Christie Tries to Put Scandal Behind Him as Second Term Starts

Republican looks ahead in New Jersey, but 2016 looms

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (L) is sworn in by Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court Stuart Rabner for his second term on January 21, 2014 at the War Memorial in Trenton, New Jersey.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took the oath of office for his second term Tuesday afternoon surrounded by many of his fiercest critics amid a swirl of political scandals that have roiled his state and his political fortunes.

With fanfare and gun salutes, the famously outspoken governor tried to move beyond the controversies, making no mention of the traffic scandal that has imperiled his presidential hopes. He didn’t address questions over the use of Hurricane Sandy recovery funds on television ads, or recent allegations that his lieutenant governor threatened to withhold relief funding from a local Democratic mayor.

As Democrats in the statehouse and federal investigators proceed on parallel tracks, the wood-paneled and gold-trim theater and Trenton War Memorial proved to be an awkward setting for the inauguration. A snowstorm kept the seats half-filled. Critics and defenders shared the stage, with some only half-heartedly applauding him. New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker skipped the proceedings entirely.

In contrast to the bully image with which he’s been branded of late, Christie, a Republican tried to strike a measured, bipartisan tone to begin his second term, decrying an attitude “that says I am always right and you are always wrong.”

“As your governor, I will always be willing to listen, as long as that listening ends in decisive action for the people counting on us,” he said in a subdued speech.

Christie attempted to refocus attention on his second-term legislative priorities, after his State of the State address last week was upstaged by the scandals. Hoping to salvage his political future, Christie worked to remind New Jersey residents and a growing caucus of GOP doubters of his overwhelming reelection victory, and his success making inroads with minority voters.

“It was the largest and loudest voice of affirmation that the people of our state have given to any direction in three decades,” he said. “This election has taught us that the ways we divide each other—by race, by class, by ethnicity, by wealth, by political party is neither permanent nor necessary…We have to be willing to play outside the red and blue boxes the media and pundits put us in; we have to be willing to reach out to others who look or speak differently than us; we have to be willing to personally reach out a helping hand to a neighbor suffering from drug addiction, depression or the dignity stripping loss of a job.”

But the turmoil has already wrecked havoc on his poll numbers, both inside New Jersey and nationally. A Quinnipiac University survey released minutes before Christie took the oath of office found that the governor would trail former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical 2016 matchup. The pair were tied in the same survey just a month ago, with Christie ceding a large lead among independent voters.

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bobcn
bobcn

"Christie Tries to Put Scandal Behind Him as Second Term Starts"

What an insightful title.  Who would have ever guessed that a politician who had been caught would want to put his scandal 'behind him'?  

Zeke,  have you seen many politicians who wanted to put their scandal in front of them?  Beside them? Under them?  Certainly not over them. 

bobcn
bobcn

"The pair were tied in the same survey just a month ago..."

Of course, that was before the conspiracy theories about Benghazi were proven false (once again) and the allegations of  Christie administration corruption were shown to be true.

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

Even though Gov. Chris Christie has started his 2nd term, Zeke Miller, TIME Magazine, and the other nagging nabobs of doubt are still [emphasis] going to attempt to bring the guy down.

Until the investigations produce evidence that proves his guilt - GIVE IT A REST.

famulla555555
famulla555555

Hoard of money will be crucial to economic recoveryBasically, you get rigor whenever the FDA is required to approve something (e.g., new drug, device, or diagnostic test).


But I find this an oddly dismissive quote with respect to diagnostics: “For example, it has been estimated that, on average, there are only 37 publications per year of randomized trials assessing the effectiveness of diagnostic tests.”


These 37 publications likely track back to diagnostic tests that were submitted to the FDA for approval. That’s more than new drugs last year, and it was a good year for new drugs. The validation standard for new diagnostic tests is quite high. They work as designed, but we just don’t fully understand some of the biology behind what they are measuring. For example, different mechanisms of cholesterol reduction can get to the same number but with different effect. For example, ezetimibe, which reduces dietary absorption of cholesterol is surprisingly less impactful on outcomes than statins that impact cholesterol metabolism in the liver. The diagnostic worked, but the assumptions we had in the treatment were over simplistic.

famulla555555
famulla555555

Congressional Democrats and Republicans sharpened their political knives Sunday as lawmakers return to Washington this week to begin executing legislative agendas designed to help their respective parties in the November elections.

The first major battle will likely be over restoring long-term unemployment benefits, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid scheduled to hold a preliminary vote Monday on the issue.

“The first thing we want to get done is extend unemployment benefits,” he told Fox News on Sunday.

The benefits were not included in a two-year budget deal Congress reached before adjourning for winter break, but not before House Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, made clear the money will not be restored unless offset but other spending cuts.   

The White House is also applying pressure on congressional Republicans, issuing a statement on New Year’s Day that said President Obama supports the bipartisan Senate bill to reinstate benefits for the 1.3 million Americans who lost the insurance in the new budget deal.

famulla555555
famulla555555

Health insurance industry expert Bob Laszewski says between 70-85 percent of Obamacare "enrollees" have paid their first month's premium. When insurers finally close their books he anticipates 10-20 percent will have their policies voided for failure to pay.

We've known for weeks that the enrollment figures offered by the Obama administration weren't really enrollment figures. HHS counts anyone who placed a plan in their online shopping cart as enrolled even though insurance companies don't count someone as enrolled until they pay their first premium. We also learned that those who don't pay will have their applications voided and need to start the process over again. What we haven't know is how many people would follow through and how many would be back to square one.

In a post published Sunday on his blog, insurance expert Bob Laszewski writes "The carriers I talked to at the end of last week report that anywhere from a low of 70% to a high of 85% of new enrollees have paid so far." We have already passed the deadline for payment but Laszewski says some insurers are giving people additional time to make payments. That leads him to estimate "there will be an overall 10% to 20% final attrition rate due to non-payment of premium."

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

As if there aren't more examples of Christie's style of governering waiting to come out.

Will his penchant for throwing "his people" under the bus save him? Time will tell.

jmac
jmac

Governor Christie was asked, 'Do you think this will hurt your chances of being president of the United States. And he said, 'Hey, we'll close that bridge when we come to it.'"    (David Letterman)

ElKabong73
ElKabong73

What does the "R" stand for, Racist?

paulejb
paulejb

A lot of good that hug of Obama did you, governor. There is blood in the water and the sharks of the liberal media are circling. You didn't think that they would give anyone with a R next to their name a pass, did you, governor?

jmac
jmac

As your governor I will always be willing to listen?  He just had an ear problem when the bridge was closed?   What bridge?  Where?  Lanes?  Who ever heard of Fort Lee?  


He forgot to remind New Jersey residents just how much that overwhelming bi-partison victory costs as he kept Booker off the ballot.  Money is apparently no object when your buying bi-partisonship or having two separate elections in a matter of weeks.  

bobcn
bobcn

@mrbomb13 

OK, mrbomb13.

Since this needs to be given a rest you must know the answer to the question no one else has yet answered (and Christie is avoiding).  Why was an intentional gridlocking of traffic going into NYC done for four days? Did the Christie administration have a plan we haven't heard yet (and Christie claims he doesn't know about), or do they just like randomly F**king with people.  

Whatcha think mrbomb13?

aztecian
aztecian

@mrbomb13this dictator needs to be impeached.  this is absolutely some of the most corrupt politics of the last 50 years.  to let this fat blob continue is a threat to democracy.  the doj needs to step in now.

jmac
jmac

@lordofthefly Good for him for trying to put the scandal behind him?   That's how he got in trouble in the first place.   Either he ignored the closing of two lanes on  the busiest bridge in the nation ( that lead from his state to NY) or he looked into it and then 'put it behind him' when he found out his Port Authority guys were involved, or he knew about it.    Any way you look at it - not good.    

lordofthefly
lordofthefly

@ElKabong73 


It does for people who carry a life-long chip on their shoulders. Apparently there are plenty of you.

Get over yourself and stop blaming others for what is probably a not-so-great life you created for yourself.

Hollywooddeed
Hollywooddeed

@paulejb 

Don't you think you should wait for the redacted emails, the lawsuits, investigations and what the fired and resigned have to say when they make their plea deals before you blame President Obama and the liberal media?