Olympian Carl Lewis Says Chris Christie Tried to Intimidate Him

According to Lewis, Christie wanted to keep him out of a state-senate race

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Olympian Carl Lewis said on Monday that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie canceled a plan to give the track star a position after Lewis decided to run for state senate in 2011.

The nine-time Olympic gold medalist was reportedly set to serve as the state’s “fitness ambassador,” before he decided to run against a Republican incumbent in 2011. Yet when rumors began swirling about Lewis’ campaign, he told NJ.com that he received a call from Governor Christie dissuading him from running.

“I thought it was going just fine. And when I started to run, when he talked to me on the phone that night, he said ‘If you run, we’re going to have to cancel the program,’” Lewis said.

Lewis eventually withdrew from the race because he didn’t meet the state’s residency requirement.

In the wake of the George Washington Bridge scandal that has marred Christie’s governorship, Lewis told NJ.com that he sees a parallel between the scandal and his interactions with the governor.

“I felt like he was trying to intimidate me, absolutely. But I definitely didn’t feel intimidated,” Lewis said. He added that he didn’t consider Christie a bully, but “someone who’s insecure, and he’s governor now and has got the power.”

[NJ.com]

63 comments
MiloBendech
MiloBendech

Not big news. but it does confirm what we already know.  there are NO GOOD POLITICIANS

JasonEdwardPrather
JasonEdwardPrather

Chris Christie tried to DATE carl lewis?! I thought you liberals would be PLEASED about that, perhaps he was cheating on Obama with lewis, after seeing him and Obama arm in arm I'd wonder! Surte hope the Muslims are ok with it oir can do something about it TOLERANTLY wink wink nudge nudge! hee hee

ToddJacobs
ToddJacobs

@JasonEdwardPrather


Funny how you only look at people two ways (liberal or conservative). There aren't any people who may like the president who are moderately conservative, or any who don't like the president who are moderately liberal. There aren't libertarians who are for the president and libertarians who are against the president. 

mrgreg40205
mrgreg40205

Come on Carl, don't get involved in this Christie bashing. You have a respectable reputation so try and keep it that way. All publicity is not good publicity. All politicians should learn a valuable lesson. Sometimes it's best to keep your mouth shut. then putting your foot in it.

MiloBendech
MiloBendech

@mrgreg40205  Well, he's not a politician, he isn't running for office, he has nothing to gain by speaking out, nothing to gain by lying.  He's not writing a book.

 He's a private citizen just telling one story of what happened to him.

I don't have any reason to suspect he is lying.


JustBrilliant
JustBrilliant

He wrote it down in his diary, so therefore it is a fact.    It is fun to watch the lamestreamers stretch. 

ToddJacobs
ToddJacobs

@JustBrilliant


"...Lamestreamers..." You sound just like Chris Christies spokesman...Don't bring up anything else that may negatively impact Chris Christie or we will attempt to discredit you without bothering to answer your questions or responding to your assertion.

reallife
reallife

@ToddJacobs @JustBrilliant  "we will attempt to discredit you without bothering to answer your questions or responding to your assertion"


you mean "act like a democrat"...



mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@JackBrumbelow@MikeJamesonPoor Jack, the wheels on the Mob Limo are coming off and soon the trunk will open for everyone to see the bodies. How will you defend Chris Soprano when that happens?

YvonneChardon
YvonneChardon

Christie is a hands-on BIG BOSS. That is precisely why his denials are NOT PLAUSIBLE.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Chris Soprano has bullied an intimidated hundreds in NJ, this is just the tip of the iceberg. The revelations will just keep coming and soon the staffers he pushed under the bus will start singing as well.

CarlLegg
CarlLegg

@mantisdragon91 

Ha.. 

Compared to other NJ politics, Christie is a puppy dog. People outside of NJ don't get that.

BillBorden
BillBorden

@CarlLegg@mantisdragon91I love how shocked the national media is by all of this.   Our politicians are naturally vindictive to their opponents.  It's part of the DNA.

DennisMadden
DennisMadden

Wow!  I was worried that he had challenged you to a 100 yard dash race.... 

aztecian
aztecian

@DennisMaddenhahahaha....omg, christie is sociopath.  this kind of bully starts out on the playground and continues through to adulthood.  he needs to be stop.  the feds need to arrest him before he gets too far and harms more people.

CarlLegg
CarlLegg

@aztecian 

You wouldn't know a leader if it was served to you on a platter. Christie is going to come out of this stronger. Will he beat Clinton in 2017? Maybe, maybe not, but he's a far stronger leader than most.

dg41ws
dg41ws

Cry me a river.  The Democrats and especially the media will demonize anyone who is a Republican, but they refuse to mention one of their own party members who are guilty of incompetence or crimes.  Herman Cain is a good man, but when he ran for office as a Republican, he was made to look like the devil himself.  Why are we hearing so much more about this than the Senate report regarding Benghazi?  Talk about Christie, but let's also talk about Hillary Clinton with the same amount of zeal.

jmac
jmac

@dg41ws We have talked about Benghazi with the same zeal.   60 minutes had Issa "witness" on to talk about Benghazi.   We've talked about it for months - and months - and months - and hearing after hearing after hearing.    When your big star witness gets two 60 minutes members laid off because the story was bogus and they believed him - your story falls apart.  


You have to have something to get someone.  The Christie story has legs because two lanes were closed on the busiest bridge in the nation, two of Christie's office staff were fired and two of his Port Authority guys resigned and one of them plead the 5th when brought before a court.  Now stories that fortify the quid pro quos are coming out in mass. 


The Senate report on Benghazi clearly says the video was part of the problem.   When you base your case on the video having nothing to do with the problem, your case falls apart.   It's not rocket science.  It's not hard to understand.  You have to have something for the press to cover it.  It's simple.    

reallife
reallife

@jmac @dg41ws  "We have talked about Benghazi with the same zeal."


who's we?

soooo are you a member of the media? or you just taking the Bagdad Bob role a little too seriously?

but really... what difference does it make at this point



mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@dg41wsYou mean the Senate report that clearly said there was no stand down or no cover up? I'd rather know why we aren't hearing more about the fact that the Saudis were behind the 9/11 attacks and that information was hidden from the US public.

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

Should have seen this one coming...the media - TIME Magazine being no exception - will now dig up every microscopic piece of dirt they can find on Christie, and make a mountain out of it.  They will not stop until Christie resigns (or becomes a Democrat).

It's quite deplorable that TIME and other outlets devote such zealous coverage against Christie, but refuse to raise a finger to those Democrats/progressives who do far worse.

CarlLegg
CarlLegg

@jmac  

"this is all Christie's making.  He did it."


The CEO is not to "blame" for the activities of certain employees. The CEO fires the bad employees, makes changes to the culture that allowed the hires, and moves forward with an improved organization. 


Christie will come out of this stronger than he was. He will be found faultless for the lane closure, and matured in his leadership abilities. Will he beat Clinton in 2017? Maybe, maybe not, but he is certainly a better leader than most of the garbage currently populating capitol hill.

jmac
jmac

@mrbomb13 It's the New Jersey Attorney General making a case about this.  It's two investigations by the New Jersey Assembly making a case about his.  It's 20 subpoenas and two firings and two resignations and pleadings of the fifth making this case.   This isn't Time's fault, or MSNBC's fault - this is all Christie's making.  He did it.  He made jokes about the bridge closing and didn't even try to find out what was going on.  The press didn't even touch this until the emails and firings and pleading the fifth came out.  


AmericanPlutocracy
AmericanPlutocracy

@mrbomb13 If there was no dirt to dig up then there would be no digging. What part of that equation baffles you?