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82. Christie's House of (Race) Cards
Mon Jun 29, 2015, 11:09 AM
Jun 2015

Last edited Mon Jun 29, 2015, 08:13 PM - Edit history (2)

Wonderful news -- it looks like Christie has had a major breakthrough on race relations and discrimination!

Recently, I posted here that Christie's call for a dialogue about racism had fallen on the wrong ears:

Shouldn't Christie have told the whites that not looking racism in the eye is the root the problem, and the blacks that adhering to their love and faith was at the root of the solution?...Too bad Christie's not enough of a leader to point out to white people that racist hate by white people does exist...

Well, someone or something must have gotten through to him, because four days ago, Christie repeated his call for a dialogue on race to all of New Jersey on his monthly radio show!

Chris Christie, NJ101.5 Radio, 6/25/15, (27:00): ...I think that the way you go about trying to fix this problem is for the leaders in this country -- and not just elected leaders, religious leaders, community leaders -- need to start having these conversations on a regular basis in our communities. And we need to call out the people who are not conducting themselves in a way that is not respectful of others and in fact borders on being racist. We can't ignore it, we can't make excuses for it; we have to call it out...

I think the way to do this is for folks of all colors (to be) interacting with each other and standing up for the people who are the victims of this kind of conduct...I think what fuels the emotion on both sides is fear of violence...rejection...I think so much of this hate comes from fear...of the differences between us.

Bravo, Governor!!!

Well, if I'm going criticize Christie every time he commits a "crime," it's only fair that I point it out when he gets it right, right? (Fortunately, doing either one or the other gives me pleasure, LOL!) The point is, he's come a long way, baby, when it comes to thinking about fighting discrimination:

The Grio.com, January 2012: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says the turmoil of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s could have been avoided had states simply put African-Americans’ rights and integration to a vote. "People would have been happy to have referendum on civil rights rather than fighting and dying in the streets in the South," (he) said...

Christie was comparing the civil rights movement to the fight for same-sex marriage, calling for a referendum on gay marriage in New Jersey...(He) says he’ll veto a Democratic measure legalizing gay marriages, but a public vote on the matter would be fine with him.

He got drawn and quartered for that, and rightfully so:

New Jersey Newsroom, January 2012: The comment that the civil rights movement of the 1960s could have been settled through a national or southern states voter referendum stunned Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver who became the first African-American woman to head the lower house in 2010. “Gov. Christie better sit down with some of New Jersey’s great teachers for a history lesson...It’s unfathomable to even suggest a referendum would have been the better course. Governor, people were fighting and dying in the streets of the South...because the majority refused to grant minorities equal rights by any method...The governor’s comment is an insult to those who had no choice but to fight and die in the streets..."

“It’s difficult to understand what the governor was thinking,” Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman...said. “...(C)an you imagine the outcome if civil rights in this country, during this very racially charged time in our history, had been left up to a vote?...If the governor was hoping to defend his reprehensible stance on marriage equality by suggesting that those who fought and died for civil rights...would have preferred a referendum -- that by all historical accounts would have been most likely defeated -- he failed miserably.”

Assemblyman John Wisniewski, the state Democratic chairman, said, "Rosa Parks didn't get to the front of the bus through a ballot question, and Jim Crow laws weren't repealed by public referendum...To call for a public referendum on any civil right is the refuge of someone who refuses to lead...Governor Christie has an opportunity to leave a mark in history as a someone who, when the beacon of civil rights called his name, stood up to be counted among the leaders...My hope is that he finds the courage to take up the challenge and joins in the great American tradition of fighting to expand our civil rights and for justice."

Yeah, but that was three and half years ago. Civil rights as popularity contests has always been a stock item in the right wing ideological inventory. The important thing is that Christie's thinking has obviously evolved since then.

Huffington Post, October 2013: Gov. Chris Christie's administration...submitted a formal withdrawal (of) his appeal...of a judge's recent ruling in favor of gay marriage in New Jersey to the state Supreme Court...

Christie's administration says he strongly disagrees with the court substituting its judgment "for the constitutional process of the elected branches or a vote of the people." But he says the Supreme Court was clearly going to favor same-sex marriage and that he has a constitutional duty to enforce the law...

Yeah, but that was nearly two years ago. In deciding he'd reached his Waterloo and withdrawing his appeal, he was no doubt feeling discouraged and defeated and bitter, even though the withdrawal probably had more to do with not wanting to be seen as gambling on a sure loser. The important thing is that Christie's thinking has obviously evolved since then.

Asbury Park Press, June 2015: Gov. Chris Christie (is)...not happy with the Supreme Court ruling that makes same-sex marriage legal nationwide. (He) said he believes it was a matter for each state to decide, not the courts..."I don't agree with the way it was done...This is something that should be decided by the people...(F)ive lawyers get to impose it under our system."

Yeah, but that was three days ago...


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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