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Joe Scarborough: Christie a “Distraction to the RGA”

Joe Scarborough weighed in on Gov. Chris Christie's political challenges saying he can't defend himself and be effective at the RGA.

Joe Scarborough weighed in on Gov. Chris Christie’s political challenges saying he can’t defend himself and be effective at the RGA.

“The fact is right now, he’s a distraction to the RGA.”Joe Scarborough

IF YOU are Gov. Chris Christie, the statements today by Joe Scarborough have to cut deep. They have the added benefit of being accurate and delivered from a friend.

From the start, evidence has been lacking on bridgegate to tie Gov. Christie to it and never appeared to me to be a huge liability for him, especially after there was no evidence found in the blizzard of emails that were released.

Hoboken and the Sandy relief funds is another story, but we’ll have to wait for U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.

The thing I’ve been watching is Gov. Christie’s effectiveness leading the RGA, the Republican Governors Association. It was once meant to be a tool for Christie to raise money and continue burnishing his GOP leadership status on the ramp up to 2016. Now his own party officials don’t want to be seen with him on the stump, in some cases.

Watch the RGA developments has been my compass. Joe Scarborough, who has made no secret that he still takes Chris Christie at his word, just made Christie’s RGA position an open question that not only should be discussed, but which Governor Christie should consider is hurting his ability to tackle the challenges stacked against him in New Jersey.

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4 Responses to Joe Scarborough: Christie a “Distraction to the RGA”

  1. sunlight February 10, 2014 at 11:39 pm #

    Taylor, of course as a matter of law we presume Christie innocent until proven guilty.

    But… in the real world… could you possibly expect that someone like Wildstein, who grew up with Christie, and became his trusted lieutenant over many years, could even blow his nose without thinking “what would Christie want?” Could anyone of sound mind even entertain the possibility that Wildstein would think of ordering the GWB lane closures without Christie’s permission?

    For those of us who remember Watergate: once it was clear that Ehrlichman was in charge of the White House plumbers, it was obvious that Nixon HAD to have authorized the burglaries at the Watergate and at the office of Ellsberg’s psychiatrist.

    As Jaworski needed the tapes to make Nixon quit, Fishman will need evidence to prosecute Christie. That’s as it should be. But we don’t need more evidence to know what happened — we just can’t prove it as of yet. You wouldn’t want to take the other side of that bet, would you?

    • spincitysd February 11, 2014 at 4:25 am #

      In a strange way Sunlight I am not all that concerned about the ins and outs of the GWB. That is because when the dust finally clears it will be how Christie used the Sandy Money as a political slush fund that will undo Chris Christie.

      Why tiny Hoboken, which got gut-punched buy Sandy got a what looks like a shake down and no funds to speak of while another municipality, barely touched by Sandy got showered with cash after its Democratic Mayor gave The Blob a thumbs up is going to be something the Feds are going ask a lot of pressing questions about.

      And then there is the small matter of all Port Authority itself and Christie larding it with patronage jobs, sooner or later the Feds are going to look at that as well.

      Don’t get me wrong, the GWB scandal is pure popcorn fare that only the Garden State can serve up, but the Sandy Slush fund and the Patronage Pork at the Port are going to be the real story.

      My gut tells me if Christie does fall on his sword that sword will have been forged by Sandy with the Hoboken shake-down either being the key to the affair or, much worse for Christie, just the beginning of a long, sad, sordid tale of woe. The tale is going to unravel like a sweater, the only question is this a sweater for a toy Chihuahua or a sweater for a linebacker who plays for the Seattle Seahawks.

  2. spincitysd February 11, 2014 at 11:15 am #

    Oh and when a Fanboi Joe Scarborough calls you an “embarrassment” you then really know how bad things have got. Chris Christie is the political equivalent of New Coke thanks to the GWB.

  3. sunlight February 11, 2014 at 11:43 am #

    Agreed that Hoboken/ pork more important… and here’s hoping for a sweater for Kobe Bryant if not Michael Oher.

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