Told ya

There’s a lengthy and quietly damning look at the Christie organization in this morning’s Times.

And it validates what I said all along: Getting the endorsements was always more important than the real estate deal. The important plan was to package and sell Christie as the bipartisan savior, and the financial shenanigans were just business as usual.

Mr. Christie has said that he had not been aware of his office’s involvement in the maneuver, and nothing has directly tied to him to it. But a close look at his operation and how intimately he was involved in it, described in interviews with dozens of people — Republican and Democrat, including current and former Christie administration officials, elected leaders and legislative aides — gives credence to the puzzlement expressed by some Republicans and many Democrats in the state, who question how a detail-obsessed governor could have been unaware of the closings or the effort over months to cover up the political motive.

Christie is going to have a very hard time now, because the Times piece emphasizes that Christie was closely involved in decision making. Here are the parts that jumped out at me:

Mr. Christie himself tended to the smallest of details. He personally oversaw appointments to the State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners, legislative leaders said, and when he wanted to discuss something with lawmakers, he texted them himself. (He told one top legislator that he had learned from his experience as United States attorney not to email; texts were harder to trace.)

And this:

The State House team met briefly every morning, perhaps for 20 minutes, for a quick overview of the day’s issues and what was being reported, with the governor joining in person or on the phone. Since his days as the top federal prosecutor in New Jersey, many people said, he preferred to use his cellphone or to meet, rather than to communicate by email or conference call.

Christie’s in trouble. Big trouble.

3 thoughts on “Told ya

  1. This NYT article does nothing to help nail the guy in any legal sense. It reveals no new wrongdoing on his or his brother’s part.

    Yeah, we know that he’s a liar, crook, opportunist, egomaniac, power abuser, narcissist, and bully, but that has to be brought out through aggressive MSNBC reporting, and especially through the ongoing governmental investigations, not through polite establishment journalism.

    The big question is how far he will be brought down. The GOP presidential nomination looks like it’s slipped from his sweaty grasp. Is removal from the governor’s office a possibility? One or more criminal convictions for perjury or other illegal behavior?

  2. No direct fingerprints on the crime but evidence of hands on leadership of the group that violated the law.

    Gee doesn’t that describe what RICO was written to dress?

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