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“I feel badly about the kids. I guess.” January 9, 2014

Posted by WorldbyStorm in US Politics.

Tales of political dirty tricks abound. Anyone who has canvassed or leafletted will know anecdotes of posters being pulled down or covered up and worse. And of course that is but a pale shadow of what happens when there is a sniff of executive authority or state power (however attenuated) and how political opponents are – ahem – dealt with either by provision of services or otherwise to voters or in more active ways, gerrymandering and so on. So this really shouldn’t be a surprise, the tale of how Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey and great moderatish Republican Hope for 2016, is having to firefight some pretty dismal allegations as recorded in this morning’s Guardian about:

…revelations in newly disclosed emails that one of his top aides was involved in a decision to block lanes on the approach to the George Washington bridge, the world’s busiest. The act of petty retribution caused traffic misery in a town with a Democratic mayor, who had refused to endorse Christie’s bid for re-election.

And that expression of sympathy quoted in the headline of the post?

“I feel badly about the kids. I guess,” said the associate.

“They are the children of Buono voters,” Wildstein said, in an apparent jibe against Democratic families in Fort Lee. Barbara Buono was Christie’s Democratic challenger in the November election, which was held less than two months after that text conversation.

There you go.


1. Eagle - January 10, 2014

Whether we like these sorts of political goings-on, they’re just a part of the system. Both sides see nothing wrong with getting at the other. So I’m not that worked up about the fact that some of Christie’s underlings wanted to get at the Mayor of Fort Lee.

I do have an issue with just how stupid these people were. I mean, the used e-mail & text. Any 14-yr-old could have told them that was a bad idea. They inconvenienced tens of thousands of people, probably half of whom voted for Christie.

Just so stupid. Does not speak well of Christie’s ability to surround himself with the best people.


2. CL - January 11, 2014

The U.S is still a democratic republic, but the Governor’s office of the state of New Jersey treated its citizens as if they were the subjects of some medieval monarch.
Christie’s reputation for bullying has been enhanced; as the Republican Party’s main function is the bullying of the poor and powerless his chance of getting the GOP nomination for president has probably increased.
-Former New Jersey Gov. Richard Codey blasted Gov. Chris Christie Thursday, telling Salon “obviously there’s been a coverup”-


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