Christie Knew About Lane Closures

This could all be settled in a few days or weeks then.. if so he’s done for good.. if so the two hours news conference denying everything was blatantly false… and probably non-recoverable..

David Wildstein
, the former Port Authority official "who personally oversaw the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge in the scandal now swirling around Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said on Friday that the governor knew about the lane closings when they were happening, and that he had the evidence to prove it," the New York Times reports.

Wildstein described the order to close the lanes as "the Christie administration’s order" and said "evidence exists as well tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference" three weeks ago.

Newark Star Ledger editorial board: "Forget about the White House in 2016. The question now is whether Gov. Chris Christie can survive as governor."


More collapse in the House GOP

These are harsh words from Republican NY Rep. Peter King..

And chances are, that before March the fringe/koch’s caucus in the House have no friends left. The Debt Ceiling fight might end with overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress after the model from this week.

Which means the power might have started to shift back to the moderates and pragmatic center – where it belongs.


Peter King is shown here. | AP Photo

King said his colleagues ‘put a knife in the back of New Yorkers and New Jerseyans.’ | AP Photo


New York Republican Rep. Peter King went to war with his Republican colleagues on Wednesday after leaders spiked a Hurricane Sandy relief bill, calling on New Yorkers to stop all donations to GOP House members.

“These Republicans have no problem finding New York when they’re out raising millions of dollars,” King said on Fox News. “They’re in New York all the time filling their pockets with money from New Yorkers. I’m saying right now, anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to congressional Republicans is out of their minds. Because what they did last night was put a knife in the back of New Yorkers and New Jerseyans. It was an absolute disgrace.”

Robert Caro on LBJ and Robert Moses.

This really is one remarkable and wonderful author.

Robert Caro (author of the “Power Broker” and four, soon to be five volumes about LBJ) talks about his books, recent history, the government’s positive impact on people’s lives, the process of writing, politics and more:

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H/t jb.

Cuomo 2016.


Effective, centrist, pragmatic.

He’s doing everything right it seems – and quickly becoming a very strong contender for the Democratic Nominee for General Election in 2016.

From the NY Times:

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday called for “comprehensive reform” of New York’s tax code that would mean higher tax rates for the wealthy and a tax cut for the middle class, according to officials briefed on the plan.

Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat whose popularity soared as he cut spending and won concessions from labor unions during his first year in office, also called for a stimulus package that would increase spending on road and bridge construction; finance new programs to train poor urban youths; and legalize resort-style casino gambling.

Full story.

Albany: Police defy pressure to arrest 99%ers.


Not a felony.

Some indications of what is more to come, probably. Resisting some State and local pressure from Gov. Cuomo and others to arrest peaceful protesters, the police defied orders and thought for themselves in Albany, New York State this weekend. On the grounds of police competence and the law.

From Times Union:

“We were ready to make arrests if needed, but these people complied with our orders,” a State Police official said. However, he added that State Police supported the defiant posture of Albany police leaders to hold off making arrests for the low-level offense of trespassing, in part because of concern it could incite a riot or draw thousands of protesters in a backlash that could endanger police and the public.

“We don’t have those resources, and these people were not causing trouble,” the official said. “The bottom line is the police know policing, not the governor and not the mayor.”

Full story.