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The release of e-mails suggesting that Gov. Chris Christie's top aides choked off transportation to a small town as political retribution against the town's mayor are a huge deal. I wouldn't go so far as Jonathan Chait, who says "they will probably destroy Christie’s chances in 2016." But they make it much likelier that something will emerge to destroy Christie's chances in 2016.

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Gov. Chris Christie (Chris Usher/Associated Press)

Christie inhabits a rare space in American politics: He's a bully. He's followed around by an aide with a camcorder watching for moments in which Christie, mustering the might and prestige of his office, annihilates some citizen who dares question him.

Almost everywhere Christie goes, he is filmed by an aide whose job is to capture these “moments,” as the governor’s staff has come to call them. When one occurs, Christie’s press shop splices the video and uploads it to YouTube; from there, conservatives throughout the country share Christie clips the way tween girls circulate Justin Bieber videos. “The YouTube stuff is golden,” says Rich Lowry, the editor of
National Review
. “I can’t tell you how many people forward them to me.” One video on Christie’s YouTube channel — a drubbing he delivered to another aggrieved public-school teacher at a town hall in September — has racked up over 750,000 views.

Now in Moorestown, Christie was hoping to create another such moment. After some introductory remarks, he opened the floor to questions. “For those of you who have seen some of my appearances on YouTube,” he cautioned, peeling off his suit jacket as he spoke, “this is when it normally happens.”

It's not an accident that Christie emerged in a period when the Republican Party is out of power. His videos make them feel powerful at a moment when they're weak.

The reason Chris Christie is so good at this is that Chris Christie is actually a bully. That doesn't mean he's not also a nice guy who cares deeply about his family and his constituents and his country. It doesn't mean he's not an unusually honest politician who's refreshingly free of cant and willing to question his party. There's a lot about Christie that's deeply appealing. But there's one big thing that's not: He's someone who uses his office to intimidate people and punish or humiliate perceived enemies.

Watch this video of him screaming at a guy on the New Jersey Boardwalk. Watch him stalk toward the man, flanked by security and aides. Listen to what he actually says. "Keep walking. Keep walking."

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That's not typical behavior for an adult. It's definitely not typical behavior for a national politician. But it's typical behavior for a bully. In fact, it's not even very creative bullying. Anyone who's ever been a boy in an American middle school has heard "keep walking!"

What makes Christie unusual is that he's a bully with power. That can be a dangerous combination.

There have been previous hints that Christie's proclivity to publicly humiliate his opponents is matched by a tendency to privately punish them, too. On Dec. 24, the New York Times ran an article titled "Stories Add Up As Bully Image Trails Christie." It began with an anecdote of a New Jersey assemblyman who got a nasty note from Christie after making some relatively innocuous radio comments.

The gesture would come to seem genteel compared with the fate suffered by others in disagreements with Mr. Christie: a former governor who was stripped of police security at public events; a Rutgers professor who lost state financing for cherished programs; a state senator whose candidate for a judgeship suddenly stalled; another senator who was disinvited from an event with the governor in his own district.

In almost every case, Mr. Christie waved off any suggestion that he had meted out retribution. But to many, the incidents have left that impression, and it has been just as powerful in scaring off others who might dare to cross him.

The bridge e-mails show that it's not just Christie. His aides are in on it, too. Christie staffer Bridget Anne Kelly e-mails David Wildstein, a Christie appointee on the Port Authority, saying, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” He's a bully with a staff of bullies.

It's entirely possible that Christie didn't know very much about the bridge episode. It might just be the product of the culture he's created, or permitted, to arise around him. What's dangerous for Christie, though, is that now every political reporter in the country will begin believing rumors of his punishments and hunting down evidence of his retaliation. And things Christie was able to do before to wide applause — like berate a schoolteacher and then have his staff upload it to YouTube — will begin feeding a very different kind of narrative.

Chris Christie rose because he's a bully. It might be why he falls, too.

ZOMGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!! Outrage! Where's the unbiased media when you need them?! Rabble rabble rabble. This, that, and the other. Other generic hyperbole. Etc etc etc

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He doesn't condemn republicans until they are convicted in a court of law by a jury of their peers, 12 God-fearing, constitution loving and hard working folks, and then every appeal up until the Supreme Court is denied. Only then will he condemn them. Which is to say, he's never done it. See Deal, Nathan.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

AMONG THE many frustrating aspects of the congressional ethics process is the fact that, in the rare circumstances when the ethics committees seem poised to act against a member of Congress, lawmakers can short-circuit the inquiry by resigning. Once they're out the door, Congress loses its jurisdiction to discipline them.

Georgia Republican Rep. Nathan Deal might have had that solution in mind when he resigned March 21, just minutes before the ethics committee faced a deadline to act in his case. Fortunately for the citizens of his state, and unfortunately for Mr. Deal, a new ethics watchdog, the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), did not drop the matter. The office, an independent panel created by a 2007 ethics and lobbying reform law, conducts investigations and makes recommendations for further action to the House Ethics Committee. Five days after Mr. Deal's resignation, the OCE voted to release the review it had sent in January to the ethics panel, finding "substantial reason to believe" that Mr. Deal, who is running for governor of Georgia, might have violated ethics rules.

The inquiry involved Mr. Deal's ownership of a lucrative automobile salvage business, Gainesville Storage & Disposal (GSD). In 2008, Georgia considered junking the existing inspection program and replacing the state inspectors, who had worked at GSD, with private-sector employees; in addition, new inspection stations would be allowed to compete with existing ones, such as GSD. Mr. Deal and his congressional chief of staff held three meetings with state officials in 2008 and 2009 to discuss the program -- including making requests to keep a permanent state inspector at the company -- and to criticize the proposed changes. Mr. Deal told OCE interviewers that he attended the meetings in his capacity as a "public servant."

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The OCE found numerous potential ethics violations. It said that the inspection changes "concerned a purely state issue" that no other Georgia member of Congress had gotten involved in. Likewise, it said, the involvement of Mr. Deal's chief of staff and the staffer's use of House e-mail to talk about the meetings may have violated the prohibition on using House resources for private business. In addition, Mr. Deal reported $75,000 he received from GSD in 2008 as wages on his tax forms but listed that amount, which exceeded House rules on what lawmakers can accept as outside earnings, as unearned income on his congressional financial disclosure form.

Mr. Deal's conduct is troubling, but even more troubling is the thought that his actions could have remained hidden from Georgia voters if the OCE hadn't taken the unusual step of releasing the report post-resignation. The probe was exposed last year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, but the OCE report adds details and, more important, the imprimatur of an official review. It underscores the importance of an outside investigative body and the limitations imposed on the body: Without subpoena power, the OCE was unable to interview the Georgia lieutenant governor, who had attended one of the meetings, and to obtain other information from state officials.

Mr. Deal told the OCE that he was acting against his financial interest in questioning the planned changes to the Georgia inspection program, which would have benefited him, and he dismissed the findings as "a political witch hunt fueled by Democrats."

Perhaps a final review would have found no wrongdoing by Mr. Deal; with his resignation, we'll never know. But given the bipartisan makeup of the ethics committee, with members appointed in equal number by the House speaker and the minority leader, Mr. Deal ought to come up with a better response.

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He doesn't condemn republicans until they are convicted in a court of law by a jury of their peers, 12 God-fearing, constitution loving and hard working folks, and then every appeal up until the Supreme Court is denied. Only then will he condemn them. Which is to say, he's never done it. See Deal, Nathan.

Of course not. If that happened, it'd be because the Supreme Court is filled with a bunch of activist librul juges WHO don't know JUISTICE and obfuscate realty, mindless minnows of OBAMA!

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Its refreshing to see that I get under the skin of Soo many of you leftists....But, not knowing much abt this story, it seems Christie's Aid was involved, caught causing a traffic snarl, for PURE political reasons...If this is true, the guy, those involved should be Frog marched out of the Governors office and made to pay restitution. This kind of Political abuse of Power is killing our country. If the Gov is involved and its proven, then he should resign. Abuse of Power is a terrible blight in American politicians hands. We are paying these people to ABUSE us? Abuse by politicians is allowed, by us, as we don't care, we let them get away with it, and USUALLY because the MSM will not hype a story coming from the left. If abuse is proven here, get rid of them all.

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Its refreshing to see that I get under the skin of Soo many of you leftists....But, not knowing much abt this story, it seems Christie's Aid was involved, caught causing a traffic snarl, for PURE political reasons...If this is true, the guy, those involved should be Frog marched out of the Governors office and made to pay restitution. This kind of Political abuse of Power is killing our country. If the Gov is involved and its proven, then he should resign. Abuse of Power is a terrible blight in American politicians hands. We are paying these people to ABUSE us? Abuse by politicians is allowed, by us, as we don't care, we let them get away with it, and USUALLY because the MSM will not hype a story coming from the left. If abuse is proven here, get rid of them all.

I think it's comical that you would think, even for a moment, your elementary attempts at crucifying the "left" would ever get under the skin of any intelligent human being. This is more of a display of the habitual hypocrisy that is displayed when you laughably make efforts of painting one side as the white knights and saviors of our land, yet somehow "don't see" a story such as the one posted, which we all undoubtedly know is nothing short of an absolute lie. If you're going to attempt to sway people on a message board, give yourself some credibility and bash both sides of the row, equally. The Reds and the Blues are equally responsible for the shlt that's happened (and is happening) to this cuntry. Putting one side in charge wouldn't fix things. It'd only mean they fucc it up in a different way than the other side would choose to do so.

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I think it's comical that you would think, even for a moment, your elementary attempts at crucifying the "left" would ever get under the skin of any intelligent human being. This is more of a display of the habitual hypocrisy that is displayed when you laughably make efforts of painting one side as the white knights and saviors of our land, yet somehow "don't see" a story such as the one posted, which we all undoubtedly know is nothing short of an absolute lie. If you're going to attempt to sway people on a message board, give yourself some credibility and bash both sides of the row, equally. The Reds and the Blues are equally responsible for the shlt that's happened (and is happening) to this cuntry. Putting one side in charge wouldn't fix things. It'd only mean they fucc it up in a different way than the other side would choose to do so.

See nasty, you are Unhappy and by putting my name on the title, you showed us all how much I get to You. As for your other bland assersions, I castigated christie. HELLO Macfly.
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See nasty, you are Unhappy and by putting my name on the title, you showed us all how much I get to You. As for your other bland assersions, I castigated christie. HELLO Macfly.

So, all those times you type Obamas name means he is getting to you. Thanks for sharing.Now we know the root of your problem, we can get you help.

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