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Hedges writes: "The corporate state's repression, now on the brink of totalitarianism, would with the help of Christie, his corporate backers and his tea party loyalists become a full-blown corporate fascism."

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.  (photo: Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. (photo: Carlo Allegri/Reuters)


The Trouble With Chris Christie

By Chris Hedges, TruthDig

13 January 14

 

ew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been Wall Street’s anointed son for the presidency. He is backed by the most ruthless and corrupt figures in New Jersey politics, including the New Jersey multimillionaire and hard-line Democratic boss George Norcross III. Among his other supporters are many hedge fund managers and corporate executives and some of the nation’s most retrograde billionaires, including the Koch brothers. The brewing scandal over the closing of traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge apparently in retaliation for the Fort Lee mayor’s refusal to support the governor’s 2013 re-election is a window into how federal agencies and the security and surveillance apparatus would be routinely employed in a Christie presidency to punish anyone who challenged this tiny cabal’s grip on power.

Christie is the caricature of a Third World despot. He has a vicious temper, a propensity to bully and belittle those weaker than himself, an insatiable thirst for revenge against real or perceived enemies, and little respect for the law and, as recent events have made clear, for the truth. He is gripped by a bottomless hedonism that includes a demand for private jets, huge entourages, exclusive hotels and lavish meals. Wall Street and the security and surveillance apparatus want a real son of a bitch in power, someone with the moral compass of Al Capone, in order to ruthlessly silence and crush those of us who are working to overthrow the corporate state. They have had enough of what they perceive to be Barack Obama’s softness. Christie fits the profile and he is drooling for the opportunity.

Activists, Democratic and Republican rivals for power, liberals, reformers and environmentalists will, if Christie becomes president, see the vast forces of the security state surge into overdrive to stymie and reverse reform, gut our tepid financial and environmental regulations, further enrich the corporate elite who are pillaging the country, and savagely shut down all dissent. The corporate state’s repression, now on the brink of totalitarianism, would with the help of Christie, his corporate backers and his tea party loyalists become a full-blown corporate fascism.

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+21 # davidh7426 2014-01-13 14:25
Every time I see his face, I keep thinking...

"I haven't seen Porky's for ages"

He always reminds me of the Porky the gambling den owner.
 
 
+54 # HarryP 2014-01-13 15:22
This is not Porky Pig. Cristie has the temperament of Benito Mussolini.
 
 
+5 # davidh7426 2014-01-13 16:30
I was thinking more of the character played by Chuck Mitchell RIP...

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/chuck_mitchell/pictures/
 
 
+4 # ericlipps 2014-01-13 18:41
Quoting davidh7426:
I was thinking more of the character played by Chuck Mitchell RIP...

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/chuck_mitchell/pictures/

Now that you mention it, there is a resemblance.
 
 
-2 # MidwesTom 2014-01-13 22:21
A few more stunts and he will start being compared to Chicago's former mayor Daley. But Christie still has a loot more to learn, Daley ran Chicago like it was his private fiefdom; corrupt by almost every measure, but the City worked. We are now left with trying to figure out how to pay for his giveaways, a major reason why Illinois is broke.
 
 
+3 # Billy Bob 2014-01-16 08:11
You're comparing a modern politician who many think will be the next Republican candidate for president with a mayor of one town from a long time ago, who never would have been anything but a mayor.

Why? Because you're trying to make a false dichotomy between Democrats and Republicans to take the attention off of the subject of the article.

We're now supposed to say, "you're right! Both parties are evil, so let's just stop bitching about Christie."
 
 
+75 # fredboy 2014-01-13 14:43
Thanks, Chris, I am glad some people are waking up. The WORST of leadership is narcissistic, messianic, petty, and vengeful. I chose to retire early from what had been a wonderful teaching job when faced with working with one of these blatant assholes. They only care about themselves, and poison all around them. Disgraceful, evil souls.
 
 
+10 # Susan1989 2014-01-13 23:27
Google "malignant narcissist" and you will find the embodiment of Chris Christi. This type of person is insatiable, and leaves destruction in their wake. They destroy people who are perceived threats, and will do almost anything to get their way. Interestingly, once they get what they want, they remain unsatisfied and are on to the next thing. Their most toxic tool is that of confusing everyone around them to the point of insanity by making contradictory demands.
 
 
+25 # seeuingoa 2014-01-13 14:51
Have a look at this man: big, fat, ugly
and totallt corrupt.

How can you have confidance in anyone
who has so little self confidence and
self controñ that he ends up like a pork?
 
 
-68 # brux 2014-01-13 15:20
like michael moore?
 
 
+1 # bingers 2014-01-16 13:52
Quoting brux:
like michael moore?



Nope, Michael Moore is almost always right and is always on the side of the little guy. Christie hates everyone who can't do anything for him but vote.
 
 
+10 # harleysch 2014-01-13 15:01
Barack Obama's "softness"???? He has been a loyal functionary of Wall Street, continuing the bailout of the TBTFs, insuring that not a single CEO of TBTF is held accountable for their crimes, passing health care legislation which is a bailout of insurance companies (instead of single-payer), kept GITMO open, expanded on Bush's use of drones, allowed unrestrained NSA spying, etc.

Christie would just be more of the same.

When will participants on this site get serious, and stop defending Obama, by saying the GOP is worst? They -- the GOP -- are stupid and evil, but the progressives' continuing defense of Obama just makes it more likely that the next President in the line of Bush and Obama will be even more dangerous!

As to Fedboy's identification of Christie as a narcissist, it is absolutely true. Narcissists lack compassion for those they trample. Just make sure you note that Obama is also a classic case-study of a narcissist.
 
 
-8 # indian weaver 2014-01-13 16:21
I agree. Obama is an assassin, terrorist and war criminal in a suit and tie, an empty suit and big mouth, all empty of substance. Different look from Christie, same evil.
 
 
-6 # A Different Drummer 2014-01-13 22:57
Quoting indian weaver:
I agree. Obama is an assassin, terrorist and war criminal in a suit and tie, an empty suit and big mouth, all empty of substance. Different look from Christie, same evil.


I agree completely and am appalled at the negative reaction your post received. Barack Obama is G.W. Bush with a tan, a better education and a Reagenesque gift of language. He is a war criminal, a mass murderer and a liar.

I also submit since he's guilty of treason, he's illegally collecting the salary and benefits due the President of the United States of America, therefore he's a thief as well.

I voted for this criminal twice and regret my cowardice.
 
 
+4 # Erowidus 2014-01-14 07:40
Me too, but at the time it seemed like there simply weren't any worthwhile alternatives. A sad state of affairs, which, unfortunately, may well happen again in 2016.
 
 
-5 # RODNOX 2014-01-14 05:52
and again the absolute blind respect and support for OBAMA---cant you dummies who support him ( and probably HILLARY too ) admit to your mistaken support and move on---? different drummer said it perfectly .....
 
 
0 # bingers 2014-01-16 13:54
I don't know anyone who supports Obama blindly and that includes me, but many of his bad qualities are a result of pragmatism, not ideology.
 
 
+10 # Vegan_Girl 2014-01-14 07:01
Read the article again. The whole point is the difference in temperament and character. Yes, they both serve the ruling class - but Obama has restrain and never went overboard to hurt us. Christie's temperament is dangerous: he would vigorously, ruthlessly go well beyond what is needed. The man enjoys hurting others.
 
 
+10 # Erowidus 2014-01-14 07:47
Reminds me of Idi Amin. Please don't let him, or anyone even remotely like him, near the White House.
 
 
+36 # ganymede 2014-01-13 15:09
As usual, Mr Hedges, thank you for you astute journalism. I am an admitted polyanna, but the Christie debacle represents a turning point in our political dynamic. How Christie could be so stupid to leave himself open is in itself suspicious, but thank God for Christie's bad karma, because it actually looks like he's done himself in. This will be a real wake-up call certainly for people in New Jersey who were taken in by this psychopath - this may not be an exaggeration! Also, this is trouble for the mean-spirited, bullying and stupid rightwing Republicans as their guys are going to come under much closer scrutiny and a number will be kicked out next year. The hapless Democrats will also have big problems as their many corrupt and bullying cronies will be forced out as well. This is a big opportunity for progressives to enter center stage because they along with the growing number of wishy washy liberals who might remember that they were sent to Washington to represent the real people of our country and not the lobbyists. Thanks Christie, we really owe you on this one. Here's a suggestion - maybe you should join Overeaters Anonymous. A very successful 12 Step program, which also might help to straighten out your head and soul.
 
 
+10 # Susan1989 2014-01-13 23:37
Christi has the identical personality of the worlds most destructive despots. Although he appears to be self confident, on the inside he has an enormously fragile ego...which is why he viciously attacks anyone who disagrees with him. In fact, the malignant narcissist seeks to obliterate his enemies...and devours all things that are perceived as stronger than himself.
 
 
+48 # jstick 2014-01-13 15:11
"... with the moral compass of Al Capone." Perfect, Chris.
It is difficult to express in words just how much pleasure I'm having watching this bloated Hindenburg crash and burn in slow motion as the MSM slowly catches on. When the Port Authority personnel begin to talk the whole nasty plot will be revealed.
 
 
0 # bingers 2014-01-16 13:58
Except that Al Capone did a lot of nice stuff for poor people. Which of course does not make up for his murderous excesses, but it makes him a better person than Christie.

Full disclosure, I knew his brother Ralph back in the 60s and he was a very nice guy who was involved in the alcohol biz, but not the killing biz. His nickname was "Bottles" and he did indeed supply the bottles for Al's bootlegging. But I never discussed Al with him, mostly just sports.
 
 
+24 # oldibtgdy 2014-01-13 15:55
# harleysch Hey, if you were Obama, faced with a congress stymied by Republicans who'll be for it if you're agin-it (and agin it if you're fer-it) --- how would YOU get rid of things you despise -- like the Patriot Act and Cheney/Rumsfeld 's reorganization of the NSA? Huh? Tell them to stop that nonsense? Right. You're missing the long view, son.
 
 
-2 # indian weaver 2014-01-13 16:25
Exactly, beginning / continuing Obama's evil acts with his signing of the NDAA on New Year's Eve, 2012, and re-authorizing it again this year a few days before New Year's Eve, the sneaky s.o.b. No excuse, Obama is another war criminal evil incarnate, the perfect lawless ruler of the nation voted most anti-peace on the planet recently, the greatest obstacle to world peace. I see no difference between Obama and dubya and Christie and Mussolini and Boehner and McConnell and ... Hard to believe I once thought this was a decent country, or that I thought maybe Obama was a decent person. Fooled again, but never again I swear.
 
 
+6 # A Different Drummer 2014-01-13 23:11
[quote name="indian weaver"]Exactly , beginning / continuing Obama's evil acts with his signing of the NDAA on New Year's Eve, 2012, and re-authorizing it again this year a few days before New Year's Eve, the sneaky s.o.b. No excuse, Obama is another war criminal evil incarnate, the perfect lawless ruler of the nation voted most anti-peace on the planet recently, the greatest obstacle to world peace. I see no difference between Obama and dubya and Christie and Mussolini and Boehner and McConnell and ... Hard to believe I once thought this was a decent country, or that I thought maybe Obama was a decent person. Fooled again, but never again I swear.[/quote

My Dear Compatriot:

Mr Obama showed his colors when he was still a US Senator and voted to give US telecoms immunity in their complicity in Bush era spying. I resigned as a volunteer in his campaign, but voted for the creep because I couldn't stomach a McCain Palin administration.
 
 
0 # bingers 2014-01-16 13:59
NDAA has been the law since Nixon.
 
 
+3 # Even 2014-01-14 06:11
Obama despises the Patriot Act? Really? That must why he has one of the most opaque administrations EVER. And why they used the Espionage Act WAY more than any other administration. And why he maintains a scorched earth policy against any whistleblower (which, of course, is the opposite of what he said about whistleblowers when he was running).
The "those nasty Republicans forced him" excuse is really tired and over.
 
 
+3 # Mrcead 2014-01-13 17:10
"Christie is the caricature of a Third World despot. He has a vicious temper, a propensity to bully and belittle those weaker than himself, an insatiable thirst for revenge against real or perceived enemies, and little respect for the law and, as recent events have made clear, for the truth."

No, no, no. It's a lot simpler than that, he's a street kid from Newark, that's just how a lot of people are in that region. I read this description and thought to myself that I've grown up with many people who fit this type. Some parts of the tri-state area just breed this kind of person. The are not necessarily bad people but they are definitely all about their business interests and couldn't give a rat's backside about anyone else's. it is a highly competitive environment and you cannot get to be governor by playing nice, let's be realistic here.

[continued]
 
 
+5 # Mrcead 2014-01-13 17:11
[continued]


With that said, the people interested in Christie want someone like him steering the nation the way he naturally would but like I've said before, NOBODY is going to vote Christie into The Oval Office. He is too unique and won't resonate with enough voters to matter. He will win New Jersey because the bulk of voters recognize his personality type as strong and what's needed and will back their boy our of sheer loyalty. He can save 10 burning buses filled with lesbian minority millionaire gun loving nuns and their orphans and it wouldn't make a dent in his popularity with the rest of the country because he just doesn't have that American apple pie/strudel/tor te/empanada/pas tel/etc appeal.
 
 
+1 # mjc 2014-01-14 10:02
Love your example, Mrcead. Many people on this site have zeroed in on Christie's narcissism which is very obvious and quite upfront on Christie's part. He knows damn well he is portraying that personality and he's proud of it...a New Jersey peculiarity? Apparently it is a hard scrabble life in certain sections of that state. Most politicians are indeed quite confident...mos t of the time...to the point of narcissism, including Barack Obama who several folks here are trying to draw a comparison to Christie. We usually don't vote them in on the basis of their personality but on what we BELIEVE they will or can do in office. What should fry Christie's chances of becoming president is what can now be seen quite clearly in the bridge revenge and the inability of Christie to see that he was taking advantage of Sandy by appearing in ads bolstering New Jersey residents IN A CAMPAIGN VIDEO!
 
 
+13 # giraffee2012 2014-01-13 17:49
If bridge-gate gets swept under the rug (i.e. if Christi is let off the hook) then the prediction in this article will be reality.

Repeal citizens united so these high rollers cannot buy (in secret under the super packs) our government with the likes of CC.

We the people still have the vote in most states - vote for candidates who are not connected to these gzillionares and go door to door to make sure people not only get out to vote but vote for the non-Koch supported candidates. (At all govt levels)

This process will take a few years to filter out the bad but soon Scalia/Thomas will die or retire (or something) so that a Progrssive (i.e. real Democrat) can put into the U.S. Supreme Court justices that follow the law and follow the "cannons" which govern their activities.

Scalia/Thomas have been wined/dined by Koch and others AND BRAG ABOUT THESE GIFTS - totally against the oath they took when they were seated on the Supreme bench.
 
 
+6 # JSRaleigh 2014-01-13 20:03
You mean besides him being an insufferable asshole and a bully besides?
 
 
+2 # Peter B. K. 2014-01-14 09:20
The search for THE best! - President, lest we forget what it's all about - seems to start at the bottom.
 
 
+3 # gwhit715 2014-01-14 12:44
We understand that, Peter. What many of us do NOT understand is why the search seems so often to end at the bottom, as well. Given recent history, we have developed a system which comes up with a worse solution than random chance.

But oligarchy is just like that, I suppose.
 
 
+2 # HerbR 2014-01-14 22:53
I, for one, doubt that any political party, or its managers, would now be drawn to the tyrant of the G.W. Bridge. Ill-tempered, devoid of the capacity to render mature judgement, lack of self-control, in short the very model of a non-candidate for a national party. An obvious candidate for a sound national defeat. Unless, of course, my judgement of current politics is completely in error. But I doubt that, of course !!
 
 
+2 # intheEPZ 2014-01-15 07:57
It'll be a shame if he doesn't run for tyrant in chief. It's just entertainment anyway.
 
 
+2 # Binaroundawhile 2014-01-15 16:28
while so many of you posting here can't resist demonizing Obama and calling him a vicious war mongering demon, and putting him in the same mold as Christie, I want to ask you a couple questions: WHO IN HELL GOT US INTO THE WAR MESS IN THE FIRST PLACE?? WOULD OBAMA HAVE STARTED THOSE WARS?? WHO ENDED THE IRAQ DISASTER WAR?? WHO IS TAKING OUR TROOPS OUT OF AFGANISTAN?? WHO TOOK THE FIRST MEANINGFUL STEPS TOWARD GETTING AMERICANS AT LEAST MOVING TOWARDS BETTER HEALTH CARE?? WHOSE ECONOMIC IDIOCY DUMPED OUR ECONOMY IN THE SEWER?? WHO HAS BEEN BLOCKED BY REPUBLICANS AT EVERY EFFORT TO GET PEOPLE BACK TO WORK?? These are just a few of the questions you should be asking. Another question? HOW MANY WARS WOULD BE BE IN TODAY IF MC CAIN OR ROMNEY HAD BECOME PRESIDENT?? WHERE WOULD THE WORKING SLOBS TODAY BE UNDER A "KING ROMNEY" ADMINISTRATION? ?? For God's sake people, you can't be dumb enough to say you would vote Republican.
 
 
+2 # mjc 2014-01-16 09:23
I've been around a while, too, and your point is well taken. Virtually, any liberal, even any moderate, or progressive or plain, old-fashioned Democrat has very little choice in a presidential election. The Teapublicans have become so conservative, so hard-headed, that they nominate only those who can survive their bitter primary selections. The Democrats don't want their candidates to stand apart like a sore thumb so they go for someone who can mouth the right words but are guarantors for the corporate capitalists who have the money to win elections. Real choice just isn't there.
 
 
-4 # medusa 2014-01-15 17:41
all caps no good, can't hear the words for the shouting
 
 
0 # bingers 2014-01-16 14:03
Quoting medusa:
all caps no good, can't hear the words for the shouting



Well, maybe you should buck up, lose the granny panties and force yourself to read it anyway. Every point is right on the money. More truth there than in a year of NewsMax or 1776 Coalition, Faux Spews or any 20 other CONservative site.
 
 
+3 # angelfish 2014-01-15 18:54
Who CARES what type size a person uses? It's the content of the comment that DOES matter! There are more ways than one, to be DEAF!
 

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