May 3, 2015 9:00 am -


Chris Christie’s team is mobilizing to try to save his chance to run for president.

Mr. Christie himself, joined by top aides, reached out to longtime financial supporters, like the billionaires Kenneth Langone and Stanley Druckenmiller, to talk through what he saw as the limited scope of the indictment.

And Mr. Christie’s political action committee emailed talking points for loyal backers to deliver to the news media, framing the guilty plea of David Wildstein, a former Christie ally, and the indictment of the governor’s former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, and his appointee, Bill Baroni, as a moment of vindication.

“Key messages,” the talking points read. “Today’s announcement reinforces what the governor has said since Day 1.” Mr. Christie, they said, “had no knowledge or involvement in the planning, motivation, authorization or execution of the decision to realign lanes on the George Washington Bridge.”

In call after call, they squeezed whatever optimism they could from an ugly day, calling the legal charges the “best possible outcome in a bad situation.”But amid the bustle, there was an absorption of a new reality for the governor and those closest to him: that his bid for the White House seems increasingly far-fetched. A political team long characterized by its self-assuredness now sounds strikingly subdued, sobered and, realistic about his odds.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

35 responses to Christie Team Trying To Salvage White House Bid

  1. Hirightnow May 3rd, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Easy solution:
    Die, reincarnate until you’ve sloughed off your negative karma, then run.
    Christie/VP-bot 5000 2724!

  2. Mainah May 3rd, 2015 at 9:34 am

    I guess he’s regretting gastric bypass now. LOL

    • arc99 May 3rd, 2015 at 11:04 am

      No one regrets getting a gastric bypass.

      I do know that lots of people get pissed off at fat jokes.

      Inluding me.


      (Not Laughing At All)

      • Mainah May 3rd, 2015 at 11:21 am

        My neighbor did. Caused her nothing but health problems. We joke about our weight all the time. Not as skinny as I use to be, but I don’t think what I said was bad. If you’re offended, then I apologize.

        • Kick Frenzy May 3rd, 2015 at 4:58 pm

          I’m with arc.
          It’s not that you made a horrible fat joke, in fact it’d be funny if it weren’t about a politician.

          Making fat jokes about Christie only cheapens the legitimate complaints about him.
          Just like jokes about Lindsey Graham being in the closet or whatever.
          Plus, those jokes can also come across as belittling those who are overweight or in the LGBTQommunity or whatever.

          I’m not trying to point my finger at you or anything, just explaining why arc and I and others don’t like those types of jokes about politicians.
          (Don’t worry, you can still refer to McConnell as a turtle.) 😉

          • Mainah May 3rd, 2015 at 5:28 pm

            My point was that I believed he got the bypass in order to run. Look at my comments, they’re open. I’ve never made fun of his weight.

          • Kick Frenzy May 3rd, 2015 at 6:08 pm

            Tis true… and I can easily see how that would be what you meant.
            Also… that IS funny. 😉

          • Mainah May 3rd, 2015 at 5:31 pm

            Oh, and again … I apologized. In no way would I want to deliberately hurt someone’s feelings.

          • Kick Frenzy May 3rd, 2015 at 6:09 pm

            Right on… as I was saying, I wasn’t trying to be all “grr grr” and in your face, it was just a fitting place to explain what the issue would be with fat jokes.
            (Not that you told one.)

          • Mainah May 3rd, 2015 at 6:15 pm

            Well, thanks for that. I have a son with autism and I get upset when people use “retard”. So, I guess I should’ve been more careful with my post. Hope arc can forgive me.

          • Kick Frenzy May 3rd, 2015 at 6:32 pm

            Yeah, we (my wife and I) have an aversion to that word as well.
            (Her parents used to be foster parents and some of the kids were developmentally challenged.)

            But, you’re welcome 🙂

          • granpa.usthai May 4th, 2015 at 1:55 am

            oh hell!

            now you know Ms. Lindsey is deserving!

          • Kick Frenzy May 5th, 2015 at 1:57 pm

            I wholeheartedly disagree.
            Any instance of using sexuality or race (or whatever) as a tool to make fun of someone is damaging to the seriousness of our message of equality and anti-bullying.

            When someone makes fun of Lindsey for being effeminate, they aren’t just attacking him… they’re attacking the LGBTQommunity at the same time.
            It encourages disparaging remarks and thoughts against that community and makes their fight for equality a challenge from even those who say they’re on their side.

            And I refuse to lower myself to their level of cruelty.

      • granpa.usthai May 4th, 2015 at 1:54 am

        fat people are cool. (except maybe for the lost woman? in Alaska with the Horrid DU).

        liked Christie back when he was all excited, struting about with zip and zing.

        Then the closing bridge crime, self inflicting diet for impressions only, people like Obie, Granpa Wil and myself that kept the faults flaring…

        the important thing is to be yourself

        jokes (hell, look at that Rickles twerp) and all!

  3. StoneyCurtisll May 3rd, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Crisp Cristie’s Campaign song..
    I’m a Loser…

  4. William May 3rd, 2015 at 9:53 am

    “Christie Team Trying To Salvage White House Bid”
    Please no. For the love of God PLEASE NO.
    White House kitchen staff.

    • Mainah May 3rd, 2015 at 10:03 am


    • Budda May 3rd, 2015 at 10:41 am

      He’s toast

      • granpa.usthai May 4th, 2015 at 1:34 am

        more like a burned bakery –

        toast is like a thin slice of bread.

    • rg9rts May 3rd, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      No biggie orderout at Olive Garden or any pizzaria

      • granpa.usthai May 4th, 2015 at 1:33 am

        are they really required to serve a governor of New Jersey?

        even if it takes all their “dough’?

        • rg9rts May 4th, 2015 at 3:06 am

          He is probably banned from the all the chinese all you can eat buffets

    • Larry Schmitt May 3rd, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      They’ll just put every fast food and take out joint in a ten mile radius on speed dial.

  5. gdeadfan May 3rd, 2015 at 10:05 am

    when you’re weary, feeling small, when tears are in your eyes….give it up’s water under the bridge

  6. Chris May 3rd, 2015 at 10:14 am

    He’s outflanked by his fellow competitors for the brass ring on the fundamentalist, money, neocon and libertarian fronts. Scandals like this are easy for the man on the street to understand. The GOP loves bullies, but will not tolerate a nagging scandal like this.

    Time to go back to your comfort foods, Christie. It ain’t gonna happen.

  7. alpacadaddy May 3rd, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    The notion that this notorious micro-manager wasn’t involved is ludicrous and so far-fetched that only Faux & Fraud’s viewers might believe it! Christie is a corrupt liar and a bully… it’s high time for HIM to shut up and sit down!

    • rg9rts May 3rd, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      What do you really think of him?? /s

  8. NW10 May 3rd, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    • Larry Schmitt May 3rd, 2015 at 5:57 pm

      Are those the concrete galoshes I’ve heard about? Star Trek, A Piece of the Action.

      • cogitoergodavesum May 4th, 2015 at 9:05 am

        Still not clear on why he’s not being grilled 24/7 on the Sandy relief money scandal.

        • eaglesfanintn May 4th, 2015 at 10:07 am

          Didn’t he also take money for the new tunnel project that he later shut down? I seem to remember the state receiving some money from the feds that was never returned.

    • robert May 3rd, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      dont forget christie now owns 1st place in the home forclosure race.

      Rubio is soooooo jealous

  9. rg9rts May 3rd, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    He can kiss it goodby…wait till his loyal troops are facing hard time…they will sing and the micro manager will go down too

  10. granpa.usthai May 4th, 2015 at 1:29 am

    A bridge to New Jersey still makes more sense than a bridge to nowhere!
    (even if it is closed).


    there’s still a VP slot – if they can convince the greedy bishop that the last name doesn’t have to start with an R

  11. illinoisboy1977 May 4th, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Sorry, Chris! You were the man in the big chair, when state officials decided to violate the law. Even if you had no hand in it, you’re responsible. If one of my employees were to royally screw the pooch, figuratively speaking, my neck would be on the chopping block for allowing it to happen under my nose. This is why people in positions of authority get paid a higher wage. They’re answerable for the misconduct of those under them.