January 10th, 2014
11:35 AM ET
8 months ago

Scandal burnishes image of Christie as bully

Trenton, New Jersey (CNN) – Chris Christie's signature tough-talking style earned him plaudits from the press and politicos alike from the moment he emerged on the national stage as a candidate for New Jersey governor in 2009.

It quickly catapulted him into a wider arena, the kind of place most politicians can only dream of: Whispers started coming soon after his election that he could star on a presidential ticket for the Republican Party. He seemed authentic. The real deal.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    "Chris Christie's signature tough-talking style earned him plaudits from the press and politicos alike from the moment he emerged on the national stage as a candidate for New Jersey governor in 2009."
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    Actually, there is a lot of truth to that statement. I've always thought of Christie as a bully ever since he chewed out the laid off teacher, the same one who had just won the National Teacher of the Year Award, who had the gall to question the rationale behind paying for large tax cuts to corporations by cutting back on education.

    January 10, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Someone with Christie's attitude should not be given nuclear launch codes. I know this type of guy all to well. He's got costra nostra written all over him.

    January 10, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    -I bet this wind is all coming from GOP because he is more like a democrat than republican, which some republicans may not like it nonetheless he may be involved in scandal. I bet it is all GOP garbage, drama.

    January 10, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    Ooops. Mr. Christie must be fast losing his political donors at this point in his career.

    January 10, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. ST

    I watched Morning Joe this morning I could not understand why these people are payed. I saw Mika and some other sitting on table praising Christie about what he said during the Press Conference yesterday. Christie is known of what he did/does and not what he says? What he used to say was a big minus to most of people. How come these people at MSNBC have forgotten that Christie didn't take any action during the closure of bridge lanes, now he comes and say something and people like Mika says he did a very good job? What about if he could have come during the closure and said something, that could have been a very bad job? Ah! journalists at their best!

    January 10, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. Sniffit

    And it all fits oh-so-nicely into the story about how and why Christie killed the tunnel project.

    January 10, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "I bet this wind is all coming from GOP because he is more like a democrat than republican"

    You know, I was tempted to go that route too, at least in terms of joking around. I mean, who REALLY wants Christie out of the way here and has the most motivation to accomplish it? Heritage, Club for Growth, Freedomworks, Tea Party Patriots, and whatever else lives under Limbaugh's FUPA...and we know (for the most part) who lies behind them, funds them, etc. But meh...that's tinoilf hat stuff and best kept to a joke unless something comes out.

    January 10, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. sonny chapman

    "Turn out the lights, the party's over".-Willie Nelson.

    January 10, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. John, PA

    Jay Leno said it best:
    'Now That Christie Is Denying Everything He Sounds Even More Presidential'

    January 10, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Randy, San Francisco

    Gov Christie is a fraud and bully. His vindictive hard ball politics is an affront to democracy and insult to voters. His seemingly contrite apology is not sincere or credible.

    January 10, 2014 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "I am not a bully," he said during a nearly two-hour news conference Thursday to address allegations that aides orchestrated traffic jams to punish a mayor who declined to endorse the governor's re-election
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    And maybe you're not, but the thing is that the fish stinks from the head down.
    You hand-picked these aides and "allowed" them to serve in your inner circle suposedly because their values resembled your values right?
    Right.
    Therefore them pulling off this type of mean-spirited political "prank" without even consulting you as you claim kinda says something about them....and you, doesn't it?
    See the problem here Gov?

    January 10, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein

    He claims to have a Jersey attitude. That is wrong. He has a crass and rude attitude which can be found everywhere unfortunately. This makes him less presidential to me. You can tell someone how it is in a better way than he has.

    January 10, 2014 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. rs

    Actually, as the command to shut down Ft. Lee came from Christie's third in command (about 12 feet outside his office door), and as the story evolves that this wasn't retribution against the mayor, but against the Democratic President of the NJ Senate (who represents Ft. Lee) this story has as yet unexplored legs.

    January 10, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Looks like Faux "News" and Darrell Issa are getting a dose of their own medicine. The difference is that this may be a real scandal with criminal implications, unlike the made up scandals of the right.

    January 10, 2014 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote out the Repub/tea bag majority

    @Rudy NYC: "I've always thought of Christie as a bully ever since he chewed out the laid off teacher, the same one who had just won the National Teacher of the Year Award, who had the gall to question the rationale behind paying for large tax cuts to corporations by cutting back on education."

    Me, too. It's easy to shoot your mouth off, especially when you are physically intimidating (Christie always looked like he'd follow up his words with sitting on you).

    He's not a tough guy; he's just an arrogant dushe.

    January 10, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    rs

    Actually, as the command to shut down Ft. Lee came from Christie's third in command (about 12 feet outside his office door), and as the story evolves that this wasn't retribution against the mayor, but against the Democratic President of the NJ Senate (who represents Ft. Lee) this story has as yet unexplored legs.
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    What's even more interesting is that before the emails were released, Christie had nominated his Chief of Staff, Kelly's immediate superior, to be NJ's next Attorney General. Confirmation hearings had been scheduled for next week, and are expected to proceed as scheduled. The confirmation had been expected to have gone routinely and smoothly.

    However, consider what a criminal investigation be launched by the state's highest prosecutor could mean? It would mean that Christie's hand picked AG would be heading the investigation into Gov. Christie.

    January 10, 2014 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. current state of the union

    This is what a real scandal looks like rwnj. Is that a fork I see in the governor?

    January 10, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |