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Chris Christie: ‘People will be held responsible’ (Update)
Politico ^ | January 8, 2014 | ELIZABETH TITUS and MAGGIE HABERMAN

Posted on 01/08/2014 3:00:59 PM PST by Timber Rattler

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday he is “outraged” by newly released documents linking a senior member of his staff to the closure of lanes on a major bridge in September — shutdowns that caused massive traffic jams and sparked allegations that the closures were the result of political retribution.

The Republican, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, denied personal knowledge of any plans to close the lanes and vowed that “people will be held responsible for their actions.”

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“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. One thing is clear: this type of behavior is unacceptable and I will not tolerate it because the people of New Jersey deserve better. This behavior is not representative of me or my Administration in any way, and people will be held responsible for their actions.”

Christie previously had denied his staff played a role in the lane closures and even mocked reporters for asking about the issue when it emerged months ago. He said a traffic study prompted the closure. But the emails tell a different story, potentially undercutting Christie’s reputation as a truth-teller who doesn’t play political games.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: bridgegate; chrischristie; christie; corruption; fortlee; newjersey; newjerseyfatman; randsconcerntrolls; rino
Talk about throwing your staff under the bus. This guy is worse than Obama. Does he actually expect people to believe that his staff acted without his knowledge, knowing how much of a micromanaging control freak he is?
1 posted on 01/08/2014 3:00:59 PM PST by Timber Rattler
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To: Timber Rattler

Christie hates his subjects, just like most royal ‘rats.


2 posted on 01/08/2014 3:03:36 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Timber Rattler

Ya, I don’t believe he did not know. However, I don’t think he threw them under the bus. I suspect he covered for them but told them if the truth comes out then the gig is up.


3 posted on 01/08/2014 3:05:18 PM PST by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: Timber Rattler
Christie previously had denied his staff played a role in the lane closures and even mocked reporters for asking about the issue when it emerged months ago. He said a traffic study prompted the closure. But the emails tell a different story

...what a jerk

4 posted on 01/08/2014 3:05:31 PM PST by BookmanTheJanitor
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5 posted on 01/08/2014 3:05:40 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Timber Rattler

Feigned indignation.

If he didn’t know about the plan, it shows his lack of control over people in high places in his administration.

If he did know about the plan, the the culpability is with him.


6 posted on 01/08/2014 3:05:48 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: Timber Rattler
It's going to be tough for Christie to make it through this:

GWB lane closures delayed EMS response to 4 calls in Fort Lee

It also took EMS seven minutes to reach an unconscious 91-year-old woman who later died of cardiac arrest at a hospital. Although he did not say her death was directly caused by the delays, Favia noted that “paramedics were delayed due to heavy traffic on Fort Lee Road and had to meet the ambulance en-route to the hospital instead of on the scene.”

As a factual matter, Christie can certainly argue that the 91-year old may have died even with a faster response time, etc. But politically, he's f*cked (pardon my language).

7 posted on 01/08/2014 3:07:44 PM PST by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: Timber Rattler

David Wildstein is the one who actually shut down the traffic lanes. He worked for the New York & New Jersey Port Authority and happens to be Mr. Christie’s close friend from high school. He was also appointed to the Port Authority by Christie. So it is very hard to believe that Christie knew nothing about this.


8 posted on 01/08/2014 3:08:12 PM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: onyx

That’s great onyx!


9 posted on 01/08/2014 3:09:01 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: Timber Rattler

ROTFLOL. Only the ones against him. He is a joke. Am getting really tired of these little minds in politics playing their petty little games.


10 posted on 01/08/2014 3:09:14 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Timber Rattler

Christie = Obama


11 posted on 01/08/2014 3:10:34 PM PST by CountryClassSF
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To: Timber Rattler

“I am outraged and deeply saddened “

Boilerplate focus group tested BS with no thought put into it.


12 posted on 01/08/2014 3:10:37 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Timber Rattler
Excellent news all around.

If he was involved, he's done politically outside of Jersey.

If not, it illustrates that he has poor judgment in hiring those surrounding him and those he hired think they are above the law and he's still done politically outside of Jersey.

13 posted on 01/08/2014 3:11:58 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Timber Rattler

The person will serve more time than illegals stealing ID’s.


14 posted on 01/08/2014 3:13:20 PM PST by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: Timber Rattler

Just like his buddy Obama...doesn’t know anything. Just found out about this scandal by reading the paper, watching news.


15 posted on 01/08/2014 3:15:22 PM PST by rainee (Her)
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To: vbmoneyspender
From the NY Times article:

Mr. Christie’s handpicked chairman of the Port Authority, David Samson, was also involved in the closings, according to the emails, which describe his efforts to “retaliate” against New York officials who had not been told of the changes and sought to ease the gridlock.

16 posted on 01/08/2014 3:15:22 PM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: Timber Rattler

He’s full of crap.


17 posted on 01/08/2014 3:20:11 PM PST by Williams (No Obama)
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To: CaptainK

Your two points are very similar to mine in post #6.

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This does point out why it is better to consider presidential candidates from the ranks of governors, rather than senators and representatives.

Governors must act during their terms in office. Thus, we get a chance to see how they have responded and expect how they would act in presidential affairs. We also get indicators of the types of people they would appoint to various federal positions.

Senators and representatives get to hide behind faux votes and speechifying.


18 posted on 01/08/2014 3:21:17 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: onyx

LoL!


19 posted on 01/08/2014 3:22:47 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: TomGuy

That’s right. The Buck Stops With Krispy!


20 posted on 01/08/2014 3:23:49 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Timber Rattler
... people will be held responsible for their actions ...

It happened in September? That statement sounds so much like statements that followed the U.S.S. Cole bombing, the Kohbar Towers bombing, F&F, Benghazi, IRS scandal, etc., etc., etc. ad infinitum political promises of accountability ...

21 posted on 01/08/2014 3:25:24 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Timber Rattler
“people will be held responsible for their actions.”

((((( HOLDING BREATH )))))

22 posted on 01/08/2014 3:26:51 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: Timber Rattler

Has Christie fired any staffers yet? Of course he is not going to fire any
staffers. If he fires them, they will point the finger back at him.


23 posted on 01/08/2014 3:27:56 PM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: Paladin2

Maybe he should try running on the Rat ticket? He would fit right in, although it would be a tight squeeze.


24 posted on 01/08/2014 3:28:57 PM PST by Truth29
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Didn’t know about it until he read it in the paper... a proven dodge.


25 posted on 01/08/2014 3:32:13 PM PST by Rio (Proud resident of the State of Jefferson)
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To: CountryClassSF

Yep. He sucks. I hope this bops his fat a$$ out of any chance in 2016.


26 posted on 01/08/2014 3:34:21 PM PST by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Timber Rattler

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53cJQC0gVak


27 posted on 01/08/2014 3:46:42 PM PST by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: Timber Rattler

Fat boi is DOA politically outside of jersey.


28 posted on 01/08/2014 3:53:23 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: All

You didn’t think that any was gonna stick to the fat man didja?!


29 posted on 01/08/2014 4:03:41 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Timber Rattler

Wait until the criminal investigations begin.


30 posted on 01/08/2014 4:03:52 PM PST by sunrise_sunset
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To: CaptainK
Excellent news all around. If he was involved, he's done politically outside of Jersey. If not, it illustrates that he has poor judgment in hiring those surrounding him and those he hired think they are above the law and he's still done politically outside of Jersey.

Mark Levin hinted he may have more baggage than we know and it maybe a reason Romney looked him over. Jersey, Corruption, and this screams of Big City Boss type mentality and actions and that is for starters. Maybe more shoes to drop? Who knows....

31 posted on 01/08/2014 4:12:37 PM PST by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks....)
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To: tennmountainman
There won't be any trail. He didn't tell them to do this. Like all good Catholic boys, he remembers well Henry II's line from Becket, "will no-one rid me of this troublesome priest?" Did he tell 'em to do this? No. Absolutely not. Did he approve? You betcha he did!

There will be no more evidence than there was that Obama personally set out the barriers around the WWII memorial, or told the NIH not to give Joe Sixpack's kid chemotherapy.

Christie may be vicious enough but he loses big points for hiring staff stupid enough to put this stuff in e-mails. That alone shows he's not a Hillary-class presidential candidate.

32 posted on 01/08/2014 4:20:39 PM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Timber Rattler

The fat bag of crap should put himself in jail then and save the taxpayers some money from the impeachment and trial.


33 posted on 01/08/2014 4:22:37 PM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: Timber Rattler

Any chance we can get one of the admins to retitle this: “Chris Christie: ‘(OTHER) People will be held responsible’”?


34 posted on 01/08/2014 4:46:22 PM PST by Blackyce (French President Jacques Chirac: "As far as I'm concerned, war alwaysmeans failure.")
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To: Timber Rattler
Christie I see, will put the fox into the hen house. Chris, you are following Baraq's playbook...

You must have enjoyed swapping spit with the marxist.

5.56mm

35 posted on 01/08/2014 4:49:25 PM PST by M Kehoe
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To: Sooth2222

As of 7:48 PM Eastern Time, Christie has yet to fire the staffer.


36 posted on 01/08/2014 4:50:21 PM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: Timber Rattler

The people who revealed his vindictive actions will be held responsible.


37 posted on 01/08/2014 5:33:35 PM PST by No Whey Jose (What's a tagline?)
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To: Timber Rattler

I hope the RINO goes down fast!


38 posted on 01/08/2014 5:35:57 PM PST by uncitizen (Obama said 'period', but he meant 'asterisk'.)
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To: Timber Rattler

I hope the RINO goes down fast!


39 posted on 01/08/2014 5:36:00 PM PST by uncitizen (Obama said 'period', but he meant 'asterisk'.)
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To: TomGuy
"If he didn’t know about the plan, it shows his lack of control over people in high places in his administration. If he did know about the plan, the the culpability is with him."

Just like his friend and mentor, Baraq. Birds of a feather.

40 posted on 01/08/2014 5:39:15 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: All

I love this. The MSM will take down Christie for us. I’ll bet the Clintons are behind this.

On to a real Conservative as the Republican nominee in 2016!


41 posted on 01/08/2014 7:02:25 PM PST by ClarenceThomasfan (My dream ticket is Cruz/Rubio 2016)
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To: 11th Commandment
I suspect he covered for them but told them if the truth comes out then the gig is up.

Right, except he probably didn't even have to tell them explicitly. In those circles it's understood that that's how the game is played.

Maybe some other baby boomers will have the same flashback I did: "As always, should you or any of your I.M. Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions."
42 posted on 01/08/2014 7:56:08 PM PST by Eagle Forgotten
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To: Rio

Took lessons from Obama.


43 posted on 01/09/2014 12:34:43 AM PST by publana (Beware the olive branch extended by a Dem for it disguises a clenched fist.)
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To: 11th Commandment

He is pulling an Obama and playing stupid. He knew the woman since high school. His people, his deal. He is responsible.


44 posted on 01/09/2014 4:53:26 AM PST by HollyB
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