Preserved for posterity: the lies of Chris Christie
Posted by Charles II on June 30, 2015
Tom Moran, Star-Ledger editorial board:
Most Americans don’t know Chris Christie like I do, so it’s only natural to wonder what testimony I might offer after covering his every move for the last 14 years.
My testimony amounts to a warning: Don’t believe a word the man says.
If you have the stomach for it, this column offers some greatest hits in Christie’s catalog of lies.
Don’t misunderstand me. They all lie, and I get that. But Christie does it with such audacity, and such frequency, that he stands out.
[Christie] told [public workers] their pensions were “sacred” to him.
“The notion that I would eliminate, change, or alter your pension is not only a lie, but cannot be further from the truth,” he wrote them. “Your pension and benefits will be protected when I am elected governor.”
He then proceeded to make cutting those benefits the centerpiece of his first year in office.
• In May, Christie told Megyn Kelly of Fox News that the Bridgegate scandal was basically over:
“The U.S. Attorney said in his press conference a few weeks ago there will be no further charges in the bridge matter. He said it affirmatively three or four times.”
Not even close. U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said the investigation continues, and that the two indicted Christie aides could wind up pleading guilty, which would yield a new trove of evidence.
“It’s like the end of Downton Abbey,” Fishman said. “You have to wait for a whole ‘nother season.”
• In March, Christie told a conservative gathering in Washington that he cut money to Planned Parenthood because he was “unapologetically” pro-life.
That was probably true. The lies came earlier, when he fended off criticism in pro-choice New Jersey by repeatedly saying the state’s financial pinch forced him to cut “worthy” programs like this one.
•In February, Christie claimed that he was a personal friend of the King of Jordan, which would allow him to accept gifts without limit, like a sumptuous weekend with his extended family in a desert resort enjoyed at the king’s expense.
Christie and his clan ran up a hotel bill of $30,000. He had met the king once, at a political dinner.
•Two weeks ago, Christie bragged to a national TV audience about his success with pension reform.
Supporting the pension reform? The court found those reforms to be unconstitutional.
He is a remarkable talent with a silver tongue. But if you look closely, you can see that it is forked like a serpent’s.
I would add, the louder he talks, the more he’s covering up. The ruder he is, the more closely people should examine what he’s saying. I hate to equate human beings to a deadly disease, as I have done implicitly with the category this is filed under. Really, it is the sort of shameless lying Christie engages in that is the disease. He’s just a corrupt, self-righteous, pompous, incompetent who happens to have that horrible and disfiguring disease.
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