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Chris Christie 2010, Meet Chris Christie 2014: Campaign Funds Edition

As Bridgegate continues to snowball, Bloomberg has reported that the Christie election campaign team is trying to use leftover campaign funds to pay for their lawyers.

Would you like some context? How about this: In 2010, when Christie prosecutorial target Wayne Bryant was headed to jail, he attempted to use leftover campaign finance  funds to pay for his lawyers. What did the NJ State Supreme Court think of this.. er, efficiency? It went a little something like this:

“…contributors do not expect that their candidate’s election will be a stepping stone to a criminal indictment.”

And that’s one to grow on.

Quote of the Day: Walks Like A Duck Edition

Punctuating his denial of involvement in the growing GWB scandal, Governor Christie tells us:

This behavior is not representative of me or my administration in any way…

Except that’s exactly what it is, by definition. Does the governor hope to confuse people as to what words mean and how they are used? Ridiculous.

It’s classic Christie to spit in your face and tell you it’s raining. But this is like saying that up is down. And no one is buying it.

Quote of the Day: Seaside Heights Edition

Here’s Governor Christie as quoted on page 6 of today’s Star Ledger, referring to firefighters who battled this week’s tragic blaze at Seaside Heights:

“That’s the ingenuity and the bravery of the firefighters. And let me tell you, they took a beating there physically, fighting that fire back at Lincoln Avenue. But they held it off and they deserve great credit for that.”

Yes, they do deserve great credit! However, these same brave first responders also deserve the unfettered, unencumbered right to come to the bargaining table without accusations of greed, selfishness, or being overpaid.

Meanwhile, the governor himself referred to the scene of the fire as a “backdrop” for his briefing. So in the spirit of that little nugget, here’s a bonus quote:

“Language matters, ladies and gentlemen. Language is a window into attitude.” – Governor Chris Christie

Workers’ Rights In Fulop’s Jersey City: So Far, a Mixed Bag

Newly-minted Jersey City mayor Steven Fulop is wading into workers’ rights, but seems to be of two minds.

On the bright side, he’s pushing to require any Jersey City company with over 10 employees to provide all full-time employees five sick days per year. If it secures passage, this measure would be the first of its kind in the Garden State, making Jersey City one of the most progressive cities in the country on this issue.

On the other hand, Mayor Fulop also wants new police hires – called “Special Reserve Officers” – to be prohibited from joining the police union or engaging in any collective bargaining. According to Fulop’s Public Safety Plan, these SROs would be involved with “parking complaints, traffic control, backing up other police units, walking patrols, crowd control, and processing of prisoners.” They’d be paid hourly and have none of the contractual rights of their full-time counterparts. Fulop’s plan indicates that these officers would be used “In addition to, rather than instead of” the existing police force, but it’s not clear what that means, since parking complaints, traffic control, backing up other police units, walking patrols, crowd control and processing of prisoners sound like things that must already be going on, assumedly by full-time, unionized police officers. One can only conclude that by offloading these duties onto hourly non-unionized officers, Jersey City will either shrink its full-time police force, or re-assign the officers currently performing those tasks to other duties within the department.

The irony here, of course, being that it seems doubtful the hourly SROs would qualify for Jersey City’s sick day mandate, leaving a two-tiered employment system within the Jersey City Police Department. What do you make of it all?

What Does Back To School Mean to Chris Christie? Apparently, Not Much.

Although Governor Christie didn’t allow reporters into the room when he gave his speech to national Republican leaders at the party’s annual summer meeting, the important tidbits have emerged, and they are ugly.

But amidst the admissions of naked political ambition and boilerplate anti-union, anti-middle class screeds, Christie once again rolled up his tough-guy sleeves to take a swipe at all the nerds out there:

“I think we may have some folks that believe our job is to be college professors… You know, college professors basically spout out ideas that nobody ever does anything about.”

It’s bad enough that he ended a sentence in a public speech with a preposition that way – but college professors as ineffectual do-nothings? I think history would beg to differ. Then again, history is dumb book stuff for pussy “intellectuals” such as the following college professors, who never did anything or affected the world around them in any way:

President Barack Obama

President Woodrow Wilson (A NJ Native son)

President George H.W. Bush

President William Howard Taft

President Bill Clinton

Madeline Albright

Maya Angelou

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Albert Einstein

Jimmy Carter

C.S. Leiws

Plato

Noam Chomsky

Al Gore

Lee Lessig

Spike Lee

Cornel West

Marie Curie

Diane Ravitch

Justice Steven Breyer

Secretary of State John Kerry

and so on.  

Cory Booker, Waywire and CNN Conflict of Interest

Everyone knows that Cory Booker loves social media – heck, at times he seems more interested in Twitter than in Newark! But it seems Booker’s love blinded him to an obvious conflict of interest over at Waywire, the Silicon Valley startup in which he holds a stake worth millions.

As reported by the NY Daily News, Waywire gave a paid consulting gig – including stock options – to the 15-year-old son of CNN boss Jeff Zucker. That kid must be a genius! Why else would Booker and his team have brought him on board?

Of course, once this news went public, the deal was off. Gee, why could that be?

Cory Booker, Waywire and CNN Conflict of Interest

Everyone knows that Cory Booker loves social media – heck, at times he seems more interested in Twitter than in Newark! But it seems Booker’s love blinded him to an obvious conflict of interest over at Waywire, the Silicon Valley startup in which he holds a stake worth millions.

As reported by the NY Daily News, Waywire gave a paid consulting gig – including stock options – to the 15-year-old son of CNN boss Jeff Zucker. That kid must be a genius! Why else would Booker and his team have brought him on board?

Of course, once this news went public, the deal was off. Gee, why could that be?