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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j0nx's picture

I know for real he got mad rolled by the bamster and he doesn't even know it. And Christie has the nerve to blame his OWN party for this shit. What a joke. Just when you think the guy can't fuck his own party anymore he goes and outdoes himself again. I swear to GOD I'm sick and fucking tired of RINOs. Either be a dem or not be a dem. Stop being a dem in repub clothing.

rodocostarica's picture

Hey fat boy send out the tax folks to collect from all the folks working for cash fixing the places that should never have been built in the first place. You allowed building 20 yards from the beach and you now complain. Sell some bonds and fix it yourself.

Critical Path's picture

This is the age of expecting someone else to have assumed your responsibility, at all levels

Freddie's picture

+1

The retards thought that the NE ocean never gets storms and 20 yards from the ocean was a nice idea.  Barrier islands were there for a reason.

Very shitty construction in the NE too.  The homes are made with pizza boxes or something. Real crap.

 

Critical Path's picture

Objections aside on whether you agree or disagree on the "relief" bill.  I think the major take-away from this is how these clowns just cannot pass up an opportunity to fold in their spending addiction, no matter what the intended bills purpose is for.  I mean, they just cannot help themselves.  What an epic disgrace our political situation has become.  Just when I start to think it cannot get any worse, they prove me wrong.

Zer0head's picture

wait for Thursday and the Speaker vote, that will be a treat and good for the Hill insiders to skin a bit more

Freddie's picture

Cantor and Boner both are a joke.  Two RINOs.

PLira's picture

Don't forget P Ryan. True faux Rethug if i've seen one.

 

HellFish's picture

I'm starting to get a man crush on Feddie.

nobusiness's picture

How does he give great credit to the NJ Senator when nothing was accomplished??? 

HurricaneSeason's picture

The Senator, along with others, "Worked tirelessly" asking for money.

akak's picture

Jersey Snore.

docj's picture

You know, there's a part of me that says "Screw it, we're going bankrupt, but someone keeps sending us new credit cards so I'm going shopping - gonna buy me a big pile of new iCrap, some HD 70" plasma, a massive pron library, the works."

To heck with it. The generation that is most immediately to be screwed by this farce (the 20-somethings) voted in huge numbers to re-elect the taupe messiah, so lube-up, kids. You voted for an eternity of debt-slavery. My generation (the 40-somethings) were too busy doing whatever to stand-up to our parents (the 60-somethings) who inflated this disaster into a full-blown planet-killing plague of debt.

Let it burn.

Cunnial's picture

Reckon he could self-fund half the bill if he stopped eating twinkies... Fat fuck.

TrulyStupid's picture

Who does this guy think he is ..... Netenyahu?

Downtoolong's picture

At least give Christie credit for showing us all again that it's not really about being a Republican, Democrat, Socialist, Communist, or any political party.

It's about money honey. What a surprise.

 

max2205's picture

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"

Damn that's funny!

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

maybe he should have borrowed Frank Marshall Davis jr's amex black card when he was wadling around with him in the post sandy press op in one of his XXXXXL monogrammed gubernatorial fleece coats.

 

the concept of something being "pork filled" isn't always good chrissie.

Bunga Bunga's picture

financial institutions aid = 3.7 trln

steve from virginia's picture

 

 

 

@ Christie:

 

"We need to get this aid package ... to get our economy moving ..."

 

The US borrows because the state cannot, the US must borrow to 'get the economy moving'. It's not just hurricanes, there must be ongoing borrowing to keep the economy from the abyss.

 

Someone needs to tell Gov Christie that at some point ... maybe soon ... there will be no more aid coming, no more borrowing, no more subsidies, no more free money

 

Our economy is an unsupportable burden upon our economy!

 

 

cougar_w's picture

Everyone knows the money will run out shortly. So they will be taking any opportunity to make a grab for $50B or so.

Running up a big bar tab just before you skip town is a hallowed American tradition.

Salon's picture

I am trying to get now while the getting is good.

If I have given up on America I think most other's have too.

walküre's picture

Congress voted for a pay raise, voted for the pork in the bill and voted against paying for a rebuilding effort from Hurricane Sandy.

Interesting. NJ is going to look like shit for years to come. Nobody is going to carry the costs. The state is broke or near broke like the rest. People are not going to invest into rebuilding unless there's some payback down the road.

formadesika3's picture

- ... the good people in congress, and there are good people in congress... - Christie

correction: there was one good person in congress.

I am a Man I am Forty's picture

Come on guys, like all politicians, he is trying to get his tax dollars back from the thieving federal government and is seizing the opportunity with the latest natural disaster.  

conspicio's picture

When Christie isn't busy jerking off to Michele Brown pix he keeps on computer, or visiting the Bristol Myers Squibb wing of his vacation home, he contemplates the politics of "they're not talking about me" and thus, this is what we get.

Screams (or is it squeals...it is always hard to tell through his leather mask with the mouth zipper) for "passing the bill" no matter the content are good for wall to wall coverage for him and his fucktard buddy Pete "Never met a Mooslim I like much" King.

 

Today a publicity whore stooged as a leader and tomorrow...myocardial infarction.

Joebloinvestor's picture

Next time it will be different.

 

 

 

 

 

 

hahahahahahaha

bshirley1968's picture

Christy has a point.  When we start paying for everyone else what excuse do we use to stop.  I don't think they should get any welfare but we have given so much to so many how can we justify stopping now.  Not without a fight anyway.

I don't really understand the problem because I know that 90% of the damage was covered by insurance and probably over insured.  I was in the industry for 12 years and worked the Andrew hurricane.  I personally wrote out a million in a one week period.  I was there for two 4 week stints with a major carrier.  There is plenty of money there to handle this mess.  That is why we have insurance, right?  Christy just wants his fair share.  He figures the other govenors hit the lottery when they got busted with a hurricane so why can't he get his?  I agree with that logic.

If the republicans want to swim with these sharks they had better wise up or they are done.  Hell, they many be done anyway.  The Kenyan from Chicago is here and here to stay.  You can feel the change in his attitude since he won his second term.  He thinks he's a damn king.  It will take more that the wimpy boy Speaker to deal with his crooked ass.  We need someone like Gingrich to step up and have some back bone to tell Idi Amin "NO!" and damn well mean it.  Don't see that happening anytime soon.  This is only going to get uglier.

Freddie's picture

Gingrich is a CFR member with Bill Clinton.  He and Romney were owned by Sheldon Adelson (Las Vegas Sands).   Gingrich was in there to keep Santorum from beating Romney.  Romney stole MI, OH, WI and a few others from Santorum.  The late evening theft was identical to what Obama did to Romney.   It all happened in the cities.

Hussein thinks he is king now.  He can rig any election now.  Allen West might have stood up to the king but they made sure to steal his election.

Dingleberry's picture

"Christy has a point"?  

Look this up:

HYPOCRISY

cameldojo's picture

He's a great Politician. PORC for his constituants, and garnering votes from local dems and repugs alike. Sad that he's revealed himself though. At one time I thought he was different.

strangeglove's picture

Did you see the Unicorn shitting skittles on the flag behind Peter(I mean the Fat Guy). And is that Vodka in the water bottle he is holding?

Salon's picture

Calvin Coolidge said it right.

He denied aid after a Mississippi flood.
It is not the responsibility of the central government.

If states want to form multi state insurance cooperatives in a voluntary manner then by all means go for it.

Salon's picture

I guess to be a great president you have to spend a lot of money and propose lots of new laws.

Element's picture

no more bi-partisanship poppy-seed topped muffins!? ... does he really want to go that far? ... seems a bit harsh ...

efiniti's picture

And not a single tear was shed that day

Seasmoke's picture

Could be payback for the Obama dribble that still on his fat face. Plus I keep telling people the rest of the country he is not only as fat as a RINO, he is a fucking lying RINO.

Christie is a fraud and my gut tells me dirty ( but that's just a guess at the moment. But being NJ, a good guess)

Fix It Again Timmy's picture

Sorry, we're fighting terrorists in Afghanistan to keep the Jersey shore safe, support the troops, stop your bitching and pitch a tent - do your patriotic duty.  Money for shells, not shelter 'cause we're fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them in Sandy Beach....

Seasmoke's picture

I am getting lots of pissed off people walking away from me lately ( which is fine ). I told them this would happen. I told them you know how you only live on a bay and don't like the millionaires on the ocean. Well guess what the people who live in a swamp, a dust bowl and the desert don't like you. That's how it goes. These dopes in NJ are shocked.

yogibear's picture

Obama told Christie to see Boehner. 

 

Freddie's picture

But this is certainly pointing out the major problem with our government in that it is freezing up...or fossilizing.

The major problem with our government or our country is that it is - BANKRUPT

It is over. Pay attention.

keesooi's picture

And when, might I ask, did government ever act for the best of the 'people'?  

Just curious.

Salon's picture

Your kind of thinking is how we got to this point in the first place.

Shizzmoney's picture

Cantor is only helping because he wants the Speaker's Gavel.

Christie on the other hand, I must say, the events of the past 3 months have been setting up nicely for him in terms of being the populist politican for a future 2016 run.  It will be interesting if these comments come back to bite him in the ass from the GOP Establishment (who holds the cash...and thus.....the power).

GMadScientist's picture

Look, dipshit; they loaded up a bill with so much unrelated pork that it was unpassable.

You wanna blame someone, blame the stupid staffers that made that 60B sausage!


grunk's picture

We went from the Fiscal Cliff straight to the Fiscal Beach.

q99x2's picture

No one is going to take care of the states. It is time to secede from D.C.

icanhasbailout's picture

Only a matter of time before Christie moves to ban trans fats and 16 oz. soft drinks.

andrewp111's picture

No he won't. If he banned Trans Fats, how would he get his van load of Krispy Kreme donuts every morning?

icanhasbailout's picture

NJ governors have a long tradition of breaking the laws they push hardest onto the public. Remember Seatbelt Nazi Corzine's 90+mph wipeout on the NJ Turnpike? No seat belt, and a cop for a driver.