Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama jokes with members of the Dallas Mavericks in the Green Room of the White House before honoring the team and their 2011 NBA Championship victory, Jan. 9, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Presidential Daily Schedule (All Times Eastern):

11:00AM: The President and Vice President meet with Members of Congress, The Roosevelt Room

12:45PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

2:20PM: The President delivers remarks announcing Promise Zones, The East Room.

The first five  Zones are located in San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Southeastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. The President first announced the Promise Zone Initiative during last year’s State of the Union Address, as a way to partner with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, expand access to educational opportunities and quality, affordable housing and improve public safety.



Geoffrey Cowley: A New Report Bodes Well For Obamacare

The next goal is to push private enrollment from 2 million to 7 million by March 31, and to control costs by balancing older (costlier) subscribers with younger ones. The new survey suggests that both goals are feasible. Among the marketplace visitors questioned in December, 51% (versus 37% in the earlier survey) found it easy to compare the subscription fees (premiums) for different plans, and 43% (up from 30%) had no trouble comparing the benefits. And when the researchers questioned potential enrollees who hadn’t visited a health care exchange, or hadn’t applied for coverage, nearly 60% said they still planned to find a plan before the 2014 enrollment period ends in late March. “If that large a percentage of eligible consumers enroll in either Medicaid or the marketplace plans,” says Sara Collins, the Commonwealth Fund’s vice president for health care coverage and access, “that would make for a very successful first year of enrollment.”

Especially when you consider the age patterns the survey reveals. Now that insurers can’t penalize or exclude people who may actually require medical care, they depend heavily on young, healthy subscribers to help dilute the cost. Rates would skyrocket if the exchanges attracted only high-risk subscribers, but the new survey should help allay that fear. It found that 19- to 34-year-olds, who make up roughly 40% of potential enrollees, accounted for roughly 40% of marketplace visitors through December—and they were just as determined as older consumers to find coverage. Some 58% of the young adults who hadn’t yet enrolled said they would return before March 31. The figures were 61% among 35- to 49-year-olds and 55% among 50- to 64-year-olds.

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TIME: Gates Was Offended Obama Thought He’d Write A Memoir

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates writes in his new memoir that President Barack Obama was concerned his national security advisers might later write memoirs — much to Gates’ offense. Gates recounts an April 2010 meeting to discuss Iran policy in the Oval Office. Gates encouraged Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to consider the ramifications of a surprise Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear facilities, he writes. Gates details that he wanted Obama to beef up the U.S. military’s posture in the region that year, including moving in a second aircraft carrier, and additional radar and missile defense capabilities.

Gates writes that Obama ended the meeting on a noncommittal note. I was put off by the way the president closed the meeting.  To his very closest advisers, he said, “For the record, and for those of you writing your memoirs, I am not making any decisions about Israel or Iran. Joe you be my witness.”  I was offended by his suspicion that any of us would ever write about such sensitive matters. Maybe Obama’s fears weren’t too far off the mark.

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Molly Redden: Christie Administration’s Bridge Lane Closure Slowed Search For Missing 4-Year-Old, Says Official

Private messages released on Wednesday strongly suggest that a top adviser to Republican Gov. Chris Christie orchestrated a massive traffic jam in Fort Lee, New Jersey, as political retaliation against the city’s Democratic mayor. Calling the messages “astonishing” and “unconscionable,” members of the Fort Lee borough council described the mid-September traffic disaster, caused when the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey unexpectedly closed two of the town’s access lanes to the George Washington Bridge, as having dire consequences.

“There was a missing child that day. The police had trouble conducting that search because they were tied up directing traffic,” says Jan Goldberg, a Fort Lee councilman who works with local emergency personnel. Police found the missing child, a four-year-old. “But with the streets in the condition they were, I would venture to say that the search took longer,” Goldberg says. Ila Kasofsky, a Fort Lee councilwoman, tells Mother Jones that ambulances and other emergency vehicles could not get through the gridlock. In the aftermath of the lane closures, Kasofsky says she spoke with a Fort Lee resident who couldn’t get over the bridge to support her husband through major surgery. Another Fort Lee woman was unable to pick up her son after his dialysis session.

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Linh Tat: EMS Responses Delayed By GWB Lane Closures In Fort Lee

Emergency responders were delayed in attending to four medical situations – including one in which a 91-year-old woman lay unconscious – due to traffic gridlock caused by unannounced closures of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge, according to the head of the borough’s EMS department. The woman later died, borough records show.

In at least two of those instances, response time doubled, noted EMS coordinator Paul Favia, who documented those cases in a Sept. 10 letter to Mayor Mark Sokolich, which The Record obtained. On Sept. 9, the first day of the traffic paralysis, EMS crews took seven to nine minutes to arrive at the scene of a vehicle accident where four people were injured, when the response time should have been less than four minutes, he wrote.

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Washington Post: Chris Christie’s Problem Is That He’s Really, Truly A Bully

Christie inhabits a rare space in American politics: He’s a bully. He’s followed around by an aide with a camcorder watching for moments in which Christie, mustering the might and prestige of his office, annihilates some citizen who dares question him. Almost everywhere Christie goes, he is filmed by an aide whose job is to capture these “moments,” as the governor’s staff has come to call them. When one occurs, Christie’s press shop splices the video and uploads it to YouTube; from there, conservatives throughout the country share Christie clips the way tween girls circulate Justin Bieber videos. One video on Christie’s YouTube channel — a drubbing he delivered to another aggrieved public-school teacher at a town hall in September — has racked up over 750,000 views.

It’s not an accident that Christie emerged in a period when the Republican Party is out of power. His videos make them feel powerful at a moment when they’re weak. The reason Chris Christie is so good at this is that Chris Christie is actually a bully. What makes Christie unusual is that he’s a bully with power. That can be a dangerous combination. There have been previous hints that Christie’s proclivity to publicly humiliate his opponents is matched by a tendency to privately punish them, too. a former governor who was stripped of police security at public events; a Rutgers professor who lost state financing for cherished programs; a state senator whose candidate for a judgeship suddenly stalled; another senator who was disinvited from an event with the governor in his own district.

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Sharon Stone on The Talk on how ObamaCare is helping her charity, ‘A Better LA’ and improving lives. Video here. Go to minute 28:12:

“I became involved with it, one, because it’s working, which I really like; these platforms that are making sense and are working. Logically, you know, ‘A Better LA’ is about helping to end gang violence and gang violence…[crowd applauds]…thank you…thank you; because we’re really gonna need your support because you know, we’re just, we’re really grassroots organization that we hope will become ‘A Better Chicago,’ ‘A Better Detroit,’ ‘A Better Philadelphia,’ because gang violence, you know gangs are really how drugs get in the street. Gangs, if you worry about your kids getting on drugs, you really need to stop the gang violence, because gangs are the way that drugs are distributed; and so, what we’re doing is, we’re getting people that are in gangs, who want to be out of gangs to come out. We train them in an eighteen week program, together with the police, and with people so that they learn mediation techniques. Then they go back in and they get in and work inside gangs, and they tell us what they need and we help them. We don’t tell them what to do, they tell us what they need. And we’re really having a great deal of success, where we went from, like, seventeen hundred deaths a year to four hundred deaths, three hundred deaths a year. We’re really seeing it coming down. [crowd applauds]. Yes it’s huge and we’ve been able to get neutral areas because you know, the parks are sort of like gang offices and so now these parks are becoming more neutral areas where the gang people’s kids can play and be safe; and because it’s still families, I mean, these are really low economic areas and so people who have real leadership skills become the heads of gangs. I mean, if we were in these low economic areas, we’d be the gang leaders because we have leadership skills. So you have to figure out how other people like you and me, who just don’t have good opportunities. So you have to show them, here’s how you can have a good opportunity and have a different kind of life. [crowd applauds].

So, we recently started a new program which I’m so excited about, using Obamacare and we are the first organization in America, who’s a 501(3c) where we took Obamacare and we insured our gang mediators as a group and UCLA helped us to form them as a group; and so all of our mediators got healthcare. [crowd applauds]. So when they go back in, they’re like, I have healthcare, when my wife has a baby, she can go to the hospital. Someone in my family needs drug rehab, dental care, my kid can have braces, and they’re also a group. Bonded organization where they may have come from all these different gangs or different neighborhoods, or different organizations; they’re now a bonded group, together. I’m very excited about it. One of the reasons I think Obamacare is so great is because you know, we are living for a  really long time now and you know, we’re not retiring at sixty-two. So when we’re fifty, we’re not like, thinking oh I’m gonna knock off here in about ten years, what am I gonna do? We’re thinking, gee, what I do wanna do with the next thirty, forty years of my life? And we start thinking, well, maybe I don’t wanna do the same thing I’ve been doing until now. What do I want to do with my second career? What do I want to do now that my kids are grown up and gone, and I don’t have to just keep it all together because I’m keeping my family together, I have to pay those house bills, I have to put them through college. What do I want to do now for me?



Craig Whitlock: Air Force General To Retire After Criticism For Handling Of Sexual-Assault Case

A three-star Air Force general whose handling of sexual-assault cases drew withering criticism from advocacy groups and some lawmakers retired under pressure Wednesday. Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin, the commander of the Third Air Force in Europe, acknowledged that he had become a “distraction” for the Air Force because of controversial cases in which he overturned a sexual-assault conviction of a star fighter pilot and decided that there was not enough evidence to court-martial an accused rapist. Franklin’s decision to grant clemency in February to a convicted fighter pilot at Aviano Air Base in Italy helped spark a national debate over sexual assault in the armed forces and about whether military leaders took the problem seriously enough.

The pilot, Lt. Col. James Wilkerson, had been found guilty in November 2012 by an all-male jury in what was seen as a test of the Air Force’s willingness to tackle such crimes. Franklin’s decision to grant clemency infuriated many female lawmakers and activists, who said the outcome would discourage victims from reporting abuse. Congress has since passed several measures to bolster the investigation of sex crimes in the military and has stripped commanders of the authority to overturn convictions — an outcome of Franklin’s decision in the Aviano case.

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Greg Sargent: Dems Slam GOP Senate Candidates Over Unemployment Benefits

Is it conceivable that the 2014 elections might not prove to be exclusively about Obamacare and nothing else? With the battle over unemployment benefits raging, Dems are increasingly focused on the fact that some House Republicans expected to oppose an extension under any circumstances — no matter what “pay for” is agreed to — are also running for Senate. Today, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will hit multiple Republicans who are vying for their party’s Senate nomination in red states over the Republican refusal to extend benefits – in keeping with the broader Dem effort to make 2014 about economic mobility and inequality.

Dems are targeting GOP Senate candidates in Georgia, Arkansas,  Kentucky,  Louisiana, Montana, New Hampshire, and West Virginia. Here’s the release hitting House GOPers running for Senate in Georgia. Dems believe the failure to extend benefits — and opposition to a minimum wage hike — will build a general election case that centers on Republicans’ lack of an affirmative agenda for economically struggling Americans.

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Washington Post: Despite What The Critics Say, Obamacare Is Working

Despite the treasured right-wing talking points, it’s increasingly clear that Obamacare is a success. Moreover, in places where Obamacare is not succeeding, it’s also clear that the right wing is to blame. Well, it’s clear to any who look at the state-by-state numbers of the newly insured. A whole lot of Americans will have to look, however, for the program’s success to redound to Democrats’ advantage. Charles Gaba, an enterprising Web site designer, has taken it upon himself to track the number of Americans who have gained health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Tallying those who have signed up on the state and federal exchanges (2.1 million), those who have obtained Medicaid coverage (4.4 million) and those who gained coverage through the law’s requirement that private plans allow parents to cover their children up to age 26 (3.1 million), he cites more than 9 million newly insured through Obamacare. Which is to say, the ACA is working as planned, perhaps a little better, in the states where governors and legislatures chose to implement it, such as California and New York. Consider the implications: A larger share of Californians will be able to afford regular medical check-ups than Texans. A smaller share of Californians is likely to be bankrupted by the expense of major medical treatment than Texans. Only by publicizing the act’s manifest success in states where it has been implemented can supporters begin to change the public’s verdict.

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On This Day:

Members of the Price family watch as President Obama presents the Defense Superior Service Medal to departing Military Aide Lt. Col. Sam Price in the Oval Office, Jan. 9, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

145 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

    • 2 carolmaewy
      January 9, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      Howdy og Good Morning Carol, din er opp tidlig for din tid-sone! Allerede har din morgen husarbeid gjort? Gratulerer med nummer én! Vi kunne bry seg mindre virkelig!

  1. 3 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 10:45 am

  2. January 9, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Are there Gardens in New Jersey? 😉

  3. 9 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Karma, bastids.

    • 10 Don
      January 9, 2014 at 10:54 am

      I bet somebody’s asshole is puckering up something fierce.

    • 11 Lovepolitics2008
      January 9, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      The e-mails make clear that many of Christie’s VERY CLOSE partners are implicated. If Christie gave the order, as I suspect, I hope that one of the friends he’s thrown under the bus will spill the beans. If Christie is guilty, no doubt that he’s trying to buy their silence with bribes or threats. I hope it doesn’t work. Christie shouldn’t be ANYWHERE near real power.

      Once the national media will get over their grief over an entertaining presidential candidate, I hope they’ll concentrate their energy to find every skeleton in Christie’s closet. The media have, finally, a REAL scandal to get excited about.

  4. 16 No Child Left Behind
    January 9, 2014 at 10:47 am


    Thanks for the newspaper coverage. Anything with Fat Chance Chris Christie throwing his weight around makes my day.

  5. 17 AJ
    January 9, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Yay, CaroleMae! 🙂

  6. 18 Don
    January 9, 2014 at 10:51 am

    The Feds are on their way to Jersey, oh dear! I wonder which one of those staffers is going to shield Christie? Awwwwwwwwww shit!

  7. 19 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 10:53 am

    ” I was offended by his suspicion that any of us would ever write about such sensitive matters.”.

    What a backstabbing, weaselly asshole.

    As usual, Obama’s judgment was spot on.

  8. January 9, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Good morning, TODers.

    What a gorgeous and heartwarming photo. Beautiful sentiments to rise & shine with.

    Am I the only one who can’t stand the sight of Christie and don’t even want to listen to his crap?

  9. 24 japa21
    January 9, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Okay, yesterday I wrote that I ddin’t think this bridge fiasco would hurt Christie in the long run. I take it back. I think he is toast. His statement yesterday runs completely counter to the philosophy “The buck stops here”.

    • 25 daisydem
      January 9, 2014 at 11:44 am

      Exactly … the Governor of a state does not know what his staffers are doing? Ummmm ….. not so good. (and of course not true probably in this case)

  10. 26 japa21
    January 9, 2014 at 10:59 am

  11. 27 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 10:59 am

    The Afghan authorities say a girl whose brother allegedly sent her on a suicide mission may be returned to her family, despite her plea for a new home.

    A presidential spokeswoman told the BBC the girl, thought to be about 10, would only be returned to relatives if tribal elders guaranteed her safety.

    On Wednesday the girl appealed to Afghan President Hamid Karzai to “put her in a good place”.

    She is in protective custody in the Helmand provincial capital Lashkar Gah.

    On Monday, the interior ministry said police had detained her wearing a suicide vest after she had been sent to carry out an attack on border police.

    The girl is thought to be the sister of a prominent Taliban commander, who police say encouraged her to carry out the attack.


    Yet another example that karzai is a corrupt coward. And gates whines about Obama not trusting this punk at all.

  12. January 9, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Lawrence O’Donnell telling it like it is

  13. 30 sherijr
    January 9, 2014 at 11:06 am

    heres the link for Christie’s press conference: http://www.livestream.com/governorchrischristie

  14. 31 Linda
    January 9, 2014 at 11:08 am

    The U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey is the chief federal law enforcement officer in New Jersey. Paul J. Fishman was sworn into office as U.S. Attorney on October 14, 2009 after having been nominated by President Barack Obama

  15. 32 No Child Left Behind
    January 9, 2014 at 11:09 am

    The show with Fat Chance Chris Christie is on…

  16. 33 Linda
    January 9, 2014 at 11:14 am

    oh brother…..

  17. 34 No Child Left Behind
    January 9, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Why do I feel that the Governor of NJ is not telling the ENTIRE truth?

  18. 35 No Child Left Behind
    January 9, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Now the Fat Chance Chris Christie is firing everybody…

  19. 36 utaustinliberal
    January 9, 2014 at 11:19 am

  20. 37 sherijr
    January 9, 2014 at 11:21 am

    oh brother what a snow job… betting the media (national at least) are gonna be all over helping Christie come out of this smelling like a rose.

  21. 38 sherijr
    January 9, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I’m innocent I tells ya… some other dude did it.

  22. 39 dotster3
    January 9, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Chuck Todd has forgiven Christie, said he can recover from this——if everything that Christie is saying is true, that Christie was kept completely in the dark by his deputy chief of staff and other top staffers and close, long time friends at the Port Authority.
    That Toddy—-he’s a sweetheart, right?

  23. 44 japa21
    January 9, 2014 at 11:24 am

  24. 45 utaustinliberal
    January 9, 2014 at 11:25 am

  25. 46 Melanie
    January 9, 2014 at 11:28 am

    "This is not the tone I've set over the last 4 years" –#Christie Really? pic.twitter.com/HU5vjlyXX1— sfpelosi (@sfpelosi) January 9, 2014

  26. 47 utaustinliberal
    January 9, 2014 at 11:28 am

  27. 48 utaustinliberal
    January 9, 2014 at 11:29 am

  28. 49 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 11:30 am

  29. 50 dotster3
    January 9, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Christie says he is not a bully, so——-that’s a wrap on that. Everyone was wrong. Right, media?
    And he’s still going with a “traffic study” excuse. He’s either incredibly naïve and stupid, or lying his face off.

    • 51 Vicki
      January 9, 2014 at 11:37 am

      He is deep in denial.
      Christie cannot believe that His Actions have consequences. Other people’s actions, of course do. But not his.

      “para-military, micro-manager” hard to believe his staff wasn’t doing his bidding.

      Meanwhie he weeps for himself. Why did they lie to me? MF narcissist bully liar maniac.

  30. 52 Melanie
    January 9, 2014 at 11:32 am

    If you have 65K ppl working for you how can you possibly know what your deputy chief of staff is doing?— Tom Tomorrow (@tomtomorrow) January 9, 2014

  31. 53 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 11:33 am

  32. 54 utaustinliberal
    January 9, 2014 at 11:33 am

  33. 55 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 11:35 am

  34. 56 Melanie
    January 9, 2014 at 11:35 am

    #Bridget Kelly is on fire on twitter right now!!

  35. January 9, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Just listened to some of Christie’s BS news conference. What a narcissist!. He is lying his ass off and trying to become the victim. The callous e-mails are not the way he has conducted his office. His name calling of teachers is just passion. I wanted to throw something at my radio as I listened to him, but I was driving. I am so furious right now.

    • 58 No Child Left Behind
      January 9, 2014 at 11:42 am

      Don’t be upset. We all know that he is lying. He is now a victim of many lies from his staff. Poor Governor.

  36. 59 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 11:39 am

  37. 60 No Child Left Behind
    January 9, 2014 at 11:41 am

    I can’t believe the tone of the newly minted Fat Chance Chris Christie. He lost 60% of the arrogance today. But don’t be upset. By 1pm, all of it will return. In full force.

  38. 61 dotster3
    January 9, 2014 at 11:42 am

    josh barro tweets that Christie slipped up and said he has not had any sleep the last 2 nights—–story broke yesterday morning, Christie proclaimed that he was caught completely off guard, stunned.

  39. 66 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 11:43 am

  40. 68 No Child Left Behind
    January 9, 2014 at 11:44 am

    The Governor said that he wants to get to the bottom of the scandal but doesn’t wish to talk to Bridget Kelly. Fat Chance Chris Christie is speaking from both sides of the mouth.

  41. 69 Linda
    January 9, 2014 at 11:45 am

    He just said that he has not spoken to Kelly since the e-mails came out…

    Who fired her then ?

  42. 70 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 11:45 am

  43. 71 utaustinliberal
    January 9, 2014 at 11:47 am

  44. 72 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 11:48 am

  45. 73 japa21
    January 9, 2014 at 11:48 am

    So Chuckie thinks Christie will survive this just fine. Considering The Toad’s record in predicting things (IRS scandal will destroy PBO’s term) I translate this to mean Christie is toast.

  46. 74 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 11:49 am

  47. 75 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 11:51 am

    There are so many lies. The press fuckers are swallowing this.

    • 76 Lovepolitics2008
      January 9, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      He may be telling the truth on this. I suspect his lawyers have told him to avoid talking to her.

      • 77 amk for obama
        January 9, 2014 at 12:26 pm

        He is not in a court. It’s a presser. The fucker is lying about not speaking to her. Do you really think that he didn’t yell at her since this broke out?

  48. 78 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 11:51 am

  49. 79 No Child Left Behind
    January 9, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Is Fat Chance Chris Christie still talking about a traffic study??? My world! Where do I go from here???

  50. 81 daisydem
    January 9, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Come on Bridget Kelley: Let it all out! We got your back girl.

  51. 83 dotster3
    January 9, 2014 at 11:53 am

  52. 84 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 11:54 am

  53. 85 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 11:55 am

  54. 86 japa21
    January 9, 2014 at 11:56 am

  55. 87 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 11:58 am

  56. 88 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 11:59 am

  57. 89 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 12:00 pm

  58. 90 Vicki
    January 9, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    If Christie thought there was a traffic study that was paralyzing NJ/NY transit, wouldn’t he as a responsible Governor demand that the study be ended?
    4 days this horror endured.
    4 days The Governor ignored this mess. At best. At worst it was a lesson to all as to how Christie does things.

  59. 91 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 12:01 pm

  60. 92 Jovie
    January 9, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    It looks like the Press is buying it, so it’s onto the next story. 😦
    He’s a real Smoothie…

    • 93 debz
      January 9, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      Of course the press is buying it. Any news program yesterday, from local to national, to NPR, gave him a pass. They all accepted his “statement” at face value. There was none of the outrage we’ve been hearing on a daily basis with all the fake “scandals” they make up for POTUS.

      • January 9, 2014 at 2:19 pm

        it was the local media that stayed on this …that did all the digging…that asked the tough questions….i suspect…the local media will stay on this till someone cries UNCLE!

  61. 95 dotster3
    January 9, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Christie twisting and turning, losing more and more credibility with every moment, there’s a wealth of questionable, contradictory material coming from this Q&A……..


  62. 96 Melanie
    January 9, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Here goes Wildstein…under the bus. We weren’t friends, never hung out…

  63. 97 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 12:04 pm

  64. 98 cookemom
    January 9, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I just returned from riding on a flat tire to get a replacement. I don’t suggest anyone try that at home, especially in the below freezing temps. Anyway, i turn on the Tee and Vee machine, only to witness Christie knee deep in poop. He didn’t respond for 24 hours and this is all he can come up with? I don’t know whether his relationship with the local press was sweetheart or not, but they’re not having none of his stuff today.


    • 99 Lovepolitics2008
      January 9, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      more than an entertaining presidential candidate, what the media LOVES is a juicy scandal. They’ve been deprived of real scandals with the Obama administration. This “Bridgegate” is real and they know it.

  65. 100 Linda
    January 9, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Someone needs to ask about the redacted e-mails.

  66. 101 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 12:06 pm

  67. 102 utaustinliberal
    January 9, 2014 at 12:06 pm

  68. 103 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 12:08 pm

  69. January 9, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    More bad news for Christie… looks like he got that stomach band for nothing.

  70. 105 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 12:11 pm

  71. 106 cookemom
    January 9, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Floundering (v.) – Chris Christie trying to BRIDGE the gap between the truth and the obvious lies he’s telling

  72. 108 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    • 109 No Child Left Behind
      January 9, 2014 at 12:13 pm


      By the way, why is he still talking? That’s proof of culpability if I am asked. Now he says he was in his bedroom with his Ipad, thinking how sad he was. Is that man for real this morning?

      What did he drink before coming out?

  73. 110 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    For months, many bj’ers right from cole were bedwetting that this asshole of a bully was somehow going to win in 2016. I kept saying he is just a 9-11 giuliani redux. Now I stand vindicated.

  74. 111 Jovie
    January 9, 2014 at 12:14 pm

  75. 112 dotster3
    January 9, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Who would swallow this???

  76. 113 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Good. Don’t let the roaches slither away.

  77. 114 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 12:16 pm

  78. 115 dotster3
    January 9, 2014 at 12:18 pm

  79. 116 cookemom
    January 9, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Soooo, he didn’t know anything before 8:50am yesterday……hmmmmm that postponing all of his events yesterday, including the ceremonial signing of some type of immigration issue, happened after 8:50am? Time check please!

  80. 117 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 12:20 pm

  81. 118 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 12:20 pm

  82. 119 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 12:21 pm

  83. 120 Bill R.
    January 9, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Well, I know how these things go, remembering the Nixon administration very well. It starts with “I am not a crook.” Then there are federal investigations, testimony before a grand jury under oath, indictments, plea bargains, and the truth comes out.

  84. 121 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 12:22 pm

  85. 124 Linda
    January 9, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    I think this is where the hearing is about to start.


  86. 125 jacquelineoboomer
    January 9, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Christie’s embarrassed by some of his administration, or so he says? Maybe the Garden State is embarrassed by all of its governor, eh? Am I right that 3 members of his staff have now either resigned or been fired – so far? Now he’s saying somebody in his administration isn’t available TO HIM for an interview? Now he’s saying he’ll allow the Port Authority to make decisions in the future? Of course, he appoints some of its members. The Fort Lee mayor was not on his “radar screen”? Ha.

    Well, gee, another Republican who can’t or won’t or has chosen not to govern. What a surprise! Loose lips sink ships, governor.

    Hopefully, I will force myself to “look away” and go talk up Obamacare later in the day. I grew up in NJ and we are famous for “rubber necking” at the scene of an “accident,” but I will force myself to look away from the accident that is the twice-elected governor of NJ.

    • 126 jacquelineoboomer
      January 9, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      P.S. Before I look away, I notice from his facial features during his presser (I can read NJ people – Ha!) that he thinks we are actually falling for his denials. Too funny. Well, what the heck, voters fell for it last election. Maybe you’re right, Chris.

  87. 127 dotster3
    January 9, 2014 at 12:23 pm

  88. 129 cookemom
    January 9, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    …..and the Repub war on women continue as BRIDGEtt Kelly is thrown under that bus stuck in traffic.

    This is the guy who heads the Republican Governor’s Association. Too bad, so sad. They will have him forever around their neck during all of the upcoming governor races.

  89. January 9, 2014 at 12:25 pm

  90. 131 hopefruit2
    January 9, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Do NOT let Ezra Klein and BuzzFeed get away with making this (AGAIN) about President Obama — this is NOT comparable to the ACA website in no way shape or form, and to invoke PBO from this is plain low and disgusting.

    • 132 Linda
      January 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      Who fired McChrystal and Petraeus and the other military leaders ?

      I think he also fired Bill Daley

      • 133 hopefruit2
        January 9, 2014 at 12:32 pm

        I guess those do not count. The media would have LOVED to see PBO fire all the competent people in his administration like Geithner, VP Biden, Eric Holder, Susan Rice, and Kathleen Sebellius, while keeping the corrupt, incompetent REPUBLICANS/ Bush holdovers….

  91. January 9, 2014 at 12:25 pm

  92. 135 dotster3
    January 9, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Christie is saying he never has heard of the mayor of Ft. Lee, wasn’t on his radar, wouldn’t have ever been able to pick him out of a lineup. Saw his photo for the first time yesterday.
    Yesterday that mayor said he at one time had a close working relationship with Christie, that they had an interesting past, one of the reasons why he was so shocked at what they pulled in retaliation.

  93. 137 Bill R.
    January 9, 2014 at 12:27 pm

  94. 139 dotster3
    January 9, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    And a couple reporters laughed their heads off at hilarious Christie

  95. 141 Jovie
    January 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Softball questions, non- hostile. The press likes him. They just do…

  96. 142 jacquelineoboomer
    January 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I’m still at it.

  97. 143 Vicki
    January 9, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    He’s forfeited the right to be Governor.
    If your state is paralyzed for 4 days and you do nothing you should be relieved of duty.

  98. 144 amk for obama
    January 9, 2014 at 12:32 pm

  99. 145 cookemom
    January 9, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Though it sounds crazy, the best thing he could do was NOT talk to the folks he fired. Once a conversation took place, he would have been told something that he would have to defend or cover-up. As long as he has co-conspirators willing to take the fall for him, he may have a little wiggle room to claim ignorance. Of course, who’d want an ignorant person running things.

    On another note, if there is retribution for not endorsing Christie, then what were the rewards for endorsing him? I’m looking at NJ Dem party folks who would have normally been more enthusiastic for the Dem candidate.

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