Chris Christie and the American Dream Megamall

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A rendering of American Dream, the replacement for New Jersey's Xanadu A rendering of American Dream, the replacement for New Jersey's Xanadu (Courtesy of Mall of America)

The American Dream Megamall—formerly known as Xanadu—is a stalled and bankrupt multibillion-dollar redevelopment project in the New Jersey Meadowlands. Nation reporters Bob Dreyfuss and Barbara Dreyfuss discuss the role of New Jersey governor Chris Christie and his top aides in jump-starting the project. Their two part investigation has found that the American Dream Megamall saga “could be the latest, and biggest, conflict of interest scandal in the tangle of scandals plaguing the New Jersey Governor.” They've written about it for The Nation's Christie Watch project.


Barbara Dreyfuss and Bob Dreyfuss

Comments [6]

Christopher from Summit

Albeit, the overall impact of conflict of interest cases across the country do nothing but layer on the BS about economic salvation that never develops - it's all so short sighted.

In this case, the people and wildlife of the tri-state area have to deal with this folly of fools.

I sometimes sit and wonder how these people with visions of grandeur, cash and power live with themselves in their big, tasteless homes trying to impress people they don't even like and others that simply don't care who they are or what they do.

Christie is a prime example of a dopey politician that has the opportunity to create an outstanding legacy but instead can't seem to outmaneuver the slime that keeps oozing from between his ears. Leadership - s sham. Vision - ill guided. Strategy - non-existent. Outcome - awful.

So what are we going to do about it?

Jul. 11 2014 12:10 PM

I would just like to thank Pliny and Lori for saving me from having to write essentially what they did. I used to fish and crab in the meadowlands as a child. That was over 50 years ago. If this idiocy keeps up, there won't be enough water or wetlands growth left to support the fish that spawn and the birds who nest there. What a sad mess.

Jul. 11 2014 09:55 AM
pliny from soho

the whole area of wetlands surrounding
the Hackensack and Pasaic rivers
should be protected. this development
is the foot in the door for more
unneeded and destructive takeover
of what elsewhere would be a treasured
natural amenity.

Jul. 10 2014 02:02 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

I think the epoch of mega-malls and large entertainment theme parks has essentially come to a close. People have so much entertainment options at home that there is much less need to go out, especially with gasoline prices on the rise again.
There are movies and video games and large TV screens to view and play them on.

Jul. 10 2014 01:51 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

I've stopped asking, "What kind of people elect a guy like Chris Christie." It's becoming pretty clear.

Jul. 10 2014 01:51 PM
Lori from New Jersey

If I ever adopted a life of ecoterrorism, I'd start with Xanadu! I grew up in Hudson County with the Meadowlands as my "backyard" and have sadly watched the wetlands subjected to unfettered development. (HMDC is a joke!) But THIS eyesore, money pit, albatross, should be demolished. There is already ALWAYS traffic in this area and the infrastructure cannot support additional traffic. Route 3 is one of the main arteries to NYC and it's already challenging to commute or pop into the city for entertainment or to the stadium for games. This will further erode quality of life for NJ residents who, despite expensive road tolls (and high taxes), sit in endless traffic jams. It's an around bad idea but II imagine those "palms" cannot be "ungreased", so it will likely go forward.

Jul. 10 2014 01:24 PM

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