Poll: Should Christie Be Impeached?

Please vote in our poll: If the governor knew about the political-payback scheme, should the state Legislature move to remove him from office?

Gov. Chris Christie, appearing at a press conference at the Statehouse in Trenton, apologized to New Jersey residents last month regarding the "Bridgegate" lane-closure scandal that involved political payback for the Fort Lee mayor not endorsing him.
Gov. Chris Christie, appearing at a press conference at the Statehouse in Trenton, apologized to New Jersey residents last month regarding the "Bridgegate" lane-closure scandal that involved political payback for the Fort Lee mayor not endorsing him.

An attorney for a principal figure in the "Bridgegate" scandal that has plagued Gov. Chris Christie's administration reversed course Friday, indicating the governor knew about the George Washington Bridge lane closures in Fort Lee all along, according to a Star-Ledger report.

The governor denies the allegation, but the new allegation begs the question: Should the state legislators who have been investigating the depth of this scandal now take action that could ultimately remove Christie from office?

Please let us know in the comments or vote in our poll.

Country1st March 29, 2014 at 04:32 PM
Re. the IRS 'Scrutiny" Scandal -- it was nothing more than a republican ruse. When the 'scrutiny' was happening, the IRS Commissioner was a guy by the name of Doug Shulman, a GOPer appointed by Bush to a 5-year term, which ended in 11/2012. And yet he said he didn't know about the 'scrutiny.' Typical. The REAL scandal lamb -- is that EVERY ONE of those political organizations -- and MOST were GOP -- masquerading as a 'charity' so they don't have to pay taxes nor list their big donors' names -- EVERY single one of them got tax exemption. They're -- regardless of party politic -- are STEALING FROM AMERICANS. And no - I'm not good with it. And yes -- it was US Tax payer $$$$ -- that paid for that GOP ruse investigation. Just like Benghazi investigation -- that cost ALL OF US about $50+ million to uncover something other than a tragedy -- and it uncovered NOTHING. And yet the GOP forget to tell you that they've cut Embassy Security by about $500million over the last 2 years - and they forget to tell you how many lives were lost in embassy attacks (16 total) during the 8 years Bush was in office. So if you're into 'pivoting' -- bring it on. Christie is going down.
grace March 29, 2014 at 06:20 PM
thats right @ old mcdonald everything is christie and the republicans fault..get a grip ..get rid of that attitude and the stuff you are informing us of could be taken more serious..hope you have signed up for your obamacare
Country1st March 29, 2014 at 06:23 PM
Hey graceless -- THAT'S your response when presented with facts? How republican of you -- and I mean that as an adjective. And yea -- me and 6million others.
grace March 29, 2014 at 06:53 PM
march March 29, 2014 at 08:58 PM
You and 6 million Americans filled your cart with a plan and then looked for a republican to pay for it when it came to check out! Some policy holders made one payment and stopped and some never paid at all! I am sure that it's the insurance companies fault! Push the deadline another month mcdonald. Eventually enough people will get hurt in the interim and they will sign up. Kind of like getting car insurance after the crash!
Country1st March 29, 2014 at 09:01 PM
lamb - just not backed up in facts. The FACTs are that RED states are on the dole -- we've been propping up the RED states for decades. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/26/republican-states-most-dependent-government_n_5035877.html You keep barking for your owners....and the socialist health care system that Reagan put in place...yea that's right, he signed the law that made ERs treat patients even if they don't have insurance -- and WE all end up paying for their care. THAT is socialism.
Country1st March 29, 2014 at 09:04 PM
Are you in for getting rid of 'TAKER' state status -- so that when a state puts in $1 -- they get $1 out? Or do you think we should continue to allow this: "The state with the lowest return on taxpayer investment is South Carolina. Its citizens pay $1 in taxes per capita for every $7.87 in federal funding received." YOU in? I thought not. And yet again, THIS article is about Christie -- but you keep pivoting -- and I'll keep shooting you down.
Spooner March 29, 2014 at 10:34 PM
march- to add another commentary: on Benghazi. . .people were terminated in the State Dept, and if Christie didn't fire Kelly & Wildstein, it would have been political suicide. As for PPACA: still waiting for the Republican plan that they started way back when the Heritage Foundation wrote "Assuring Affordable Health Care for All Americans"...http://thf_media.s3.amazonaws.com/1989/pdf/hl218.pdf PS: McDonald is correct about red states...
march March 30, 2014 at 08:07 AM
Spooner...obama didn't fire, Sebilius. Was that political suicide? With regard to a solution to an alternative for Obama care, republicans have definitely been split. There are so many things about liberalism to hate that not everyone can agree upon the worst part about it. Luckily, some agreement is beginning...Bloomberg reports that republicans have found common ground..."The plan, which is mostly the work of Representatives Phil Roe and Steve Scalise, repeals President Barack Obama’s health-care law. It replaces the unlimited tax break for employer-provided health insurance with a new tax deduction -- $7,500 for individuals or $20,000 for families -- to purchase health insurance, whether through an employer or on their own. It would let insurers sell policies across state lines. And it would put $25 billion into high-risk pools to help people who would still be unable to buy insurance."The article goes on to admit that it needs more work but, "Even with these flaws, though, the Republican plan is superior to Obamacare. It’s less coercive. It requires fewer taxes. It doesn’t have as much potential to reduce full-time employment. And it’s more likely to control costs, relying as it does on the power of competition rather than the guidance of Washington-based experts." http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2013-09-23/a-serious-republican-health-care-plan Bloomberg isn't a conservative news source mind you. With regard to the fiscal performance of red states, allow the evidence to remind you that red states have lower taxes than blue states as a whole. The average American family pays 7000 annually in taxes. States like Iowa, New Jersey, Vermont, Wisconsin, Illinois, Connecticut, Nebraska, California and New York pay 25 percent or more than the average state and local tax. bills.http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/03/18/red-state-residents-pay-fewer-taxes-than-blue-state-residents/ Eighteen states have cut taxes last year...all but one state is red. Red states also have lower unemployment rates than blue ones and the evidence shows people are leaving blue states to go to red ones. http://nypost.com/2013/03/27/red-states-rising/ Two of the top three unemployment performers — North Carolina and Florida — are under GOP control while the other — New Jersey — has a Republican governor...your boy McDonald! http://m.washingtonpost.com/politics/red-blue-states-move-in-opposite-directions-in-a-new-era-of-single-party-control/2013/12/28/9583d922-673a-11e3-ae56-22de072140a2_story.html Eight out of the top 10 states for expected job growth are red. http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2013/09/25/arizona-texas-head-list-of-best-states-for-expected-job-growth/ What was that you were saying about red states McDonald? Any comments spoon?
Country1st March 30, 2014 at 12:55 PM
Bloomburg? Not conservative? Really? First -- a Republican heath care plan -- now? After spending >$50million trying to repeal ACA -- 50 times?!? and let's not forget threatening a shut down which impacted our S&P rating yet alone our recovery -- and then actually shutting the gov't down because you couldn't repeal it -- literally throwing our Constitution under the bus and costing ALL OF US another $24Billion for your folly. You've had years to come up with a plan to solve our health care system that takes up 17% of our GDP and has decimated our economy yet alone our people -- and have done nothing. Nothing but line the pockets of hlth insurance companies who have been getting fat off of our backs (and you can do the research to see what those profits were) In terms of RED states paying fewer taxes? So what? What has it given them -- the worst public education, health care that sucks and virtually no F500 companies. Red states rising? When you start in the tank, where else can you go but improvement -- or do they. Rubes like Jindal -- his unemployment has dropped because of deep water drilling. But what about his poverty rates -- they're the 3rd highest in the country -- ~20% and child poverty rate is almost 30% -- same with Mssissippi -- it's about a 30%poverty rate and about 35% child poverty rate. Red states rising? -- towns blowing up in TX and then "oops" Perry whining about needing more federal funds -- sledge spills in WV, KY contaminating the water, 84 acres of solid coal ash waste in TN; lead contamination in Piker, OK due to lead contamination deeming it a ghost town because it's the worst contamination site in the US; a Gulf Dead Zone from the Mississippi Delta to Texas -- you want to live there? Go for it.
Spooner March 30, 2014 at 01:08 PM
march- as K McDonald said:"THIS article is about Christie -- but you keep pivoting". . .so now were on ObamaCare. Your right, he should have fired her in my opinion. But lets play devil's advocate here: if he fired her, that would be political fodder for you and the Faux News types to have a field day with. Wouldn't you agree? As for Roe/Scalise Bill#HR3121, what is meant by an "association health plan" that is mentioned quite frequently in the bill, and that $7500 is a "limitation" amount against taxable income not a tax credit. Moving on to the red states and your sanitizing date to suit your argument...well I could do the same,but I'll leave that up to McDonald. I've been to rural Arizona, and although I respect there rights, I don't necessarily support them. Any one that wants to live at the end of a long-long dirt road without electricity or land line phones is welcome to there patriotic independence. As for red states rising: that's a two edge sword. . .not all red states are rising. Maybe you should take a ride down to South Carolina off the beaten path and see how a number of people in the South really live. It's really all about capitalism, isn't it!
march March 30, 2014 at 01:38 PM
Ahhh McDonald scrambling with the so what defense. Red states have low taxes so what? It means less money going down the rat hole. The whole "things are so bad" where could they go but up defense is rediculous because the blue states are continuing to go down. Spooner...if this was only about Christie, the post would be talking about the lack of evidence for impeachment. But despite that lack of evidence, blue loons are spewing gobbledygook. The comments regarding obama are simple contrasts between Christie and the president. It highlights the fact that despite no facts being present to impeach Christie, blue loons like McDonald think he will go to jail. Her night in shining armor Obama's inquiry is still open, yet hypocritically she feels as though he is wrongfully accused and innocent of lying to the American people about IRS, benghazi and obamacare. This point is valid and quite relevant. I am glad that you brought up the "devils advocate" scenario spoon. The president should do what is best for the country, not what is easiest to explain to the press. He should have the testicular fortitude to make big decisions and if they are the right ones they will benefit the country. Votes will see that and approve. So you can devils advocate anything you would like. Obama is not a leader...he doesn't listen to others or try to bring prior together. He is as unpresidential as a person could be. I fly my flag upside down for a reason. This country is in distress. The liberal media has used conservative decisions as fodder for years. One media outlet does it to obama and everyone is crying about it. Perhaps it is because other media outlets are starting to do it as well realizing its truthful. Make good decisions and people will approve. Maybe not in the immediate future but in the coming year or so. I am glad you have been to arizona. Why wouldn't you support the rights of the people who live out there without electricity or phones? Are they any less American than you Spooner? Does their vote count less than yours? And of course not all red states are experiencing a rise but it is a trend and there is a reason for it.
Country1st March 30, 2014 at 01:54 PM
No comment on those poverty rates? No denials? No comment on the massive contamination of water -- and while you think that all taxes are evil, I don't. I think that there are membership dues. BBut hey -- yea -- we're a nation of takers and you can show disrespect to our flag and our country. But who are the REAL TAKERS? http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/27/opinion/kristof-a-nation-of-takers.html? YOU. I think you should go outside -- beyond your community, state -- and go visit another Country. Maybe then you'd be singing a different tune. As far as Christie, to put out a tax payer financed biased report and call himself exonerated -- and you're okay with that? It's a joke -- no, it's doublethink. GOP doublethink -- and it is Orwellian. Over decades, we have cleaned up GOP messes -- in spite of your hatred, rage, distortions and obfuscation. All retrospective studies show that the economy and the stock market do better under a Democratic administration. And we are cleaning up your mess again -- AGAIN, turning a -9% GDP; rescuing the auto industry; housing market recovering; cutting deficit in half; etc. And what has the GOP done to help our country? NOTHING. What has Boehner done over the last 5+ years to make his >$1million salary -- for working only 129 days? NOTHING. But they've trained folks like you very well -- to bark for your owners. In your case, baaaaa
march March 30, 2014 at 02:49 PM
I didn't comment on the poverty rates because if it was accurate and significant people wouldn't be moving from blue to red states. People love to move into poverty...you make no sense. You think taxes are membership dues because you are a moron. You are a sheep. You think the government knows how to use your money in better ways than you. In your case they might but for intelligent people the government doesn't know better. I don't disrespect the flag by flying it upside down. I am reflecting or country's present state of distress and the present extreme danger to life and property. Boy I hope you don't fly a flag without understanding the rules and regulations. With regard to other countries, my family is from Europe. My father immigrated here. The entire generation is scared that America is looking more and more like the place they left. The statistics support their fears. America’s young people have it worse than even parts of debt-troubled Europe. Unemployment and unskilled Americans are unemployable. http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2013/05/13/youth-unemployment/ With regard to Christie's inquiry, who would you like to have conducted it? The guy is the former US Attorney for NJ. He is connected with every attorney in the state. It doesn't matter who conducted the inquiry, you wouldn't believe it. I am glad the liberals have spent years cleaning up republican messes McDonald. Dems have had the presidency and the house for almost 6 years and had the presidency and ALL of congress for 2 (January 2009-2011)...the US is an absolute mess. Divided, untrusting and getting internationally weaker by the minute. A mess for healthcare, a mess for unemployment, a mess in foreign policy. Looks like the cleaners might need some help cleaning up. And please don't say obama rescued the auto workers. That was a union payback for support during the election. The government had no business infusing money into a free market system. Companies go in and out of business daily. If GM and Chrysler couldn't put out a product to make a profit, they should go bankrupt. My father in law worked for GM. He got a pension cut. That's just how it goes. If American car companies can't make a product that competes with Japanese cars in value (quality/cost) then they should go out of business. So don't embarrass yourself by saying he saved the car companies. He bailed them out for the unions and painted it to idiots like he was saving the auto companies. What had Boehner done? I don't think much. I am not a Boehner fan. I am scared that he is 3rd in line for president almost as much as I am scared by Joe biden is 2nd. If enough republicans were "trained" to bark, the president wouldn't be obama...so you are in the masses. Here's a milk bone...go fetch.
Country1st March 30, 2014 at 06:42 PM
blahblahblah Lamb -- didn't even read all of it. You protest too much. And as far as Christie -- time will tell. The facts will come out. It may take a year or two but he's done...and for someone who rages at Obama's leadership, why in the world would you defend Christie who calls those closest to him "idiots." It's a rhetorical question
march March 30, 2014 at 07:38 PM
Of course you didn't...you haven't had anything intelligent to say for 3 posts now. And Christie didn't call anyone but reporters idiots and they are. He said that Bridget Kellys behavior was stupid and it was. Maybe he should just say there wasn't a smidgen of corruption and act like nothing ever happened.
Country1st March 30, 2014 at 08:05 PM
baaaaa. Now go to bed.
march March 30, 2014 at 08:59 PM
Baaaaa may be the most intelligent thought you have ever posted on the Patch
Spooner March 30, 2014 at 11:35 PM
march- you complain how America is going down hill, yet your so wound up in the rhetoric, that you can't see how you contribute to epitomizing those problems? It's the world according to your views...the US is an absolute mess. Divided, untrusting and getting internationally weaker by the minute. A mess for healthcare, a mess for unemployment, a mess in foreign policy... As for the auto bailout: Reuters reported that if the industry wasn't bailed out, there would have been a lost of 2.63 million jobs according to Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan...http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/09/autos-bailout-study-idUSL1N0JO0XU20131209
march March 31, 2014 at 06:41 AM
Spooner...my perspective of the demise of this country has no ability to facilitate it. To think it does is a bit complacent. If my observations were that powerful, things would have changed by now. A vote is powerful. A perspective is only powerful enough to persuade a vote. And yes, allowing the car industry to die out may have ended in the loss of many jobs. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said the U.S. would have lost more than 1 million jobs (so close to 2.63 million), and the economy could have slipped from recession into a depression, without the bailout money. Well, the economy has really been booming since. Meanwhile, obama says the bailout was repaid but the Washington times reports and explains that the US lost $10 billion in the deal. http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/dec/10/obama-fudges-the-math-on-auto-industry-bailout/?page=all If 1-2 million jobs lost is the result of bad business then so be it. Another car company would come along, pick up the scraps and hire the people back....like say Fiat?! The Chrysler bailout was good for fiat...not much else. If a company makes a good product and a profit they will remain solvent. GM has upped its game a bit, but bankruptcy and reorganization without government assistance and without facilitation of the uaw would have been just as effective, while shedding a good amount of the inefficiency that put gm in the
march March 31, 2014 at 06:56 AM
Spooner March 31, 2014 at 11:08 AM
...your ego seems to be showing a bit:my perspective- my observations, etc. Don't flatter yourself too much. . .your not alone in those views, as I said!! And you must be so secure in your wealth that calamity can almost never dethrone you, yet you and others of your ilk will want all or most Americans to defend and shed blood for that wealth, as if there your silent partner... Nevertheless, your selfish greed and it's associated corruption will be the real downfall of America... so Carry ON!
march March 31, 2014 at 12:09 PM
Spooner...you wrote, "YOUR (your're) so wound up in the rhetoric, that YOU can't see how YOU contribute to epitomizing those problems? It's the world according to YOUR views." Therefore my response was about MY perspective. It's not ego...it was responding to your comment. You didn't invent your views. But I am not on here telling you that your egotistical because you have them. I am a middle class person. I have 2 jobs. I am not wealthy. I am tired of watching others make decisions about how to spend my money. People of my ilk, "will want all or most Americans to defend and shed blood for that wealth, as if there your silent partner." I was in the navy for 4 years...what is your service record spoon? Have your defended anything other than your position on the Patch? If you want to call me greedy for wanting the government to cease taking money I earned to pay for entitlements and pork, then I am indeed greedy. I give to several charities. That is MY choice. I don't need uncle Sam or you to decide where my money goes. If that is greed than greed is good! Perhaps you can use some yourself. I will carry on. Thanks for your blessings.
Mike Shortall Sr March 31, 2014 at 12:42 PM
spooner: Is it OK if I call Ukraine Eurasian then? Regardless of whether the U.S. (Obama's administration) had any influence over what was in all appearances a populist uprising does not discount the fact that The President's weakness internationally made it impossible for the international community to enforce promises made when the Ukraine gave up the one thing that would have made this invasion unlikely ... their nuclear capability. Wonder what the likes of Iran, North Korea, etc. are thinking while watching this epic failure in U.S. foreign policy unfold. Strength is not a dirty word! Putin can smell the weakness President Obama emits.
Spooner April 01, 2014 at 10:56 AM
Well it looks like yous put an end to this thread; as the French Minister Talleyrand in 1797 said in a letter to Ambassador John Marshall regarding American licentiousness. . . with your invectives and calumnies!
march April 01, 2014 at 11:26 AM
The response to that by the Envoys was, "The genius of the Constitution, and the opinions of the people of the United States, cannot be overruled by those who administer the Government." What a perfect way to end this post.
Spooner April 02, 2014 at 12:19 AM
Jefferson and his Republicans(Jacobins) took a drumming when Marshal returned to Philadelphia after the correspondence between him and Talleyrand were made public.
march April 02, 2014 at 06:34 AM
That doesn't make what they said any less true.
Fawkes April 02, 2014 at 11:24 AM
Good God, give it a rest already. I don't know what you two-party trolls are more: annoying or stupid.
Spooner April 02, 2014 at 11:55 AM
...Jefferson and the Republicans or Marshal and the Federalist?


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