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(Huffington Post)   Did Republican media darling Chris Christie deliberately create a traffic jam on the nation's busiest bridge as political payback? And, no, he didn't do it by blocking the lanes with his body   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 14
    More: Interesting, Chris Christie, Republicans, traffic reporters, Port Authority  
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2013-12-10 12:39:08 PM
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ManateeGag: um, it's New Jersey.  there is a lot of traffic in new jersey.  especially the bridges.  there's no grand conspiracy.


While this story is probably nothing, this comment is just stupid. Do you think that people decided to one day start blaming traffic on Christie for no reason? Of god damned course there was a bit more than "there was a lot of traffic" to the story. Otherwise, people would be calling for the heads governors in every state every day.
2013-12-10 11:42:15 AM
2 votes:

ManateeGag: um, it's New Jersey.  there is a lot of traffic in new jersey.  especially the bridges.  there's no grand conspiracy.


So a close personal friend and political appointee of Gov. Christie arbitrarily and without advanced notice shuts down two of three lanes of the busiest bridge in America in order to conduct a non-existent traffic study that just happens to significantly impact the town run by a Democratic mayor who refused to endorse Christie for reelection, and this sounds normal to you?
2013-12-10 11:31:42 AM
2 votes:

ManateeGag: um, it's New Jersey.  there is a lot of traffic in new jersey.  especially the bridges.  there's no grand conspiracy.


he shut down two of the three lanes for a "traffic study" that didn't exist.
2013-12-10 02:15:33 PM
1 votes:

Cletus C.: Here's something especially unfunny from Jay Leno.


You: The joke you're all making fun of is comparable to something Jay Leno would say.
Everyone else: Exactly.
2013-12-10 02:05:23 PM
1 votes:

Cletus C.: CorporatePerson: Cletus C.: Felgraf: Cletus C.: If Jon Stewart said it you'd probably be laughing your ass off. Even if you didn't get it.

Bitter/obsessed much?

(LOL OBAMACARE really isn't a very good joke, lad.)

Why not? It seems like a perfect comic foil. Topical. The appearance of typical government bumbling. Easy to exaggerate. Does it hurt your feelings when people joke about it? Is that it?

Failing miserably at comedy is a pretty creative way to threadshiat.

Thanks for weighing in Skippy.

Let me bring you up to speed:

Somebody said this:
I read that he did it to show support of the affordable care act by turning that part of New Jersey into the traffic equivalent of the Obamacare website.

See, a massive traffic jam being compared to healthcare.gov, political finger blame-making and such. Not Noel Coward but kind of amusing. Hardly "failing miserably" unless you're so entrenched int he politics of it all you're completely humorless.

Then someone else gets all offended because something, something:

Actually, he did that by expanding Medicaid, but thanks for playing.
/Did you put your back out twisting this into an ACA issue?

I then say something about it's just somebody being funny, panty bunching whatever.

Then, others weigh in with conservative humor, blah, blah.

Sad, really. Such misguided and wasted fervor.

 Here's something especially unfunny from Jay Leno.

"According to a new report, more than 700 fake Obamacare websites have been created. Security experts say it's simple to identify the phony sites because they are easy to log on to."


Have you considered that, maybe, the constant response of "why won't anyone find this joke funny!" after a tepid response to a meh joke is, for lack of a better phrase, pretty lame?
2013-12-10 01:43:01 PM
1 votes:

Cletus C.: Felgraf: Cletus C.: If Jon Stewart said it you'd probably be laughing your ass off. Even if you didn't get it.

Bitter/obsessed much?

(LOL OBAMACARE really isn't a very good joke, lad.)

Why not? It seems like a perfect comic foil. Topical. The appearance of typical government bumbling. Easy to exaggerate. Does it hurt your feelings when people joke about it? Is that it?


Yeah, that's it. People laugh at Jon Stewart's jokes about Obamacare but not farkwad Q Slapdick's because they it hurts their feelings when people joke about it. That makes sense and is the only possible explanation.
2013-12-10 01:19:30 PM
1 votes:
Back on topic, this is really, REALLY weird. Especially the bit about how port authority officials were told *NOT TO TELL THE HEAD OF THE PORT AUTHORITY*.

Something definately stinks, though it may or may no go back to *Christie*. It could have just been his friend trying to get 'payback' without Christie knowing. Still really bad (And I would hope illegal).
2013-12-10 01:17:10 PM
1 votes:

Cletus C.: If Jon Stewart said it you'd probably be laughing your ass off. Even if you didn't get it.


Bitter/obsessed much?

(LOL OBAMACARE really isn't a very good joke, lad.)
2013-12-10 01:11:07 PM
1 votes:

ckccfa: redmid17: I read the article and have very little to actually contribute. I was just in Fort Lee though, and I can tell you the traffic coming from both sides really sucks. Fort Lee also sucks though, so there's that.

It's Jersey.  All of Jersey sucks.


I'm from New Jersey, and don't worry, we don't like you either.
2013-12-10 12:52:40 PM
1 votes:
One more example of why I will never again vote for a repub. He seems to have his heart in the right place, but there's no way to tell if it's true. There have been too many repubs in the past few years who look you in the eye, lie through their teeth, and once they're in office, either blithely renege on their promises or pull some other weird shiat no one was expecting and completely unrelated to the issues they ran on.

In the final analysis, if Christie really was one of the good guys, he would not be repub. I understand looking out for Number One, but there needs to be a limit to how much you will betray your principles to achieve your goals. The repubs have long ago passed that limit.
2013-12-10 12:49:09 PM
1 votes:

ManateeGag: um, it's New Jersey.  there is a lot of traffic in new jersey.  especially the bridges.  there's no grand conspiracy.


Yeah, this sounds like a pretty stupid move to use as "political payback", he's affecting the commuters more than any rival politician.
2013-12-10 11:42:02 AM
1 votes:

abb3w: Since the George Washington Bridge goes between two states, doesn't this give plenty of room for the US Senate committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation to also start poking in their noses? I wonder if Senator Rockefeller is inclined to stir up the toxic waste pool to see how much sludge will stick to Christie.


Trafficghazi! Yes, hearings until the end of time.
2013-12-10 11:34:22 AM
1 votes:

ManateeGag: um, it's New Jersey.  there is a lot of traffic in new jersey.  especially the bridges.  there's no grand conspiracy.


2 out of 3 lanes were closed down for days. The excuse was a "traffic study". Nobody seems to be able to produce any documents showing that an actual study was taking place or even talked about. Bridge employees, ambulance and local police were never notified anything was happening. It's SOP to notify the locals for any lane closures.

A Port Authority official with close ties to Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is resigning after state lawmakers questioned whether lane closings on the George Washington Bridge that led to extensive traffic backups in September were politically motivated.

The official, David Wildstein, will resign as the director of interstate capital projects at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Jan. 1, according to a letter he wrote to the agency's deputy executive director, Bill Baroni.


Mr. Wildstein is a close friend of Christie. He has a cushy job, and he just quits?
2013-12-10 11:12:35 AM
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Since the George Washington Bridge goes between two states, doesn't this give plenty of room for the US Senate committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation to also start poking in their noses? I wonder if Senator Rockefeller is inclined to stir up the toxic waste pool to see how much sludge will stick to Christie.
 
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