Chris Christie delighted senior aide indicted for conspiracy

You know, I've decided something. If Chris Christie is happy, then I'm happy. And Chris Christie says he's delighted that his former deputy chief of staff, was indicted for conspiring to close much of the George Washington Bridge for three days, and that another close ally was convicted of the same thing!

Mr. Christie himself, joined by top aides, reached out to longtime financial supporters, like the billionaires Kenneth Langone and Stanley Druckenmiller, to talk through what he saw as the limited scope of the indictment.

And Mr. Christie’s political action committee emailed talking points for loyal backers to deliver to the news media, framing the guilty plea of David Wildstein, a former Christie ally, and the indictment of the governor’s former chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, and his appointee, Bill Baroni, as a moment of vindication.

You see? Christie is not upset, Christie feels great, Christie feels vindicated!

“Key messages,” the talking points read. “Today’s announcement reinforces what the governor has said since Day 1.” Mr. Christie, they said, “had no knowledge or involvement in the planning, motivation, authorization or execution of the decision to realign lanes on the George Washington Bridge.”

I would have loved to have seen these talking points. I wonder if they went something like this:

o Christie barely knew who Kelly, his deputy Chief of Staff was. Every time he would pass her in the hallway he would say, "Hey, who are you? Have we met before?"

o Kelly, the deputy Chief of Staff, liked to do crazy stuff like this all on her own. One day she got up and thought on her own that it would be a good idea to shut down much of the G.W. Bridge. And she never talked to Governor Christie about stuff like that.

o The Chief of Staff who Kelly worked for also had no idea what she was up to. When she was hired as Deputy Chief of Staff, Kelly was told, "You're basically an independent contractor. Do whatever you think is best with state government. No need to tell us."

o Christie is vindicated because if the Deputy Chief of Staff is indicted. That shows he had nothing to do with it. Indeed, even if Christie is indicted at a later date, that indictment, too, will only further demonstrate that he was uninvolved.

But amid the bustle, there was an absorption of a new reality for the governor and those closest to him: that his bid for the White House seems increasingly far-fetched.

In two dozen interviews over the past 24 hours, many of the most trusted allies and advisers to Mr. Christie... used gentle descriptions like “in a different place” to describe how Mr. Christie had fallen from the high of his re-election in 2013: unpopular at home, limping near the bottom in national Republican polls and lacking the money and momentum of his competitors.

Where exactly do you think Chris Christie's "different place" is? Do you think, politically speaking, he's moved from Asbury Park to Newark in the rankings?

 A March Wall Street Journal/NBC poll revealed that 57 percent of Republican primary voters said they could not see themselves supporting him, the highest number among potential candidates except Donald Trump. Mr. Christie’s campaign aides have declined to say how much money he has raised so far this year; unlike many of his rivals, he appears to lack a prominent wealthy donor prepared, at this point, to sustain a campaign with a multimillion dollar contribution.

Oh oh, no Sugar Daddy for Christie! Do you think his campaign will have to go on a diet?

 

This article was produced by NewsMachete.com, the conservative news site.

You know, I've decided something. If Chris Christie is happy, then I'm happy. And Chris Christie says he's delighted that his former deputy chief of staff, was indicted for conspiring to close much of the George Washington Bridge for three days, and that another close ally was convicted of the same thing!

Mr. Christie himself, joined by top aides, reached out to longtime financial supporters, like the billionaires Kenneth Langone and Stanley Druckenmiller, to talk through what he saw as the limited scope of the indictment.

And Mr. Christie’s political action committee emailed talking points for loyal backers to deliver to the news media, framing the guilty plea of David Wildstein, a former Christie ally, and the indictment of the governor’s former chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, and his appointee, Bill Baroni, as a moment of vindication.

You see? Christie is not upset, Christie feels great, Christie feels vindicated!

“Key messages,” the talking points read. “Today’s announcement reinforces what the governor has said since Day 1.” Mr. Christie, they said, “had no knowledge or involvement in the planning, motivation, authorization or execution of the decision to realign lanes on the George Washington Bridge.”

I would have loved to have seen these talking points. I wonder if they went something like this:

o Christie barely knew who Kelly, his deputy Chief of Staff was. Every time he would pass her in the hallway he would say, "Hey, who are you? Have we met before?"

o Kelly, the deputy Chief of Staff, liked to do crazy stuff like this all on her own. One day she got up and thought on her own that it would be a good idea to shut down much of the G.W. Bridge. And she never talked to Governor Christie about stuff like that.

o The Chief of Staff who Kelly worked for also had no idea what she was up to. When she was hired as Deputy Chief of Staff, Kelly was told, "You're basically an independent contractor. Do whatever you think is best with state government. No need to tell us."

o Christie is vindicated because if the Deputy Chief of Staff is indicted. That shows he had nothing to do with it. Indeed, even if Christie is indicted at a later date, that indictment, too, will only further demonstrate that he was uninvolved.

But amid the bustle, there was an absorption of a new reality for the governor and those closest to him: that his bid for the White House seems increasingly far-fetched.

In two dozen interviews over the past 24 hours, many of the most trusted allies and advisers to Mr. Christie... used gentle descriptions like “in a different place” to describe how Mr. Christie had fallen from the high of his re-election in 2013: unpopular at home, limping near the bottom in national Republican polls and lacking the money and momentum of his competitors.

Where exactly do you think Chris Christie's "different place" is? Do you think, politically speaking, he's moved from Asbury Park to Newark in the rankings?

 A March Wall Street Journal/NBC poll revealed that 57 percent of Republican primary voters said they could not see themselves supporting him, the highest number among potential candidates except Donald Trump. Mr. Christie’s campaign aides have declined to say how much money he has raised so far this year; unlike many of his rivals, he appears to lack a prominent wealthy donor prepared, at this point, to sustain a campaign with a multimillion dollar contribution.

Oh oh, no Sugar Daddy for Christie! Do you think his campaign will have to go on a diet?

 

This article was produced by NewsMachete.com, the conservative news site.