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Meet a charming young power couple: Mary Pat Foster & Chris Christie

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NotNailedDownw244h398Forget Bill and Hill,  Barack and Michelle ... meet the younger college Power Couple:  university age Mary Pat Foster and Chris Christie.

Another guest post by our friend hardibear of freerangetalk.com

Continuing to report in depth on the slow Fall of Trenton, Rachel Maddow introduced us to yet another important player's name to memorize in Jersey politicking:  the first incarnation(s) of Governor Chris Christie. It's a must savor. Enjoy the video below.

As the scandals and subpoenas continue to pile up, one more name has surfaced in the list of those Christie has ... 'assisted' to power, shall we say ... that of the aforementioned Miss Mary Pat.

Is anyone that sh-shocked that Governor Arsehole is not beloved of either party from Florida to Texas?? What is of nouveau interest is something the goodly muck-rakers at Talking Points Memo have been reporting on, that the Bully and Bullshit Show has been on the road since his proverbial salad days. [He did have them, WaPo columnist and C. C. critic, Eugene Robinson!] The University of Delaware must be kicking themselves for not seeing what they had let loose on the Northeast.

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Who was the succeeding president of the formidable D.U. Student Congress? Clue: her future brother-in-law Todd managed her campaign, dear man. First Lady Mary Pat Foster Christie is no gubernatorial desperate housewife -- probably why Bravo's notorious Real Housewives of New Jersey people haven't strapped a mic-pack on her. Yet.

Of her unopposed triumph, the outgoing president said to a press he could control, "Mary Pat is a good person and all the experience in the world can't compensate for that", the young Christie told their mutual college newspaper, The Review. Adding that [paraphrased] 'even though Foster · ran unopposed in the election, it was more a sign of silent approval than voter apathy'. 

Oh, he was always this good a truth bender. Mary Pat Foster, however, has played the Good Cop rather well. She may well be a saint and cough completely uninvolved in any iota of the dirtier handwork, but this description of her breadth of skill from her Governor husband just in 2013 speaks volumes. Original story at Bloomberg.  

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie drew laughs at the Pine Brook Jewish Center in Montville last month as he explained the “ugly truth” of his 27-year marriage: His bond-trader wife is his meal ticket.

Courtesy governorasshole dot com

Courtesy governorasshole dot com

Not a bad strategy ... have you SEEN Drumthwacket?! It beats the Soprano Manse by a Jersey mile, the guv'nah couple's current residence.

The governor, a first-term Republican seeking re-election, often boasts that his spouse is the reason he could give up his career as a lawyer and enter politics. A managing director at Angelo Gordon & Co., Mary Pat Christie is the main earner. She also juggles raising four children and oversees a $33 million Hurricane Sandy charity.

Image courtsey Lehigh Valley News

Image courtsey Lehigh Valley News

Of course no other than George Wackadoo Bush brought this pair of career politicians back to life ... following many many campaign donation dollars and Eastern Corridor loyalty promises. Thanks W. Again.

From Drumwalk dot com.

From Drumwalk dot com.

Steve Bennen, Maddow Blog guru and recently seen in select cable programming wonk-heaven moments, has some fresh squeezed juicy goodness,  whilst going back to the original angles. Why, you might ask? Because Rachel is a dying-breed sort of modern journalist, and that is what they DO. Find and broadcast facts. Occasionally after stepping awaaaay from a keyboard and infectious hysteria.

His fine updates continue here.

In December, the governor belittled reporters and lawmakers who took the bridge controversy seriously. Asked about false testimony his top aide at the Port Authority delivered to the state Assembly, Christie said his “curiosity is more than satiated.” Asked whether he look for additional information, the governor replied, “Why would I? … I have a lot of things to do. I know you guys are obsessed with this. I’m not. I’m really not. It’s just not that big a deal.”

"It's just not that big a deal." I think Joe Biden might have a different term (not to mention opinion and some future deserved resentment re the University of Delaware). Massively BFD, Dude. Enjoy the last days at Drumthwacket.

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New emails, interviews: Hoboken mayor under pressure from Christie administration

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Why, it seems like only yesterday that I posted Ruh roh! Chris Christie's brother bought property just before Christie pushed for big overhaul. Oh wait, it was yesterday.

And now it seems like only today that the New York Times is reporting about emails showing that Hoboken, New Jersey Mayor Dawn Zimmer was indeed being pressured by the Christie administration.

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You remember this story, right? Governor "Heartbroken's" allies were oh, so "offended" and started pointing fingers at Zimmer for daring to suggest that she'd been leaned on.

Zimmer alleged that Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno told her that the very pricey Rockefeller real estate project was important to her boss and that Zimmer should “move forward” with it in order to get Hurricane Sandy clean-up funding. The mayor even jotted down contemporaneous notes about the conversation in her journal. Oh my bad, Zimmer's a woman: Her "diary."

She had a meeting scheduled with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to discuss protecting Hoboken from future natural disasters. However:

But according to newly obtained emails sent among the participants, the first topic of discussion on the agenda was “review of concepts for flood control measures at Rockefeller property,” a reference to a billion-dollar office complex proposed at the north end of town. The developer, the Rockefeller Group, which had long been trying to gain approval from local officials, sent two executives, two lobbyists and an engineer to the meeting. [...]

The Christie administration has denied ever linking the Rockefeller project to hurricane relief, an accusation that is now under federal investigation.

But whatever the outcome of the inquiries, the emails and interviews make clear that the development-wary mayor was coming under increasing and repeated pressure from politically connected lawyers working for Rockefeller Group and from the Christie administration.

What's that saying again? Oh yeah:

ruh roh smallerUPDATE via TPM:

A longtime adviser to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) conducted a 2012 poll on behalf of a development firm at the center of one of the scandals that has recently rocked the governor's administration, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

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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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