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Here is a quick report from Sue Livio of the Star-Ledger reports Attorney for Christie campaign manager demands retraction on GWB report, threatens to sue," saying Bill Stepien did not mislead anyone and should not be judged for not cooperating with the Governor's report.

"To state as the report does … that Mr. Stepien lied to Mr. Christie — a man to whom he was unshakably loyal and unfailingly honest throughout their relationship — is reprehensible regardless of your motive for doing so," Marino's letter said. "It is also actionable. We insist you retract it now." ...

"We demand you retract the statement … that Mr. Stepien falsely assured Governor Christie that he had 'no prior knowledge of the GWB lane realignment," Marino's April 2 letter to Mastro said. "The report itself acknowledges...that he did have prior knowledge of the lane realignment," because Port Authority official David Wildstein had approached Stepien about it.

"The report's irresponsible conclusion's about Mr. Stepien - from its vague determination that he engaged in 'troubling' conduct, to its damningly false conclusion that he lied to the governor about Wildstein's proposal and his reaction to it, to its legally incorrect contention that one can draw an adverse inference from his refusal to honor an invalid subpoena -- have all now taken root," according to a statement from Marino.

Christie's office released a statement on behalf of Mastro saying there was nothing to correct.

What an amusing moment in this melodrama to have our attention called back to the opening acts when Randy Mastro was trying to cast an interpretive framework for us all to buy into that Governor Christie is "shocked, truly shocked to discover that some of his staff are lacking in total candor in disclosing their knowledge that this scoundrel David Wildstein has been engaging in dirty tricks down there at the Port Authority."  

So the Mastro report indicates that Bill Stepien lied saying he knew knowing. I don't recall the dates of this particular conversation. Yesterday, Michael Drewniak testified that he told Governor Chris Christie on December 5 that David Wildstein not only told him about the entire scheme, but also that Bridget Kelly and Bill Stepien were involved.

At some point Governor Christie's denials may start to strain credulity. (Snark alert!)

Drip, drip, drip

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  •  Tip Jar (45+ / 0-)

    Humor Alert! No statement from this UID is intended to be true, including this one. Comments and Posts intended for recreational purposes only. Unauthorized interpretations may lead to unexpected results. This waiver void where prohibited.

    by HoundDog on Wed May 14, 2014 at 03:36:59 PM PDT

  •  HoundDog (11+ / 0-)
    Drip, drip, drip
    They way I see it is you, sniff sniff sniffing.
    Good work on all the different avenues you work on.

    I`m already against the next war.

    by Knucklehead on Wed May 14, 2014 at 03:41:49 PM PDT

    •  Well that why HoundDogs are great tracking dogs (5+ / 0-)

      Knuckehead. Once we get a target scent we simply do not give until we catch our prey.  

      Chris Christie should just confess and say everyone a lot of time.

      But, then we wouldn't have the fun of the chase would we?

      I've hardly known what do with myself after we got rid of the Bush-Cheney admin.

      Well, yes there was getting President Obama elected.

      Thanks Knucklehead.

      Do you have any amazing photos for us in OND tonight?

      You know you have a Life HoundDog VIP Golden Pass entitling you to unlimited posting of any picture and photos you like any of my posts for as long as I'm still barking.

      Nothing put me in a better mood for sniffing our more clues than seeing the amazing  color, crisp details, and total exotic setting of you amazing tropical fish, crab, urchins, corals, and other mysteries of the deep.

      Did you hear about that fellow that discovered one of the ships of Columbus? But after he registered it with the local antiquities registry robbers stole the artifacts. But the ship is still there.

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      by HoundDog on Wed May 14, 2014 at 04:04:03 PM PDT

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      •  oh, thank you (2+ / 0-)
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        I was watching for a christe post and went out and came back and yes.

        plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

        by anna shane on Wed May 14, 2014 at 04:10:50 PM PDT

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        •  Oh, anna, I'm glad you are here. I wanted to (2+ / 0-)
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          ask you if you remember when this disputed meeting between Christie and Stepien occurred?

          Was i before or after the Dec 5 meeting in which Drewniak testified he not only told Christie everything that David Wildstein told him on the Dec 4 dinner but also that Wildstein told him that both Kelly and Stepien were involved.

          Making everything Christie said to the Mastro lawyers false.

          Stepien is just the first to threaten to sue Christie about it.

          This just keeps getting more interesting every day.

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          by HoundDog on Wed May 14, 2014 at 04:43:56 PM PDT

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          •  right before (2+ / 0-)
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            and Christie claimed he didn't remember yesterday on the radio show.

            plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

            by anna shane on Wed May 14, 2014 at 05:19:33 PM PDT

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            •  Are we sure the report (1+ / 0-)
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              is not referring to the day of the December press conference (12/13) when he allegedly gave his staff two hours to fess up?  The dinner with Wildstein was 12/4 at which time he said he told Christie about it on 9/11.  Christie brushed it off.  Drewniak stuck to script (ie, the report) on this point because he did not say he mentioned Kelly or Stepien on that day.  He testified that some time in late October/early Nov Wildstein told him about Kelly and Stepien having knowledge of the closings.  Drewniak told McKenna who said he was looking into it.  Drewniak also said that by that time, the "issue was already in the blood stream," meaning the admin was on it.  

              •  he responded on radio (0+ / 0-)

                I think it's either same day or a day or so earlier.

                The big point is that Stepien has signaled he's saving himself, he's given Christie notice that he's not going to take the fall for him. Christie was trying to take care of Stepien, he got his lawyer bills paid, he got a job right away, and Christie's explanation gave room for Stepien not knowing, for only Bridget being involved, and the inclusion of Stepien keeping info from Christie didn't stand out in the Mastro Report.  

                This means that Stepien wants immunity, it's a way of saying he has something to say, he refused to testify to the legislature claiming the fifth, and seemingly he made that same argument when he refused to meet with Mastro.

                He'd left Christie's office by then, but so had Renna and she was interviewed by Mastro.

                The rats are jumping ship.

                plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

                by anna shane on Thu May 15, 2014 at 07:47:03 AM PDT

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      •  HoundDog (2+ / 0-)
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        Yes
        Eh, Yah>
        Well you got that point.
        Same here.
        Right.
        You`re welcome.
        Yes & a bonus one for you, but I don`t have a Dogfish.
        Thank you.
        That`s nice of you.
        Yah, the guy they registered it with probably called his buddies for the plundering.
        It`s pretty hard to shoplift a whole ship skeleton at night.

        I`m already against the next war.

        by Knucklehead on Wed May 14, 2014 at 04:21:16 PM PDT

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      •  Are you kidding? (0+ / 0-)

        I just heard him say that he knew nothing about it and it wouldn't effect his running for President.  

        We are not powerless!! "Activism is the rent I pay for living on this planet."– Alice Walker

        by nocynicism on Wed May 14, 2014 at 08:46:42 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks for this CC update. I've been trying to... (6+ / 0-)

    keep up with your posts on so many different subjects.
    They are all important.
    I tip & rec every diary of yours I can find.
    It's raining here in St. Pete, FL. Glad I went out before the rains came.

    I share a birthday with John Lennon and Bo Obama.

    by peacestpete on Wed May 14, 2014 at 03:51:53 PM PDT

    •  it's hot and dry in Berkeley (4+ / 0-)

      and turns out the earth is moving.  The one site of pleasure is this Christie scandal, the idea of Stepien feeling all hurt because he isn't considered one of the know-nothings is tres amusement.

      plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

      by anna shane on Wed May 14, 2014 at 04:16:42 PM PDT

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    •  I've noticed peacestpete, I noticed. Thank you so (2+ / 0-)
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      very much. A HoundDog Golden Pass for you too. LOL

      I read the rec list of every post several times a day, as one way to see how well I am reaching readers

      I can't believe we are really moving down to Florida. We've been talking about it for years. But we've talked about a lot of things and then when we get close chance our minds.

      But we rented a house in Cape Coral. I think I told you already .
      I'm still sort of in shock. We have so much packing to do.

      It makes no sense what-so-ever for me to continue to post, as I should be packing.

      I think that's why I'm posting more today, its avoidance behavior. At this rate I could probably do 15. LOL it's because if I stop packing the next thought looking over me like a gigantic monster is time to clean out the garage, basement, attic, shed, bedroom, etc, etc, Gina wants me to basically throw out all off my stuff.

      We have a transfer station here in Weston Ma, which is an upscale place so people throw out amazing things here which they put in an exchange shed. Like exercise systems, boats, bicycles, archery sets, aquariums, computers, BBQ, pumps, big stereo systems, office equipment, skis, skateboards. People come from 10 towns away trying to pretend they live here to go through our shed.

      But anyway, every time a take a load of stuff down there I find such cool stuff I bring stuff back which causes such issues with Gina you wouldn't believe it. We have like two of three gigantic trucks gong down. We could easily fit a gigantic pagan sculpture and other cool things.

      But its not really about weight and transport cost, or not even what the new neighbors think, but a combination of her binge and purge cycle, a power play, and a once in a lifetime opportunity to get rid of massive amount of my junk she can't stand and I don't particular want to fight about.

      Umm I just realize something. I wonder if my posting is like what psychologist call unconscious "resistance" and I'm avoiding cleaning all this stuff out with the unconscious hope that by waiting until the last minute it will create such a crisis that we really will have no choice but to just get another truck and take all my stuff to Florida?

      She has two PhDs one in Pathology, the other in Psychology so I have to think of things like this in advance to keep up.

      Ah! I might be more clever than I thought. Well maybe not. Last time we moved I didn't actually do that but she accused me of doing this and the arguments about it got so bad we broke up a 10 year relationship for a 1.5 years and I moved to PA.

      We've only been back together for 1.5 years. So to try this so soon for real and on purpose might be a little risky. I'll have to think more about this. (hunor alert!)

      But, I could get a truck myself and just drive it down and not use our joint trucks which we are hiring a moving service to take for us.

      Well, I don't want to think about this now peacestpete, I have several posts I wanted to write up. I can't remember what they were but I remember having the feeling they wre far more important than cleaning out the garage.

      Cheers.

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      by HoundDog on Wed May 14, 2014 at 04:27:41 PM PDT

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      •  A HoundDog Golden Pass for me ?- I'm... (1+ / 0-)
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        humbled to receive this esteemed honor. It's almost like a Peace Prize!
        I hope I'm keeping the peace in your family by reporting on conditions here in FL.
        I know moving is difficult. I moved many times in my younger years. Back then, it seemed easier to get rid of stuff. It's harder now.
        Good luck with all it takes to move.
        Looking forward to reading your reports from our sunny state (though it's raining now & not so sunny at 11 pm).

        I share a birthday with John Lennon and Bo Obama.

        by peacestpete on Wed May 14, 2014 at 08:06:06 PM PDT

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      •  Just try to remember... (0+ / 0-)

        she-who-must-be-obeyed is the most valuable thing in the house.

        I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

        by Just Bob on Wed May 14, 2014 at 08:21:46 PM PDT

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      •  Good luck in Florida! My husband and (0+ / 0-)

        I could only stand it for 3 years.  

        We are not powerless!! "Activism is the rent I pay for living on this planet."– Alice Walker

        by nocynicism on Wed May 14, 2014 at 08:57:17 PM PDT

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      •  When we moved out of a house we had lived in for (1+ / 0-)
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        eighteen years, I found it completely liberating to rent a dumpster and to throw out all the "stuff" sitting unused in both the basement and attic. I kept wondering why on earth I had kept all that useless detritus. (yes, yes, we recycled and gave away useable stuff).

        We edited our belongings down mostly to books, pictures, paintings and just a few pieces of furniture we wanted to keep.

        We found the cost of moving mostly worn out furniture to not be cost effective and that we could use the same money to buy new, nicer stuff in the new location.

        And then that was cool, because it was really really fun to create a completely new environment. One's tastes do change as one ages, I think. I know mine did.

        Anyway, good luck with the move and keeping life an adventure!

        “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

        by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Thu May 15, 2014 at 05:06:42 AM PDT

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  •  Hound Dog (2+ / 0-)
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    a number keypad - or its alternate numeric letter:
    since i don't use 'books' (willingly) or touchpads or those bitty mices-that-are-joysticks, i don't know what else to hint at, but desktop PCs have keyboards with two sets of numbers: a row, such as #/3, and a numberpad, such as 3/PgDn ... it must be there 'somewhere' but it's not vital.

    TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes? -- Addington's Perpwalk.

    by greenbird on Wed May 14, 2014 at 04:07:37 PM PDT

  •  maybe samson will look into it (5+ / 0-)

    he hasn't reported yet, Christie asked him to investigate back in December, after he was informed by Michael Drewniak that Kelley and Stepien knew about the lane closures, and forgot that but remembered that it wasn't the kind of meeting that rose to the attention of him paying attention to content.  

    What's taking Samson so long?

    plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

    by anna shane on Wed May 14, 2014 at 04:14:48 PM PDT

    •  lol. (3+ / 0-)

      so how does Christie get off saying the first he learned about Kelly's involvement was 48 hours before his Jan 8 press conference.

      To the extent we believe Drewniak's testimony, do we not now have proof that Christie looked the camera in the eye and lied for two hours straight during that press conference?

      And now Stepien is accusing him of lying?

      We know Christie's handwriting is on the press release editing the announcement of Drewniak's resignation.

      So where are the demands for Christie resignation for lying?

      Is he going to come out and say face to face that Drewniak and Stepien are lying?

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      by HoundDog on Wed May 14, 2014 at 04:48:31 PM PDT

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      •  only if he has to (1+ / 0-)
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        it is very amazing, I hope Rachel will explain. It took them until Monday to report on the investment pay to play 'mistake.'  They sometimes work it into a bigger story and so we know first.  I knew yesterday when the story was another downgrade that it's the sixth, because I knew about the first five here.

        plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

        by anna shane on Wed May 14, 2014 at 05:18:38 PM PDT

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      •  I think his defense would be (1+ / 0-)
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        that he asked them directly and they lied to him.  That was Drewniak's spiel yesterday.  He, too, was horrified at the behavior and language of those two miscreants and Wildstein.  He testified at one point that he was alarmed by the dismissive, offensive language in the emails.  One comm member brought that up and asked if he had read his own emails.  He was pissed.  

        His second line of attack- this information came from Wildstein who we know cannot be trusted.  Wildstein resigned on Dec. 5, so he can make that claim.

        Finally, I believe his position is that no one had knowledge at the time the closings occurred.  We don't have yet a smoking gun to disprove the final clause.

        It's all mendacious, of course.  But I think the executioners are waiting for a bigger disclosure to finally lower the ax on his neck.

  •  The same scroundrel that Christie knew... (6+ / 0-)

    in high school. The same scoundrel that Christie created a position for in the Port Authority.

    Governor Christie is "shocked, truly shocked to discover that some of his staff are lacking in total candor in disclosing their knowledge that this scoundrel David Wildstein has been engaging in dirty tricks down there at the Port Authority."  
    And the same scoundrel that Pat Foye of the Port Authority referred to as doing nothing but "political work" when asked what that scoundrel did he when he worked at the Port Authority.

    Wildstein worked for Christie in the office of political payback.

    "If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged." - 17th-century French clergyman and statesman Cardinal Richelieu.

    by markthshark on Wed May 14, 2014 at 04:30:01 PM PDT

  •  Actually, (1+ / 0-)
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    I believe Drewniak testified that Wildstein told him Kelly and Stepien had knowledge about the lane closings around the time of the Wall St Journal article (late October).  Drewniak told McKenna the next day who said he was looking into it.  Drewniak said that by this time "the issue was already in the blood stream."  That was a telling comment that, when pressed, Drewniak tried to minimize.  

    On Dec 5 at a dinner meeting, Wildstein informed Drewniak that he told Christie about the traffic study on Sept 11.  Drewniak casually reported this information to Christie the following day, who replied, like I'm going to remember something about a traffic study mentioned in passing.

    My recollection could be wrong as I listened to the whole testimony.  I highly recommend watching it.  It is very informative both in his testimony and what he did not say.

  •  Just finished watching the original Jurassic Park (3+ / 0-)

    movie with my wife and son. There's a great scene at the end of the movie when a T-rex and two velociraptors attack one other, allowing humans you've grown attached to escape with their lives. Isn't it just as great and heartwarming to see these NJ GOPers (who all consider themselves badass meateaters) going after one another fang and claw!

  •  HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, he's so funny; he needs to (0+ / 0-)

    speak up because he is getting buried.

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Thu May 15, 2014 at 04:19:35 AM PDT

  •  "Oh what a tangled web we weave..." (0+ / 0-)
    "Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to device."

    ~ Walter Scott (1808) ~
    (from the poem Marmion)

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    by ArthurPoet on Sat May 17, 2014 at 11:33:52 AM PDT

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