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CNN exclusive: Feds investigating Christie's use of Sandy relief funds
cnn.com ^ | January 13, 2014 | Chris Frates

Posted on 01/13/2014 4:18:44 AM PST by John W

Washington (CNN) -- Just days after dismissing two top advisers for their roles in the George Washington Bridge scandal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is facing questions over the use of Superstorm Sandy relief funds.

CNN has learned that federal officials are investigating whether Christie improperly used those relief funds to produce tourism ads that starred him and his family.

The news couldn't come at a worse time for the scandal-plagued Republican, who is facing two probes into whether his staff tied up traffic near the country's busiest bridge to punish a Democratic mayor who refused to endorse his successful re-election bid.

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: cgi; nsa

1 posted on 01/13/2014 4:18:44 AM PST by John W
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To: John W
I have posted this before, but it seems very prophetic to me:

Instead of the image of the bull in the china shop, I think of the old nursury rhyme, Humpty Dumpty. In this case, Humpty Dumpty is Christie when he takes he GOP off the wall and breaks in pieces after his contentious climb to the top. That will be a tragic outcome at a time when we need unity behind a statesman like a Ronald Reagan in the Presidency.

2 posted on 01/13/2014 4:25:54 AM PST by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: John W

“scandal-plagued Republican”. LOL!

No bias there, nope....


3 posted on 01/13/2014 4:27:08 AM PST by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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To: John W

McCain, Romney, and now Christie - all ignorant of Aesop’s Fables.

The Scorpion and the Frog

A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the
scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The
frog asks, “How do I know you won’t sting me?” The scorpion
says, “Because if I do, I will die too.”

The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream,
the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of
paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown,
but has just enough time to gasp “Why?”

Replies the scorpion: “Its my nature...”


4 posted on 01/13/2014 4:28:58 AM PST by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: John W

Hey Chrisytie, where is your buddy boy Barry at now?


5 posted on 01/13/2014 4:32:16 AM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: jonrick46

Taking GOPe off the wall.


6 posted on 01/13/2014 4:33:24 AM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: All

His hug of Barry will probably go down as one, if not the biggest political gaff in in my lifetime.

Seems that the dogs have been loosed.


7 posted on 01/13/2014 4:34:53 AM PST by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: John W

8 posted on 01/13/2014 4:35:30 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: John W

this is different from the bridge closing how? both going after a political opponent.


9 posted on 01/13/2014 4:36:02 AM PST by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: John W

@frates

If you’d like to tweet the author as to the definition of “scandal-plagued”.


10 posted on 01/13/2014 4:38:15 AM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: John W

This gun grabbing turd can’t sink fast enough for me.


11 posted on 01/13/2014 4:40:06 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: John W

You get it. The GOPe had a great fall. Thank God it was not after the nomination!


12 posted on 01/13/2014 4:41:25 AM PST by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: John W

The media/RAT strategy is to destroy any potentially electable Repubs before they even get to the primaries.


13 posted on 01/13/2014 4:42:12 AM PST by Brooklyn Attitude (Things are only going to get worse.)
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To: caver
“Hey Christie, where is your buddy boy Barry at now?”

Exactly. This is the lesson. In a significant way Christie contributed to the reelection of ‘the one’, and his attempt to appeal to false moderates has gained him nothing, while hurting the rest of us significantly. What was the point? The left will take what you give them, use it, and then go after you anyway.

I guess the other question that comes up is, ‘did the left know about Christie's vulnerabilities prior to the 2012 election, and did this play a role in convincing him to play nice with Obama?’. Who knows.

14 posted on 01/13/2014 4:45:14 AM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: John W
I agree....They were talking about the funds being out...but not being distributed. But they rebuilt the boardwalk real quick...then managed to burn it down.

What the hell is going on in Joisey??

15 posted on 01/13/2014 4:50:16 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: John W

The sharks are circling...

The same press that hohums about Obama staff foibles is attacking Christie with a vengeance.

I’m not a Christie fan, but I think the guy is being piled on.


16 posted on 01/13/2014 4:51:28 AM PST by randita
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To: John W
Stoopid MSM. They're supposed to wait until after Krispy is the nominee before breaking this story.
17 posted on 01/13/2014 4:55:44 AM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: randita

It doesnt make sense to me. If I was Hillary I would have waited to hit him with scandals.Let the GOP get behind him and then bring him down.

Maybe Jeb is behind this with the help of Hillary


18 posted on 01/13/2014 4:56:05 AM PST by RummyChick
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To: Brooklyn Attitude

Yep. Or at least come up with some faux scandals to try to equate with madame Hillary and Benghazi.


19 posted on 01/13/2014 5:00:19 AM PST by what's up
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To: Yo-Yo

It’s about breaking republican momentum for elections later this year.


20 posted on 01/13/2014 5:02:15 AM PST by securityman
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To: randita

traitous Dem lite is getting a taste of the Clinton media machine .
Little Jeffy Zucker was carefully placed to Put the Clinton back in charge of the Clinton News Network .
Jeffy was hoping to be Al Gores Chief of Staff in 2000.Poor Lefty.
Do you recall Jeffy Zuckers kids were seen in the creepy Chairman Mao like video of Hollywood kids signing to our Marxist Muslim in 2008!So uit appears Comrade Hillary ordered a early strike on this useful idiot !


21 posted on 01/13/2014 5:05:51 AM PST by ncalburt ( Amnesty-media out in full force)
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To: John W
Well, of course the Just-us Dept is ‘investigating’.
The goal is to take the current: “Oh Look a Confederate Flag” and add in a burning cross.

If it wasn't serious business, It would be funny. But to me the surprising thing is the timing. Way too early.
Unless, there is something else bubbling up just below the surface.

22 posted on 01/13/2014 5:11:37 AM PST by Tupelo (I am feeling more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: John W
Isn't it interesting that just a couple weeks after NJ Gov. Chris Christie refused to defend one of NJ's freedom-taking gun laws, that he is hit with a major media scandal (the bridge closure) and a Federal investigation?

HE IS BEING PUNISHED. "Bad Chris! You should have stood up for gun bans!" sez the media and the Feds.

23 posted on 01/13/2014 5:14:55 AM PST by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: John W

“Obama hug” - Bringing your opponent/rival in closer, to make it easier to slip the knife in his back.


24 posted on 01/13/2014 5:16:01 AM PST by cincinnati65
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To: John W

Get out the butter, Christie is toast.


25 posted on 01/13/2014 5:19:31 AM PST by hadaclueonce (Because Brawndo's got electrolytes. Because Ethanol has Big Corn Lobby)
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To: John W
CNN exclusive: Feds investigating Christie's use of Sandy relief funds

I don't know how "exclusive" this can be, b/c I read about the the ad-agency thing (didn't go to the lowest bidder, and featured Christie prominently -- sound familiar?) at least 6 months ago. Typical CNN?

(Based on the traffic and lack of beach parking spaces this past summer, the ads -- promoting NJ tourism -- were pretty successful.)

The fact that they are pulling out all the stops against Christie means they must be awfully worried about Hillary. (I didn't think he was a threat to Hillary, but the fact that they think he is a threat speaks volumes.)


26 posted on 01/13/2014 5:19:34 AM 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: what's up

“Yep. Or at least come up with some faux scandals to try to equate with madame Hillary and Benghazi.”

The second part of the media/RAT strategy is to protect and enhance the RAT party and their chosen candidate, hence the NY Times Whitewash of the Bengazzi scandal and virtually ignoring the IRS, NSA, and fast and furious scandals.


27 posted on 01/13/2014 5:22:29 AM PST by Brooklyn Attitude (Things are only going to get worse.)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

‘did the left know about Christie’s vulnerabilities prior to the 2012 election, and did this play a role in convincing him to play nice with Obama?’

Excellent question!


28 posted on 01/13/2014 5:34:00 AM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: John W

I have no doubt this is happening and I have no doubt the existence of this investigation was “leaked” to CNN to help their sagging ratings. After all they are the NPR of television.


29 posted on 01/13/2014 5:34:45 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: securityman

An Obama hug - same as a Judas kiss.

Clears the way for Cruz.


30 posted on 01/13/2014 5:37:09 AM PST by JudyinCanada
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To: RummyChick
"It doesnt make sense to me. If I was Hillary I would have waited to hit him with scandals.Let the GOP get behind him and then bring him down.

Maybe Jeb is behind this with the help of Hillary"

Don't forget Karl Rove...

31 posted on 01/13/2014 5:39:10 AM PST by ~Vor~ (Freeper since 10/98)
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To: John W

Meanwhile, Barack Obama lets Michelle stay an extra week in Hawaii at taxpayer expense as a “birthday present”, and the media doesn’t have a problem with it.


32 posted on 01/13/2014 5:51:53 AM PST by GreenHornet
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To: John W

What I find intriguing is that this is the kind of hit job that’s done against GOP front-runners during primary season; but certainly not now. This means that either CC has already lost favor among the Lib GOP (aka GOPe, etc), else our side is finally learning how to play hard ball (i.e., sinking the hand-picked nominee before they hit the ground running).

We already know no one will want Christie to campaign for them. That’s a good start.

Also a good start is McCain being censured be the GOP in AZ. Word has it ditto will happen to Graham in SC. All this simple means the GOP civil war is on, and a long time coming in my opinion.

But let us not necessarily get our hopes up about Ted Cruz (or anyone else) for the GOP nominee yet. Yeah, I like the guy, but depending on the 2014 election cycle, he may serve us better gaining more tenure in the Senate.

In short, CC is toast, but let’s keep focus on the GOP primaries.


33 posted on 01/13/2014 6:21:08 AM PST by jimjohn (You don't get the kind of government you want, or the kind you need. You get the kind you deserve.)
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To: John W

Guess Eric ‘the racist’ Holder will call this a PHONY scandal too, just like Benghazi, Fast & Furious and the IRS !!

Oh wait, Christie is a RINO and white so don’t hold your breath !!


34 posted on 01/13/2014 6:28:04 AM PST by mandaladon (The truth about Benghazi is all I want)
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To: John W

Christie is chaRGED with using the government to punish a political opponent.

Progressives using Justice department to punish a political opponent.


35 posted on 01/13/2014 6:39:25 AM PST by School of Rational Thought
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To: RummyChick

It takes Gates’ claims completely out.

They had to play this early. Good


36 posted on 01/13/2014 6:42:53 AM PST by stanne
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To: John W

That didn’t take long.


37 posted on 01/13/2014 6:47:47 AM PST by moovova
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To: John W
 

 

38 posted on 01/13/2014 6:48:12 AM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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Now Drudge has this!

"In an August letter, Pallone asked the Department of Housing and Urban Development inspector general to look into how Christie chose to spend the marketing money approved by the department."

"This was money that could have directly been used for Sandy recovery. And, as you know, many of my constituents still haven't gotten the money that is owed them to rebuild their homes or raise their homes or to help," he told CNN."

Pallone is a tool.

There was no way that they were going to use marketing funds to rebuild anything. The advertising firm, IIRC, is primarily a Democrat firm, and has the advantage that it is located directly across the street from the NJ Capitol building.

FEMA (Obama) hasn't done squat down here at the shore IMO. I don't think a few million in ad money would made any difference.

39 posted on 01/13/2014 6:50:00 AM 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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The liberals in the media do not pay much attention to the internecine GOPe vs. Tea Party battles within the Republican Party, other than to talk about how they're tearing the party apart. We are all one big dysfunctional family in their eyes and they want us all destroyed.

Regarding the Sandy funds, it's irritating but politicians always do this crap - stick themselves in tourism ads, so they get free marketing on the backs of other funding. It's only a crime when a Republican does it. Actually, it's not even a crime then.

All those cheering on the media feeding frenzy over Christie see this as a win over the GOPe. And it is, but that's a tiny side show that's only playing in conservative echo chambers like this one.

The media, and most of the country sees this as a Republican/conservative/Tea Party disaster and they are going to milk this heifer for every last drop. When you start seeing people on this website cheering on Rachel Maddow's latest fevered theory on Christie, you realize that there are some pretty delusional clowns around here who don't see the big picture.

Look out below!


40 posted on 01/13/2014 6:53:15 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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CNN exclusive: Feds investigating Christie's use of Sandy relief funds

....yet, not one PEEP about the Obamacare Website money laundering for the 2014 Democrat Election coffers.

We are ruled under a wholly criminal enterprise.

41 posted on 01/13/2014 7:01:10 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: RummyChick
Maybe Jeb is behind this with the help of Hillary...

I wouldn't doubt it. Maybe they made their sinister plans when Jeb presented Hil!ary with the Liberty medal...on the eve of Benghazi anniversary...

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/09/09/Jeb-Bush-To-Award-Hillary-Clinton-Liberty-Medal

42 posted on 01/13/2014 7:03:19 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: John W
The news couldn't come at a worse time for the scandal-plagued Republican . . .

All propaganda, all the time.

43 posted on 01/13/2014 7:03:36 AM PST by madprof98
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To: Sooth2222
Pallone is a tool....

Exactly. Poor Krispy would've been darned if he did, darned if he didn't. If he'd used the "marketing" funds to *help rebuild* something - they would've screamed that he misused marketing funds.

The fact that he used himself and his family in the ads is creepy, but that's his style...and, another poster said traffic was actually up, this summer. So, maybe he has a measurement that his *ads* were worth something.

44 posted on 01/13/2014 7:17:48 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: madprof98
Exactly. When will we EVER see this? ...

The news couldn't come at a worse time for the scandal-plagued Republican Dim or 0bama . . .

45 posted on 01/13/2014 7:19:47 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: John W

What does Christie think of Obama now?


46 posted on 01/13/2014 7:21:56 AM PST by BinaryBoy (RINOs: Not one dollar, not one vote.)
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