Replaying Chris Christie's Epic Anti-Boehner Meltdown

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Earlier today, in what can only be summarized as an epic meltdown, NJ governor Chris Christie proceeded with an even more epic rant against House speaker John Boehner, in narrow terms, and House Republicans in broader, for killing the $60 billion Sandy Assistance bill, whose funding would have offset one full year of the just legislated tax hikes on the rich which would add $62 billion annually to the Treasury (or alternatively would have been unfundable for the next 2 months while the US struggles to pay its mandatory bills courtesy of having breached the debt ceiling). Alternatively, all Americans could just agree to accept less welfare and entitlement benefits to show their solidarity for New Jersey and fund the recovery of the Tristate area by a "shared sacrifice" instead of going the default route and demanding even more deficit spending - something that would naturally saddle the next generation with even more pain, not the current, far more entitled one - but in this country that is an absolutely ludicrous proposition. Below is a clip of the entire Christie performance which is a must see for sheer indignation entertainment value alone.

While we understand Christie's frustration and escalation in what is obviously a personal vendetta between the two men, as so often happens, much was left unsaid. For example the fact that the proposed bill was also chock full of pork spending such as:

  • $150 million in funding for fisheries in Alaska,
  • $5.3 billion to the Army corps of engineers,
  • $56.8 million for charting the debris from last year's Japanese tsunami,
  • $41 million for eight military bases including Guantanamo Bay
  • $100 million for the federal Head Start day care program,
  • $188 million for new Amtrak lines (not repair, new lines)
  • $20 million for a nationwide "water resources priorities study", 
  • $4 million for the ... Kennedy Space Center?

And others. Some more from the Weekly Standard:

One of the big objections to the bill was that Senate Democrats had filled it with pork.


In fact, "Democrats expanded the legislation during a mark-up to include not just areas affected by Sandy, but also to provide money for 'storm events that occurred in 2012 along the Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast within the boundaries of the North Atlantic and Mississippi Valley divisions of the Corps that were affected by Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac,'" we reported previously.


The expansion of the bill was a way to provide a financial incentive for senators from red states--"two Republicans senators from Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas, and the one Republican senator from Louisiana"--to vote for the bill. "The Sandy kickbacks provide an incentive for those Republicans to vote on the bill," we wrote.

Yet, the war may already be lost by Boehner. The Hill reports that the first thing sacrificed by Boehner is what he prized himself in most: one-on-one talks with Obama - those are now over.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is signaling that at least one thing will change about his leadership during the 113th Congress: He’s telling Republicans he is done with private, one-on-one negotiations with President Obama.


During both 2011 and 2012, the Speaker spent weeks shuttling between the Capitol and the White House for meetings with the president in the hopes of striking a grand bargain on the deficit.


Those efforts ended in failure, leaving Boehner feeling burned by Obama and, at times, isolated within his conference.


In closed-door meetings since leaving the “fiscal cliff” talks two weeks ago, lawmakers and aides say the Speaker has indicated he is abandoning that approach for good and will return fully to the normal legislative process in 2013 — seeking to pass bills through the House that can then be adopted, amended or reconciled by the Senate.


"He is recommitting himself and the House to what we've done, which is working through regular order and letting the House work its will,” an aide to the Speaker told The Hill.


The shift could have immediate ramifications as Congress heads into its next showdown over raising the debt ceiling and replacing steep automatic cuts to defense and domestic spending that are now set to take effect in March. It will also impact other presidential priorities like immigration reform and gun control.


Republican lawmakers say they expect the House majority to draft and pass its own debt-ceiling proposal, which would then add pressure on the Democratic leadership in the Senate.


For Boehner in particular, it will be easier said than done.

What this means is that the debt ceiling debate, which culminates in 59 days, is now open for everyone, and as a result the compromise will be that much more difficult.

Boehner and his aides have said the Speaker remains committed to a principle he first articulated in 2011 — that any increase in the debt limit must be accompanied by spending cuts and reforms that exceed the amount of new borrowing authority.


The Speaker is also expected to resist Obama’s push for another increase in taxes to offset the restoration of spending cuts from sequestration. “As far as we're concerned, the tax issue is off the table,” the Boehner aide said.


Conservatives, however, are likely to want even more.


“I’m looking for dramatic and drastic spending reductions,” Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) said Wednesday.


The influential editorial page of the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday urged Boehner to “from now on cease all backdoor negotiations and pursue regular legislative order.” Linking to the article, a top adviser to Boehner posted on Twitter: “That’s the plan.”


Another aide cautioned that Boehner is not cutting off all contact with the president. "It doesn't mean the Speaker isn't going to meet with the president or talk to the president" when appropriate, the aide said.


Duncan said he was encouraged by Boehner’s commitment in recent days to return to “regular order,” saying it was imperative that the House not simply accept bills driven by Democrats in the White House and the Senate.

If anything, the sudden change in Boehner's MO will simply mean that it will be more complicated to mask the fact that when it comes to spending and deficits, the two parties are really one. But if it does indeed lead to more openness and transparency at least the myth of a more democratic process may return for a few more weeks.

It will also make the next season of Congressional theater, that which picks up in 2013 with a focus on the Debt Ceiling where the 2012 Fiscal Cliff season left off, that much more exciting and dramatic. Just as intended.

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Dingleberry's picture

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you, the savior and heir-apparent of a new and improved Republican party.....Gov. Christie.

Dingleberry's picture

Leave Christie alone.

He's been edgy ever since Hostess went bankrupt.

Stoploss's picture

Mr. Christie.


Get off your fat ass, stop whining, and go around the fucking government.

Is it just YOU that has not figured out there is NO RULE OF LAW IN GOVERNMENT??


Real leaders have a way of getting things done.

We don't have any out of over 580 who reside on that side of the toilet.

Good luck.

Growing a pair might help you as well.

jerry_theking_lawler's picture

Fuck Chris Christie and fuck the Krispy Kreme that Chris Christie wants to 'bail out'....

ball-and-chain's picture

Christie's a fat blow-hard.

He's all for austerity until it threatens his re-election.

Now he's got his nose up Obama's ass.

What a cooze.

Go Tribe's picture

 Crisco's a fucking Nazi.

samcontrol's picture

Any voyeur out there want to take my bet that this fat guy is the next president...wake me up in 4 years.

Pool Shark's picture



Wah!!! Wah!!! Gimme Money!!!

Christie has transformed into an example of what is destroying this nation:  GIMME, GIMME, GIMME!!! If you have a problem, somebody ELSE owes you money.

Hey Governor; how about we let the burden of Sandy fall squarely on those who chose to build/live on the beachfront, m'kay?


I think I need to buy a gun's picture

rebuild them bigger and better,,,,damn you hit that one right on the head,,,,they can all take their homes value increase and rely on taxpayers for any failure,,,,,bailout nation we need a good wakeup call with all these free lunches handed out

buzzsaw99's picture

let's ask bloomturd what he thinks of christie's weight. i'm guessing there is an empty big gulp and twinkie wrapper somewhere in the new jersey governor's mansion.

markovchainey's picture

I bet there's an empty big gulp and twinkie wrapper stuck somewhere in that whale's sweaty flesh folds...'s picture


Not Yours To Give


Col. David Crockett
U.S. Representative from Tennessee

Originally published in "The Life of Colonel David Crockett," by Edward Sylvester Ellis


" ‘I admit the truth of all you say, but there must be some mistake. Though I live in the backwoods and seldom go from home, I take the papers from Washington and read very carefully all the proceedings of Congress. My papers say you voted for a bill to appropriate $20,000 to some sufferers by fire in Georgetown. Is that true?

"Well my friend; I may as well own up. You have got me there. But certainly nobody will complain that a great and rich country like ours should give the insignificant sum of $20,000 to relieve its suffering women and children, particularly with a full and overflowing treasury, and I am sure, if you had been there, you would have done just the same as I did.’

"It is not the amount, Colonel, that I complain of; it is the principle. In the first place, the government ought to have in the Treasury no more than enough for its legitimate purposes. But that has nothing with the question. The power of collecting and disbursing money at pleasure is the most dangerous power that can be entrusted to man, particularly under our system of collecting revenue by a tariff, which reaches every man in the country, no matter how poor he may be, and the poorer he is the more he pays in proportion to his means.

"The congressmen chose to keep their own money, which, if reports be true, some of them spend not very creditably; and the people about Washington, no doubt, applauded you for relieving them from necessity of giving what was not yours to give. The people have delegated to Congress, by the Constitution, the power to do certain things. To do these, it is authorized to collect and pay moneys, and for nothing else. Everything beyond this is usurpation, and a violation of the Constitution.’

"’So you see, Colonel, you have violated the Constitution in what I consider a vital point. It is a precedent fraught with danger to the country, for when Congress once begins to stretch its power beyond the limits of the Constitution, there is no limit to it, and no security for the people. I have no doubt you acted honestly, but that does not make it any better, except as far as you are personally concerned, and you see that I cannot vote for you.’


NotApplicable's picture

But... but... Christie said that this is a basic function of government!

Salon's picture

I cant believe how soft and selfish and irresponsible our people have become. They dont give a shit about liberty and personal responsibility any more.

NotApplicable's picture

Once honest money is destroyed, all other honest facets of life become unsustainable, as honest people cannot compete with institutionalized criminality. Bill Black has made this painfully obvious.

lakecity55's picture

Dammit, it's because commies don't teach our kidz about Crockett or Jackson or Houston or Madison or Adams or Franklin...

Except to call them racists, homophobes, rich and evil.

Fuckers. I hate those gay fucking bastards.

If we kill the commies, (or Statists, since u can throw fascists in there too) we can get back to Recovery.

If we don't want to kill them, put them in a zoo and show kids they do not want to emulate them. Throw an MRE over the fence once a week.

silverserfer's picture

David Crockett also lived in a time before the FED. Money was real back then and $20K was a hefty pile of gold or redemable gold certificates. Were printing funny money now on debt that is primarily owned by the wealthy to the wealthy. If we all know that the National debt will eventualy be defaulted then why are so many here acting as if we were still using real money?'s picture

I am required to pay taxes in FRNs for which I must perform real labor.

yellowsub's picture

NJ can pay for this by busting the public unions and their entitlement...

mayhem_korner's picture



Payback for the campaign-ramping photo-ops with Barry.

Bad Attitude's picture

What little bit of respect I had for Christie evaporated when I saw him walking hand-in-hand with Dear Leader on the beach.

Besides, Christie got all kinds of promises from Dear Leader, and then gushed about how wonderful Dear Leader was. So, why the hell is Christie pissed at Boehner when it was Dear Leader who promiseed assistance to Christie?

rodocostarica's picture

fxxk off fat boy. You should have gotten the pledge from the kenyan when you were kissing him.

Dr. No's picture

Well, the only surprise is how Boehner lasted this long. One only needs to view his tearful plead to pass TARP to know this guy gets schooled in the Kindergarten play circle.

Salon's picture

Boehner needs to be booted from the speakership.

Goddamn alcoholic faggot.

PLira's picture

Goddamit Salon, Boehner's not an alcoholic. To be an Alcoholic one has had to go to meetings.

He is a drunkard and a sloth and, for you to place him in my category is sir, the foulest insult of all. Although I'm not a faggot, I am deeply insulted Sir.

Where's my Gin and Tonic dammit...

km4's picture

I say let's give fatass Chris Christie a FREE lifetime supply of funnel cakes 

Catullus's picture

Fuck New Jersey.  He's asking for as much money as Louisiana got for a storm that knocked out power for a week and displace over 7,000!!!! people (Katrina was over 2 million displaced for months).

This fat fuck just wants to redo the NJT.  Go fuck yourself.

solgundy's picture

when you've said "fatass Chris Christie", you've said it all

km4's picture

Fatass Christie requested $60B in Sandy aid for NJ alone so plenty of pork and pad here

BTW as of early 2011 Unfunded N.J. pension liability grows to $53.9B

What is fatass Christie doing about this ?


cougar_w's picture

"What is fatass Christie doing about this ?"

Duh. He's lobbying for $60B in Sandy aid.

Don't say the guy didn't have a plan.

larz's picture

Oh dear we're all gonna die!

stiler's picture

Christie and the other Republicrat from NY showed themselves to be big gov. The days of getting big Fed payouts for disasters are over. Take care of yourselves, NJ/NY, cause the Feds aren't gonna do it. These disasters are only going to get worse. Where's the Cathoilc church w/ all their $$? Churches ought to help out. It's not so much about money.

TheMayor's picture

I guess we can cross him off the list of candidates to be President.

The guy is a loose cannon, there is plenty of money until like April, there isn't any rush.

Very much not being a team player, you think the folks in DC had some bigger issues to deal with?

Get a grip CC. 


grunk's picture

Get it from Springsteen, you jackass.

Ring up Corzine. We all know he has some money.

Freddie's picture

I once heard Christie on the web interviewed (I don't watch Obama TV).  Christie fawned about how he had seen Springsteen in concert (literally) hundreds of times.  What a douche bag.  

Maybe if had a skipped a few hundred Spingsteen concerts and walked on a treadmill or around the park - he would not be a cardiac arrest waiting to happen.   F off fat boy! 

rodocostarica's picture

Hey Freddie, You got that link about Christie and Springsteen? that would be cool to see. Am watching less Tv due to your influence. Most of the shit you can get on the web.

Freddie's picture


I am not sure if this was it.  This article said Christie has seen Springsteen in concert 130 times!  I thought it was more.   The guy is a moron. 

Sadly - Christie is probably better than 99% of the politicians in NJ.   The Dems have a mummy in the Senate in NJ.  Their other Dem Senator is a cheapskate Cuban who has sex with underaged girls and then does not pay them.  So I guess he is a rapist.

NotApplicable's picture

In NJ, seeing Springsteen is analgous to going to church.

They actually considered making "Born to Run" the official state theme song! LOL

Freddie's picture

So going to see Bon Jovi is like going to an AA meeting?

I actually liked South Side Johnny a little because he is not an arse and is pro-gun.  He played the shore the same time that swine illiterate Bruce was playing dives in Asbury Park.

F'ing Bruce singing about some fictional steel plant closing up in Seaside, NJ - all the locals guys could never find good union work again.  Obviously, no one sets up a steel plant down on the shore but Bruce never graduated from high school.

Taffy Lewis's picture

Freddie, you've been on a total roll as of late. My hat's off to you. What is it, you're getting good, non-stomped-on blow? :-)

zorba THE GREEK's picture

Speaking of anti-boner, I just saw a picture of Hilary leaving a hospital.

Note to Bill: You are going to have to hit her on the head a lot harder

next time if you want to get rid of that witch.

Freddie's picture

Hillary is doing everything she can to avoid testifying over Behngazi.  The GOP knows what really happened and Obama should be impeached over that and fast and Furious.  Sadly they are cowards.l  

NotApplicable's picture

Cowards? The word you're searching for is "complicit."

Would've also accepted "compromised." But then, that goes without saying.

lakecity55's picture

Yes, but now she has a doctor's note that her memory is fucked up.

fourchan's picture


oink oink

lunaticfringe's picture

Geezus, I kind of like the guy. Down arrow away.

j0nx's picture

Payback for him all but blowing Obama after sandy rolled through. Christie is pretty much single handidly to blame for 4 more years of the bungler. Let him call his pal in Hawaii to have him ask his buds on Wall Street to float jersey a loan for the repairs. I hear they are good for it. Why should the rest of America pick up the tab on a bunch of mostly annoying fucks with obnoxious accents that primarily vote for democrats anyway? Decisions got consequences bitches and payback is a mofo. Maybe boner can tell Christie to go fuck himself like he did with Reid. That's about the only thing boner ever did that I approve of.

lakecity55's picture

Hey, Fat Boy, I hope Barry's Dick tasted good, 'cause that's all yer gonna get.

He got his hero of hurricane photos and u got rolled.