

    *crickets*

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

    *crickets*

  113. BeccaM says:

    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.

  114. debj says:

    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!

  115. Bill_Perdue says:

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

  116. weffie says:

    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.

  117. debj says:

    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….

  118. debj says:

    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.

  119. The_Fixer says:

    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.

  120. pappyvet says:

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

  121. TwoFootDaddy says:

    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.

  122. Naja pallida says:

    Seems to have liberals confused with doormats.

  123. pappyvet says:

    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.

  124. rawbdawwgg says:

    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!

  125. The_Fixer says:

    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.

  126. debj says:

    But I want to know for sure……

  127. karmanot says:

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

  128. karmanot says:

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

  129. karmanot says:

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

  130. zerosumgame0005 says:

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

  131. karmanot says:

    Your Momma drinks COKE!

  132. karmanot says:

    You tell em Mikie!

  133. karmanot says:

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

  134. karmanot says:

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

  135. karmanot says:

    Yawn

  136. karmanot says:

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

  137. emjayay says:

    Both please.

  138. pappyvet says:

    Stop holding back Sis. ;]

  139. karmanot says:

    “I did not have sex with that bridge!”

  140. RiverDrifter says:

    And boom goes the dynamite….

  141. 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.

  142. karmanot says:

    Bridgeghazi—-there fixed it #snark

  143. emjayay says:

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

  144. emjayay says:

    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.

  145. karmanot says:

    I suspect KS was referring to a Hegelian situational state.

  146. KarenJ says:

    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.

    http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2014/01/huckabee-up-clinton-down.html

  147. bluesharp says:

    “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

  148. emjayay says:

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

  149. karmanot says:

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

  150. karmanot says:

    There are rumors he mistakenly ate the lap band.

  151. BeccaM says:

    luv-luv-luv ya. :-)

  152. PhilT Listener says:

    “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.”

  153. Moderator3 says:

    The link was broken on purpose.

  154. PhilT Listener says:

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

  155. LasVegas Inventor says:

    danfromsquirrlhill.wordpress.com 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.

  156. rwlorenz says:

    Zero. What’s your point?

  157. rwlorenz says:

    “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.

  158. rwlorenz says:

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