February 20, 2014 |
AS I FIND myself obsessively searching for the latest news about the Chris Christie saga, I can't help thinking back to the '70s, when I was just as obsessed with Richard Nixon's unfolding troubles. Then it dawned on me that whether or not Christie turns out to be guilty of any wrongdoing, right now there are some amazing similarities between Watergate and Bridgegate (besides the obvious water jokes). First of all, both scandals began with a seemingly innocuous incident that no one outside Washington (in Nixon's case)
February 13, 2014 |
TRENTON A New Jersey elections panel voted Tuesday that Gov. Christie's reelection campaign can use money remaining in its account and raise more funds to comply with subpoenas issued by legislators and federal prosecutors. The subpoenas stem from investigations into September lane closures at the George Washington Bridge, which caused massive traffic jams and were allegedly carried out by Christie allies to exact political revenge against the mayor of Fort Lee. "I think it's critical, considering what the state is faced with at this point, that all the information regarding what occurred in September get to the authorities as quickly as possible and get to the public as quickly as possible, so that everybody can finally get the answers we're looking for," Ronald DeFilippis, chairman of the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC)
February 7, 2014 |
TORONTO'S CRACK-SMOKING mayor, Rob Ford , and his brother Doug Ford , a city councilor, are launching a YouTube series called "Ford Nation. " Ford asks people to "please judge me on my record, not my personal life" in a preview posted yesterday. Ford last year made international headlines when he admitted to having smoked crack cocaine while in a drunken stupor. He's also drawn attention for repeated erratic behavior - essentially the norm now for a politician - but he has resisted pressure to step down and is seeking re-election.
February 4, 2014 |
YOU PROBABLY know about the best Super Bowl commercials so we decided to offer up the best tweets: * Mavericks owner Mark Cuban (@mcuban) wrote that he got off to a better start than either team: "I HAD SAFETY ON THE FIRST PLAY IN VEGAS !!!!!!!!!! 1mm to 1. $20mm BABY. #Unbelievable" * Speaking of rich guys, Microsoft's Bill Gates (@BillGates), a Seattle native, posted a geeky photo of himself dressed in a Seahawks cap and jersey along with the words: "Good luck to my hometown.
February 3, 2014 |
TRENTON - Campaign contributions and endorsements came flowing in from top New Jersey Democrats: Senate President Stephen Sweeney in the south and powerful Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo and rising star Cory Booker in the north. It was fall 2012, and most of the Democratic political apparatus - including the Assembly speaker and a former governor - was throwing its weight behind the mayor of Perth Amboy, a Middlesex County town of 50,000 with a nominally nonpartisan council.
January 21, 2014
AS A resident of the city where Walt Whitman lived his senior years, it appeared as though Chris Christie's State of the State address gave the middle finger to my hometown. Most of the historic literature says that Camden is an undesirable town, dating all the way back to the days of Whitman. But I beg to differ that last school year only three students of the Camden City Public Schools were prepared for college. What college was he referring to: Cambridge or Oxford? Wayne E. Williams Camden Take this simple test: Describe the alleged corruption by the Christie administration without using the words Benghazi, birth certificate, "fast and furious" or Monica Lewinsky.
January 19, 2014
Eliot Ness revisited Thank goodness for the Pennsylvania liquor Gestapo, which bravely arrested a Malvern lawyer for selling high-end wines ("Malvern lawyer charged with illegal wine sales," Monday). Another alleged hardened, dangerous criminal is taken off of the streets. Think of the havoc he could have wreaked on the poor, innocent citizens of our fair state. Oh, the humanity! Richard Holstein, West Chester Niagara on the Delaware Reading about the lawyer charged with illegal wine sales, I was struck by the fact that most of the wines being sold were otherwise unavailable in Pennsylvania ("Malvern lawyer charged with illegal wine sales," Monday)
January 16, 2014 |
It's a battle between conventional politics and contemporary media. That's the reality that faces Gov. Christie, who is trying to gain control of a story - the George Washington Bridge traffic-jam jam - that's in no one's control. On cable news, social media, and in the blogosphere, too, many other tellers are telling the tale. Christopher Harper, who teaches communications law at Temple University, says that despite exemplary performances at a news conference on Thursday and at Tuesday's State of the State address, Christie "has no control over the narrative at all. " A document-nova exploded last Wednesday at the Bergen Record, blog site Talking Points Memo, and the New York Times.
January 13, 2014 |
Time for some political problems for Chris Christie. The governor apologized Thursday until he was red in the face. Instead of Mr. Tough Guy, he was Mr. Sad Guy. He was embarrassed and humiliated and heartbroken, which is so not New Jersey. And so not Christie. His epic news conference ran almost two hours - possibly, as one wag noted, in solidarity with motorists trapped in September's gerrymandered traffic quagmire. Christie likes to appear as though he's stronger than the storm.