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Stuart G

(38,674 posts)
Thu Jan 16, 2014, 10:07 AM Jan 2014

What Christie Did To Get A Reputation As A Political Bully Even In College

Source: Talking Points Memo

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is no stranger to accusations of political bullying and backroom dealing like those at the heart of the bridge scandal. TPM has found one of the first times the brash political brawler faced such claims was in the mid-1980s when he was an undergrad at the University of Delaware.

There, student newspaper archives show, Christie was accused of establishing a college political machine that rewarded his friends and drove his classmates out of student government. One fellow student even wrote to the paper to decry Christie's "cronyism" and question the legitimacy of the future governor's reign.

The accusations have have relevance anew now that the potential 2016 presidential contender is facing the biggest turmoil of his career with the uproar over the George Washington Bridge. Democrats in New Jersey have accused members of Christie's administration of using their power to close lanes on the bridge, causing a traffic jam in the town of Fort Lee, N.J. as revenge against the mayor there. Christie's office did not respond to a request for comment


Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/chris-christie-college-political-machine



Good By Asshole...."I am not a bully".....another quote from article below:
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"Though Christie and his future wife seemed to indicate the lack of opposition was beyond their control, others apparently felt there were more sinister forces behind their dominance. In a letter published in the April 27, 1984 issue of the review entitled "Christie cronyism," a self-described DUSC member named Richard Abbott suggested Christie's undemocratic tactics drove others away from student government."
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George II

(67,782 posts)
1. This certainly is no surprise at this point - looks like he started training early...
Thu Jan 16, 2014, 10:22 AM
Jan 2014

(PS - typo in your subject)

Titonwan

(785 posts)
2. There Be Dragons
Thu Jan 16, 2014, 11:03 AM
Jan 2014

This thug is a danger to the common man (regardless on what the mainstream media tells you) and he's allowed anywhere near the whitehouse- we are certainly doomed to a full blown police state and naked fascism.


"Christie is the caricature of a Third World despot. He has a vicious temper, a propensity to bully and belittle those weaker than himself, an insatiable thirst for revenge against real or perceived enemies, and little respect for the law and, as recent events have made clear, for the truth. He is gripped by a bottomless hedonism that includes a demand for private jets, huge entourages, exclusive hotels and lavish meals. Wall Street and the security and surveillance apparatus want a real son of a bitch in power, someone with the moral compass of Al Capone, in order to ruthlessly silence and crush those of us who are working to overthrow the corporate state. They have had enough of what they perceive to be Barack Obama’s softness. Christie fits the profile and he is drooling for the opportunity."
http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/21207-chris-hedges-the-trouble-with-chris-christie
You know what? Hillary is beholding to the same people. We have NO choice with these two. Nada.

calimary

(82,607 posts)
5. Well, you can either have Hillary nominating Supreme Court justices - or you can have
Thu Jan 16, 2014, 11:26 AM
Jan 2014

chris christie doing it. You like antonin scalia? You'd get eight more of him if christie's in charge. I'd suspect he'd have his minions looking for ways to create openings in the Supreme Court that he could then fill. If you've pulled this shit since college and only earned good stuff like more prominence and higher office and more sycophants and more people doing more bowing and scraping, and there seems to be no check on this and no downside - well then, why wouldn't you keep overreaching? Welcome to the "fuck 'em, who's gonna stop me?" mentality.

Thanks but no thanks. We DO have a choice. Some might call it a lesser-of-two-evils kind of thing. I call it a no-brainer.

Titonwan

(785 posts)
6. With her record?
Thu Jan 16, 2014, 12:19 PM
Jan 2014

Good lordy baby jeebus but we've have dropped our standards on what a 'democrat' is. Both of these sycophants to big business are dangerous to modern democracy. I bet you defend this corporatist shill we now have as potus, too.
Keep tootin' the Goldwater Girl's horn, but I'm not buying this crap. If we don't rally for a true progressive/liberal then it's all over but the cryin'.

A Simple Game

(9,214 posts)
8. Darn right we do have a choice, and you're right it is a no-brainer.
Thu Jan 16, 2014, 12:25 PM
Jan 2014

How about we pick someone other than the ones wall street picks for us? Or don't you think we should have anything to say about it?

I don't want someone that is already bought and paid for by wall street, do you?

on edit: correct stupid spelling error

Titonwan

(785 posts)
9. Citizens vs United
Thu Jan 16, 2014, 12:29 PM
Jan 2014

pretty much solved this 'dilemma' of us having to decide! Thanks rapidly growing fascist state!

A Simple Game

(9,214 posts)
10. Citizens United is a problem, as is DU at times, but the last time I was in
Thu Jan 16, 2014, 12:42 PM
Jan 2014

a voting booth there was no one else in there with me; I made my own choices.

Rarely are there only two choices.

JDPriestly

(57,936 posts)
11. Actually, the nominationg process is not very open. The rank and file get to line up behind
Thu Jan 16, 2014, 12:57 PM
Jan 2014

candidates that have been vetted and picked by some mysterious process that involves a lot of corporate money. That is the reality. And there are usually only two choices with enough money behind them to get to second base. I think that the Wolf-pac initiative to get states to pass an amendment establishing that corporations are not people for the purposes of the Constitution and especially the Bill of Rights and that elections should be entirely funded with public money is a good idea. It's hard to get the wording right, but the idea is important.

We have the impression that we pick the candidates in a democratic manner, but in fact very often the news media and the gossip-mill members of the press do it for us.

A Simple Game

(9,214 posts)
12. I know that most of the selection process for the major parties is still done in the back rooms, but
Thu Jan 16, 2014, 01:24 PM
Jan 2014

there are more than two choices in most elections.

Stuart G

(38,674 posts)
4. Yes, warrior..you are correct. "...and he will fall."
Thu Jan 16, 2014, 11:09 AM
Jan 2014

Rarely, do we get to see the play, live and in person, for all to see. And this one, is clear, simple and to the point.
Bully, gets what he has coming.. gets it back...He is a consummate, selfish, fucking, greedy asshole. And ..He will Fall..
Nice to see it for a change..

Titonwan

(785 posts)
7. Yer gonna be really surprised
Thu Jan 16, 2014, 12:22 PM
Jan 2014

when he shrugs this all off like water off a duck's back. He's got a DEMOCRAT powerhouse that put him in the Governors mansion over a Democratic candidate.
"He is backed by the most ruthless and corrupt figures in New Jersey politics, including the New Jersey multimillionaire and hard-line Democratic boss George Norcross III."
http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/21207-chris-hedges-the-trouble-with-chris-christie

And wall st. fuckin' loves his Al Caponish like ass. Our votes don't fuckin' matter! It will prolly be Christy vs Hillary. Just like the bankers want it. Now shut the hell up and vote for one.

rocktivity

(44,655 posts)
14. He may be able to hold on to his governorship, but his cover as a bipartisan moderate is blown
Thu Jan 16, 2014, 02:44 PM
Jan 2014

and he is at the very least guilty of participating in the Bridge(t)-Gate coverup. Most important, "Governor Soprano's" presidential opponents, Dem or GOP, will need only to ask two simple questions about him:




rocktivity

rocktivity

(44,655 posts)
13. Foo-kin-bee-YOO-tee-ful!!!
Thu Jan 16, 2014, 02:38 PM
Jan 2014

This should be introduced as evidence, along with every other act of retribution. Then all the prosecution has to ask the jury is, "Does he sound like someone who would allow an operation with the scope of the bridge closing happen without his knowledge or consent? Forgetaboutit!"


rocktivity

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