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(The New York Times)   Governor Christie blocks three lanes of traffic. This is not a fat joke   (nytimes.com) divider line 528
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2014-01-08 03:55:09 PM  

InmanRoshi: LineNoise: Is it right? Absolutely not. Should it be a giant story? Absolutely not.

If he has no ambitions beyond being governor of state, you might could sell me on this (altough it would be a tough sell).

But Christie is said to be the early front runner for the GOP Nomination for the President of the United States, and maybe the front runner of the entire field regardless of party.   And when man is going to stand before the American people in 2-3 years, and plead his case why he should be entrusted with the power of the NSA, CIA, FBI, IRS and a military arsenal capable of wiping out countries many times over, gets caught grossly abusing his power to settle some petty personal vendetta .... .ITS A HUGE FARKING STORY.

Sorry, just is.


No need to apologize. That said, I gotta give a 9.5/10 to LineNoise, as that is some quality trolling. A little subtle for Fark, so I'm knocking a half-point off. ;)
 
2014-01-08 03:55:12 PM  

Cymbal: LineNoise: On the plus side, it isn't like Hudson County is actually Christie's power base.

Like others have said, petty stuff like this is par for the course in North Jersey politics. His administration getting caught the way it did is sloppy though.

As far as abuse of office goes, if this is the worst thing he has ever done, he is probably the most clean elected official we have in jersey. I live a couple of towns south of the GWB. 4 of our last 5 mayors have gone to jail. Our previous mayor was in office for all of a week before he got caught taking bribes, so the hudson county democratic machine is pretty much the last organization that should be throwing stones screaming corruption or misuse of power. Our elections here are rigged and manipulated by them so bad that it is actually comical, so anyone from this area is silly if they are getting bent out of shape thinking crap like this doesn't happen all the time, by both sides.

Is it right? Absolutely not. Should it be a giant story? Absolutely not.

You will see a few folks in his administration step down, Christie apologizes for not catching what happened on his watch or looking into it closer and preventing it. Then a photo op of him in ft lee apologizing to the mayor and its citizens.

Wrong.

He will be forced to resign in less than a week. This story is blowing up like the Hindenburg.


Strangely though, not from anyone on Facebook.  You know the sort - the kind who want to impeach Obama for reasons undisclosed, they are strangely silent right now.
 
2014-01-08 03:55:53 PM  

unexplained bacon: "My mother had to piss in a Pringles can!"


Lol, for reals
 
2014-01-08 03:56:08 PM  

hubcity: Aw, be gentle - he had to deal with the embarrassment of having Arthur Godfrey fire him on the air.


You're my new best friend.

/Eh, Cumpare.
 
2014-01-08 03:56:31 PM  

Cymbal: LineNoise: On the plus side, it isn't like Hudson County is actually Christie's power base.

Like others have said, petty stuff like this is par for the course in North Jersey politics. His administration getting caught the way it did is sloppy though.

As far as abuse of office goes, if this is the worst thing he has ever done, he is probably the most clean elected official we have in jersey. I live a couple of towns south of the GWB. 4 of our last 5 mayors have gone to jail. Our previous mayor was in office for all of a week before he got caught taking bribes, so the hudson county democratic machine is pretty much the last organization that should be throwing stones screaming corruption or misuse of power. Our elections here are rigged and manipulated by them so bad that it is actually comical, so anyone from this area is silly if they are getting bent out of shape thinking crap like this doesn't happen all the time, by both sides.

Is it right? Absolutely not. Should it be a giant story? Absolutely not.

You will see a few folks in his administration step down, Christie apologizes for not catching what happened on his watch or looking into it closer and preventing it. Then a photo op of him in ft lee apologizing to the mayor and its citizens.

Wrong.

He will be forced to resign in less than a week. This story is blowing up like the Hindenburg.


If he does that, things could get very interesting. In the short term, no problem; the Lt. Gov. or whoever's next in the line of succession takes over. However, inauguration day for Governor of New Jersey is January 21, so if Christie resigns in the next week, he'd be resigning for the last two weeks of his first term, and would still theoretically be eligible to be sworn in on the 21st as governor.
 
2014-01-08 03:57:36 PM  

Cymbal: He will be forced to resign in less than a week.


No farking way. Not gonna happen. He just won re-election in a landslide and he's not directly implicated. Unless someone manages to find proof it was done on his orders, he's staying.
 
2014-01-08 04:00:04 PM  

thurstonxhowell: Cymbal: He will be forced to resign in less than a week.

No farking way. Not gonna happen. He just won re-election in a landslide and he's not directly implicated. Unless someone manages to find proof it was done on his orders, he's staying.


A lot of people said the same thing about Nixon when Watergate broke.

This is just the beginning of the shiatstorm.
 
2014-01-08 04:01:29 PM  

thurstonxhowell: He just won re-election in a landslide


You mean like Richard M. Nixon?
 
2014-01-08 04:01:58 PM  
The Bridges of Fattison County

The Portly Authority

A Bridge Over the Wiver Don't Kwai.
 
Bf+
2014-01-08 04:02:44 PM  

qorkfiend: Cymbal: LineNoise: On the plus side, it isn't like Hudson County is actually Christie's power base.

Like others have said, petty stuff like this is par for the course in North Jersey politics. His administration getting caught the way it did is sloppy though.

As far as abuse of office goes, if this is the worst thing he has ever done, he is probably the most clean elected official we have in jersey. I live a couple of towns south of the GWB. 4 of our last 5 mayors have gone to jail. Our previous mayor was in office for all of a week before he got caught taking bribes, so the hudson county democratic machine is pretty much the last organization that should be throwing stones screaming corruption or misuse of power. Our elections here are rigged and manipulated by them so bad that it is actually comical, so anyone from this area is silly if they are getting bent out of shape thinking crap like this doesn't happen all the time, by both sides.

Is it right? Absolutely not. Should it be a giant story? Absolutely not.

You will see a few folks in his administration step down, Christie apologizes for not catching what happened on his watch or looking into it closer and preventing it. Then a photo op of him in ft lee apologizing to the mayor and its citizens.

Wrong.

He will be forced to resign in less than a week. This story is blowing up like the Hindenburg.

If he does that, things could get very interesting. In the short term, no problem; the Lt. Gov. or whoever's next in the line of succession takes over. However, inauguration day for Governor of New Jersey is January 21, so if Christie resigns in the next week, he'd be resigning for the last two weeks of his first term, and would still theoretically be eligible to be sworn in on the 21st as governor.


www.jesuotaku.com
 
2014-01-08 04:02:49 PM  

Cymbal: This is just the beginning of the shiatstorm.


The legislator conducting the investigation said today that the "worst is yet to come".  Christie is gone.  He probably won't resign because he's too much of an asshole, but he'll be impeached, bipartisanly.
 
2014-01-08 04:02:57 PM  

coeyagi: The Portly Authority


Nailed it.
 
2014-01-08 04:04:28 PM  

qorkfiend: Cymbal: LineNoise: On the plus side, it isn't like Hudson County is actually Christie's power base.

Like others have said, petty stuff like this is par for the course in North Jersey politics. His administration getting caught the way it did is sloppy though.

As far as abuse of office goes, if this is the worst thing he has ever done, he is probably the most clean elected official we have in jersey. I live a couple of towns south of the GWB. 4 of our last 5 mayors have gone to jail. Our previous mayor was in office for all of a week before he got caught taking bribes, so the hudson county democratic machine is pretty much the last organization that should be throwing stones screaming corruption or misuse of power. Our elections here are rigged and manipulated by them so bad that it is actually comical, so anyone from this area is silly if they are getting bent out of shape thinking crap like this doesn't happen all the time, by both sides.

Is it right? Absolutely not. Should it be a giant story? Absolutely not.

You will see a few folks in his administration step down, Christie apologizes for not catching what happened on his watch or looking into it closer and preventing it. Then a photo op of him in ft lee apologizing to the mayor and its citizens.

Wrong.

He will be forced to resign in less than a week. This story is blowing up like the Hindenburg.

If he does that, things could get very interesting. In the short term, no problem; the Lt. Gov. or whoever's next in the line of succession takes over. However, inauguration day for Governor of New Jersey is January 21, so if Christie resigns in the next week, he'd be resigning for the last two weeks of his first term, and would still theoretically be eligible to be sworn in on the 21st as governor.


Holy f*ck.  I just gotta say, man.... that's like epic "Obama has had to be sworn in like 4 times for 2 terms" level of "WHOA".
 
2014-01-08 04:04:31 PM  

Cymbal: thurstonxhowell: Cymbal: He will be forced to resign in less than a week.

No farking way. Not gonna happen. He just won re-election in a landslide and he's not directly implicated. Unless someone manages to find proof it was done on his orders, he's staying.

A lot of people said the same thing about Nixon when Watergate broke.

This is just the beginning of the shiatstorm.


You're in trouble when people start talking about how there is no way you are gonna resign over something something something.
 
2014-01-08 04:04:45 PM  

Ctrl-Alt-Del: JerseyTim: The "They are the children of Buono voters" is the most disgusting part. It's basically, "Fark those kids. Their parents don't support us." That is reprehensible. These people should be shunned by everyone.

I wonder how she would feel if someone acted that way towards her precious snowflakes

[media.heavy.com image 640x360]


Holy crap, what the hell happened to their faces?
 
2014-01-08 04:05:12 PM  

Cymbal: A lot of people said the same thing about Nixon when Watergate broke.


A lot of people would have been right if Nixon had never been directly tied to the break-in. Until that happens, the fat guy's staying.
 
2014-01-08 04:05:44 PM  

LineNoise: Like others have said, petty stuff like this is par for the course in North Jersey politics.


Which is fine if you're staying in Jersey.
 
2014-01-08 04:05:55 PM  

Satanic_Hamster: Ctrl-Alt-Del: JerseyTim: The "They are the children of Buono voters" is the most disgusting part. It's basically, "Fark those kids. Their parents don't support us." That is reprehensible. These people should be shunned by everyone.

I wonder how she would feel if someone acted that way towards her precious snowflakes

[media.heavy.com image 640x360]

Holy crap, what the hell happened to their faces?


It's a shop. I can tell by the pixels.
 
Bf+
2014-01-08 04:06:02 PM  

qorkfiend: coeyagi: The Portly Authority

Nailed it.



That one was pretty smooth.
I preferred "The Bridges of Fattison County"
It's so bad it's good again.
 
2014-01-08 04:06:51 PM  
Oh, and you libs just wait.  ANY DAY now they're going to release the results of that traffic study and you'll all be sorry.

You know the traffic study that the Port Authority says never even happened.  That's the one he's going to release.
 
2014-01-08 04:07:26 PM  
Cinematic representation of Christie's state of mind right now: nighthawknews.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-01-08 04:07:53 PM  

coeyagi: unexplained bacon: heap: things i never thought i'd contemplate when i woke up this morning:

1) whether (in a dire emergency or for fun and profit) a pringles can will hold liquid.

that's it. it's enough. it is its own list.

you'd be surprised at all the things a pringles can will hold

The soft, luscious hands of a Republican voter?

[i4.photobucket.com image 570x427]



it's like the Mississippi version of a Chinese finger trap.
 
2014-01-08 04:08:34 PM  

thurstonxhowell: Cymbal: He will be forced to resign in less than a week.

No farking way. Not gonna happen. He just won re-election in a landslide and he's not directly implicated. Unless someone manages to find proof it was done on his orders, he's staying.


As many people have said already, if the people who were directly implicated face criminal charges, which looks very likely now, they'll turn over evidence in exchange for immunity faster than you can say "deep-fried twinkie."
 
2014-01-08 04:09:15 PM  

nmrsnr: Benevolent Misanthrope: Think back to The West Wing. Did Bartlet know everything Josh was doing?

Reality vs. TV aside, I'm trying to think of any action Josh took that went beyond threats of action without consent from the President or Leo. I can't think of any action that had a real world effect that would be analogous to this decision.


I find myself using West Wing all the time to help explain to myself certain situations.
 
2014-01-08 04:09:36 PM  

Cymbal: thurstonxhowell: Cymbal: He will be forced to resign in less than a week.

No farking way. Not gonna happen. He just won re-election in a landslide and he's not directly implicated. Unless someone manages to find proof it was done on his orders, he's staying.

A lot of people said the same thing about Nixon when Watergate broke.

This is just the beginning of the shiatstorm.


It could be just the beginning.  We have an alcoholic, misogynistic crack head of a mayor of Toronto but even I would be surprised if he was caught denying public services to a community as a means of political revenge.
 
2014-01-08 04:09:39 PM  

LineNoise: he is probably the most clean elected official we have in jersey


hahaohwaityoureserious.jpg
 
2014-01-08 04:10:14 PM  
lol

you guys are serving up some pretty good lines for late night tv.
hope they're taking notes.
 
2014-01-08 04:16:05 PM  

unexplained bacon: lol

you guys are serving up some pretty good lines for late night tv.
hope they're taking notes.


They most certainly are.  I've seen several times Stewart/Colbert have repeated stuff from Fark threads.
 
2014-01-08 04:16:57 PM  
Ladies and gentlemen, the results are in. The winner and new nominee for the 2016 Republican nomination:

"Sticky" Rick Santorum!

www.fireandreamitchell.com
 
2014-01-08 04:18:50 PM  
And if the name "Sticky Ricky" catches on, I want credit.
 
2014-01-08 04:18:53 PM  

Lost Thought 00: That's a Federal Crime and Christie needs to go to jail for a long time. That's literally worse than Nixon


Actually it's literally the same. Nixon was not "innocent" of Federal Crime; he was pardoned of his crimes.
 
2014-01-08 04:22:59 PM  

Epic Fap Session: And if the name "Sticky Ricky" catches on, I want credit.


I never got credit for Spermin' Herman after Cain had all those women allege sexual harassment, so good luck with that.
 
2014-01-08 04:23:20 PM  

mrshowrules: unexplained bacon: lol

you guys are serving up some pretty good lines for late night tv.
hope they're taking notes.

They most certainly are.  I've seen several times Stewart/Colbert have repeated stuff from Fark threads.


I think it's probable that one or more of the writers are Farkers.
 
2014-01-08 04:27:03 PM  
This is the kind of thing that kept Romney from making Christie his running mate. Unlike McCain, Romney actually did due diligence on his VP candidate. Christie supposedly has more skeletons in his closet than Jeffrey Dahmer. If he's the only moderate they can run who stands a chance, comics can start writing their President Hillary Clinton jokes now.
 
2014-01-08 04:28:17 PM  

mrshowrules: unexplained bacon: lol

you guys are serving up some pretty good lines for late night tv.
hope they're taking notes.

They most certainly are.  I've seen several times Stewart/Colbert have repeated stuff from Fark threads.


Someday I'll say something witty and clever enough to end up on Stewart/Colbert.  The best part is, when that day comes, I'll probably ALSO get at the top of the "funny" list and maybe even the "smart" list.
 
2014-01-08 04:28:37 PM  

Hollie Maea: Cymbal: This is just the beginning of the shiatstorm.

The legislator conducting the investigation said today that the "worst is yet to come".  Christie is gone.  He probably won't resign because he's too much of an asshole, but he'll be impeached, bipartisanly.


Citation?
 
2014-01-08 04:28:50 PM  
I heard the bridge closure was caused by someone Bush released from Guantanamo.
 
2014-01-08 04:28:59 PM  

shower_in_my_socks: This is the kind of thing that kept Romney from making Christie his running mate. Unlike McCain, Romney actually did due diligence on his VP candidate. Christie supposedly has more skeletons in his closet than Jeffrey Dahmer. If he's the only moderate they can run who stands a chance, comics can start writing their President Hillary Clinton jokes now.


Exactly. If we thought the 2012 GOP primary debates were a circus before, wait until 2016. People will be booing gay amputees and sh*t, candidates will be espousing their Articles of Allegiance, you might actually see some swastikas appear in the crowd. Good times.
 
2014-01-08 04:29:14 PM  

bootman: Some lawyer is going to file a class action suit targeting the people in these e-mails and text messages.  The suit will be for obtaining monetary compensation for everyone who lost productive hours out of their days over the time of the lane closings.  The targets of these suits will most likely have no backing in the suit from the state/union/liability insurer because their actions were illegal/in bad faith.  The targets will have to redirect blame onto someone else or be on the paying end of a multimillion dollar settlement.  The targets will roll on everyone and anyone to avoid this.  If the targets can implicate Christie they will.


If this happens, he earned it.  The stupidity of taking this action is shocking but what is even stranger is not realizing afterwards it was extremely stupid and rescinding your direction on the matter before it taking affect, is truly baffling.  The lack of judgement is incredible.

Clearly it wasn't just a stupid act of political revenge.  It was an act of political revenge that he wanted the target to know about.  Thinking he could do this with impunity is borderline sociopathic.
 
2014-01-08 04:29:15 PM  

qorkfiend: coeyagi: The Portly Authority

Nailed it.


Seriously. If the Post or the Daily News doesn't end up running that, I'll be surprised. It's perfect.
 
2014-01-08 04:29:22 PM  

shower_in_my_socks: This is the kind of thing that kept Romney from making Christie his running mate. Unlike McCain, Romney actually did due diligence on his VP candidate. Christie supposedly has more skeletons in his closet than Jeffrey Dahmer. If he's the only moderate they can run who stands a chance, comics can start writing their President Hillary Clinton jokes now.


I'd sure like to be a fly on the wall at HQ-GOP right now... ;^)
 
2014-01-08 04:30:33 PM  

shower_in_my_socks: I heard the bridge closure was caused by someone Bush released from Guantanamo.

-Herman Cain -Rand Paul
 
2014-01-08 04:30:50 PM  

asmodeus224: Hollie Maea: Cymbal: This is just the beginning of the shiatstorm.

The legislator conducting the investigation said today that the "worst is yet to come".  Christie is gone.  He probably won't resign because he's too much of an asshole, but he'll be impeached, bipartisanly.

Citation?


I saw it on twitter.  I'll see if I can find it again.
 
2014-01-08 04:32:26 PM  

asmodeus224: Hollie Maea: Cymbal: This is just the beginning of the shiatstorm.

The legislator conducting the investigation said today that the "worst is yet to come".  Christie is gone.  He probably won't resign because he's too much of an asshole, but he'll be impeached, bipartisanly.

Citation?


The only thing even conceptually worse than what we've read so far would be that investigators have direct evidence against Gov Christie himself.
 
2014-01-08 04:32:32 PM  
Christie supposed to make a statement soon.
 
2014-01-08 04:33:38 PM  
Ok, CNN is leading with this on their website. That was the first time I checked outside sources to see if this was getting traction.

"How about 'The GOP and FOX claims this is Obama trying to distract Americans from ACA's failures' for $1000, Alex?"
 
2014-01-08 04:33:45 PM  

shower_in_my_socks: Romney actually did due diligence on his VP candidate.


The entire spectrum of national republicans to choose from and ended up with Eddie Munster?  That was the best RMoney and the RNC could come up with?
 
2014-01-08 04:34:23 PM  

qorkfiend: Would you agree that there is a difference between personal corruption motivated by greed and abuse of power motivated by vengeance?


Absolutely, but it isn't like he had the national guard bomb Ft Lee or something. This was a, "hey, remember who is the big guy around here, have fun sitting in some traffic! (no pun intended)"

Honestly its par for the course for politics around here. I'd actually expect something more.

I get why on a national level its a big deal. Here? Its just kind of funny.
 
2014-01-08 04:34:50 PM  

Hollie Maea: asmodeus224: Hollie Maea: Cymbal: This is just the beginning of the shiatstorm.

The legislator conducting the investigation said today that the "worst is yet to come".  Christie is gone.  He probably won't resign because he's too much of an asshole, but he'll be impeached, bipartisanly.

Citation?

I saw it on twitter.  I'll see if I can find it again.


OK, it wasn't the lead investigator, one of the other legislators.

http://twitter.com/edatpost/status/421015472298283008
 
2014-01-08 04:34:53 PM  
What a small man.
 
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