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Don't believe the Chris Christie hype. He has a "crappy economic record..."

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Back in October, I wrote about the wonderful Dean Obeidallah: Let's annoy the hell out of right wing haters. "You've never laughed this hard at a Muslim."

That very same wonderful Dean Obeidallah has a wonderful post about Chris Christie in the Daily Beast that he shared with me, one that I feel compelled to share with you in a huge way (no pun).

New Jerseyans should be ashamed of themselves for re-electing self-serving, narcissistic Gov. Photo Op. I'm talking to you, New Jersey Democrats. What in the world were you thinking?

All that, and still the guy won by a landslide. That was one of the biggest WTF Moments in recent memory.

Dean reminds us that Gov. MeMeMe ran and won against an unknown, underfunded opponent. He was so excited about a completely expected win against someone who deserved more but didn't stand a chance, that he felt an uncontrollable urge to tell everyone how dedicated to New Jersey he is on four Sunday talk shows.

He's so dedicated, in fact, that he may cut his second term short to run for president in 2016. How Palin the Quitter of him.

Chris Christie’s greatest obstacle to becoming president of the United States is neither his weight nor his conservative credentials. It’s his crappy economic record as governor of New Jersey. [...]

But Christie won big for two reasons, neither of which is his record. First, as a proud New Jersey native, I can tell you Christie connects with New Jersey voters on a visceral level. [...]

To make matters worse for Buono and better for Christie, a number of Democratic elected officials and political bosses broke ranks and either publicly supported Christie or sat out the election. [...]

When governors run for president, their record is their résumé. [...]

Their political opponents, meanwhile, will sift through their record like a CSI lab technician, looking for any hint of failure... It won’t take a person in a white lab coat to uncover Christie’s failings, however. They’re easy to spot. [...]

A lot can happen to the state’s economy between now and then. But unless the economic numbers improve greatly, Christie will be wishing people were still just talking about his weight and not what matters most: his record.

Dean goes on to list Christie's economic record’s lowlights. Please hop over to The Daily Beast for details.

Did I mention that Christie Now Refuses To Say Whether He Supports A Pathway To Citizenship?

And there's this: A Chris Christie Presidency Would Be a Disaster for Liberals. But Democrats vote for him anyway. His treating the president as legitimate apparently makes him a "moderate," and he still got Democratic votes.

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New Jerseyan: "We all know what a disaster Gov. Chris Christie has been... What were Dems thinking?"

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My Twitter friend @marieann66 gets a big hat tip for sending me this link:

Here are excerpts from that must-read letter to the editor at NJ.com:

We have fought and died in the civil rights movement, we have fought for unions and a living wage, we have fought for the rights of women and choice, and we have fought for equal opportunity regardless of gender, sexual orientation, color and religion. Democrats have just re-elected to the governorship of this state someone who is anti-choice, against public education, against raising the minimum wage, against gay marriage and is dedicated to enriching his wealthy friends and patrons.

Real estate taxes are up, unemployment is among the worst in the nation and federal funds for Superstorm Sandy relief have thus far benefited mainly business (as homeowners twist slowly in the wind). This is a giant administrative mess.

I could go on, but we all know what a disaster this governor has been for the state. And let’s not forget that he is trying to pack the state Supreme Court with conservative Republicans.

She started the letter by reminding Democrats that they inexplicably voted against their own interests. She ended the letter, in part, with, "What were Democrats thinking?" What indeed? I have asked the same question over and over and over again:

This is the person who New Jerseyans should have elected to be their governor:

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VIDEO: Hurricane #Sandy "could be Chris Christie's Bain Capital."

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I've been describing Chris Christie as "Noun, verb, Sandy" as a snarky but accurate riff on Vice President Biden's 2007 description of Rudy Giuliani as "A noun, a verb, and 9/11, there's nothing else":

Chris Hayes did America a huge favor last night by explaining what a self-serving, abusive (photo) opportunist Chris Christie really is. Now let's hope people listen, because the New Jersey governor did a great job of pulling the wool over many eyes on election day last Tuesday.

It's shameful how many people admire manufactured optics, cosmetics, and style over policy, character, and substance.

Chris Hayes:

Chris Christie spent the day basking in the glow of his resounding victory last night. But before we get caught up in what he called "the spirit of Sandy" it is worth actually taking a look at the man's record....

The spirit of Sandy that Christie evoked so many times last night is one thing. But the facts of the recovery are something else entirely.

New Jersey received billions of dollars in federal aid to rebuild, and 1.8 billion of that came from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to get people back in their homes. To get that money, Christie promised that 60% of the funds would be reserved for low to moderate income households. Right now, it appears that Chris Christie is breaking that promise...

The Christie administration has released no information on how the federal money is being spent. What we do know came out of a lawsuit that alleged the Christie administration was "improperly withholding data on the funds."

In response to that suit, Christie's government released information on where just a fraction of it all went. Of that money, only 36.9% went to the people Christie promised he would give it to.

The whereabouts of the rest of the billion of dollars remains a total mystery.

We do, however, know where an additional $25 million in Sandy aid went: to a very well produced ad campaign. In fact, a whopping $7.4 million federal dollars paid for this one commercial.

Turns out the firm hired to run the campaign had been chosen over an advertising firm that had bid 40% less, but did not propose using the governor's family in the spot...

Right now, there are thousands of people still out of their homes a year after the storm hit....  Mortgage defaults are up over the past year in the Sandy-hit areas. 75% of New Jersey residents affected by the storm say people like them have been largely forgotten in recovery efforts.

For many people in New Jersey, Sandy was the worst thing that ever happened to them. For Chris Christie, it could be the best....

Chris Christie is not just benefiting politically from a natural disaster, he is benefiting politically from a natural disaster made more disastrous by his own administration's failure to prepare.

During his first term, Christie de-funded the state's Office of Climate Change and Energy. After Sandy, when reporters filed public records requests to New York and New Jersey, they found that New York City's transit plans for severe storms is detailed in five binders, each three inches thick. New Jersey's transit plan? Three and a half pages with everything blacked out.

chris christie sandy victims forgottenJoy Ann Reid:

Chris Christie has perfected this performance of being sort of the great man of the people. That entrances reporters, it enraptures and almost hypnotizes reporters, because it's so "gosh darned everyman," but his actual performance as governor doesn't marry up with the image. Last night he talked about almost as if he was a Marine, not leaving people on the beaches of Normandy. He talked about his big, substantive achievement.

Well, darn it, he hugged people, and people hugged him. It is a minimum standard for a governor to accept federal aid. He didn't do that. And he didn't hate Barack Obama in the process. He gets credit for being able to do that in a Republican party that punishes you for not hating Barack Obama.

Chris Hayes:

That is a low bar....

He is stoking it in his sort of narcissistic fashion. I think Sandy has a potential as a political issue to be his Bain Capital. Because at of end of the day, did you do your job?

More about who Christie really is here.

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Chris Christie to teachers: "I am tired of you people!" Teacher: "If you vote for this man, shame on you." Her letter.

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Teacher basher Chris "Photo Op" Christie is at it again. Jersey Jazzman has the exclusive interview: @GovChristie to Teacher: "I Am Tired Of You People!"

I asked him: "Why do you portray our schools as failure factories?" His reply: "Because they are!"  He said: "I am tired of you people. What do you want?"

"Failure factories"?

The Star-Ledger's Jenna Portnoy:

Christie cut more than $1 billion in state aid to schools in his first year in office.

Well, guess what, Gov, as a former educator and a past, current, and future American, I'm tired of you too:

Check out Jazzman's post, because it's the prelude to the following excerpts of the must-read Letter to Governor Christie from the New Jersey Teacher He Screamed At by the "public school teacher that works an average of 60 hours a week":

Apparently that question struck a nerve. When you swung around at me and raised your voice, asking me what I wanted, my first response “I want more money for my students.” Notice, I did not ask for more money for me. I did not ask for my health benefits, my pension, a raise, my tenure, or even my contract that I have not had for nearly three years. [...]

We cannot keep short-changing our children and taking away opportunities for them to explore and learn. [...]

What do I want? What do 'we people' want? We want to be allowed to teach. [...]

Are you aware that poverty is the biggest determination of a child's educational success?  [...]

Where is all of this money? To me it seems like it is being siphoned right off into the hands of private companies as they reap the benefits of the charter schools and voucher programs that you have put into place. [...]

You have portrayed us as greedy, lazy money-draining public servants that do nothing. I invite you to come do my job for one week Governor Christie. [...]

Has there been back-room meetings as you agree to divert public funds to private companies that are seeking to take over our public educational system? This is my theory. [...]

We want to be respected as we do this, not bullied.

BadAss Teacher,

Melissa Tomlinson

Please go read the entire letter here.

Melissa Tomlinson, you are my hero.

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VIDEO: Why would ANY Democrat consider voting for fraud Chris "No #Sandy Hero" Christie?

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Chris "Photo Op" Christie is way ahead of gubernatorial Dem challenger Barbara Buono in the polls. That means Democrats are supporting him, as well as independents. But why? Just go back and read any one of the following posts, and then fill me in on why any Democrat or thinking independent would vote for such a nasty, self-serving, abusive, hypocritical conservative:

On "All In," Chris Hayes gave me plenty of reasons to add this post to the above list:

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Thank you Chris Hayes, for bringing us this story:

Here's something you might not know about the "Stronger than the Storm" ad campaign. The New York Times, in outlining some Jersey storm victims complaints over how Gov. Christie has managed the recovery, included this tidbit: "They accused him of using the storm for his owning aggrandizement, particularly after he spent $4.7 million in federal money to hire a politically connected firm to produce the television ads, choosing it over an agency that bid less but did not plan to show the governor in its commercials."

...Fair Share Housing Center has sued Governor Christie over Sandy aid.

Has Governor Cristie done a good job of rebuilding New Jersey in the wake of Sandy?

Congressman Rush Holt:

He's done a good job to build his image.

The harder you're hit by Sandy on average, the less satisfied you are with the response of the Christie administration. You made reference to this lawsuit against him on lack of transparency on how the funds are disbursed and only a very small fraction of the funds have been disbursed. And so i think there's a lot that's lacking in the response.

And i also should say, the response should include a forthright recognition of the reality of climate change. And the response should include keeping the government open so that the -- so that the federal funds can actually be distributed. You know, a billion and a half dollars in funds were delayed, HUD funds, because of the government closure....

People from afar, maybe in other states, think that the governor's response has been wonderful. It sure looks good on film. But the closer you are to it, the less satisfied it seems it seems that you are.

Adam Gordon, staff attorney, Fair Share Housing Center:

There's 75% of people that were hit by the storm that they felt that the Christy administration's response doesn't care about people like them.

And in related news, Republican Sandy naysayers now want New York money. Unbelievable.

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VIDEO: Chris Christie, are you afraid of Rachel Maddow? Barbara Buono isn't.

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Meghan McCain said, "I'm kinda done with Chris Christie":

"I used to love Chris Christie. I'm kinda done with Chris Christie right now. Ever since his speech at the convention... he just talked about himself the entire time..."

Beat you to it, Meghs, I've been saying that for years. Here are a few samples of why no Democrat, no woman, no gay, no nobody who respects civil rights-- and civility-- should ever vote for Christie again:

When I was at Netroots Nation last June, I had the good fortune to meet and talk with Christie's opponent in the New Jersey gubernatorial race, Barbara Buono, right after she did my radio host/dear friend Nicole Sandler's show. I was very impressed with both her politics and her willingness to hang out a little after the show when she had so little time and way more important people to meet.

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Last night she appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show, and she continued to impress me with her directness and stands on the issues:

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Rachel Maddow:

Starting this Sunday night, 12:01 a.m., gay and lesbian couples in Asbury Park and Jersey City, and  Newark, and elsewhere around the state of New Jersey, will be getting themselves married. In the wake of the Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act this summer, it was a lower court in New Jersey that ordered that marriages could begin in the state on October 21st...

Chris Christie, the state's Republican governor, has appealed that ruling. He's been fighting it tooth and nail...

In contrast to the Senator Elect [Corey Booker], New Jersey's governor, the honorable Chris Christie, is totally opposed to same-sex marriage. It was he who pushed the lower court's ruling to the state Supreme Court. last year, he personally vetoed a marriage equality bill that passed the New Jersey state legislature.

Chris Christie is the thing standing in the way of same-sex couples getting married in New Jersey. he has been. But for the moment, seems like he's not doing to have a choice in the matter...

Then she played this Buono ad:

I'm Barbara Buono, the only one actually running for governor. Chris Christie's got his sights set on the Republican presidential primary. That's why he defunded Planned Parenthood, opposes abortion rights, vetoed gay marriage and stands with the gun lobby on background checks.

With 400k New Jerseyians out of work, and our poverty rate at a 50-year high, Christie raised taxes on the working poor, but won't ask millionaires to pay another dime. He wants to be president. I want to be your governor.

Barbara Buono:

This is the governor, the first one since Roe v Wade, that's anti-choice. He thinks that politicians should make our health care decisions and not us.

He's anti-pay equity. He vetoed a pay equity bill and called it senseless bureaucracy.

So his social values on guns as well, he's far to the right of most New Jerseyians.

The key is that a lot of New Jerseyians don't know that.... A lot of people don't know he's anti-marriage equality, that he's anti-choice.... that's why we went up on TV today...

The governor has a history of using his office to advance his own political interests. He did it with this senate race. It's less than three weeks before our race, it cost, as you said, a lot of money, and it certainly disenfranchised voters. The lowest voter turnout for a general election in New Jersey history.

 

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Maddow:

Now this is ... the part where I say to Governor Chris Christie: Come on, come on, she did the show, you can do the show. We'd have such a good time. Come on. Come on.

Don't hold your breath, Rachel.

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VIDEO-- Meghan McCain: "I'm kinda done with Chris Christie."

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I've been writing about what a self-serving phony New Jersey Governor Chris "I Never Met a Photo Op I Didn't Like" Christie is for a long, long time:

I've done everything I could to open the eyes of voters-- especially Democratic voters-- who allow New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to bamboozle them into believing he's a charismatic, Just Like You moderate. Your kind of guy!

In reality, Gov. It's My Photo Op and I'll Verbally Abuse You If I Want To is a self-serving hypocrite. Let's expose him for what he is:

Now Meghan McCain is piling on. She was dishing the dirt with CNN's Piers Morgan, and guess who she is so over? That's right, Chris Christie, among others.

McCain:

"Gay marriage has already won."

"A lot of people in the Republican party that really want to cling to the past and every time people say, 'I'm a bad Republican and your father was too moderate, I challenge these people to tell me what's gonna happen if we nominate someone like Rick Santorum, an extreme conservative on social issues."

Jeb Bush "is much more conservative than people realize."

"I like Marco Rubio."

"I used to love Chris Christie. I'm kinda done with Chris Christie right now. Ever since his speech at the convention... he just talked about himself the entire time..."

But she's totally into her dad.

Hey Meghan, what a coincidence, I'm done with Christie too! Then again, I was never not done with him. Sadly, we still can't be BFF because of that "I like Rubio" thing.

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