JUST IN: Following report on George Washington Bridge scandal, Port Authority Chairman David Samson has resigned, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says
“It would be easier to dismiss [Hoboken Mayor Dawn] Zimmer if not for the bridge closure. And it would be easier to explain away the bridge closure if not for Zimmer. That’s the problem for Christie: These stories are beginning to build. Each new revelation makes the past scandals more believable — and more damaging. And each new story intensifies the media’s efforts to find more. The problem for Christie isn’t what his aides did. It’s what they thought he wanted them to do.”
If you leave New Jersey for a weekend, be ready for people to ask you about Gov. Chris Christie.
He’s the hottest property in American politics and the most compelling personality the state has produced since Tony Soprano. Polls say he is now the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination.
But if they ask, be sure to tell them this as well: He is the most overrated governor in America.
Yes, he’s a skilled politician and a talented deal-maker who, for his first two years in office, got nearly everything he wanted from the Democratic Legislature.
But it hasn’t worked. New Jersey’s economy is a mess, even compared with its neighbors. The property tax burden is up sharply. Poverty is rising. And the state’s credit rating has dropped on Christie’s watch as the long-range outlook deteriorates. His successor will inherit a bigger mess than he did.”
He talked about Tyler’s senior year in high school. “I would characterize him as a child growing up,” he said. “He was getting more into being fashion-conscious. Now, this kid, he had to dress for orchestra—since he was seven, he was wearing suits and ties. But he was getting more trendy, in the last year or so.” Jane Clementi recalled that, not long before his death, Tyler had bought a spectacular new pair of glasses—bright green on the inside of the stems. His father said, “He was definitely trying to express himself.”
They never saw any sign of depression, and can’t even see it retrospectively. “As a parent, what it says to me is that what you think you know, you don’t know,” Joseph Clementi said. “And that’s a hard thing, because we all think, I know what my kid’s up to. You don’t.”
On the night Jane Clementi learned that Tyler was gay, she said, “I told him not to hurt himself.” Not long before, a girl from his school had committed suicide. “We had talked about it briefly that summer, and for some reason that thought came to mind. And all I said was ‘Don’t hurt yourself,’ and he looked me right in the eye and he laughed, and said, ‘I would never do anything like that.’ ”
Chris Christie: Not jumping in? Both the National Review and ABC News are reporting this (ABC News via a Breaking News banner), which should be reported as such: “Guy who said he wasn’t running for president dozens of times before says it for 76th time.”
Wanna see the other 75 times (well, it’s really more like 12)? See the POLITICO video Christie himself sent the public to here.
NJ Governor CHRIS CHRISTIE, remarking on New Jerseyans who are “still on the beach,” in advance of Hurricane Irene.
inothernews: Christie made those remarks at a press conference less than an hour ago.
"Hey Gail, first off it’s none of your business. I don’t ask you where you send your kids to school, don’t bother me about where I send mine." - NJ Gov. Chris Christie when asked, by a NJ citizen, about Christie cutting public school funding.
The PNC American Flag balloon, the world’s largest free-flying American flag, was inflated to honor America on Flag Day, today, Tuesday June 14. The special shaped balloon was flown in preparation for next month’s 29th Annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning to be held at Solberg Airport in Readington, NJ. The balloon was tethered to the ground at DeBaun Field, on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J.
There was a rumor earlier today that Newark Mayor Cory Booker, famous for his faux-feud with Conan O’Brien a few years back, was considering a run at the US Senate. Booker is, without question, one of the Democrats’ brightest national prospects, and one of our favorite politicians here at SFB. His candidacy would be a major coup for the party. However, Booker quickly swatted down the rumors, insisting that he’ll finish his term as mayor. While this is a disappointment for national Democrats, it says a lot about his commitment to Newark, and by extension, his integrity as a politician (Booker often turns down appealing offers in order to remain Newark mayor). Once his tenure in Newark is up, however, we can’t help but hope he’ll set his sights on higher office. Way higher, if you catch our drift. source