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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.
Well, there goes his hopes for a presidential run, thank god.
I say .. screw 'em all. I wouldn't touch a (D) or an (R) except MAYBE Rand Paul.
Other than that ... I'm voting Libertarian or Independent.
reply to post by Battleline
possible POTUS...Hillary Clinton ?? really ??
Well if everyone sits back and does nothing she is exactly what we are going to get.
WE are so screwed
the rabid zombie voters they have created are praising the dumbest and most extreme candidates they can find.
reply to post by FlyersFan
I love watching Republicans eating their own...the GOP is such a mess right now.
It would be a little more funny if it wasn't so dangerous...but the rabid zombie voters they have created are praising the dumbest and most extreme candidates they can find.
reply to post by AngryCymraeg
19th hole steering committees are hoping like hell that NM Gov. Susanna Martinez can kill two birds with one stone and try and lure Hispanic and women back to the GOP. They's mighty snakebit though cause Gov.Suz be draggin some heavy baggage with a name like Martinez. The knives will be out for the moderates, while the grass-roots, religious element will rise up and be a force cause they don't cotton to Mexicans.
Even the mid terms are gonna be a great show.edit on 3-11-2013 by olaru12 because: (no reason given)
I still think that it'll be Santorum,
I still think that it'll be Santorum,
I seriously don't think that he has a snowballs chance in *you know where* of being nominated.
reply to post by olaru12
Oh I don't believe name could possibly be an issue. I present Barack Hussein Obama as a prime example.
Martinez. ...girl next door.