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The law firm hired by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is billing $7.3 million for handling bridgegate, a tab the taxpayer will pay. Gibson Dunn billed the state $784,459 for May, June and July, NJ.com said. The firm had already been paid $6.52 million on the legal bills through April. Christie hired Gibson Dunn in January…

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Chris Christie Hits a Scum Bottom in Refusing to Hear Sandy Hook Victims

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Poor little Chris Christie. Some of his most loyal following, the entire Morning Schmoe set at 30 Rock across the water in NYC, has finally given up and given in ... they can't support your callous treatment of the Sandy Hook families looking for common sense gun reform in the wake of their losses.

And of his declaration to veto any gun reform that comes across his desk.

A clear smarmy, sanz conscience Dicque Move that will haunt you if you do indeed attempt to run (or lope) for president in 2016, Christie.

For shame. If you have any. Footage courtesy New Jersey dot com.

Already in full possession of a well-earned 'bully' label, Chris has truly put himself past the pale this time. He refused to meet with the families of the shooting tragedy in neighboring Connecticut, saying he'd already heard their arguments.

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They didn't move him. He then defended his decision to snub them. Which was almost more heinous than the refusal. He feels "extraordinary sympathy" … but will still not give the Connecticut families five minutes of his valuable gubernatorial time.

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Here's how the Starbucks and Scarborough Round Table of Morning Jesters reacted - so imagine how offended the rest of us are!

Christie, no doubt you are going to get plenty of Progressive, Liberal, Gun Reform, Mom and Dem in General blowback on this one. Allow me to add my ten cents.

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Screw you and the very unlucky horse you rode in on, there is no excuse for that arrogant, hubris-filled and childish refusal to even deign to speak with the victims of such a nearby tragedy ... you have never disappointed when it comes to making scum decisions to further your own ends.

May this be one of your largest regrets, and there will be more than a few, Governor Christie. There will be far more than just a few.

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The Schmoe table took it up at the top of their second hour as well, this time with the superb Jon Meacham to add his fine historic opinions on gun safety and the absurdity of the availability of magazine clips; and Reverand Al Sharpton was on hand to be mystified by Christie's hypocrisy and Bully Boy behavior.

A colleague at Free Range Talk, MontanaHome, summed it up poifectly: "How about that wretched-sonofabitch-sorry-excuse-for-a-human-being Christie. Anybody catch his comments yesterday re: Sandy Hook?"

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Samson and De-Liar, Chris Christie Must Be Sweating Bullets

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So we are now up to three major scandales in the Chris Christie saga of defeat.

The reporting here on Bridgegate, SandyGate here and the most recent jump into the muck - Pulaski Skyway-Port AuthorityGate is worth a catch up on, but it was summarized well by New Jersey expert and Up on MSNBC host, Steve Kornacki.

It looks like it is David Samson's turn to start talking. He is definitely back in the nooz, and knee deep in subpoenas and the lofty calibre o' attorneys New Jersey and New York usually reserve for advisor capacity on Law and Order.

Have a gander. The discussion also includes some time with New York Times reporter and Christie expert Kate Zernike and Georgetown Law Prof. Paul Butler.

Grin wide with us, you know you want to.

Poster art courtesy our friend Mel Neuhaus, @acehanna54

Poster art courtesy our friend Mel Neuhaus, @acehanna54  Click to enlarge.

 

Kornacki was on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell to discuss, as well as to deliver a mighty fine summary on Thursday night. The weekend gave him extra time to get facts.

 

When there are District Attorney's on hand brandishing the Martin Act that Eliot Spitzer famously used to hammer Wall Street, Trenton must be getting a very nervous gastric-bypassed stomach.

Shouldn't one listen to the kind of heavy-hitter advisers an organization as 1%er wealthy and obscenely powerful as the Port Authority hires to advise against fraud?

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And such a shame, the timing … The Big Boy Christie had a 'successful' trip to New Hamshire on his "What?!? MOI???!?" Tour.  [Knew those Live Free or Die phuquers next door were up to something, we can feel their Idjit Antics here in Vermont.]

No listening for The Christie.  He simply bulldozes on, while a massive brick wall is being built under and around him - hope he has his Humpty Dumpty uniform at the cleaners.

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Phone logs are now revealing Christie aide calls to the Port Authority with frequency and timing that bodes well for a Securities Fraud indictment.

This is when new-agey prayer comes in handy. Let's get Humpty Dumpty down off that wall of hubris, Trenton is about to Fall. And let there not be a 'buffer zone'.

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Bridge-it Loves Christie

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What is it with boys and their toys? They just won't leave them alone sometimes. They have a fascination that they can't give up -- until they break them.

And NJ Governor Chris Christie may just have crossed that bridge too far.

Now comes another bridge scandal. No, really. Another bridge scandal. You just gotta love this guy, Christie. He doubles down when he thinks he can get away with something. He's determined to leave no bridge unturned.

Here's the latest from the Daily Beast:

The New York Times reported Tuesday that the Manhattan district attorney and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating Christie's office for lobbying the Port Authority to divert $1.8 billion away from a canceled rail-tunnel project and towards repairing the Pulaski Skyway bridge. Pulaski is a state bridge, outside of the Port Authority's purview. The Christie administration recast the bridge as an access road to the Lincoln Tunnel (they're not connected) in order to justify using Port Authority funds. The move is under scrutiny for potentially defrauding bond holders. Under the Martin Act, prosecutors could bring felony charges without proving intent to defraud. The SEC could also take civil action.

What's it all mean? Fraud.

Christie, who boasted he could balance the state's budget in his reelection stump speeches, couldn't. So he diverted funds from a public source, the billion dollar rail-tunnel project. Christie cancelled the project which was already underway then took the unspent funds and used them for repairs that were not authorized. He did it by claiming the bridge was an access road.

A bridge became an access road? Okay, that's stretching it, but we'll move on.

He then claimed this "access road" connected to the Lincoln Tunnel. It does NOT  lead or connect in any way, shape or form to the Lincoln Tunnel. That's like saying the Bridge over the River Kwai connected Burma with London.

So, just when you thought it was safe to return to New Jersey, think again. You may be following road signs from Trenton to New York City and end up in Pennsylvania thanks to Gov. Christie and his new road connection designations.

But if you want to speak to him, you better do it quickly. He may be moving his office to the New Jersey State Department of Corrections.

Looks like he's gonna have a bit more 'splainin' to do, Lucy.

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