Thursday, January 9, 2014

Is It Wrong That I'm Smiling?

By Jeff Simpson

"Today we must make a pact with each other to end this reckless conduct with the people's government." New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. 
 In case you have not seen, New Jersey republican Governor Chris Christie is knee deep in a scandal!  

The George Washington Bridge is among the world's busiest, carrying some 300,000 vehicles on a typical day. The abrupt and unexpected lane closures, which lasted four days in September, badly snarled traffic in the borough of Fort Lee at the New Jersey end of the bridge.
Critics say the shutdown was retribution against the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, who did not endorse the governor's re-election efforts. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees the bridge, said it was the result of a last-minute traffic study.

The problem for Christie?  As the emails clearly show from Christie's top staffers. the facts say it was shut down for retribution and there was no "traffic study": 

"Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee," his aide, Bridget Anne Kelly, wrote to a Port Authority executive in August.
The executive, David Wildstein, replied in an email: "Got it."
The emails do not give a specific reason for the closings, which left furious commuters trapped in traffic jams for hours. The closings began on the first day of school in Fort Lee.
In another message sent amid the gridlock, an unidentified author wrote: "Is it wrong that I'm smiling," and Wildstein responded: "No."

 As we say here, but wait there's more!  Is it wrong that your smiling?  well someone actually died because of your political maneuver, so yes it actually is!

A local New Jersey paper reported that, as a result of the lane closures, emergency responders were delayed in attending to four medical situations. One involved an unconscious 91-year-old woman who later died of cardiac arrest and another a car accident in which four people were injured.
Well whats a few deaths if it means advancing his political career right?

What does the tough talking Governor have to say?  Exactly what you thought he would say.  

It wasn't him.  

 “What I've seen today for the first time is unacceptable," Christie said. "I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn that not only was I misled by a member of my staff, but this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made without my knowledge."

Now where have I heard that before?  

The Republican strategy seems to be, anything at all good that happens in the state is their accomplishment and anything bad that happens within their office  - Instant Sgt. Schultz!  

Today, Chris Christie will hold a press conference where he will parade some staffers out to throw under the bus, then he will turn his attention on the real problem with America and yell at a female teacher to do her job!   Then he will hop on the state run helicopter to head to his son's baseball game! 


On the bright side, his good friend can offer him suggestions on some good criminal defense law firms! Uppity Wisconsin explains why this story matters to Wisconsinites!  



  1. I'm no fan of Governor Christie but here's something he said this morning (believe him or not) that you will never ever hear from Scott Walker:

    "The political overtones that were exhibited in those documents released yesterday and the conduct by those people is not acceptable."

    If Walker disowned his administration's political overtones there wouldn't be anything left. God forbid that he should act like the Governor of all the people of Wisconsin, even the ones that didn't vote for him. His head (and base, and major campaign donor$) would explode at the very thought!

    1. Fat man in the helicopter got caught with his hand in the cookie jar and says the least bad thing he can in an attempt to stop the investigations and minimize his ongoing exposure and punishment. How many months did he spend denying there was even a cookie jar, much less cookies missing from that jar?

      Just a few days before the clock was scheduled to run out on the legislative subpoena powers, the coverup ends. It does not end like the fat man in the helicopter planned.

      Fat man knows better than the spectators who knew what and when. Fat man also knows whether this has happened before.

      What's the difference between busting balls as a payback, busting balls for others to get a payback, and taking a payback from someone to not bust their balls?

      Like is so frequently said, there is more, much more to come.

      In so many words, Walker will bleat the same things when he thinks he is as caught as Christie is. Walker has not nearly the intellectual powers as Christie, and Walker is more inept, so Walker may have trouble realizing where he really stands if his deeds ever come crashing down on him.

  2. With the exception of New Jersey and New York city residents, most Americans won't remember this scandal six months from now. If indictments result then it's a whole new game. Americans have very short political memories and almost nonexistent historical ones. They are also becoming used to a routine sort of political brutality expressed by the sociopaths who hold public office in far to many places.