The entire country may still be in complete shock as they watched Republicans agree to higher taxes for the wealthy per the fiscal cliff deal, which is like watching Ted Nugent eat tofu. But for the storm-weary residents of New Jersey, it was the same callous and reckless Republican party. And NJ Gov Christie is reaching Bluto-levels of cartoonish rage, only this time it’s directed at the Republican Congress and not some Marine at a town hall or random beach-goer.
During a Press Conference, Christie was one part Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and one part Howard Beale from Network , mercilessly articulating his righteous rage at Washington’s ineffectiveness and complete and utter disregard for the so-called people they represent.
“There is only one group to blame,” Christie said. “The House Majority and John Boehner.”
“Last night, the House Majority failed the basic test of leadership, and they did so with callous disregard to the people of my state,” he said. “It was disappointing and disgusting to watch.”
“Shame on you, shame on Congress.” (Business Insider)
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Christie, who single-handedly derailed the GOP’s crazy train and their cowardly worship of morons with tea bags on their ears and loyalty to shadowy corporate puppet masters in the Koch Brothers when he worked with Obama following Superstorm Sandy, is looking more and more like a beacon of hope for the Republican Party. If the colossal defeat of Mitt Romney proved anything, it’s that the people simply despise the carefully packaged, well-coiffed mannequins and weather girls that politicians are perpetually made to be. But the Governor of the garden state, who this writer has vigorously disagreed with in the past on a wide rage of issues, seems to be a pretty basic guy with principles.
It seems that Christie received a phone called from the prickish, troll-like House majority Leader, Eric Cantor (R-VA) late last night to inform him that the vote had been pulled by the speaker. One can only imagine more obscenities than a Quinton Tarantino film started to fly around at that point, and surely Cantor probably had to briefly set the phone down as he had just awoken the fleeced monster of the Mid-Atlantic. Christie also mentioned calling Speaker Boehner four times but that he would not take his calls. Lord knows Boehner would start weeping like a rejected school girl had he taken that call. It would’ve been the same furor that children often experience when they refuse to check in with their mothers after a lengthy car trip.
“It was the Speaker’s decision — his alone,” Christie said, adding that he tried to reach Boehner four times, but that the Speaker did not take his calls until this morning.
“I won’t get into my conversation with [Boehner], but I will tell you there is no reason to believe anything they tell me.“ (Business Insider)
NJ Democratic Congressman Frank Pallone Jr., whose district covers a lot of the beach-area towns devastated by Hurricane Sandy, also heavily criticized the move. Pallone blamed Tea Party republicans who were reluctant to approve new spending following their capitulation on taxes as part of the fiscal cliff deal. He said the move was “deplorable.”
Perhaps House Speaker Boehner can take a ride on the Star Jet roller coaster in Seaside, NJ. But wait–the iconic roller coaster is submerged into the freaking Atlantic Ocean! On second thought, maybe he should but hopefully he doesn’t bring a snorkel. And perhaps these so-called fiscal hawks and warriors of sound monetary policy could visit the working class town of Union Beach, which was hit incredibly hard by Superstorm Sandy and more than 150 resident’s homes had to be demolished due to massive structural damage. Oh that’s right–these so-called fiscal conservatives were too busy working on renaming buildings after Neil Armstrong, which of course is what the entire country, particularly NY and NJ, have been clamoring for. I thought I would sooner find a unicorn and Aphrodite’s magic girdle in my garage than ever agreeing with Rep. Peter King (R-NY), but perhaps all these Republicans can stop cynically using New York and New Jersey’s vast wealth and power when they need to build up their campaign war chests. Maybe it’s because their heads are so far up their own asses when not up the Koch brothers, but New Jersey is more than just an ATM state; it has decent, tax-paying and law-abiding citizens that experienced personal loss and financial ruin. In short, do not piss off NY and NJ. Heck, you drive too slow on the Parkway and we do a Bruce Banner/Hulk transformation.
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