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News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday, August 29, 2014

2016 Vote for the (Alleged) Crooks! How Rick Perry, Chris Christie, and Scott Walker are Running While Under Investigation. Christie: No point visiting border on Mexico trip, even though he criticized Obama for that. Speaking Spanish isn't a pre-requisite for the presidency, Christie says. Show More Summary

Christie: Making It Easier To Vote Is A ‘Democratic Trick’

During a campaign stop in Illinois on Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie decried efforts to simplify voter registration. He suggested that the higher voter turnout produced by such efforts is harmful to Republican candidates, and that Illinois’ new same-day voter registration statute is a Democratic “trick.” Referring to Illinois joining other states — including [...]

Under Chris Christie Fees to Wall Street Tripled

According to a report by David Sirota for the International Business Times, fees paid out to Wall Street by the State of New Jersey have tripled under the administration of Governor Chris Christie, costing the taxpayers $3.8 billion....Show More Summary

Christie funnels public pension money to Wall Street while pushing cuts on workers

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie doesn't plan to make the state's promised payment—under a law he personally pushed for—to public worker pensions. But while the 2016 Republican hopeful is shorting money intended...Show More Summary

Gov. Christie Shifted Pension Cash To High Risk Funds, Cost Taxpayers $3.8 Billion

Well, there you go. The "means what he says and says what he means" Chris Christie has built up support for his presidential run by setting up an arrange where Wall Street bankers could skim large fees off the top of pension funds, and then turned around and blamed state retirees for the shortfall. Show More Summary

Ledger: In an ideal world, taxpayers shouldn't foot the bill for Christie's Bridgegate camouflage

We flame the Ledger - and especially its head opinionator Tom Moran - plenty when we think they're wrong. Today, they make a crucial distinction between what the public got for Chris Christie's Bridgegate legal bill ($6.52 million) vs. Show More Summary

Chris Christie Berates Woman Over Bruce Springsteen At Townhall

When Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Fallon ripped Gov. Christie in a parody about the Bridgegate scandal, it put a damper on his relationship with his favorite artist. Being made fun of like this over a very important political controversy...Show More Summary

Chris Christie in Panel Land

Hands up: Does anybody take these panels, and lawyer's reports that Gov. Christie arranges to give cover to whatever the hell he wants to do anyway? This is Jimmy Margulies:

Governor Chris Christie’s Office Bills Taxpayers $6.5 Million For Bridgegate Legal Fees

It was apparently not enough for Governor Chris Christie's staff to shut lanes down on the George Washington Bridge violating state and federal law, now the taxpayers of New Jersey are having to pay massive legal bills as Christie and company try to prevent details from the lane closures coming out.

What Judges Know: The Fault for Underfunded Pensions Lies With Politicians, Not Workers

  (AP Photo/Mel Evans) Union members carry protest signs as they march outside the Mercer County Criminal Courthouse before arguments Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Trenton, N.J., over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's plan to use pension payments to balance the budget. Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for August 18, 2014

A Camden County 3-year-old does the ALS Bucket Challenge and calls out DJ Lance, Elmo and Big Bird. And that's where we are with that. Lazy weekend? A lot of the news to catch up on is in our Weekend Roundup. Chris Christie Transparency...Show More Summary

Newark Parents to Chris Christie: We demand a town hall in Newark

As we've seen, the people of Newark actively engaged in their city's future don't shrink away like they're supposed to when rough-talked by the Governor of New Jersey. Some of them went to a beachside town hall not long ago at the other end of the state and a teenage girl asked Gov. Show More Summary

Asbury Park Press Calls NJ GOP Legislators Cowards and Sycophants

The Asbury Park Press did not mince words today with their editorial regarding the GOP Legislators failure to stand up to Chris Christie just once out of his 300 vetoes of bills since he has become governor:...regardless of how wrong...Show More Summary

Chris Christie's Bridgegate Legal Bills: You're on the hook for $6.51 million-plus

Gov. Chris Christie has already has New Jersey in his taillights, but he's left behind for us a scandal-related mess he's expecting others to clean up. And that would be us. Christie's legal bill - costs to be paid by all of us - is now $6.51 million. Show More Summary

Sirota: Chris Christie's Political Team Was In Direct Contact With Pension Overseer During Campaign

Gov. Chris Christie, who made even public safety on a bridge subject to political payback, and who is now running New Jersey policy for the benefit of his coming White House run, appears to have been less than truthful when he promised a firewall between his management of NJ's $80 billion in pension funds and his political operation. Show More Summary

Rep. Steve King on Ferguson: Good to see what kind of character Chris Christie admires.

Here's the guy Chris Christie called a "real leader." Rep. Steve King says you don't have to worry about racial profiling in Ferguson, because "they're all of a single continental origin." Hat/tip to Hetty Rosenstein for the video and the reminder of the kind of character Christie admires, and TPM for posting the video.

One Word: Bridges

promoted by Rosi This is why US Attorney Chris Christie will never become President: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was asked in a recent interview to name one word when he thinks of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), CNN reports. Said Paul with a grin: "Bridges" Hee hee.

New RGA ad for Paul LePage has a lot of euphemisms for 'crazy extremist'

That's a new ad from the Republican Governors Association for Maine's Paul LePage, Chris Christie's new BFF on the campaign trail. And it seems like they might have had a hard time coming up with anything to put in this positive ad to recommend their candidate. Show More Summary

Mikes Blog Round Up

Left in Alabama: Meet the “experts” Alabama hired to defend its draconian abortion restrictions. Down with Tyranny: Chris Christie’s budget balancing doesn’t end well. Democurmudgeon: The two words conservatives find almost as offensive...Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday, August 8, 2014

Morris political figure Joan Bramhall dead in apparent murder-suicide Terrible. The Daily Record has this on Morris County's former GOP county chair and county clerk. Why is Chris Christie going to Mexico? Oh. Port Authorities & corruption...Show More Summary

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