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JUST IN: Following report on George Washington Bridge scandal, Port Authority Chairman David Samson has resigned, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says


New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on the Daily Show. 


The Story of a Suicide

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.’ ”

- In this week’s issue, Ian Parker gives the first in-depth assessment of the Tyler Clementi case, told through a series of exclusive interviews & IM conversations:



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.

(via dcdecoder)

“Get the Hell off the beach in Asbury Park and get out. It’s 4:30. You’ve maximized your tan.”

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.

Who do you think you are? Joe Scarborough? →

Joe Scarborough: You‘re in charge of the public schools of New Jersey. Are they not good enough for your kids? 

NJ Gov. Chris Christie: No, listen. You what they don‘t do?  They don‘t teach religion.  And my wife and I want to make sure that our children, every day, are getting part of the values that we‘re trying to teach them at home reinforced at school. 

We made that decision. I made the choice. My wife made the choice to pay for our kids to go to a parochial school.

Lawrence O’Donnell: So Joe Scarborough quickly and smartly goes straight to what Chris Christie had declared, a forbidden zone on “Meet the Press” the day before, and asked Chris Christie why he doesn‘t send his kids to New Jersey public schools. Are they not good enough for your kids?

And Chris Christie doesn‘t dare say to Joe Scarborough, it‘s none of your business.  He simply answers the question, says he wants his kids to go to religious schools and be taught religion every day.  He says that—he gives that answer to that question about his parenting decisions the day after telling David Gregory, I‘m not going to let people question my parenting decisions in public. 

He had no problem allowing Joe Scarborough to question his parenting decisions in public.  And last week on “the Today Show,” he had  now problem allowing Matt Lauer to ask about that same parenting decision, about where he sends his kids to school. 

In Chris Christie, the Republican‘s dream candidate for president who will never be president, we can now see an inconsistent temperamental man who is capable of showing flashes of anger at his constituents like Gayle, the woman who asked him about his children not attending New Jersey public schools, but is very well behaved in formal interview settings. 

Now that we know that Christie has no rule about discussing his parenting decisions in public, let‘s look at how he treated Gayle one more time.

Watch: NJ Resident Gayle: You don‘t send your children to public schools.  You send them to private schools.  So I was wondering why you think it‘s fair to be cutting school funding to public schools? 

NJ Gov. Chris Christie: Gayle, you know what?  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.

Lawrence O’Donnell:  So now we know what Christie really was thinking.  Hey, Gayle, you know what, first off, it‘s none of your business, because you‘re a nobody.  You‘re just a constituent.  If you want me to actually answer your question, get your own TV show.  Who do you think you are?  Joe Scarborough?  

Watch Lawrence O’Donnell Rewrite NJ Gov. Chris Christie here

"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

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