I just finished slogging home from work before the snow gets too deep to drive. I walked in the door, turned on the TV and Tamron Hall came on MSNBC and was playing some tape of Christie's inauguration speech, when I heard him make a statement that sounded surprisingly "1%" to me, but maybe I took it the wrong way.
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Christie: "I will make this government truly work for those who pay for it."I'm probably making too much of this, but it sounded really bad to me.
1) It's coming from the mouth of a Republican.
2) It's specifically coming from a governor who is under investigation into how Sandy funds have been allocated.
3) It's coming from a man who is under suspicion of having held back funds from those who needed them.
4) The man who made this statement has been accused of pressuring the Mayor of Hoboken into supporting a project that helps a particular company get a huge windfall.
5) The lawyer for the company whose project it concerns is David Samson who is the Chairman of the Port Authority and was given the position by his friend and ally Governor Christie.
6) The Port Authority gave Hoboken the money for the study under the condition that they would select the company to carry out the study.
7) The study went beyond the bounds what was under consideration to include the adjacent properties for the sole purpose of stating that only the property belonging to David Samson's client should be granted "redevelopment " status.
8) Redevelopment status confers a tremendous, financial advantage (paid for by taxpayers).
Okay, I'm probably stretching things, but when I heard Christie say that the first thing that went through my mind was, who are those who pay for the government? Does he mean the taxpayers or the ones who bought it?