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Thu Mar 27, 2014, 11:28 PM

A Sincere And Heartfelt Apology To Governor Christie

I was out most of the day today and have just had the opportunity to review the investigative report prepared on behalf of Governor Christie by Randy Mastro and his firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. After reading just a few pages of this fine piece of in-depth analysis of the circumstances surrounding the GWB lane closures, it became apparent to me that I owe the governor an apology. I may have given people here on DU the impression that Governor Christie has engaged in a pattern of abuse and misconduct while in office. The Christie Crime Digest currently lists 60 separate instances of untoward or unsavory behavior on the part of the governor and his close associates. Additionally, I have provided several other accounts of incidents and instances of unseemly activity. Someone reading through this list might get the impression that the governor has engaged in a pattern of misbehavior and abuse of his powers. You might even come to the conclusion that he is a person of low morals and for that I am truly sorry. For after reading through this report, I now see that I was wrong and that I never should have given anyone that impression. I have now come to the conclusion that he has NO morals.

He blames everything on Bridget Kelly. He calls Dawn Zimmer a liar. He tells a fairy tale of having tears in his eyes when he learned of his betrayal by his trusted staffers. David Wildstein's claim that he told Christie of the lane closures on September 11th? He has no recollection. He is strutting around like a peacock waving his exoneration for all to see. A report with more holes than an old pair of socks. No interviews with Kelly, Stepien, Baroni, Wildstein or Zimmer, yet is still somehow comprehensive. This report even goes on to sully Bridget Kelly as the "scorned woman" by exposing her relationship with Stepien that they have tried so hard to keep secret. Was this to shed any additional light on the circumstances surrounding Christie's actions? No, it was a gratuitous shot to further diminish her character and credibility. The report goes on page after page, all the while laying blame everywhere else but on Christie and his inner circle of advisers. THEY are the true victims here. Tarred by the behavior of a few bad apples who abused their trust and confidence. It takes a special kind of person to do this. A person with no morals at all.

This report is a huge gamble by the governor. He plays the people of New Jersey as gullible rubes who would believe the findings in this sham of a report. He clings to hopes of running for president as he drops this report on us and then runs to Las Vegas to kiss the hand of Sheldon Adelson and beg for his blessing. He tapes an interview with Diane Sawyer in an attempt to rehabilitate his candidacy because after all, this is all about him. So ignore a career in public service that is replete with episode after episode of abuse and bullying. Ignore the list of 60 (and growing) items in the Crime Digest-they all didn't really happen. Ignore Dawn Zimmer-she's the liar here, right? (in case you need some assistance in this regard refer to Why Dawn Zimmer is Telling the Truth) Ignore the intellectual insult that the entirety of Mr. Mastro's report represents and go straight to the page that says it wasn't his fault. That's all that matters. I'm sorry governor-I completely underestimated the depths of your depravity and what a truly horrible person your are. Here's to hoping that life delivers everything you so richly deserve.

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Reply A Sincere And Heartfelt Apology To Governor Christie (Original post)
Laxman Mar 2014 OP
oldandhappy Mar 2014 #1
VanillaRhapsody Mar 2014 #2
Walk away Mar 2014 #3
Laxman Mar 2014 #5
Cha Mar 2014 #4
ColumbusLib Mar 2014 #6
Laxman Mar 2014 #7
polichick Mar 2014 #34
rocktivity Mar 2014 #8
Laxman Mar 2014 #9
Beach Rat Mar 2014 #23
calimary Mar 2014 #29
rocktivity Mar 2014 #33
Hissyspit Mar 2014 #10
KauaiK Mar 2014 #11
bluestate10 Mar 2014 #12
TreasonousBastard Mar 2014 #13
DeSwiss Mar 2014 #14
passiveporcupine Mar 2014 #15
ReRe Mar 2014 #16
Lint Head Mar 2014 #17
MFM008 Mar 2014 #18
pnwmom Mar 2014 #19
Laxman Mar 2014 #22
Beach Rat Mar 2014 #26
rocktivity Mar 2014 #35
malaise Mar 2014 #20
Laxman Mar 2014 #21
CTyankee Mar 2014 #24
Beach Rat Mar 2014 #25
malaise Mar 2014 #27
calimary Mar 2014 #28
Laxman Mar 2014 #30
rocktivity Mar 2014 #36
Dread Pirate Roberts Mar 2014 #31
Laxman Mar 2014 #32

Response to Laxman (Original post)

Thu Mar 27, 2014, 11:31 PM

1. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has no morals either.

Obviously have tons of t=folk clients. Otherwise they could not afford to be so incompetent.

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Thu Mar 27, 2014, 11:39 PM

2. If this is his stance.....then he must accept the fact that he is the WORST leader ever....

 

and has no business being governor of his own bathroom much less an entire state.....Good luck with your Presidential ambitions Chris Christie...

Oh and by the way Mr Christie....since you have publicly blamed it all on your staffers. I wouldn't be expecting them all to keep their mouths shut for very much longer either...

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Thu Mar 27, 2014, 11:41 PM

3. As a NJ resident I could not be happier that the $1,000,000.00...

that was spent to arrive at this "obvious" conclusion came from mine and my neighbor's hard earned tax dollars.



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Response to Walk away (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 27, 2014, 11:44 PM

5. Every Time You Drive...

down a pot-hole ridden road. Every time you hear about schools that need books and materials. When you read about the failure to make appropriate contributions to the pension fund. No money for a second tunnel to NYC. No money for open space and parks. Just remember how easy it was to find over a million dollars for this piece of....

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Thu Mar 27, 2014, 11:44 PM

4. Let's hope his bullshit gets this treatment..



thanks Lax~

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Thu Mar 27, 2014, 11:48 PM

6. I predict Bridget Kelly is about to sing...

...thus the rabid slut-shaming of her in the report. Rachel was awesome on this tonight!

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Response to ColumbusLib (Reply #6)

Thu Mar 27, 2014, 11:52 PM

7. I Believe That You Have Made...

a very good prediction! This report really puts her in a tight spot. I don't think that U.S. Attorney Fishman is buying it, but it does place her in jeopardy of prosecution necessary to compel her to make a deal. (I hear she she has a lovely singing voice!)

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Response to ColumbusLib (Reply #6)

Fri Mar 28, 2014, 01:37 PM

34. Can't wait to hear her story!

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Thu Mar 27, 2014, 11:56 PM

8. Remorse is good for the soul

Last edited Fri Mar 28, 2014, 01:41 AM - Edit history (1)

Had to make a big public apology myself once:
http://journals.democraticunderground.com/rocknation/432

I guess you'll be shutting down the Christie Crime Digest, then. You should also apologize to its readers for wasting their time, and the DU admins for wasting their bandwidth.


rocktivity

P.S. http://www.democraticunderground.com/1251332290

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 28, 2014, 12:07 AM

9. You Are So Right...

I'm sorry. I'm awfully sorry. I'm so so sorry. I'm terribly sorry. I"M NOT SORRY! HA,HAHAHA!


By the way, that's not the first time you've made me spit coffee on my computer! I shouldn't drinking coffee this late anyway!

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Response to Laxman (Reply #9)

Fri Mar 28, 2014, 08:37 AM

23. They should have paid Mastro's fee with a check made out to "Speci Man"

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Response to Beach Rat (Reply #23)

Fri Mar 28, 2014, 10:09 AM

29. ROFL!!!

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Response to Laxman (Reply #9)

Fri Mar 28, 2014, 01:20 PM

33. I've added Kelly and Wildstein to the DU Political Pout Colliection

In your honor!


rocktivity

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Fri Mar 28, 2014, 12:18 AM

10. That press conference was despicable.

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Fri Mar 28, 2014, 12:40 AM

11. The last 2 sentences....pow!

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Fri Mar 28, 2014, 12:53 AM

12. The in depth report of the investigation of bridgegate was the worst

piece of fiction that I have seen, ever. What fucking moron wrote that report? If you're going to try to vindicate a scumbag, write a believable defense. Hell, a ten year old could have written a better report.

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Fri Mar 28, 2014, 01:22 AM

13. Ya know, I watched NY's WCBS 2 at noon today...

when they did their first report on this massive work of fiction, and while they didn't say much explicitly, from their phrasing and expressions you could sense the amazement and disbelief filling the newsroom.

The next couple of days will be interesting.



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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Fri Mar 28, 2014, 01:35 AM

14. K&R

 

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Fri Mar 28, 2014, 01:44 AM

15. I think he took some lessons from Rod Blagojevich

Just not the right lessons.

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Fri Mar 28, 2014, 02:02 AM

16. K&R

This is all he's got. Nothing. Nada. Squat. It's plainly a confession of guilt. Christie is history.

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Fri Mar 28, 2014, 02:07 AM

17. W H I T E W A S H

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Fri Mar 28, 2014, 02:47 AM

18. he is sure

he still has a chance at POTUS.

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Fri Mar 28, 2014, 03:01 AM

19. Great post, Laxman, but you forgot to mention one key individual the Mastro report left out:

There are no interviews with David Samson, head of the Port Authority.

How could Samson not have known what was going on under his nose?

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #19)

Fri Mar 28, 2014, 08:08 AM

22. You're Absolutely Right. But....

he was probably bitter that Christie didn't hire Wolff & Samson to do the investigation!

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Response to Laxman (Reply #22)

Fri Mar 28, 2014, 08:57 AM

26. But wouldn't that have been a conflict of interest?

How did Wolff & Samson miss out on this job?

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Response to Laxman (Reply #22)

Fri Mar 28, 2014, 02:26 PM

35. DUzy!!!



rocktivity

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Fri Mar 28, 2014, 06:39 AM

20. Excellent post

The report is merely the defense they plan to use - paint the three persons who can destroy him as evil, emotional or unstable.
No one believes this PR BS.

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Fri Mar 28, 2014, 08:03 AM

21. This Delusional Thug...

still believes he can be President! 'Cause just like Popeye-He ams who he ams-and people love him for it. I guess no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the masses.

A long read from NJ Spotlight, but well worth it:

Mastro ‘Exoneration’ Lays Out Christie Presidential Comeback Strategy

Bridgegate be damned.

Armed with a report from his $650-an-hour taxpayer-funded lawyer clearing him of all wrongdoing, Gov. Chris Christie unapologetically pushed back into the presidential race yesterday with a televised interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer in which he disclaimed responsibility for the “inexplicably stupid things” his appointees did when they blocked traffic heading into the George Washington Bridge.

With the release of lawyer Randy Mastro’s internal inquiry giving him an occasion to break 11 weeks of virtual media silence, Christie said Bridgegate hasn’t ended his 2016 presidential hopes, nor would it change his outsized personality.

“I am who I am, and for some people, they love it. I will tell you when I travel around New Jersey, that’s the thing they love the most. I think they love me in Iowa, too,” Christie declared in his first TV interview since the Bridgegate scandal broke, referring to the first presidential caucus state. “I’ve been there a lot. I think they love me there too,” he reiterated, adding that Bridgegate would not be a factor when he makes a final decision on a presidential run a year from now.


http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/03/28/mastro-exoneration-lays-out-christie-presidential-comeback-strategy/?p=1

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Response to Laxman (Reply #21)

Fri Mar 28, 2014, 08:45 AM

24. He's using the same, tired arguments that we have seen from scandal ridden politicans use in

the past. He was "too trusting" of his staff and they betrayed him, he doesn't know why he didn't see it before and he lies awake at night because of it. He talks to cherry picked audiences and then thinks the "people of New Jersey" love him. It's amazing that he even thinks he can get away with this self-serving scenario.

That "investigation" is truly doing him GREAT harm. He woulda been better off not having it done at all and just take his chances with the various prosecutions...even tho that is what he was desperately trying to avoid.

Too bad, guv...

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Response to Laxman (Reply #21)

Fri Mar 28, 2014, 08:50 AM

25. Dawn Zimmer had a good handle on things!

"Randy Mastro could have written his report the day he was hired and saved the taxpayers the million dollars in fees he billed in generating this one-sided whitewash of serious misconduct by the Christie Administration," Zimmer said in a statement. “This report only reinforces the soundness of the decision I made not to cooperate with Mr. Mastro’s so-called investigation. To do so would only have leant credibility to an effort that, unfortunately for the taxpayers of New Jersey, has no credibility or legitimacy whatsoever.”

Zimmer, like Sokolich, provided some documents to the Mastro investigative team, but declined to be interviewed because she, like some lawyers interviewed, regarded Mastro’s inquiry as a “fishing expedition” designed to find out what Christie’s accusers knew prior to top officials in the Christie administration -- including perhaps Christie himself -- being subpoenaed to testify before the U.S. Attorney’s Office or the Wisniewski-Wildstein committee.

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Response to Laxman (Reply #21)

Fri Mar 28, 2014, 09:01 AM

27. Thanks for the link Laxman

He really is a delusional ReTHUG

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Fri Mar 28, 2014, 10:07 AM

28. Rachel Maddow last night was talking about "slut-shaming."

They're gonna blame it on a woman scorned???? What? Oh sure she took it upon herself - to fuck personally with every commuter stuck on the George Washington Bridge for almost that whole September week, to go rogue because Bill Stepien dumped her? Like that has anything to do with anything?????

SHEESH. I hope she sings like Whitney Houston once did (in her prime, that is)! Y'know, they REALLY should not be fucking with her. MAN is the christie-apologist contingent "playing in traffic" with this one!!!

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Response to calimary (Reply #28)

Fri Mar 28, 2014, 10:22 AM

30. It Really Is Crazy....

its breathtaking in its idiocy. Half of my says there must be some kind of strategy to this and the other half thinks its just more of the usual hubris and bullying. I think they are just trying to intimidate Kelly by saying "there's more where this came from". If you saw the tape of Christie's radio show the other night, I think he was engaged in witness tampering. He basically said nobody knows the whole story because Kelly & Wildstein invoked their 5th amendment privileges and as long as they continue to do so (hint hint) nobody ever will.

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Fri Mar 28, 2014, 11:15 AM

31. Why do I get the impression that you really meant this?

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Fri Mar 28, 2014, 11:55 AM

32. Maybe Mr. Mastro Should Have Stuck....

with the family shoe business! (yes this is his family's store in Bernardsville, NJ)




Here's to hoping that his report plays a part in giving Christie the boot! (Mastro's is having a giant boot sale now!)

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