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  •  Not really (8+ / 0-)

    If Sandy happened somewhere else, he'd be right there with his buddies denying relief.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 04:32:36 PM PST

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    •  I wondered what Christie's (3+ / 0-)
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      reaction was when Katrina happened.  Was it just as important that Louisiana and other gulf states got the help they needed?

      I love sports. Whenever I can, I always watch the Detroit Tigers on the radio. -- Gerald R. Ford

      by mideedah on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 05:24:25 PM PST

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      •  At that point he was a US Attorney (5+ / 0-)

        (and being a partisan hack about it) - so I'm not sure that he reactions to Katrina are all that relevant or likely to have been recorded.

        Let's be honest.  He's a partisan Republican who I would never support for any elective office.  But he's also the Governor of New Jersey, and he has been doing a reasonably good job of pushing the interests of his constituents over the last few weeks, even against the agenda of his party nationally.

        I can respect him for that much more than I ever would have expected to, based on his prior record, and I really do hope that this results in him being in a position to run for national office, as I would much rather have a Presidential race between two people both of whom I could imagine would be at least OK Presidents, rather than the last two campaigns where you have the opposition being someone you wouldn't trust to run a convenience store.

    •  never let a disaster go unexploited (1+ / 0-)
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      they understand and forgive  :>

      This machine kills Fascists.

      by KenBee on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 05:31:05 PM PST

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    •  I will say this about Christie (3+ / 0-)
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      His stance on the so-called 'War on Drugs" is pretty progressive and I agree with it for the most part.

      Ordinarily, GOP pols take their cues about the "War on Drugs" from the private prison lobby.  Which BTW is a cruel, sick, cynical method of turning tax dollars into extreme corporate wealth at the expense of those who suffer from chemical dependency.  

      However, I think Christie actually looked at the situation as the state's top executive and realized how much money is spent fruitlessly with no real benefit.  He realized that it is more effective, from both recidivism and cost perspectives, to treat non-violent drug offenders than to incarcerate them.

      I could be wrong, but I think Christie actually looked at the situation and formed this opinion based on the best-case social benefit instead of a campaign contribution greased palm.

      That is extremely rare amongst GOP elected officials - unheard of really.

      The last time I saw a GOP governor take a practical position on anything that wasn't corporate sponsored is when Governor Christ vetoed the horrific education bill the Bushies put forward in FL (which Scott signed a few short months later).  Christ got bounced from the GOP for following his conscience.  

      New Jersey hasn't made the changes in law Christie has been talking about, so real change hasn't been executed yet in this regard, but in politics discussion in the precursor to actual change at times.  

      Are there no prisons? No workhouses?

      by meatballs on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 07:19:39 PM PST

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