Priebus, Rove Defend Chris Christie on Bridgegate

No one rules New Jersey governor out for 2016

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Republicans used the Sunday talk shows to defend fellow GOPer Chris Christie after the New Jersey governor struck a contrite tone in a press conference Friday, saying his connection with the traffic scandal won’t rule out a presidential run.

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, praised Christie’s handling of the debacle, saying the governor’s one-and-a-half-hour-long press conference gave him the chance to show Americans he took “ownership” for his “mistakes.”

On Fox News Sunday, former George W. Bush White House adviser Karl Rove made a pointed contrast to a scandal of the Obama Administration and Hillary Clinton, a potential Christie opponent for the 2016 presidential campaign: “The amount of attention paid to Chris Christie makes the coverage of Benghazi at the same time and the coverage of the IRS pale in comparison.”

[Politico]

39 comments
michael.f.passe
michael.f.passe

Of course the GOP is defending Christie, they were praying someone with broader appeal would beat out that slimy little mollusk Ted Cruz  for President. But the bigger problem is the continued impression that all politicians are crooks and one is the same as the other. That plays into extremists being elected because the widespread impression that good government is impossible keeps moderate voters home in disgust, and brings out the ideological extremists (particularly anti-government extremists like Cruz).

rmcnicoll
rmcnicoll

Another Bigger SHOE... Will Drop !
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is asking U. S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) examine how New Jersey distributed FEMA relief money to Hurricane Sandy storm damaged residents.

“I want the federal government to require more from the state in terms of its process,” said Menendez. "People come to me and tell me, ‘I have not gotten access to FEMA rebuilding funds". Menendez said the feds have to re-examine how to make New Jersey more accountable.

(And) Christie's wife Mary is head of a non-profit New Jersey Relief Fund that collected $ 34 million in donations......... and only $ 1 million has been distributed, with none to resident homeowner damages victims ?

ZeeFlynn
ZeeFlynn

Note to journalists: when using a person as an authority on honesty you need to pick one whose own integrity is not for sale to the highest bidder.  Priebus and Rove are clearly poor choices, at least for those who would rather not produce yellow journalism. 

RichardSimpson
RichardSimpson

What a crock of republican horse manure. I liked Christie but this shows he's not above using pervasive republican dirty tricks. The ends justify their means. Now I can't think of one repugnican that doesn't make me want to puke. The henchmen of the 1% are nothing more than little minds with grandiose ambitions. They deal not in facts but are paid to lie and distort. Fox is part of this pervasive cancer on our Democracy. Christie was less disgusting than most.

MikeVa1
MikeVa1

The GOP will have to change their don't tread me signs. They are totally fine with Chris Christie treading on them, their 91 dead or dying mother, their kids, their commute to work, and the laws that Christie put people in jail under. They are totally fine treading on the law. Christie will have to fire his whole staff at this point. Time for an impeachment.

JohnWalker3
JohnWalker3

Of course Rove and Priebus would downplay Bridgegate, they see Christie as the Republican's Great White (and fat) Hope in 2016.  Anyone expecting an objective analysis from these 2 are living in the Right Wing bubble.  

Apparently Time has also been drinking the false equivalency Kool-Aid.  The incident in Benghazi was a result of an incorrect risk assessment by the State Dept. and the Military, the environment was more volatile and dangerous than believed.  

That is not the same  as the intentional wrong doing committed by the Christie Administration and the Port Authority.

NickMiceli
NickMiceli

Christie rules by micromanagement - therefore, either he knew all about the situation or, and in my opinion less likely, he had no control over his administration.  Either way he is still a bully and should never be in public office.

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

In addition to my critique of the selective media bombardment below, I also wish that Chris Christie would resign immediately, and promise that he will never run on the Republican ticket for President.


As a NJ Republican, I've grown sick and tired of his "go with the wind" approach when it comes to politics.  He's no Republican, and is a black eye on our party.

JohnMoody
JohnMoody

Christie has already thrown a woman under the bus and that should fare well in GOP focus groups. Frank Lunz is probably working this angle now. If the mayor of Fort Lee was gay, if the missing child was in the country illegally, if the 91-year-old woman had been a lifelong Planned Parenthood advocate, this could have been a slam dunk for the GOP.

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

The only reason this "scandal" got so hyper-inflated is because of a decidedly liberal, ratings-hungry media.


Debate away.

DavidStrayer
DavidStrayer

Understand that Priebus and Rove need to rebuild their credentials after the 2012 electoral disaster over which they presided.  (Rove ran a PAC that strongly supported a bunch of losers.  Priebus turned out to be a losing head of the GOP.)


They are obligated to defend the likes of Christie from any assault from the outside.  


Besides, Christie's sin, assuming he wasn't directly responsible for the events on the bridge, is that he believes that he and the governorship are one and the same.  He believes himself to be above the rules and the problem here is not that the rules were violated but that the violation was exposed.


He was guilty of overreaching when, as a federal prosector under Bush, he fred to have the Democratic Senator from New Jersey, Menendez, tried on trumped up charges of soliciting sex from minors.  His attitude then, as now, is that he can do anything and it's OK, and everyone must get our of his way.


Firing a staffer was an obligatory but perfunctory move.  The real issue is the swagger and arrogance with which he tries to run the government.  He has imbibed the aphrodisiac of power and become a dangerous man.  


The Republicans, who have little to offer anyway, would be well-advisd to look elsewhere for 2016.  Christie is too much of a risk for them.

DanBruce
DanBruce

Isn't GOP chairman Prince Rhesus paid to defend the flock?

jmcelroy888
jmcelroy888

Mean while, Assange and Snowden are laughing it up. This country's Laws are protecting the Nuts.

allan
allan

Considering "coverage of Benghazi at the same time and the coverage of the IRS pale in comparison", I'll believe that when Fox News is still talking about Bridgegate for months, paying no attention to natural catastrophes or world calamities.  The GOP's sense of victimhood is unparalleled.


xpst
xpst

Looks like Christie's staff routinely uses private email accounts to avoid detection when performing nefarious/illegal acts.  The real problem here isn't lying; the problem is operating a shadow gov't outside public records and scrutiny.  Who knows what might be uncovered with further investigation, especially with potential testimony under oath, and immunity from prosecution for select members of his staff.


If Christie is serious about draining the swamp, he must restructure his office to operate transparently.   The problem that he should apologize for is not impeding traffic, but rather establishing a pattern of retribution using hidden means.  It is OK to remove John Harris as a jurist, but you can't secretly nuke Fort Lee when you don't like the consequences of your actions.

AmusedByItAll
AmusedByItAll

One of the more credible explanations for the debacle of Fort Lee lane closures is that Governor Christie knowingly instigated an act of petty political revenge that endangered the safety of his constituency. What is extremely disturbing about this scenario is that exacting retribution from voters either for their selection of their political leaders or for the legal and legitimate actions of those elected leaders smacks of a “banana republic” view of American democratic processes. In the future, shouldn’t Democratic, Independent, and Republican voters think long and hard about entrusting the safeguards of our American democracy in the hand of such an individual who, at the very least, provided the leadership and a fertile environment for such an attitude to thrive among various individuals closest to their leader?

AmusedByItAll
AmusedByItAll

What is extremely disturbing about the debacle of Fort Lee lane closures is that exacting retribution from voters either for their selection of their political leaders or for the legal and legitimate actions of those elected leaders smacks of a “banana republic” view of American democratic processes. In the future, shouldn’t Democratic, Independent, and Republican voters think long and hard about entrusting the safeguards of our American democracy in the hands of an individual who at the very least provided the leadership and a fertile environment for such an attitude to flourish among various individuals closest to their leader?

DavidG
DavidG

These republicans just don't get it. A screwup by underlings in Benghazi is nothing like deliberately screwing thousands of ordinary citizens in order to get back at a political opponent. 


In fact BridgeGate is far worse than the Clinton and Lewinsky scandal - what Clinton did was a personal matter, he did not screw thousands of citizens including commuting children. 

berryls
berryls

It's a sure sign that Republicans are on the ropes when they start equating themselves with Democrats to try to share the blame.

ConwaytheContaminationist
ConwaytheContaminationist

Democrats and Republicans are two sides of the same corroded, base metal coin.


Jackanapes Obama and that fat slob Christie are proof of that.

manjoe1775
manjoe1775

@MikeVa1 , conservatives dont like christie anyway  he`s an establishment delusional hail mary that just got sacked

allan
allan

@DavidStrayerWe may think otherwise once the 2016 GOP clown car is assembled :D  If anything like 2012, Christie will look like a gentleman and a scholar by comparison.

MikeVa1
MikeVa1

@DanBruceHis primary job is to make sure the deals flow. You know the ones like "Freedom Industries" poisoning the water of 300k people.

jmcelroy888
jmcelroy888

@DanBruce Going to be interesting to watch how they slip out of this one. They'll go to church, praise the lord, and walk away free men. Its happening at this very moment next door to me.  

Openminded1
Openminded1

@AmusedByItAll Obama did the same thing and got away with. His revenge on certain groups with the help of the IRS and Eric Holder is black buddy Attorney general.

MikeVa1
MikeVa1

@DavidGChristie put people in jail for stuff like this.

MikeVa1
MikeVa1

@Openminded1@AmusedByItAllI fairly sure there are bacteria with more thinking power than the GOP at this point. All you got is BENGHAZI, Kenya, and all that other fantasy stuff.

MikeVa1
MikeVa1

@Openminded1@AmusedByItAllThe IRS did their job on scams trying to take non-profit status. They did their job on Democratic and Republican entities looking for the status. Now you can get back to believing the earth is flat.


AmusedByItAll
AmusedByItAll

@Openminded1@AmusedByItAll

I’d try to give a more concise response to the “apple and oranges comparison” in your reply except your reply is based on a very tenuous supposition and a dubious accusation.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@MikeVa1 @Openminded1 @AmusedByItAll Nice bleeding heart liberal try at the spin, sounds like you work for the IRS. Now you can back to the fantasy world you live in thinking Obama and Holder are not vindictive racist.

AmusedByItAll
AmusedByItAll

@Openminded1@AmusedByItAll

So that those readers following your comments appreciate your openness and don’t get the wrong idea, let me summarize what I infer from your last reply to me: you’re claiming to being both black and stupid; that assertion shouldn’t be considered a claim that those characteristics are synonymous; that your claim doesn’t necessarily apply to any other African American; and that you’re claiming to be relative unique in that respect.

AmusedByItAll
AmusedByItAll

@Openminded1@AmusedByItAll


By the way, I couldn’t find the mental deficit problem “black stupid” referred to or described in any legitimate medical journal, but then again I couldn’t find any 1940s Germany medical journals in my local library. The term sounded as though it might have come from a Dr. Josef Mengele article.


AmusedByItAll
AmusedByItAll

@Openminded1@AmusedByItAll 

So that those readers following your comments appreciate your openness and don’t get the wrong idea, let me summarize what I infer from your last reply to me: you’re claiming to being both black and stupid; that assertion shouldn’t be considered a claim that those characteristics are synonymous; that your claim doesn’t necessarily apply to any other African American; and that you’re claiming to be relative unique in that respect.


Openminded1
Openminded1

@AmusedByItAll So next time you try to be more concise in your suppositions. I live in a world of reality not your fantasy land of dubious bleeding heart liberal bs. Obama and Holder are brothers in many ways and both smart guys with years of experience conning whitey.


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