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80. Christie's latest power failure: Another storm, another self-serving response
Sat Jun 27, 2015, 12:00 PM
Jun 2015

Last edited Sun Jun 28, 2015, 02:13 PM - Edit history (8)

Did you know that Southern New Jersey was devastated by Sandy-like storms and damage on June 23rd?

NJ.com: The threat of severe weather was known for several days across New Jersey, prompting concern from forecasters who warned the state would become a pressure cooker for dangerous conditions...

While...North Jersey residents woke up to the hum of air-conditioners and cooled homes...much of the southern half of the state awoke to stuffy, dark houses. A commuter in Morristown might check the traffic report, while another in Deptford may be wondering how to get their overturned car out of the mall parking lot.

Hundreds of thousands lost power. Massive trees were uprooted and brought down on homes and across roads. Lawn furniture was tossed like feathers, and parts of buildings were ripped apart and strewn into streets and parking lots...(D)amage to the property and power grid could rival the derecho of 2012, which devastated the southern half of the state months before Hurricane Sandy...

Well, don't feel too bad -- apparently Chris Christie didn't, either:

NJ.com: Gov. Chris Christie said (June 26) that at least 90 percent of...the several hundreds of thousands of people whose lights went dark earlier this week...during New Jersey's recent storms should have their lights on by Friday night. Christie also explained why he hasn't declared an emergency for areas of South Jersey hit hard by the weather.

"Right now what's happening is FEMA is on the ground with the Office of Emergency Management of the State Police and they are assessing the damage level. You don't need a state of emergency declaration in order to get federal funds if you need a certain threshold and if there's anything that a state of emergency declaration would do to enhance our ability to get more help more quickly, I'd be happy to do that," Christie said...

[font size="+1"]And if you're planning to announce your run for president and will be traveling heavily afterwards, the last thing you need is a federal state of emergency declaration, as it would probably interfere with your getting the kind of national headlines you want![/font]

The (June 24) news cycle made a couple things pretty clear to anyone who was paying attention: Gov. Chris Christie plans to officially announce he's running for president next week...The news day started with a local media outlet breaking news of Christie's upcoming announcement, scheduled for (June 30) at Livingston High School...Spokespeople for the governor's office and those tied to his 2016 political action committee refused to provide comment on the story. The spokespeople maintained their silence throughout the day (June 25).

Well, that's fine with me: as of June 25, Christie had something more important to worry about -- nearly half a million affected by a storm in South Jersey! Well, later that day...

NJ.com: The governor showed up to a 101.5FM's studio for his monthly "Ask the Governor" radio show. While working inside the building, Christie brushes off reporters about the day's news..."There's been absolutely no final decision made by me."

(O)nce on the air...Christie said..."I haven't made a decision. Let's everybody remain calm." (But) NJ Advance Media reported (that) the interim superintendent of the school district (where) Christie plans to make the announcement...spoke with...the governor's brother on (June 24), and (also said) an advance crew has already been to the school...Livingston school officials say they were told to be ready...for Christie to be at the high school on (June 30). "They asked us not to say anything," said...the superintendent.

The governor was asked about how he could be so adamant about not making up his mind when his brother was talking to school officials about details of an announcement when he left the New Jersey radio station..."I have absolutely no idea what the school superintendent is talking about," Christie said...

And what did he have to say about the storm and his response to it? Well, I listened to the entire June 25 Ask The Governor radio show: What should have been the lead subject wasn't mentioned for 30 minutes, and he just repeated his tale about no need to declare a state of emergency since the estimated damages automatically qualified the area for federal aid. He makes it sound like the lights went out for a couple hours in a couple of neighborhoods -- cars were overturned!!! He offered no info on shelters, no helpline numbers, not even an invitation to call the station if you were still in dire straits. Has he even toured the area?

Imagine if he'd stated on the radio show that his presidential plans (such as they are) were off the table until both the budget AND the aftermath of the storm were under control, then enthusiastically explained how he was going to get 'em done. Being able refer to the great job he'd done after hurricane Sandy would have been helpful, of course. But the point is, it would have made him sound so much more -- well, presidential!

I Couldn't Have Said It Better Myself..... Laxman May 2015 #1
k&r... spanone May 2015 #2
Just To Be Clear... Laxman May 2015 #3
What's the matter with (Mary Pat's) kids today? rocktivity May 2015 #4
For your work, Laxman.. I thank you! Cha May 2015 #5
Thank YOU Cha.... Laxman May 2015 #6
I know what you mean.. There's been so much illegality in the christie admin and from christie Cha May 2015 #9
I Was Trying To Decide.... Laxman May 2015 #7
That's almost more than my entire wardrobe! Beach Rat May 2015 #11
Beautifully presented malaise May 2015 #8
In A Shocking Development...... Laxman May 2015 #10
Some Pretty Damning Stuff.... Laxman May 2015 #12
Fascinating stuff malaise May 2015 #13
Too bad Christie and Wildstein aren't friends anymore rocktivity May 2015 #14
Well For Starters.... Laxman May 2015 #15
This message was self-deleted by its author rocktivity May 2015 #19
Thank you wheniwasincongress May 2015 #16
I'm Glad You Like Them.... Laxman May 2015 #17
Nobody Needs To Know..... Laxman May 2015 #18
"Kelly has been sending up signals she wanted to make a deal for a year. rocktivity May 2015 #20
Let's make a deal Monty! Beach Rat May 2015 #36
It's Hard To Decide... Laxman May 2015 #21
If We're All Being Honest.... Laxman May 2015 #22
K & R malaise May 2015 #23
So comprehensive it's overwhelming davidpdx May 2015 #24
It's Hard To Know What Is Best.... Laxman May 2015 #25
Christie's Funneling of Pension Money.... Laxman May 2015 #26
I'll stock up on popcorn malaise May 2015 #28
Christie Has Gotten Exactly What WE Paid For... Laxman May 2015 #27
While Christie Is Busy "Squeezing The Orange".... Laxman May 2015 #29
"IF" they go to trial? Backwoodsrider May 2015 #30
Well That's An Ominous Post..... Laxman May 2015 #31
my first thought when I saw skinny Wildstein was "the people behind Christie radiation poisoned him" Backwoodsrider May 2015 #33
Once Again The Interests Of The People Of NJ.... Laxman May 2015 #32
he probably keeps his conscience intoxicated with food Backwoodsrider May 2015 #34
In Our Latest Episode Of "Chris Christie-Fiscal Conservative"..... Laxman May 2015 #35
Now THIS Is What Real Leadership Looks Like..... Laxman May 2015 #37
If You've Been Reading The Crime Digest..... Laxman May 2015 #38
Is He Actually Mentally Ill.... Laxman May 2015 #39
The man is sick malaise May 2015 #40
It's Good To Be The King.... Laxman May 2015 #41
Different rules for the fat cats malaise May 2015 #42
Boink. Scurrilous May 2015 #43
I Urge An Apology From Everyone On DU..... Laxman May 2015 #44
He has really lost it malaise May 2015 #45
If Your Opponent Is Choleric Of Temper.... Laxman May 2015 #46
This message was self-deleted by its author rocktivity May 2015 #47
Also known as "Christie's Forty-Seven-Percent-Moment" (Good-natured jabs, my donkey) rocktivity May 2015 #50
See, Somebody Else Is Sorry Too.... Laxman May 2015 #48
Apparently The U.S. Attorney Is Not Finished..... Laxman May 2015 #49
Memorial Day-A Time To Reflect.... Laxman May 2015 #51
This message was self-deleted by its author rocktivity May 2015 #52
Bodyguard-Gate Update rocktivity May 2015 #53
Sweet malaise May 2015 #54
"Receipts? We ain't got no recepits. We don't need no receipts. rocktivity Jun 2015 #55
Is Christie's publicly-financed self-exonerating Mastro report about to come back to haunt him? rocktivity Jun 2015 #56
This Is Interesting.... Laxman Jun 2015 #57
Gloom, Despair, Agony: The Mastro Report is Gone rocktivity Jun 2015 #58
They Seem To Have Gotten.... Laxman Jun 2015 #59
Link fixed, thanks rocktivity Jun 2015 #62
Freaking awesome malaise Jun 2015 #60
You rock Laxman!!! While the non-memories of "Fitzmas" still hurt, I think this is different... winstars Jun 2015 #61
It Appears That Mr. Wildstein Knows... Laxman Jun 2015 #63
Some Confirmation From Other Sources.... Laxman Jun 2015 #64
Christie's Ethics Commissioner Slams Down The Feather Of Justice rocktivity Jun 2015 #65
Just For A Little Context..... Laxman Jun 2015 #66
K & R malaise Jun 2015 #67
What The State Supreme Court Giveth, HUD Hath Taketh Away rocktivity Jun 2015 #68
I Know Haley Barbour Is Your Friend... Laxman Jun 2015 #69
Christie Keeps Going Around Saying.... Laxman Jun 2015 #70
Are The Rats Turning On Each Other.... Laxman Jun 2015 #71
Sounds to me like they're saying that a judge is incapable rocktivity Jun 2015 #72
The day is coming when Christie malaise Jun 2015 #74
I have said all along, he will never get convicted of any crime. He seems to let others.... Logical Jun 2015 #73
Yes, it's entirely possible that he'll never be convicted rocktivity Jun 2015 #75
+1000 for that. I hate the man. I so bad want him to go away for ever. nt Logical Jun 2015 #76
now what? Backwoodsrider Jun 2015 #77
So Christie Is Going To Take The Plunge.... Laxman Jun 2015 #78
Christie's cure for domestic terrorism? Make Love, Not Law rocktivity Jun 2015 #79
Christie's latest power failure: Another storm, another self-serving response rocktivity Jun 2015 #80
Time To Break Out The Fleece..... Laxman Jun 2015 #81
Christie's House of (Race) Cards rocktivity Jun 2015 #82
I love the smell of vindication in the morning rocktivity Jun 2015 #83
And let the Crew Christie Presidental Campaign screwups begin! rocktivity Jun 2015 #84
UPDATE: (Hillary Supporter) Jon Bon Jovi Says He Gave (Hillary Opponent) Christie Permission rocktivity Jun 2015 #85
4. He's lost control of his campaign slogan's Twitter hashtag rocktivity Jul 2015 #86
6. His campaign launch speech drew mixed reviews rocktivity Jul 2015 #87
Even the LAWYERS are lawyering up??? rocktivity Jul 2015 #88
k & r flamingdem Jul 2015 #89
Is The U.S. Attorney's Office Compromised..... Laxman Jul 2015 #90
Even YOU saw a need to differentiate Bridge(t)-Gate from the Hunterdon Mess rocktivity Jul 2015 #91
Laxman Nails The Mastro Report Subpoena: It's "We're Not Worthy!" Time rocktivity Jul 2015 #92
Too nice to yell at people at town hall meetings anymore -- or too tired? rocktivity Jul 2015 #93
Well Here's A Rock About To Be Turned Over.... Laxman Jul 2015 #94
Here's Rachel Maddow's reporting on the Hunterdon Mess from last January rocktivity Jul 2015 #96
Christie Doesn't Know Any Of These People..... Laxman Jul 2015 #97
Christie Health Commissioner Suddenly Decides She's Sick Of Her Job rocktivity Jul 2015 #95
Christie Confirms Bruce Is Still His Fave NJ Musician, Gets Ovation From Bruce's Fans rocktivity Aug 2015 #98
He's Being Funded By A Tabloid? That Explains Why He's Started Talking Like One rocktivity Aug 2015 #99
Christie takes money from Exxon Lobbying Firm rocktivity Aug 2015 #100
This message was self-deleted by its author rocktivity Aug 2015 #101
We're Cooked As A Country.... Laxman Aug 2015 #103
Christie's national explanation of the tunnel (to nowhere) rocktivity Aug 2015 #102
Christie Exhumes Ghost of Ghouliani In 9/11 Lies at Debate rocktivity Aug 2015 #104
How To Loot A Public Pension..... Laxman Aug 2015 #105
Anatomy Of A Sellout..... Laxman Aug 2015 #106
Breathtaking Arrogance? How About Heart-Stopping Arrogance? rocktivity Aug 2015 #107
Where Have I Seen This Before..... Laxman Aug 2015 #108
This Is Very Interesting..... Laxman Aug 2015 #109
Well, it confirms both our suspicions rocktivity Aug 2015 #110
Duplicate Duh Donald! rocktivity Aug 2015 #111
Fedex Was A Modest Contributor..... Laxman Sep 2015 #112
Duplicating Duh Donald: Christie Flip-Flops on Bruce Springsteen* rocktivity Sep 2015 #113
K & R malaise Sep 2015 #114
Mayday, Mayday! This Is The Chairman's Flight..... Laxman Sep 2015 #115
Crew Christie Airlines -- "You're The Graft Beneath Our Wings!" rocktivity Sep 2015 #116
Mourning 9/11, Christie Style rocktivity Sep 2015 #117
Another 9/11, another Christie em-boor-ass-ment rocktivity Sep 2015 #120
This Is Looking More And More Like... Laxman Sep 2015 #118
Remember the new job Christie's Health Commissoner suddenly took? rocktivity Sep 2015 #119
Christie declares state of emergency (for his national media coveage) rocktivity Oct 2015 #121
What A Great Leader.... Laxman Oct 2015 #122
Commander In Chump rocktivity Oct 2015 #123
The Adulterous National Guard Commander.... Laxman Oct 2015 #125
Another Friday News Dump... Laxman Oct 2015 #124
You mean it WASN'T a typo? rocktivity Oct 2015 #127
Governor For Sale.... Laxman Oct 2015 #126
The Video Version Of.... Laxman Oct 2015 #128
Christie's Gut Check Week (a metaphor, not a weight joke) rocktivity Nov 2015 #129
He ain't heavy (if you'll pardon the expression) he's his brother rocktivity Nov 2015 #130
Will Bill Baroni end up an April fool? rocktivity Nov 2015 #131
it finally makes sense Backwoodsrider Dec 2015 #132
Goody -- that means we can add destroying evidence to his charges rocktivity Dec 2015 #133
Just A Little Slip..... Laxman Dec 2015 #134
Just What Are These Guys Hiding... Laxman Dec 2015 #135
case now amping up Backwoodsrider Dec 2015 #136
Christie Call To NY Gov Coumo RE Foye Surfaces In Bridge(t)-Gate Book rocktivity Jan 2016 #137
Didn't Christie just fantasize about beating a woman and then serving her with a subpoena? rocktivity Feb 2016 #138
Good for the judge. Beacool Feb 2016 #139
any grounds appeal? Backwoodsrider Feb 2016 #140
I Wish I Knew Where This Was Going..... Laxman Feb 2016 #141
An Amazing Summation Of Christie..... Laxman Feb 2016 #142
Chris who? Backwoodsrider Feb 2016 #143
An Amazing Summation Of Christie (Written Thirty-Five Years Ago) rocktivity Mar 2016 #147
"Like Any Good Monster, He Just Came Back Stronger." -- Ice T rocktivity Feb 2016 #144
Fighting for absolute political power while fighting off obscurity rocktivity Mar 2016 #145
Six NJ Newspapers Join Together...... Laxman Mar 2016 #146
"Who are you going to believe -- me, or my lying face?" rocktivity Mar 2016 #148
And you may find yourself...trying to work for President Trump rocktivity Mar 2016 #149
Just When He Thought It Was Safe To Stand Next To Trump Again rocktivity Apr 2016 #150
After a drought of news, he gives us a deluge -- rocktivity Jul 2016 #151
Doesn't It Feel Good.... Laxman Jul 2016 #152
Working His Way Back To Duh Donald™ rocktivity Jul 2016 #153
Melania Trump Said She Got "A Little Help" With Her Convention Speech rocktivity Jul 2016 #154
Christie's RNC Kangaroo Court (He Supplied The Pouch) rocktivity Jul 2016 #155
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