NJ Governor Chris Christie
Flintstone, meet Fred Flintstone
He’s a histrionic personality
From his mansion in Trenton
He’ll do his best to destroy society
Let’s have lunch with twinkle toes
If you can eat and hold your nose
When your with Fred Flintstone
You’ll have a Yabba dabba doo time
A dabba do time
We’ll have a gay old time…………………….
NJ Governor Chris Christie, a former prosecutor ( no surprise ), and wishful 2016 Rethuglican Presidential contender has been battling his binge eating disorder for years, to no avail. He may be a nervous eater, a guy who eats when he’s happy, he eats when he’s sad, he eats when he feels guilty, and the eats whenever he can, perhaps in his sleep. He is a glutton, and a glutton for punishment too so it seems, and he may be eating guiltily more than ever since “BRIDGE GATE”. He brought it all on himself, like slovenly mashing down an oozing fat burger and slopping special sauce all down his starched, old spice scented, initialed cuff oxford cloth, pork stuffed shirt , or like picking his nose and eating it on TV, Mr. Flintstone has fucked himself with a sharp stick.
Funny that Fred is in denial that he will never again aspire to the lofty position of Grand Pooba of the Loyal Order of Water Buffalos. His only friend, besides his Mother, Barney Rubble, tried to tell him that he goofed big time, and that he might as well just can his campaign. All by his own doing, this larger than your average fat guy with a narcissistic personality disorder, compels himself habitually to take risks like reaching for that bowling ball in the closet and having it hit him on the head, or reaching for that rack of ribs and tipping his car over, or reaching for his cell phone to see what revenge he may wreak on not only his political opponents, the public he has sworn to serve, using dirty malicious tricks and abuse of office. Fred just thinks he can get whatever he wants, his way. These are careless risks a crooked prosecutor may be able to get away with against defendant’s without a lawyer, perhaps an incompetent public defender, but risks that politicians who aspire to higher office cannot take and survive if they get caught. Oh, if only it were that easy. When the fix is in, you can get away with murder. Read this to see how .
How The Bridgegate Investigation Ground to a Halt—And Let Chris Christie Zoom Off to Iowa
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie arrived in Iowa on Thursday, surrounded by a media gaggle befitting a presidential front-runner, just as a new poll was released showing him trailing Hillary Clinton by a single point. It was Christie’s first visit to the caucus state in over two and a half years, and he unleashed his charms at GOP fundraisers and on Hawkeye locals, assuring them, “I will be back a lot.”
In Marion, at M.J’s Restaurant, the Des Moines Register reported, the governor “shook hands with just about everyone in the room, from waitresses to a baby girl whose mother was bonked by a cameraman’s equipment as reporters jostled for the best video footage.”
And more than 900 miles away from the excitement, Democrats in Trenton were proving Christie’s viability in a different way.
When evidence emerged linking Christie’s office to the plot to close the bridge lanes in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, Democratic legislators were quick to organize. They formed a committee to investigate him, and since January, they have been calling witnesses and subpoenaing documents in an effort to uncover the sequel to “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee”—the email read ’round the world.
The joint committee, led by Assemblyman John Wisniewski and Senator Loretta Weinberg, formed after it was decided that having separate committees in each branch of the legislature to investigate the lane closures would be a monumental waste of time and money. But now many, including some of the committees own members, are wondering if it’s been a waste anyway.
Asked what the point of the committee was, Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll, a Republican member and former Christie rival, said: “I’m glad you’re on the same page as I am, because I’ve been trying to figure that out for about six months.”
No one has admitted to corruption or obviously illegal behavior. The revelations have mostly been in the form of witnesses either contradicting themselves or other people in their efforts to remember timelines and correspondence. And they failed to force two key witnesses—Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Stepien—to produce documents. Another hit to the credibility of the committee: They have focused on what one member described as the “rinky-dink” operation to close the lanes, when there are other, potentially seriously damaging events being investigated by more legitimate entities.
I met Wisniewski in his hometown of Sayreville the morning that the committee was to be formed in late January, and rode shotgun as he drove to Trenton. Wisniewski had been serving on the Transportation Committee since he joined the Assembly in 1995, thus all matters of transportation in the state were of interest to him. He had co-sponsored the bill which made it illegal to talk on a hand-held cellphone while driving (though that did not stop him from twice breaking his own law when entertaining hand-held calls from “Loretta” [presumably Weinberg] during our hour-long trek to Trenton) and he had long kept a piercing blue eye on the notoriously disorganized Port Authority.
No one has admitted to corruption or obviously illegal behavior. And the investigators failed to force two key witnesses—Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Stepien—to produce documents.
Using his subpoena power as the transportation committee chairman, Wisniewski obtained the documents that uncovered the scandal, which indicated, at the very least, rampant incompetence at a large, powerful bi-state agency that bled into the administration, and, at most, perhaps, a colossal abuse of power from one of the most powerful governors in America. At the time, it made sense to most that there should be an investigative committee.
Eight Democrats and four Republicans formed the initial group, despite cries of a witch hunt from the outnumbered right wing and fears that politics would overtake the process. Some Christie-ites go as far as to charge that letting politics take over the process was Wisniewski’s plan all along. (Something he vehemently denies.)
Wisniewski has a statesman-like demeanor and pleasant appearance that lends itself well to television—something he has capitalized on.
Since November, he has appeared on television—mostly cable, mostly MSNBC—about 80 times. When I first started asking him for interviews in mid-January, they were often pushed back due to his TV schedule, which included traveling to Washington, D.C., to appear on Meet the Press. In his law office, there is an untouched conference room that looks straight out of the The West Wing—shiny, oak table; large American and New Jersey flags, freshly painted walls—which his spokesman told me they sometimes use for remote interviews.
Asked about criticism of his seemingly constant presence on television, Wisniewski said: “That’s an interesting question. You called me. I didn’t call you. It’s a naive, simplistic argument, because if I’ve been on TV, it’s not because I call up and say, ‘Hey, why don’t I come up tonight and talk to you about the bridge?’ These shows, they choose what they want to talk about, and they call me and they ask for information just like you are doing now.”
A network insider said they knew of at least one host who complained about Wisniewski’s aggressive outreach.
Wisniewski claims Republicans are refusing to cooperate with his investigation, and then blaming delays on him. Wisniewski said the governor’s office is engaged in a “protracted document production,” and that GOP committee members are constantly sending mixed signals about the direction of the investigation (one week, Wisniewski said, they’ll want to end the investigation, and then the next, they’ll ask to look into something else.) “If you can’t beat the message, then what you need to do is beat the messenger,” he told me. “I think what the Republicans are doing is they’re pounding on the table.”
Carroll told me he initially joined the committee to investigate the Port Authority and figure out how to reform it—but the group has, much to his dismay, instead focused solely on the lane closures.
“There just doesn’t seem to be a there there,” Carroll said. “If they’ve got a ‘gotcha!’ moment, it certainly hasn’t appeared. They found one email from Bridget—the ‘gotcha!’—and after that, everything’s been sort of on hold. Some of it doesn’t look good, but it certainly doesn’t look like it was corrupt or a crime.”
If there was a crime committed, that would be addressed by the United States Attorney, Paul Fishman, who is conducting his own investigation into the matter. While the scope and exact focus of Fishman’s investigation is not known—because his operation has been, if you are to believe him, devoid of legitimate leaks—it is known that the objective of any U.S. Attorney is to get indictments.
Less clear is the end game for the committee, which calls into question the need for its existence. A relatively expensive existence: close to $800,000 at last count. Not much, compared to Christie’s legal fees, but nothing to scoff at. (Wisniewski said criticizing the committee for legal fees is wrong because of how much Christie has spent on his internal review.)
Wisniewski assures that the point of the committee is to secure checks and balances and also for the benefit of the public—because who knows what Fishman will ever reveal of his findings? There are questions, Wisniewski told me, that “may not ever be answered by the U.S. Attorney process.” But it seems likely that they may not ever be answered by the committee, either. (A spokesman for Christie, Kevin Roberts, declined to comment on the investigation, but noted that the administration planned to “continue to cooperate with appropriate investigations.”)
“Every witness we’ve heard from and every witness we’re likely to hear from gives us the same little speech—it’s 30 seconds long. They say, ‘I didn’t know anything about it,’ and then they spend the next five or six hours repeating that speech,” Carroll said, dismissively.
Within the bowels of the capitol on Thursday, in a high-ceilinged committee room, a modest crowd gathered to hear testimony from Regina Egea, Christie’s incoming chief of staff who served as his liaison to the Port Authority during the lane closures. She revealed that she texted the governor before the lane closures became a scandal, and then deleted the texts—something she said she often does.
It was an interesting piece of information for those watching the investigation closely—but nowhere approaching a smoking gun. It was not an indictment of Christie, nor did it imply Christie’s fingerprints were anywhere closer to the plot to close the lanes than had previously been known.
It was, in short, just another drip in the slow unraveling of so-far largely inconsequential information obtained by a committee that hasn’t made clear what, if anything, it plans to do with all it learns.
In front of another capitol—Iowa’s—the Democratic National Committee staged a counter-attack to Christie’s warmly received visit, intended to remind people about Bridgegate. Undaunted, Christie went about his trip—perhaps proving to Iowa’s Democrats a lesson New Jersey’s have already learned themselves: Keeping a front-runner down is no easy task.
How banning gambling can save Atlantic City
August 17, 2014 | 12:01am
It’s time for one last-ditch effort to save Atlantic City. They’ve tried everything else, so why not this one: Make gambling illegal.
Now is as good a time as any to call it: Atlantic City is dead. The 1970s gambling experiment is a dismal failure that failed to bring lasting economic development.
The Revel, a gigantic, 57-story casino and hotel that is the state’s second-tallest building, was meant to revitalize and rebrand the city, but this week it announced it will close its doors within a month, destroying 3,100 jobs after only two money-losing years.
Gov. Chris Christie lavished the project with $261 million in tax incentives.
That signaled a total reversal of the argument for legalized gambling — instead of an instance of government getting out of the way to allow private businesses to create jobs and tax revenue, it turned into government picking winners and channeling subsidies from taxpayers to multibillion-dollar banks and hedge funds.
As for employment, that $261 million government gamble represents $84,000 for each of those mostly menial two-year jobs.
Not that Christie is the one who created the Petri dish of corruption that is New Jersey. A state agency created to require casinos to reinvest their profits in the rest of the community was reconfigured in 1993 — to allow casinos to instead reinvest that money in…casinos.
The next time you get a chance to vote on legalized gambling, remember: The house always wins.
Revel is the fourth casino to close this year in AC, where only nine are left. Revenues are down by almost 50% since just 2006.
“On a recent visit,” reported Fox Business, “both ‘M’s in the brightly lit entrance to Trump Taj Mahal had burned out, leaving a huge welcoming sign that read Tru p Taj ahal.”
Donald Trump is suing to have his name taken off the joint, of which he no longer owns any part.
Legalizing gambling seemed like a strong idea in 1976, when the referendum that created a bettors’ mecca in AC passed.
People are always going to want to bet, and bringing that activity out into the open promised to attract splashy investment with dazzling new resorts and create lots of jobs that would pump up tax revenues.
These things happened. But the jobs were mainly dismal service gigs, the investment was limited to a thin ribbon of development on the boardwalk and the additional tax revenue came at a cost of so much sleaze and unease that other businesses, and their tax revenues, steered clear.
Economic development is a marathon; legalized gambling a can of Mountain Dew.
It may give you a spurt of energy, but it won’t get you to the finish line.
Gambling simply isn’t like other forms of entertainment — it feeds on desperation and addiction, creating pawn shops and trailer parks instead of a middle class.
You don’t see a row of seedy little stores offering to pay cash for jewelry across the street from the multiplex because “Transformers 4” customers don’t get so attached to the frenzy that they have to stay in the theater all day and all night.
Thirty-eight years into the gambling experiment, unemployment in AC is still at 18%. Median household income remains less than half of what it is in New Jersey as a whole.
The poverty rate in the city went from 22.5% in 1970 to 29.3% in 2011.
And the promised tax revenues? In the gambling era, New Jersey went from the fifth-most highly taxed state to second in the nation (behind New York).
Las Vegas managed to diversify beyond casinos, adding quality restaurants and nightlife. AC didn’t, and as competitors sprouted up in Pennsylvania and Connecticut — and even in Queens, where the Aqueduct racetrack casino near JFK Airport opened three years ago — its fortunes continued to sag.
Gambling (like porn) would create less blight if people participated in it privately online, at home, though you could argue that as a small element of a well-rounded economy, it doesn’t cause much harm to its surroundings.
But Atlantic City is Exhibit A for how not to do gambling, as the single attraction that is supposed to bring in suckers from outside.
What’s the point of throwing more taxpayer money at a failed experiment?
New Jersey should face the reality that AC has been a colossal loser and that it’ll be better off without its temples to addiction. Someday AC could revert to being a charming Jersey Shore destination with low-rise hotels and family fun.
But don’t count on it. Most likely, politicians will continue to talk up AC as though it’s a libertarian wonderland — while frantically shoveling in more taxpayer subsidies conditioned on decisions being made by government commanders in Trenton.
When it comes to gambling with other people’s money, politicians never know when to fold ’em.
Chris Christie is a de-regulator and a job destroyer. He signed off on de-regulating the Atlantic City , NJ Casino Control Act, the statute that legalized gambling in Atlantic City in 1978. This statute specified how many Games supervisors, Pit Bosses, Shift Managers , and Executive positions were required by law to operate a casino based on the number of table games. With a stroke of the pen, Fat Bastard destroyed 1000’s of lifetime careers and put these pit bosses, shift managers and floor people out on the street- or on the unemployment roles. Christie made big friends in the mega corporate world of bottom line profit conscious CEO’s and political contributions flowed into his pockets. These people worked their whole life 20-30 years to reach the positions they held, these were experienced managers that were paid from 50 to 125,000 a year, and the cuts saved the corporations tens of millions in compensation. Casinos are closing in Atlantic City. Revel the 2.5 Billion dollar boondoggle mega resort that cannot turn a profit enough to cover the interest on it’s financing, let alone operating expenses was given hundreds of millions of dollars in deferred tax obligations by Christie to help get it open and given extensions so they could try to sort out their mismanagement and turn a profit. This failed project never should have been built. None of these obligations will be satisfied and the NJ taxpayers are left with the shortfall. Trump Plaza and Harrah’s Showboat casinos are also closing and there will be an additional 6,000 people out of work with no place to find employment in the state. The remaining employees in the other casinos face layoffs, loss of benefits, elimination of full time status and reduced incomes. So what does Fred Flintstone do but approve new casinos in North Jersey at the Meadowlands sports complex in Rutherford, his home turf. The political contributions keep flowing into chubby’s pockets and all he can do is smile and say kiss the bunny rabbit between the ears.
As much as we all hate him and laugh at his ambitions, beware. Nice guys come in last. This is a dangerous dictator, a ruthless Murder Faced, pay to play Rethuglican, who wants to prosecute his enemies and that means everyone who does not lick his balls. Chris Christie is an unstable, spoiled Momma’s boy, a corpulent corporate graft seeker, an extroverted individual looking for an agenda, a guy that will do as he is told, by his handlers for money and power, a despotic tyrant that if given more power, will abuse it more on a national level, to benefit his corporate supporters, much to the detriment of the people.