The Liars' Club

Chris Christie bought a plane ticket and came to Wisconsin to stump for Scott Walker.  Walker welcomed him with (wide) open arms.  But let’s not forget that Governor Christie has the same problem with basic honesty that Scott Walker has.

Mr. Christie, a Republican who took office in January 2010, would hardly be the first politician to indulge in hyperbole or gloss over facts. But his misstatements, exaggerations and carefully constructed claims belie the national image he has built as a blunt talker who gives straight answers to hard questions, especially about budgets and labor relations. Candor is central to Mr. Christie’s appeal, and a review of his public statements over the past year shows some of them do not hold up to scrutiny.

Scott Walker's Politifact Scorecard

Yes, Walker, who’s honesty has long been challenged by the facts should be right at home with a Governor who, quite literally lied to prevent a much needed public works project from proceeding just to shore up his personal bona fides with the anti-government lunatics.

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey exaggerated when he declared that unforeseen costs to the state were forcing him to cancel the new train tunnel planned to relieve congested routes across the Hudson River, according to a long-awaited report by independent Congressional investigators.

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Canceling the tunnel, then the largest public works project in the nation, helped shape Mr. Christie’s profile as a rising Republican star, an enforcer of fiscal discipline in a country drunk on debt. But the report is likely to revive criticism that his decision, which he said was about “hard choices” in tough economic times, was more about avoiding the need to raise the state’s gasoline tax, which would have violated a campaign promise. The governor subsequently steered $4 billion earmarked for the tunnel to the state’s near-bankrupt transportation trust fund, traditionally financed by the gasoline tax.

Like peas in a pod, Walker and Christie will criss-cross the state spinning fairy tales for the gullible Republican masses.  And they’ll eat it up…

4 Responses to The Liars’ Club

  1. Cat Kin says:

    Yes, there’s a Republican war against trains. Trains are a much more efficient, economical and safe way to move goods and people…bad for the gas industry; good for the economy and organized jobs with benefits.

  2. Rich says:

    Except that Christie is a very smart man. He knows exactly what he’s doing. Walker? Not so much. But it also puzzles me that Christie would risk political capital defending Scooter.

  3. Phil Scarr says:

    But it also puzzles me that Christie would risk political capital defending Scooter.

    Let me introduce you to a couple of concepts…

    – The thin end of the wedge
    – The tip of the sword
    – First domino to fall

    Remember, if you strike at a king, you must kill (in this case metaphorically) that king. But if you manage to kill the king, then it’s open season on kings everywhere… Christie is simply looking out for his long-term interests.

  4. PJ says:

    Rich,
    Keep in mind that Christie and Walker are governing from a common playbook. By supporting Scott Walker Christie is enhancing his conservative credibility and demonstrating his tea party mojo, if you will, not diminishing it. The Christies, Kasichs, Rick Scotts, Rick Snyders and the wave of conservative legislators swept into office in 2010 follow an aggressive, streamlined legislative program. That program was outlined in meticulous detail at the end of February of last year during the Tea Party Patriots American Policy Summit: Every conservative legislative effort and every conservative tactic from debt crisis hostage politics to Paul Ryan’s budget proposal, from rolling back women’s reproductive rights to voter suppression, from lean six sigma tropes decrying government waste, fraud, and abuse to insanely regressive tax policy, and on and on and on; but the main theme was communicating to true patriots the goal of “reclaiming” the nation’s true American culture and its most authentic political, judicial, educational, economic, and elections systems. And the goal is to complete this transformation within a 40 year time frame. Make no mistake, there is a set of common goals to be met and they have a strategic plan for meeting those goals at every level of government. It is why states rights seem to have passed by the wayside when it comes to out of state interests involving themselves in state politics – not just with Americans for Prosperity monies rolling in but with efforts like True the Vote – who gave a lovely presentation at the Summit last year. I wouldn’t say Christie is threatening his political credibility in any way, shape, or form. And Phil is on the mark when he notes that Christie backs Walker in order to protect his long term interests. Without question, Walker is viewed by conservatives as a pivotal figure in their long term scheme.

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