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Dems Slam Christie For Attending Florida Fundraisers During 'Bridgegate' Scandal

Democrats on Friday ripped Gov. Chris Christie for engaging in political travel while his administration is plagued by the "Bridgegate" Fort Lee lane-closure scandal.

John Currie of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee noted that the governor, in his State-of-the-State address, pledged he would "not allow the work that needs to be done to improve the people’s lives in New Jersey to be delayed." 

"How exactly is that work getting done if he is off fund-raising for the governor of Florida and cultivating a national donor base?" he said.

He said "it is disturbing" that, despite investigations into his administration's September lane-closures at the George Washington Bridge, that Christie "is turning a deaf ear to the outcries of the people of New Jersey, and once again putting his political interests above their needs."

The governor's office did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Currie said New Jersey residents deserve more answers and better assurances that the governor will "weed out the corrupting influences in his office."

"His administration has embarrassed our state, making us the butt of jokes on late night television," he said. "Flying off to Florida for a fund-raiser with another scandal-plagued governor like Rick Scott shows a callous indifference to the mess he helped to create."

"The fact is, the governor has been inconsistent in his demands for accountability, and his efforts to address the failures that led to the Bridgegate scandal have been largely symbolic. For example, why have some of Christie's core team been spared punishment but not others? And, why was it so important for Christie to maintain distance between himself and the two aides that were sent packing?" 


George Murphy January 19, 2014 at 06:09 PM
Mr Brooks - Yes we can agree to disagree, and no doubt, there is probably at least one thing here upon which we can all find as common ground. I still say that the PA is out of control and many, if not most could easily agree with me on that one. Extremely substantial salaries are paid to a large number of employees and CEOs (not to mention retirement benefits). This, mind you, whilst the services are under par (not as in golf). Have you ever ridden on PATH? Say no more. What about tolls, too? No doubt, the gov's people collaborated with PA people, so there you have it. He cannot be everywhere at once! Finally: He is not guilty until proven as such - I leave it at that. New issue: One point one trillion measure bill just passed the lib senate, the Dem and lib Republican house, and, is only awaiting President Midas' signature. Question: Where is the money originating for this new catastrophe?
George Murphy January 19, 2014 at 06:15 PM
I have to say that Sun Tzu has a tight grip on this, and is not gonna' let go. You guys don't know that the fight's over. I have to agree on the part about not wanting my children to grow up in these times and places. Scary ((:-(|
George Murphy January 19, 2014 at 06:26 PM
PB - Those who drool over Fox are no worse than those who drool over CNN or MSLSD (Mark Levin). I do not watch TV, unless of course, I am at the Laundromat (and I don't really watch it there, either). My opinions are based on logic, and facts as they are "clearly" presented. There are only three or four radio hosts I listen to and have come to total grips with (not Rush), and two out of the group are not even heard in the NYC area, at present. But most of all, I have learned from years of just plain experience - trial and error - living life. My generation is not the best one, so I have seen it all. Lastly, because I believe that children are the most important part of our creation, I condemn anything that I believe to be detrimental to the same.
Phil Brooks January 19, 2014 at 07:04 PM
Sun, As it's obvious you choose to spew rather than answer a simple question, we're done. // I agree with Metoo: Please reconsider, as you'd rather talk at or past me rather than to me.
Phil Brooks January 19, 2014 at 07:14 PM
George, I didn't say that the PA wasn't out of control, just that, in this so-called "Bridge-gate" thing, this wasn't their fault as Foye fixed the problem as soon as he knew about it. // That they're bloated, out of control and have political hacks in important positions is true. But, based on what I've seen, heard and read so far, the direction for this so-called "traffic study" came from somewhere high up in the Christie administration. Whether Christie has plausible deniability may well be found out only after the weakest link in the chain gets immunity. I put my money on Wildstein and/or Kelly singing like birds. // The PA needs to be fixed because they're way too big for their britches (the idea of having a semi-autonomous agency that can raise money outside of the government bureaucracy is a good idea, but the PA is way too unwieldy in its current form, even worse than the TBTA under Robert Moses), but what happened in Ft. Lee is only a small reason why.
Joe Taxpayer January 19, 2014 at 09:31 PM
Americans dying in Afghanistan, IRS harrassing political opponents, 5 people left the workforce for every 1 person getting job in December, POTUS whereabouts during the benghazi terrorism and 4 Americans dying, Obama regime pulling journalists phone records, worst economic recovery after a recession and Obama golfs every weekend.
Phil Brooks January 19, 2014 at 10:00 PM
Joe Tax, Stoooooooopppp already. You're late to this party and you're using the hackneyed misdirection and deflection BS. // Does Obama being incompetent have any bearing on this so-called "Bridge-gate" issue and should Christie get a pass as a result? // Lots of people had their shot at Benghazi and, for whatever reason, couldn't get anything to stick. So, your little rant now comes across as nothing more than sour grapes. Do better.
George Murphy January 20, 2014 at 12:36 AM
Now, the reason that nothing could "stick" is simply due to a media who do not want it to "stick." Stick is doesn't; stink, it does! This bridge issue is really a non-issue. The nation's security is a real issue, the questionable leadership of the present administration is a real issue. Now that's all I will say about it. I see no reason to re-regurgitate old hash because everyone knows, including those who are afraid to admit it. Mr. Brooks, I can see that you are intelligent; but, you need to be smart as well. It takes both states of being to see the whole picture.
Phil Brooks January 20, 2014 at 09:48 AM
George, Well, then, you're assuming that Benghazi was tried in the court of public opinion only, which it wasn't. I'm not saying that something criminal happened or didn't. But, in our polarized country, if there are rocks to be looked under, rest assured that one side or the other will do so. So, that Benghazi is where it is now means that, at least at this point, it doesn't rise to the level of criminality that so-called "Bridge-gate" appears to be. // And to say that the bridge issue is "really a non-issue" is to miss the point entirely. It's not about the rerouting of lanes and the resultant backup; it's about the abuse of power. It's like saying Watergate was nothing but a two-bit burglary. And you're intelligent enough to know that neither was/is the case. // And to say that "the questionable leadership of the present administration is a real issue," though factual (as was the questionable leadership of the previous administration), is an effort on your part to deflect. The issue NOW on the table is Christie and his abuse of power. And, that he's a very viable candidate in 2016 is something that everyone in this country should pay attention to as, to me, he looks like another Nixon, even quoting from Tricky Dick himself. "I am not a bully (crook)." "Mistakes were made." As far as Obama is concerned, history will be the judge, and sooner than that if he does something impeachable. An ineffective single payer health system isn't it and Benghazi isn't it, seeing that Bush was never impeached for a war started under false pretenses and Reagan was never impeached for Arms for Hostages.
George Murphy January 20, 2014 at 01:32 PM
Okay, I don't think he is a bully. My brother has had personal contact with him over the conditions in Sea Bright, and the Lt. Governor is a family friend. But, that has nothing to do with my take on this. He is tough and outspoken, which is a good thing. You see, the left hates it when wrongdoing is pushed back into place, and he does just that and not always diplomatically, I might add. But that is his style - hard to swallow at times! One thing I have a particularly keen aptitude for is character judgement. I do not even need to meet that person, just experience him or her. I can tell you that if you guys were "smart," you would try to formulate a new candidate for the Democrats. It's not that Hill is good because she is not! It's that she is the only one who can shoe-in the election of another Democrat. Hillary Clinton is a liar and a phony, and she is self driven. It would be disastrous for America to elect her. The bridge thing is part of her little plan. Argue with me if you will, but trust me, I am right on the mark here.
Phil Brooks January 20, 2014 at 02:02 PM
George, First, I'm not part of "you guys." Neither party has done squat for anyone in the past 50 years and I feel no affinity nor have any affiliation with either. // "The bridge thing is part of her (Hillary Clinton's) little plan" and that I should trust you on that and other things? Whoa! The story was broken by The Record after columnist John Cichowski asked a seemingly innocuous question. So, if you think it's part of a nefarious plan by Hillary Clinton, then I must respectfully say you've gone off the deep end. // I'm hoping that family friend Kim Guadagno is not clouding your judgment of her boss. Take a hard, honest look at Christie and you'll find that he is a bully--calling people "stupid," "idiot," telling them to "shut up" and saying that someone should "take a bat" to a State Senator. Now, maybe he's says things that many people are thinking but are holding their tongues because maybe they're afraid to say it. And, on one hand, maybe he should get credit for speaking up and being frank. But he's the Governor and, as such, should present himself with a bit more decorum. // My guess is that (a) the Democrats will somehow mess this up for any number of reasons--being too hasty, hungry, that there are too many of them to form a proper consensus as to how to proceed, that many tried to curry favor with Christie because he wasn't going anywhere and the Democrats had no serious candidate to offer up and because you want to make nice-nice to the bully to stay on his good side and now they have to look even more disingenuous and reverse course. And (b), if Hillary runs, she's in. Why? In a severe case of partisan politics, the Republicans tried to get Bill Clinton and failed miserably and, as a result, he's probably the most popular politician (current or ex) in the country right now. The Republicans don't have anyone like him who could rally the troops, so to speak. Hillary isn't Bill but she'll get in on both her ability as well as name and sex recognition. The Republicans don't have anything like that, either. // So, there's no need for the Democrats to formulate a new candidate because (a) they have a good one already and (b) considering that there's no one in the GOP that can match up right now, especially if Christie goes down (and he's probably too far left to please many of the Republicans out there anyway), the Democrats could probably put up J. Fred Muggs for President or VP (an improvement over Biden) and they'd still win. On a small scale, the Republicans will keep their gerrymandered districts and be a force in the House and Senate. Nationally? At this point, they're dead.
Phil Brooks January 20, 2014 at 02:32 PM
George, And "trust (you)?" Cut the cards, anyway. :-)
George Murphy January 20, 2014 at 03:17 PM
Mr B - You're not totally wrong here. He has said some things that should be scratched out of any conversation, I agree. Now, Hillary is certainly not part of building the ship, but she has no problem jumping onto the bandwagon when the work is done. As I said before and I will say it again, the Clinton character (both) is not a good one. Beware!!!!!!!!!! Take back "you guys" (sorry - - - - )
George Murphy January 20, 2014 at 03:19 PM
More later, when I have time - - - I'll be back ;>||
Phil Brooks January 20, 2014 at 03:57 PM
George, When you come back, please answer these questions: Realizing that you tend to lean a bit to the right, in your honest opinion, who would be a viable Democratic candidate in 2016? The reason why I said "honest opinion" is that, as a Republican, you'd want the Democrats to put up the weakest candidate possible so as to guarantee a Republican win. But I'm asking you to be objective. Who's the best the Democrats have and who's the best the Republicans can offer?
Kathleen G January 20, 2014 at 08:40 PM
Oh the liberal hypocrisy!!!!!
Phil Brooks January 20, 2014 at 09:09 PM
Kathleen, Oh, goody, another late arrival with nothing to offer.
George Murphy January 20, 2014 at 10:03 PM
Mr 'B' - Here I am. I would say a Jim Florio, whom I actually liked for the short time he was a visible figure. Also, Andrew Cuomo is not doing a half-bad job here in New York. I do not see his political views as being in line with mine, but I do see a man who is not doing photo-ops and stealing the spotlight. He is doing a respectable job. However, the women on that side are not good choices, well at least the several that I had in mind, anyway. Now on my side of the net is Mitt (who will not run again), Cruz, Ken Cuccinelli the guy who lost the gubernatorial in VA and I personally believe that Sarah Palin could handle it, but my first choice for a woman president would be Condoleezza Rice. I like John Kasich from Ohio. Some Tea Party, some not. Not interested in Repub /Dem / Indep / Libertarian and the like. I am concerned with the character of the person.
Sun Tzu January 21, 2014 at 05:51 AM
I'm required to do random drug tests at work. Does anyone know, is the President and his staff also required to test for drugs?
Phil Brooks January 21, 2014 at 11:38 AM
Sun Tzu, And you passed them?
Phil Brooks January 21, 2014 at 11:50 AM
George, Fair enough. I always liked Colin Powell. But he never showed any real interest in the job. // Palin??? (incredulous multiple question marks) Sorry, but I'm not sure what you see in her and, quite honestly, she was the main reason I couldn't vote for McCain. In my mind, that folksy, mama bear type of veneer was her strongest point as there was nothing of substance underneath. Bluntly, for the job she was seeking, she was grossly under-qualified--pretty much dumb as post. // Back to McCain... Actually, I'm glad I didn't vote for him. After reading Gen. Hugh Shelton's book (one time Chairman of the Joint Chiefs), which was mostly about his career and how it tied in to current events of the day, McCain got a far less than favorable mention ("unstable" was a description made abundantly clear). // About Rice--though I think she'd do a good job as she was Sec. of State (same as Hillary), what bothers me was that she was part of W's crew of "yes men" as he tended to steer clear of people with opposing viewpoints. Rice would have made a good honest broker and she apparently passed on it. Maybe she'll do better at the helm rather than trimming the sails. I'd actually give her serious consideration if she decided to run. // And Cruz, to the best of my knowledge, is not allowed to run--wasn't an American citizen at the time of his birth, though I think he currently holds a dual citizenship with Canada.
Sun Tzu January 21, 2014 at 11:56 AM
Phil, Thanks for all your support. I just wanted to let you know that I'm off to the grocery store with my conservative and faith based products list. in hand. I also sold quite a bit of stock for recently for more tangible investments. I just don't think it's fair to burden future generations with the debt of Quantitative easing. I hope you have a great day. Please be careful in the snow.
George Murphy January 21, 2014 at 11:32 PM
PB - Okay, then, you got my response. I saw your requests again and thought that you missed my response. I was all set to resend. Anyway, I can agree to some extent here. McCain was not my choice either, but I did vote for him. Since I was "mistakenly" registered as a Democrat when I moved from Red Bank, I could only vote the same in the Primaries. In order to evade the "Queen of Mean," I voted for Obama, but he didn't get NJ, anyway. Palin has been given a raw deal from the druggies in the media. Rice's job was to do as you say she did. Obama has MANY yes men - no room to criticize Rice. And, if we want to address inexperience: Obama has absolutely none! Hillary has some; however, I don't believe that 'living' in the White House for eight years qualifies her for the job. There are non-professional level employees who have worked there for many years. Would that qualify them? Signing off - - - stay warm and, keep safe! As I said, the few Democrats I mentioned would have been best suited for the presidency, and I believe would have done a respectable job, too.
Phil Brooks January 22, 2014 at 08:57 AM
Sun Tzu, I'll just leave you hanging. Maybe, when you get away from faith--believing in what you can't see--and return to reality, we can have a worthwhile discussion.
Phil Brooks January 22, 2014 at 09:14 AM
George, "Druggies in the media?" When you start talking like that... Listen, it's unfortunate that our world has become increasingly polarized. For instance, many Republicans are bitching about the now joint task force investigating Christie--that it's too partisan. Well, of course it is. And that's because many Republicans, instead of finding out the truth, however it turns out, are marching in lock step with Christie lest they be branded as traitors. But, even anyone in the media with an agenda (and it seems that many have one) who disagrees with how you believe is not a "druggie;" you merely disagree with them. // Obama? Hell, yes, he was unqualified. And he wasn't vetted anywhere near as much as he should have, likely because he was thought of as the first viable black Presidential candidate. And, hell yes, he's still unqualified as five years on the job hasn't taught him anything. Just as the incompetent David Dinkins probably meant that you wouldn't see another black mayoral candidate in NYC for 50 years, so might Obama be with the Presidency, unless the vetting process gets a lot more serious for a viable black (or, for that matter female) candidate. As far as Hillary is concerned, she was a Senator and a Secretary of State. Think what you wish of her performance, but saying that living in the White House was her lone qualification--well, even you know that's biased and false. // And Palin wasn't given a raw deal. She had the chance to show how informed and intelligent she was and she failed every time--except at Fox, for whom she could do no wrong. Even Biden, who's asleep half the time and who, according to Bill Gates (I think it was), has been wrong on foreign policy for, like, forever, is more qualified. And that's not a glowing endorsement of Biden. // Anyway, be well, stay warm and write back when you can.
Sun Tzu January 22, 2014 at 03:55 PM
Phil It was kind of meant as a general statement to give some ideas for folks like me who want to restore the values and virtues that made our country great...To take or leave as they see fit of course. But, While I have your attention I also dropped my cable bill down to basic service and now have a simple $12 phone with a basic plan. I think we both know the power of money Phil, my guess is we can agree on that.
Phil Brooks January 22, 2014 at 04:46 PM
Sun Tzu, Depends on what you can afford and/or where you wish to spend your money. // Just remember, everyone has an agenda, including the faith-based people.
George Murphy January 22, 2014 at 05:16 PM
Mr B - It's amazing how one man, one governor, and of a smaller state no less, has more attention than anyone else in the government. Now he is being persuaded to step down as President of the State Governors Association. The media are not a reliable source for straight truth and everyone knows it, including those who would never admit it. Fox is an opposing view, but it is still leaning too heavily the other way. Let's face it, they are druggies, both in terms of not only substance abuse, but they are drunk with misinformation which they have come to believe themselves. I would love to know who the script writers and editors are, who barrage us with doctored-up information, who leave out important elements and facts of a report or story and who train their anchors to tone their voices, accordingly. The Lord Himself was the one who said, "And the truth shall set you free." He also said, "Woe to those who stir up dissension." And this is what the press does - 247365. You see, the two specific references to light in Scripture are as follows: The angel of light - the devil, whose light blinds us from the truth; and, The Light of Christ, whose light guides us to the truth. In addition, when we become short sighted or myopic about things, we tend to misapprehend, or worse, change what is actually printed. Here is what I said: "Hillary has some; however, I don't believe that 'living' in the White House for eight years qualifies her for the job." Here is what you wrote: "...saying that living in the White House was her lone qualification--well, even you know that's biased and false." You're right it is biased and false because I never said that. Living in the White House could never qualify anyone for the position. As I said, a person who hangs around a bakery and buys, and eats, continuously, doesn't necessarily know how to bake. We were a free nation; we are not any longer, at least in the sense that we were meant to be. We have the appearance of being free, but we are a mirage, and our last real oasis is being demolished. Now no one has to believe in God's mighty power and existence if he/she chooses not to, and keep in mind that God does not force the issue either. He has given us the choice. Much of the left is not concerned with Scripture because it is diabolically in opposition to what those on the left embrace. Then we have many who, while they fully believe, do not take God's Word seriously, (which by their poor example as Christians and Jews, discourage the unbelievers from ever coming around) See: 2 Timothy 3:1-9. Let's face it, until the truth be told - every time and every day - we will never be free, period.
Phil Brooks January 22, 2014 at 09:51 PM
George, You're not helping your argument when you make an unsubstantiated claim that people in the news media are "druggies." // Here's the deal, and from someone who worked in the business (CBS, though I was on the technical end and not a reporter, producer or management)... TV news panders. They're shills. In order to gain access, they must pander. After all, if they get too aggressive on a story, people don't talk to them. And a good reporter needs sources. Start sniffing around too much, and the sources dry up. Many so-called news broadcasts are involved in cross-promotion for other shows on that network. Hence, they're shills. Many news outfits don't have the time or money to get involved in serious investigative work. So, they resort to so-called "quick and dirty," "rip and read" (the stuff off the wires) or, in the case of the cable outlets, get involved in talking head stuff. It's simple and cheap. Case in point, at least at the local level... What was the lead story the last couple days? The snow. Six inches of snow in January was the lead story for two days. Pardon mon Francais, but snow was the lead story in January for two fucking days. July? You've got a story. January? Come on. But, worse than that, the news outlets are telling you that's the best they can do. And that's damned pathetic while eliminating any morsel of credibility they had left. // If newspapers can figure out how to make money off the Internet (and, in my opinion, they blew their chance), those are the people you should pay attention to. They have the time and staff to do investigative work. After all, who broke Bridge-gate? The TV and radio people aren't capable of it. So, it has to be newspapers and, by extension, those websites who sniff around as they're all the written word with some pictures) anyway. If we had to depend on TV and radio only, Christie could be acting like Hitler down in Trenton and it wouldn't be covered. // Don't watch TV; it's a waste of time, even if you're watching an outlet who agrees with the way you think.
George Murphy January 22, 2014 at 10:49 PM
PB - I know we can get along quite well, and I believe also that you are a nice guy. In addition, I have been enjoying the dialogue, here. I realize that the weather is usually at the back of the line, which is not to say that it occasionally takes first spot. It did this week, obviously; moreover, over a year ago, it was long-term lead story in regards to Sandy. In fact, Sandy is still in the news. I am a radio person. I believe that I already informed you that I do not watch TV and I read only a small local paper that covers my town and several others surrounding me. Once in a while (with the exception of the obits) I will log on to APP.com. The few talk show hosts to whom I listen are very well read, intelligent and totally informed. I do this whilst the average uninformed American is watching CSI, Law and Order or the Giants loose. Or perhaps they are playing a "mature" video game with their 10-year-old son on X-Box. I also keep myself informed in a wise manner using the Scriptures because we all need to be getting ourselves ready for the day of departure. I feel sorry for you and so many like you, whom are not serious about the next life. But again, it is your choice and all I can do is inform; it is not my right to force my beliefs upon you or anyone else. It may seem contrary to what I say about the media, which is more than just TV and newspapers. It is everything that comes under the categories of information, education, entertainment and so-called, edification. I say that there is an element in their ivory towers at the AP, who have created so many problems for our public through their bias and misinformation that it is unconscionable. These fashion plates look so good every night, but they are a merely front for the wickedness that goes on behind the scenes. I will give a Scripture reference to you that says it best: Matthew 23:27-28 May I suggest that you read these references. This way you will know that I back up what I say with substance, and not my own dribble.

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