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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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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- Soledad O'Brien Thumps GOP Congressman Over His Opposition To Hurricane Sandy Relief

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