Fort Lee Mayor: I Accept Christie’s Apology
(via Wall Patch
‘I take him for his word,’ Mayor Mark Sokolich said after accepting governor’s in-person apology late Thursday afternoon. Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich not only accepted Gov. Chris Christie’s apology for choking lane closures at the George Washington…
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Posted: January 9th, 2014 | Author: admin | Filed under: Chris Christie, Port Authority | Tags: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Fort Lee, Mark Sokolich, Port Authority of NY/NJ | Comments Off
h/t Matt Rooney
The daughter of the 91 year old woman who died during the George Washington Bridge lane closures told The New York Times that the traffic jams caused by the lane closures were not a factor in her mother’s death.
“I honestly believe it was just her time,” said Vilma Oleri, whose mother, Florence Genova, died on the morning of Sept. 9, the first day that the closing of local lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge set off the snarls.
Mrs. Oleri obviously did not talk to an attorney before talking to the NY Times reporter. Good for her.
Posted: January 9th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Christie, Port Authority | Tags: Chris Christie, Florence Genova, Fort Lee, Port Authority of NY/NJ, Vilma Oleri | Comments Off
Former Assemblyman Rick Merkt is the first of Governor Chris Christie’s former allies and fair weather friends to prematurely dance on Christie’s political grave.
Assembly candidates Chris Christie and Rick Merkt examine the ballot in 1995
Merkt, who was Christie’s running mate for Assembly in 1995 and ran a lack luster primary campaign against Christie in 2009, compares the governor to disgraced former President Richard Nixon in a interview with former MMM contributor Olivia Nuzzi for New York Magazine.
“You know, reading the reports about the GW bridge fiasco, I recalled how similar the governor’s conduct during the re-election campaign was to that of President Nixon during his victorious re-election campaign in 1972,” he said. …
… He had no need to engage in an abuse of power to win re-election, and, in fact, he won by a landslide. But Nixon just couldn’t help himself; he did it anyway; he eventually got caught, and it cost him his office and political career. One might surmise that it was the arrogance of power that did him in, but I suspect it was really his control-freak nature and deep vindictiveness fundamental to his nature. …
Remind you of anyone we know? I doubt the comparison will long be lost on New Jersey Democrats, who already smell blood in the water. …
…. Merkt says several people he spoke with in Trenton agree with the predictions that this will be the end of the governor’s 2016 presidential bid. “Given his vindictive nature, I always sensed that Christie would implode at some point, but I did not foresee it happening so soon or over such a petty matter,” said Merkt. “By the way, my recollection is that Nixon crushed McGovern by a 60 percent to 38 percent margin, a margin virtually identical to Christie’s victory over Buono. Funny how history repeats itself.”
Politicos with Christie envy might as well get their names in print over the next week or so. I think Christie will land on his feet and end up being an even more respected leader before the dust is settled on Bridgegate.
Before long Christie will be compared more to Truman than Nixon. Watch for a “the buck stops here” Town Hall Meeting in Fort Lee before the end of the month.
Posted: January 9th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Port Authority | Tags: Bridgeaquiddick, Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Fort Lee, George Washington Bridge, Nixon, Olivia Nuzzi, Port Authority of NY/NJ, Rick Merkt, Truman | 5 Comments »