Christie marches on as controversy at home unfolds
January 17th, 2014
05:09 PM ET
6 months ago

Christie marches on as controversy at home unfolds

(CNN) - Gov. Chris Christie hits the road this weekend to headline private fundraisers in Florida, but the political crisis he leaves behind in New Jersey could still follow him south.

The Republican, viewed as a formidable potential presidential candidate in 2016, will likely face questions in closed-door sessions with Republicans in the Sunshine State.

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  1. GonzoinHouston

    Whoo-wee, this thing is keeping on like the Energiser Bunny. I first though it would go over like Benghazi, but I was clearly mistaken. The ironies are wonderful; A partisan political attack has come back around as a much larger partisan political attack. The right wing's longtime theater of the scandal de jour has inspired the kind of scandal-mongering that the right could have only dreamed of.

    "Complete the common phrase for $100,
    'Payback is....'"

    January 17, 2014 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. wendel

    don't you mean Christy waddles on. ?

    January 17, 2014 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. A Kickin` Donkey

    People in New Jersey have not drop kicked Chritie because they are not as shallow and put off by Christies "in your face" persona. They are not intimidated or as judgemental about that personality. However, that doesn`t mean that public opinion polls won`t showw a sudden and precipitious drop if the Bridge Vendettta Inquiry ultimately shows that petty, Sopranos-style" retribution by the CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION was the primary driver behind the lane closings. The common, everyday "Joe" was impacted by Christies actions; he seems to have not respect who he precisely works for. When that shoe drops, ssso too will Christies NJ opinion and when the bottom falls out of that, his national following will be even worse.

    January 17, 2014 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. Randy, San Francisco

    Business as usual? Not really, especialy when Gov Christie hired a law firm to represent him. Tax payers of New Jersey should not be footing the bill for his legal defense team.

    January 17, 2014 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Of course he's just marching on...he's got O'Toole, who is mentioned in those emails as someone Wildstein was going to go meet with about the lane closures, sitting on the NJ senate's investigating committee. O'Toole is also a partner at a "crisis management" law firm. The dude should be a witness sitting before the committee, not on it. NJ's Board of Bar Overseers should keep an eye on whether he recuses himself.

    January 17, 2014 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  6. Ol' Yeller

    This committee in charge of this investigation has been granted a two year window on their power of subpoena. This is not some hastily thrown together 'wave some papers around and claim evidence', derwood issa clown show... this is the real deal, with real allegations of malfeance, real evidence of wrongdoing which goes straight to the Governor's office, and real efforts to stonewall and cover up by christie himself ("there still may be a traffic study" – huh!?!). They have appointed a bulldog of of prsecutor to head this up and christie has lawyered up... (for all you Bhengazi freaks.... you remember this when christie's 'full cooperation' turns into the 5th-Hillary answered all their partisan questions and by ALL accounts from senior republicants, she kicked their a s s es).
    Is it wrong I that I'm smiling?

    January 17, 2014 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  7. LacrosseMom

    Only a matter of time before Christie is impeached. He knew full well about the bridge shutting down, he is no fool but was in full control of his staff. I am old enough to remember Watergate, and how conservatives excused Nixon over and over …..until……..the truth came out. AND……. the TRUTH always comes out!

    January 17, 2014 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Gov Christie has hired a law firm to represent him.

    Can't he take the fifth ?

    January 17, 2014 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  9. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    I stopped liking him when he cancelled The ARC Tunnel. It's been downhill from there. He is no better than Walker, Kasich or Scott. he just comes across as a regular guy. He isn't!

    January 18, 2014 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  10. Marie MD

    The bridge-gate and the medicare-gate governors together in Florida.
    What can go wrong?

    January 18, 2014 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  11. sifto

    enough about NJ bridge, already–America could care less about eastern elites...please focus on REAL problems confronting us..

    January 18, 2014 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  12. Anonymous

    I still haven't come to grips with the "viewed as a formidable candidate" meme being floated by the MSM. There has never been anything remotely appealing about this man to begin with. As it stands we are just know getting the facts of his "doctrine of governorship" when in fact this all should have been made public before his reelection. Obviously the Democrats really, really wanted him as their opponent come 2016. Quite understandable.

    January 18, 2014 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  13. Thomas

    Why did he fire people who worked for him for doing there job ?

    January 18, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  14. Thomas

    Why did Christy lie about personally putting the orange traffic cones out on the GWB ?

    January 18, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. A True Conservative

    Dear Lord – we MUST bring this man down at ANY cost – he could defeat Hillary if we don't!! Fortunately there is nothing on her out there.....like a dead ambassador due to her lack of ability....she will prove to be just as competent as Barack (aka Sgt. Schultz) Obama......

    January 18, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. jerseyproud

    So this guy has these major scandals blow up in his lap involving most of his inner circle and decides it's more important to go across the country raising money for other governor's campaigns than to get to the bottom of the scandals? Mr, Christie you were hired to govern New Jersey. So let me give you the same advice you gave that teacher this summer, "Shut up and do your job."

    January 18, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. Mike VA

    NSA, Benghazi, Fast & Furios, IRS, Obamacare

    January 18, 2014 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  18. Thomas

    @A True Conservative
    Dear Lord – we MUST bring this man down at ANY cost – he could defeat Hillary if we don't!! Fortunately there is nothing on her out there.....like a dead ambassador due to her lack of ability....she will prove to be just as competent as Barack (aka Sgt. Schultz) Obama......

    ====

    Why do you hate Betty Crocker ? Why do conservatives like your self think Ted Cruz and Chris Christie are honest ?

    January 18, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. Rusty Krus

    @sifto
    enough about NJ bridge, already–America could care less about eastern elites...please focus on REAL problems confronting us..

    You mean like mid west and deep south rednecks who wish they were still fighting the civil war?

    January 18, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @A True Conservative
    Dear Lord – we MUST bring this man down at ANY cost – he could defeat Hillary if we don't!! Fortunately there is nothing on her out there.....like a dead ambassador due to her lack of ability....she will prove to be just as competent as Barack (aka Sgt. Schultz) Obama......

    You should direct your message to the career criminal Darrel Issa, who wastes millions on fruitless witch hunts.

    January 18, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  21. ChrisM

    More Subpoenas have gone out in this investigation. This is just the start of the investigation. And Christie is the man the republican governors association elected to lead them into the future. Ha, good luck with that republicans

    January 18, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. Mike VA

    IRS, Benghazi, Fast & Furious, NSA and all of you are worried about a little bridge closing in NJ? That's the problem with the left.

    January 18, 2014 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. Clabber

    How long, I mean just how long? What he did is something I would expect from The Penguin or the Joker.

    January 18, 2014 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. jerrylax

    i see he is guilty with out facts…the usual leftist tact….distortion and etc…but that's ok right? We deserve what we get..

    January 18, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    jerrylax
    i see he is guilty with out facts…the usual leftist tact….distortion and etc…but that's ok right? We deserve what we get..

    January 18, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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    At some point you and all your cohorts should ask yourselves why you continually are given inept and dishonest candidates to run for office. Once you've all gotten past that hurdle, you can actually support candidates without having to first spend your time making excuses for the candidates you are given to vote for. Sarah Palin ring a bell? Mitt Romney? For the past decade we've had a slew of candidates thrown our way; Palin, Cain, Ron Paul, Santorum, Gingrich, Romney. And each one of them should never have been given media time, so I do understand your willingness to blame the media. However, you need to first blame your party leadership for who THEY determine is THEIR candidate. Shouldn't be a hard lesson. Just use your talking points against the one man you've all rallied against for the past 5 years. That guy who WAS elected TWICE by a citizenry who can actually discern the electable from the unelectable without media and party leadership telling them who to vote for and sending people out like lost sheep trying to hold up a candidate who should never have been nominated. This my friend is the difference between making up talking points (such as the FOX debacle against Obama) and having facts actually bring politicians to their knees (Christ Christie).

    January 18, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
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