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(44,671 posts)
Thu Apr 24, 2014, 04:34 PM Apr 2014

Chris Christie: A Self Portrait

Last edited Fri Jun 5, 2015, 09:53 PM - Edit history (4)

[center][font size="+1"]A Gibson Dunn Crutcher Production
Directed by: Chris "Governor Soprano" Christie
Screenplay by: Rudy Mastro
Technical Adviser: DU-er Laxman, (Christie Crime Digest)
Financed by The Taxpayers of New Jersey[/font]

Who is the real New Jersey Governor Chris Christie? From the Bridge(t)-Gate summary memos (beginning on page 163):

A man with a mind like a steel trap?

...(H)e believed he spent more time with Mayor Zimmer than most other Mayors in the State. Governor Christie noted that Mayor Zimmer was one of a few mayors he met with alone in his office about Sandy aid...He recently saw a photograph of himself and a Rockefeller Group executive at a DayTop Village charity event last year. He had not recalled seeing the executive at that large gathering, but realized that he must have, given the photograph.

...(T)he Governor recalls singing a song with the Lt. Governor after dinner...the Governor recalled going to the kitchen for a snack—he recalled having raspberries—and running into the Lt. Governor in the kitchen and briefly saying hello.

The Governor said he did not know (Chip) Michaels well, but he is familiar with Michaels’ family. They were reacquainted in the past few years because their children played hockey. The Governor recently saw Michaels at the hockey rink, where they discussed their children and hockey, including his son’s recent injury.

Mrs. Christie was by the Governor’s side throughout the 9/11 Memorial Event, including the period before the event began...the Governor recalled that Mrs. Christie asked to use a bathroom...there was no bathroom in the (Port Authority) trailer. A female Port Authority Police Department officer, who was possibly Baroni’s driver, then took Mrs. Christie to the bathroom...

Usually, the Governor would have to go to Stepien’s office if he wanted to speak with Stepien. As of April 2013, Stepien would need an appointment to meet with the Governor because he was no longer a State employee.

At some point, someone, possibly Deb Gramiccioni, told the Governor that Baroni wanted to bring in Wildstein and pay him over $200,000 a year, which she said was too high. The Governor agreed and said that Wildstein’s appointment was acceptable as long as he was not paid too much.

The Governor had two reactions to the article: (1) it was typical of Foye to write and then leak an email, rather than directly discussing the issue; and (2) the Governor wanted to know what happened.

The Governor listened to part of Foye’s testimony and the other Port Authority professionals while he ate lunch.

...(T)he Governor walked into O’Dowd’s office while Drewniak was there...Drewniak was talking about having dinner with Wildstein, which the Governor found surprising because he did not think that Drewniak and Wildstein were such good friends that they would have dinner together.

The Governor also recalled getting a call from Stepien on December 14, 2013, while the Governor was on his way to a doctor’s appointment...

Or a man with a mind like a stainless steel sieve?

The Governor was not aware, and had no recollection of ever knowing, that Mayor Zimmer took any position adverse to the Rockefeller Group project.

The Governor...now knows that Wolff & Samson represented the Rockefeller Group, although he was not aware of that at the time of the allegations at issue.

The Governor had no memory of meeting Mayor Sokolich. The Governor knew Mayor Sokolich’s name because of the accusations that Mayor Sokolich made.

While the (lane) realignment was in effect, Governor Christie did not recall being aware of the lane realignment or the traffic caused by the lane realignment.

...Baroni and Wildstein, along with others, were present for most of the time (during the 9/11 memorial ceremony). The Governor has no specific recollection of conversations with them, other than light banter.

Asked whether anyone raised the subject of traffic in Fort Lee prior to or at this event, the Governor responded that he had no such recollection...

The Governor had no specific recollection of the September 17, 2013, and October 1, 2013 Wall Street Journal (“WSJ”) articles...The Governor had two reactions to the article: (1) it was typical of Foye to write and then leak an email, rather than directly discussing the issue; and (2) the Governor wanted to know what happened.

Asked about...Wildstein’s and Baroni’s resignations, the Governor recalled telling McKenna to ask for Wildstein’s resignation, and telling O’Dowd and McKenna to ask for Baroni’s resignation, although the Governor did not recall when this was.

...(T)he Governor recalled someone (though he does not recollect who), relaying that Wildstein had said something along the lines of, “I’m not stupid; I got this cleared by the Front Office.”

On the morning of December 12, 2013, there was a breakfast...(with) union leaders, which Stepien attended. The Governor had no specific recollection of that event...

As tough as nails?

During the December 13, 2013 senior staff meeting, the Governor walked in, slammed the door, and stood the whole time...He delivered this message loudly and made eye contact with everyone.

The next day, the Governor went to Trenton...He then held the press conference, while exhausted, answering all questions. Only after coming back did he realize that the press conference lasted nearly two hours.

Or as tender as rose petals?

...When the meeting started, the Governor recalled being nervous...He got emotional, and with tears in his eyes, asked if anyone else had anything else to do with the lane realignment, because he could not get sandbagged again....

The Governor recalled that O’Dowd had reported that Kelly was crying when she had said that she had nothing to do with the lane realignment...The Governor was not surprised that someone, particularly an individual like Kelly, might be nervous or upset in this situation...

So many facets, so little time! Stay tuned...

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Chris Christie: A Self Portrait (Original Post) rocktivity Apr 2014 OP
Looks like the governor has a really bad memory malaise Apr 2014 #1
That's the thing about 2naSalit Apr 2014 #2
Lying is hard work malaise Apr 2014 #3
Hee heee 2naSalit Apr 2014 #4
What do you mean, he has a really bad memory? rocktivity Apr 2014 #5
Our snacks are the same over and over malaise Apr 2014 #6
Raspberries....Of Course! Laxman Apr 2014 #7
heard this on the radio today NJCher Apr 2014 #8
After seeing the title of the thread, I was expecting something like this: Reter Apr 2014 #9
Chris Christie's SELF-portrait would look more like this: rocktivity Apr 2014 #10
I love Jon davidpdx Apr 2014 #11
Didn't like Bon Jovi at all. kwolf68 Jul 2014 #13
Punt n/t rocktivity Jul 2014 #12
Port Authority Police officer state investigative summary kick rocktivity Sep 2014 #14
Bridge(t)-Gate summary memos link update kick rocktivity Jun 2015 #15


(272,215 posts)
1. Looks like the governor has a really bad memory
Thu Apr 24, 2014, 05:24 PM
Apr 2014

That brain may need Fish(man) to stimulate memory recall


(89,125 posts)
2. That's the thing about
Thu Apr 24, 2014, 05:37 PM
Apr 2014

lying, you have to remember all the lies you told... since many are impromptu, lying usually ends up unraveling at any given point.

Old Slavic proverb: ...telling a lie is like carrying an awl in a cloth bag, eventually the truth comes out.


(44,671 posts)
5. What do you mean, he has a really bad memory?
Thu Apr 24, 2014, 06:35 PM
Apr 2014

Can YOU remember what you snacked on last year, or how many times your significant other has gone to the bathroom?



(272,215 posts)
6. Our snacks are the same over and over
Thu Apr 24, 2014, 06:38 PM
Apr 2014

we both bathe in the morning and before going to bed. Outside of that I'm clueless


(2,419 posts)
7. Raspberries....Of Course!
Thu Apr 24, 2014, 08:18 PM
Apr 2014

You're insane!

I still can't get over the part where in his interview he described himself as having tears in his eyes! Cinderella kid.


(36,564 posts)
8. heard this on the radio today
Thu Apr 24, 2014, 10:33 PM
Apr 2014

Christie said that if someone had come to him and told him the lane backups were a problem, he'd have stopped the lane closures!

What world is this guy living in?

It just boggles my mind that he thinks anyone is so stupid as to believe any of this drivel.

I'm not an especially political person, but even I have a sense of who knows who enough to go out to lunch. He claims he doesn't even know that about the person he put in the Port Authority to be his eyes and ears!



(44,671 posts)
10. Chris Christie's SELF-portrait would look more like this:
Fri Apr 25, 2014, 02:20 AM
Apr 2014

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(7,486 posts)
13. Didn't like Bon Jovi at all.
Tue Jul 8, 2014, 03:48 PM
Jul 2014

In the 80s, though they had some decent songs, but still hair metal was just not my thing, but I've grown to admire and respect JBV because

-he is a superb song-writer
-he has been faithful to his wife since the 80s (which with the girls running around at the time I still can't believe)
-he gives a shit about things and is a solid Dem

I wanted less Bon Jovi in the 80s...we could sure use more people like him today.
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