posted on Nov, 3 2013 @ 08:40 AM
In 2012, Mitt Romneys team was vetting Vice Presidential candidates. They had to do so in a 'clean room' that was off the grid because Chinese
hackers were stealing information. The vetters went 'off grid' and called their vetting program - Operation Goldfish. Each of the potential VP
candidates they were vetting had nicknames.
Chris Christie - Pufferfish
Pawlenty - Lakefish,
Portman - Filet o Fish
Rubio - Pescado
Ryan - Fishconsin.
What the vetters found out about Chris Christie is very disturbing. (but not surprising). Christie has an attitude straight out of The Sopranos.
This can be attractive to some folks, but it can also be dangerous. Run by executive order. YIKES. They all want to do it so perhaps Christie would
fit in DC just fine. YIKES!
Romneys people described Christie as 'the biggest A.H. in the world'. That's because of his attitude, the difficulty working with him, and his
continually being late to everything. Also Christies people demanded private jets, lavish spreads of food, space for a massive entourage.
Christies morbid obesity was an issue. The man could barely manage to walk the center aisle on the campaign bus. Christies doctors gave him an
'okay' but Romney wasn't convinced. (nor would I have been)
The Hunt for Pufferfish
The list of questions Myers and her team had for Christie was extensive and troubling. More than once, Myers reported back that Trenton’s
response was, in effect, Why do we need to give you that piece of information? Myers told her team, We have to assume if they’re not answering,
it’s because the answer is bad.
The vetters were stunned by the garish controversies lurking in the shadows of his record. There was a 2010 Department of Justice inspector
general’s investigation of Christie’s spending patterns in his job prior to the governorship, which criticized him for being “the U.S. attorney
who most often exceeded the government [travel expense] rate without adequate justification” and for offering “insufficient, inaccurate, or no
justification” for stays at swank hotels like the Four Seasons. There was the fact that Christie worked as a lobbyist on behalf of the Securities
Industry Association at a time when Bernie Madoff was a senior SIA official—and sought an exemption from New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act. There
was Christie’s decision to steer hefty government contracts to donors and political allies like former Attorney General John Ashcroft, which sparked
a congressional hearing. There was a defamation lawsuit brought against Christie arising out of his successful 1994 run to oust an incumbent in a
local Garden State race. Then there was Todd Christie, the Governor’s brother, who in 2008 agreed to a settlement of civil charges by the Securities
and Exchange Commission in which he acknowledged making “hundreds of trades in which customers had been systematically overcharged.” (Todd also
oversaw a family foundation whose activities and purpose raised eyebrows among the vetters.) And all that was on top of a litany of glaring matters
that sparked concern on Myers’ team: Christie’s other lobbying clients, his investments overseas, the YouTube clips that helped make him a star
but might call into doubt his presidential temperament, and the status of his health.
Four nights later, on July 19, Myers’ team put the finishing touches on the Pufferfish vetting dossier. Included was a DVD with some of
Christie’s most outlandish or unnerving YouTube hits: his castigating a pro-gay-marriage New Jersey assemblyman as “numb nuts,” his angrily
berating a constituent while chasing him down the Seaside Heights boardwalk, brandishing an ice cream cone. But the main event was the 35-page written
report titled “Chris Christie memo 71912 FINAL.
I"d like to read the 35 page written report - 'Chris Christie Memo 71912 FINAL' ...
I think that would be exceptionally interesting.
I'd bet Hillary's people would like to get their hands on it before she declares for 2016 ....
Anyways, sounds like Christie is a typical POTUS ... doesn't it??