A National Take on Christie

Monday, January 13, 2014

Chris Christie has plenty of fires to put out in New Jersey, but does he still have national appeal? Maggie Haberman, senior political reporter for POLITICO, takes a national look at Chris Christie and discusses the weekend's other political headlines as the House returns to Washington.


Maggie Haberman

Comments [16]

David Saphra from East Irvinton, NY

Unanswered Question #11: WHY DID CHRISTIE INSIST UPON HOLDING A SPECIAL ELECTION FOR THE OPEN U.S. SENATE SEAT RATHER THAN TUCK IT INTO THE GENERAL ELECTION THAT WAS HELD SEVERAL WEEKS LATER? Christie should be required to answer this question in order to prevent the conclusion that he wanted a special election in order to minimize now U.S. Senator Corrie Booker's coat-tail effects.

This detail is important because the whole motivation behind BridgeGate may have been the same, the desire to raise Christie's reelection numbers. In addition to claiming ignorance of BridgeGate is there any conceivable way Christie can now assert that he was not personally responsible for pushing through that Special Election for U.S. Senate?

Just as tying up traffic on the G. W. Bridge inconvenienced countless commuters, wouldn't it seem that all the additional expense to taxpayers as well as the nuisance to over 300,000 voters who came out an additional time to vote several weeks in front of the general election ought to supply ample fuel to inquiring minds willing to connect all the dots?

Jan. 13 2014 03:08 PM


"Your politics are showing. You jump to trivialize any criticism of Obama and you sound absolutely gleeful about Christie."

Is it Brian's politics or your own that are showing? The bridge troll rejoinder to Bridgegate email revelations is not "Horrible. How can the governor's staff abuse their office and his trust in that way?" but to point out issues (issues only for none other than the FoxNews/BMN set) about Benghazi, Fast and Furious and IRS slow-walking TP applications.

In one case, we have an actual email trail leading to misuse of public power, in the other we have bupkis. Yet, Brian is being unfair in his coverage if he doesn't repeat these unproven allegations against Obama. Classic.

Jan. 13 2014 12:59 PM
amalgam from NYC by day, NJ by night

The IRS used categorical heuristics ("BOLO list") to weed out legally questionable moves by political groups to register as 501(c)(4) social welfare nonprofits when they were often straight forward political-campaign operations, of which right wing groups were the majority.

These heuristics were also used to flag a smaller contingent of left wing groups registering as 501(c)(4):

Only one set of 501(c)(4) registrations were denied because of alleged political-campaign intent, and they were progressive:

Jan. 13 2014 11:33 AM


Your politics are showing. You jump to trivialize any criticism of Obama and you sound absolutely gleeful about Christie. Let's wait and see what is revealed as opposed to all this blah, blah, blah

Jan. 13 2014 11:26 AM

@Edna from Queens

"ok, I get it. wake me up when we cover something else."

The Press (in general) and WNYC (in particular) are trying to make up for the fact they let Christie snow them when this story really mattered. So, you have to forgive them a little excess in the current coverage.

Jan. 13 2014 10:54 AM


FYI: re bob h

Jan. 13 2014 10:48 AM

@Beame from Manhattan

"... "low-level" IRS employee and the whitehouse..."

Is "low-level" an attempt at facetiousness? Neither Shulman - (IRS Commisioner) or Ingram (head of Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division) met with Obama and you are wrong to imply it.

Jan. 13 2014 10:46 AM
Rebecca Klinger from NYC

This is premature, but IF the other shoe drops and Christie is proven to have covered up his involvement in Bridgegate, might this prompt calls for investigations of some of his potentially politically-motivated prosecutions as NJ Attorney General?

Jan. 13 2014 10:43 AM
Thomas More from Sunshine State

DL, on/off switch. You may use it at will.

Jan. 13 2014 10:40 AM
Edna from Queens

ok, I get it. wake me up when we cover something else.

Jan. 13 2014 10:38 AM
Bob from Westchester, NY

Aren't many of the Christie staffers former staffers of the Giuliani mayoral administration and/or presidential campaign?

Jan. 13 2014 10:36 AM

The other thing about the IRS issue is that IRS office also targeted liberal groups applying for this tax-exempt status as well... Having "occupy" in your organization's name would also get you flagged.

Jan. 13 2014 10:35 AM
Beame from Manhattan

I know brian likes to apologize for obama, but there were over a hundred meetings between this "low-level" IRS employee and the whitehouse... but lets not talk about that. a lane closure is certainly more important.

Jan. 13 2014 10:35 AM

Thanks for the mention of WNYC's former top NJ reporter. I miss Mr. Hennelly, too.

Jan. 13 2014 10:35 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


Jan. 13 2014 10:33 AM

My pique over Chuck Todd's Meet the Press crack about Bridgegate ("the culture of New Jersey politics. It's what everybody does in Jersey.") is growing beyond what I can express in 140 characters on Twitter.

I haven't followed the release of the emails that revealed Ms. Kelly's 'smoking gun' to know how the Bergen Record got that info but THANK GOD THEY DID! [Full disclosure: I was a paperboy for The Record 40+ years ago when it was an afternoon paper. Earned enough that I actually had to file a 1040 at 13 years old.)

Rather than sell the lame 'Everyone does it' and its implication - "Move along. There's no story here." Mr. Todd should be asking himself, "How did we miss a story which would have had such a deep impact on an upcoming election?".

Yes, Chuck, you missed it. You underserved the electorate, and though the final outcome might not have been affected, Christie's landslide would certainly have been less headline grabbing. Oh...Now I see why.

Up until the email release, the 'mainstream media' [you among them] had been willing to accept Mr. Christie's dancing bear performance of "I was the guy in overalls putting up the cones", the Democrats have "nothing and nothing better to do", and generally disregard for the story.

Here's a real story to follow up on...How was the hanky-panky of Bridgegate enabled by Christie's sell-off of NJN? [WNYC owns a piece of the broken up company, no? Where's Bob Hennelly nowadays?].

Jan. 13 2014 10:23 AM

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