Christie trumps A-Rod and Bieber on Facebook
January 16th, 2014
02:25 PM ET
10 months ago

Christie trumps A-Rod and Bieber on Facebook

(CNN) - A-Rod and Bieber may have steroids and eggs, but Chris Christie and his bridge have created the most buzz on Facebook.

In the past week in the U.S., the New Jersey Governor was mentioned on Facebook more than pop star Justin Bieber and embattled baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez.

According to Facebook search data, “Chris Christie” was mentioned in Facebook posts, messages and comments more than 271,000 times from last Wednesday to this Wednesday. “Justin Bieber” had 104,000 mentions and “A-Rod” scored 44,000.

Scandals put the big stars of politics, pop and sports in the spotlight this week.

Christie, a likely Republican presidential contender in 2016, has dominated the news cycle since it was revealed last Wednesday that members of his staff may have closed access lanes to the George Washington Bridge for political reasons. The next day, Christie faced reporters for nearly two hours, saying he was “blindsided,” “embarrassed,” and “humiliated.” The story continued Friday after more than a thousand pages of documents relating on the bridge closure investigation. Things didn’t get better for Christie on Monday, when CNN’s Chris Frates broke the story that Christie was being investigation for misuse of Hurricane Sandy funds.

Christie tried to move past the scandals on Tuesday in his annual State of the State address, addressing the controversy before getting to his New Jersey agenda for the next year.

As for Bieber, his latest scandal broke Tuesday when sheriff’s deputies raided his Los Angeles mansion looking for clues after his neighbor’s house was egged. Bieber’s houseguest, a rapper named ‘Lil Za’ was arrested on drug charges during the search. This is just the latest in what’s been a rough year for the 19-year-old superstar. Bieber was accused of spitting on a neighbor in March, speeding through his residential neighborhood in May, and urinating in a janitor’s mop bucket in July.

Yankees third basemen Rodriguez didn't have a great week, either. An arbitrator Saturday upheld most of his 211-game doping suspension, keeping him out of the entire 162-game regular season and postseason in 2014. The ruling could cost Rodriguez $25 million of his salary.

Mentions of Christie, Bieber and A-Rod also spiked on Twitter in the last week, according to data from Topsy.com. Bieber, who has the second-most followed account on Twitter, is consistently a top topic on Twitter, even in a scandal-free week. Nonetheless, Christie topped Bieber on Friday in Twitter mentions. But by the end of the week, Bieber was back on top.


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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    “Chris Christie”

    A Bridge Too Far !

    January 16, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. Tampa Tim

    People in trouble are right up there.

    January 16, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    ...The next day, Christie faced reporters for nearly two hours, saying he was “blindsided,” “embarrassed,” and “humiliated.” ...
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    In other words, Christie took little personal responsibility for the culture that allowed it to happen, blamed it all on his staff, and played a royal flush of victim cards.

    January 16, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. CryBabies

    And Arod is the real liar in the room.

    January 16, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    --watch out, Christie, even media is comparing you to villains, bad guys–mr. Darth Vader. GOP is so pathetic.

    January 16, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. Ol' Yeller

    @CryBabies

    "And Arod is the real liar in the room."
    A-rod is no doubt a liar. But just like people keep saying on here (republicants who want this to go away) there is no proof christie knew.
    Maybe not... but there is already ample proof Christie has lied. Enough to end him? Maybe not, but indeed he has lied and continues to lie.
    I don't know about you folks... but where I am from, you don't need to lie if you didn't do nothing wrong. The fact he is lying, makes me believe he has done something wrong.
    I know republicants do not think this way... a lie is only bad if you have a -D after your name.

    January 16, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. just saying

    the difference between christie and the other two is that there is absolutely no evidence of christie wrong doing. none, zero, nada, zilch. all lies and smear from the known liars, democrats.

    January 16, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. smith

    This whole scandal gets better every day. Dems and liberals are really terrified of Christie. This so reminds of Herman Cain, "the pizza guy". Liberals and dems need to accept the fact in 2016 Obama is done, no matter who wins Obama is still done.

    January 16, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. CryBabies

    @l' Yellar..Read my entries on the previous story...I support a FULL investigation with NO Stonewalling. I reserve judgement til then. What is a "republicant"? Its a silly reference. And no, liars are also represented in the Republican Party.

    January 16, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. mary

    rudy, isn't that what obama has been doing for five years? no responsibility,blamed others and played the victim?

    January 16, 2014 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  11. O'drama ya Mama

    So it isnt just liberal media? You mean to tell me people on facebook who have full control of what they view are interested in this? Now what will the RWNJ come up with?

    January 16, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. just saying

    tom l

    Rudy, I think Burger King is calling you again. Yesterday you tried to claim that people were leaving in droves from Wisconsin when I brought up that their unemployment rate has fallen to 6.5% since Walker took office and their labor participation rate was up. You responded, as you are apt to do, haphazardly claiming that the only reason that happened was because people were leaving and that has led to the better numbers. Well well well. I looked up the population of Wisconsin and noticed that somehow, some way you were incorrect with your assessment as their population has GROWN every year since 2009. You should look into an endorsement opportunity with BK as they have a product that you know very well. It's called the Whopper.
    -–

    rudy used this very same lie with romney in massachusetts and i proved him a liar there too. he just never learns his lesson. just like obama. doubling down on lies is always a loser.

    January 16, 2014 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    ...The next day, Christie faced reporters for nearly two hours, saying he was “blindsided,” “embarrassed,” and “humiliated.” ...
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    In other words, Christie took little personal responsibility for the culture that allowed it to happen, blamed it all on his staff, and played a royal flush of victim cards.
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    When it comes to playing the victim card, Obama has no equal.

    January 16, 2014 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. im a lib

    Christie, Beiber, A-Rod.... who cares about any of them. As long as my government check comes in the mail I'm good to go.

    January 16, 2014 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    But I thought the "Polar Vortex" would have generated more interest. Isn't that what some recent polling data suggested? Something to the effect that no one was paying attention to Christie's "Bridgegate" because they were more concerned with watching the Weather Channel?

    January 16, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. Jered

    From Rudy NYC: "In other words, Christie took little personal responsibility for the culture that allowed it to happen, blamed it all on his staff, and played a royal flush of victim cards"
    ---

    What are you even talking about, a few corrections are needed for your comment. The culture didn't just happen, he created it. And when you look at the sheer number of people involved here, the number subpoenaed, and the scope of the investigation. They aren't all going to play dumb and take the blame. People are going to start talking, and it's not feasible for the scope of the blame to land on low-level staff. On operations that large, higher authorization and approval is always needed.

    January 16, 2014 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. Hairy reed

    He should just blame Bush, a video or global warming and this will all stop.

    January 16, 2014 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. Ol' Yeller

    @smith
    "This whole scandal gets better every day. Dems and liberals are really terrified of Christie. This so reminds of Herman Cain, "the pizza guy". Liberals and dems need to accept the fact in 2016 Obama is done, no matter who wins Obama is still done."

    This whole scandal gets better every day. Yes it does... I totally agree.

    Dems and liberals are really terrified of Christie. Nope... I think a lot of Dems in the state of NJ learned very quickly if you did not stroke his big fat ego then you were going to pay; but 'terrified'... Nah.

    This so reminds of Herman Cain, "the pizza guy". Yea, I'll agree with this. Cain got accused of malfeance. He too (as they all do) played the victim, whined, groused, denied, but then eventually had to quit the race because he knew what was coming (the truth... they can't stick around for that). Will agree with you even more if christie ends up quitting right before the hammer falls. That would be just like Cain.

    Liberals and dems need to accept the fact in 2016 Obama is done, no matter who wins Obama is still done.
    Yeah, I think we all accept that fact. This is America and he is only able to serve two terms as President (republicants got that crammed in after they saw what happens when the Dems do elect a popular and progressive President- they had to wait for him to die) and he is on his second term and it ends right around theat time, so he will be 'done' as it relates to be holding the office of the President. However.... he will go onto to continue helping the Democratic Party for years. Speaking for candidates, fundraising, campaigning. I know this is a real foreign idea for you, but Democrats are able to do that. Republicants.... not so much. I mean, who wants George W. Bush or Dick (with ears) Cheney coming to speak at your campaign event? Romney and McCain sure didn't and stayed away from them like the plague (they lost it on their own- big surprise ... well, McCain had a lot of help from palin, but hey... he picked that loon).

    So yea... I agree with your post for the most part smith.

    January 16, 2014 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. don in albuquerque

    You are correct "just sprayin", no evidence of Christie involved in any wrong doing. Just like there is no evidence, of Obama or Clinton having any responsibility in IRS Scandal, ESA Scandal, or Benghazi. And all these after numerous investigations. What a pathetic bunch GOTP is. "We can't prove a darn thing, but we intend to keep going till we invent the answer we want." Desperate? Much.

    January 16, 2014 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. Tampa Tim

    Mary – If I was brain dead and fed lies from Fox, I would agree with you, but I don't live in fantasy land. I would only remind you that Obama has owned up to any mistake he made. Bush, Christie, Mittens, McConnell, Cruz, Paul and the rest, . . . Not so much.

    January 16, 2014 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  21. Marie MD

    Bieber should be banned from the US and sent back to Canada with rafaelito. Little punk that he is.
    The other two? You reap what you sow.

    January 16, 2014 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  22. Marie MD

    @smith, Obama can't run again 2016 so yes, for once, you are right!

    January 16, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    mary

    rudy, isn't that what obama has been doing for five years? no responsibility,blamed others and played the victim?
    --------------------------------–
    Pres. Obama has taken blame when the blame has been his: i.e.: the healthcare web site rollout. Right wing opinions, rumors, and conspiracies are not facts, nor are they, moretimes than not, based upon actual events.

    Christie's situation is completely different. They say that one bad apple doesn't spoil the whole bunch. In Christie's case, the whole bunch is coming up bad, and he's the only good apple in the barrel. He also happens to be the Big Apple in charge. It would be as if Pres. Obama's entire cabinet, advisors, and campaign managers all showed up in emails conspiring to do dirty deeds. That's the sinking ship that Christie now finds himself in. His entire inner circle that he's worked with for years are all corrupt, except for him? Even Fox News commentators have conceded that BridgeGate is a genuine scandal.

    January 16, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Jered posted:

    From Rudy NYC: "In other words, Christie took little personal responsibility for the culture that allowed it to happen, blamed it all on his staff, and played a royal flush of victim cards"

    What are you even talking about, a few corrections are needed for your comment. The culture didn't just happen, he created it. And when you look at the sheer number of people involved here, the number subpoenaed, and the scope of the investigation. They aren't all going to play dumb and take the blame. People are going to start talking, and it's not feasible for the scope of the blame to land on low-level staff. On operations that large, higher authorization and approval is always needed.
    -------------------------
    What am I talking about? Someone should be asking you that question.

    January 16, 2014 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Liberals and dems need to accept the fact in 2016 Obama is done, no matter who wins Obama is still done."

    Yes, he won't be running again. Good for you for finally catching on to that fact.

    January 16, 2014 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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