Christie back to fetching McDonalds for Trump

Christie: “Guilty or not guilty?”; Rabid masses: “GUILTY!”

Donald Trump’s transition chair and almost VP pick, Chris Christie, was finally out of the dog house and given permission to campaign on Trump’s behalf in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania this weekend…that is, until today when two of his top aides were found guilty of all charges in the Bridgegate political scandal.

Now that Christie’s allies were found guilty, don’t the prosecution’s assertions that Christie knew about using government resources for political retaliation have even greater crediblity?

And what does it say about Donald Trump that he’d keep Christie in his inner circle through these allegations of corruption and using taxpayer dollars to settle personal vendettas — especially since Trump previously claimed that Christie “totally knew about it”? One hint as to why Trump has maintained a close friendship with Christie might lie with Christie wiping out $25 million of […]

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Jury Selection Begins In Chris Christie Aides’ Trial

As jury selection begins in Chris Christie’s aides’ Bridgegate trial, you’d forgive the Trump transition chair for being a bit distracted as he takes meetings in D.C. today on behalf of Donald Trump.

With two of his closest advisers accused of orchestrating the George Washington Bridge lane closures, New Jersey’s corrupt and vindictive governor has got to be sweating out the possibility of an indictment to call his own. And there’s no way Christie missed the New York Times report that he’s “expected to be on a list of people who federal prosecutors say knew about the scheme,” so that’s only compounding his nervousness.

To kick off the proceedings, American Bridge is today releasing a new report recapping the scandal from August 13, 2013’s “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” to Christie’s secret emails that came to light in June 2016.

American Bridge Vice President Eddie Vale issued the following statement on the […]

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Oops, Key Trump Adviser “Flat Out Lied” About Bridgegate

Chairman of Donald Trump’s transition team and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie “flat out lied” about his knowledge of senior staff’s involvement in lane closures in Fort Lee, according to private text messages of a former staffer. Recent court filings show a concerned aide knew Governor Christie was being dishonest; and that emails found in discovery “could be bad”.

The truth has never been a high priority for Trump. It’s apparent that the people he’s chosen for high level positions in his campaign also have little regard for the truth. Christie’s politically motivated “traffic problems” were not only an inconvenience, the disruption to emergency vehicles was inherently dangerous. Yet this is the man that Donald Trump has tapped to build his administration.

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Bridgegate Governor A Wounded, Scandal-Ridden Attack Dog

“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”

In a pathetic attempt to distract from his scandal-ridden administration, Chris Christie attempted to go on the attack tonight. Christie is reviled in his own state and his term as governor has been consistently marred by corruption.

The lane closures in Fort Lee were orchestrated by a top Christie appointee at the Port Authority, David Wildstein, and Christie’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Bridget Anne Kelly.

Two other high-ranking Christie appointees at the Port Authority, Bill Baroni and Port Authority Chairman David Samson (who just plead guilty to shaking down airlines for favors), as well as the campaign manager for Christie’s 2013 reelection campaign, Bill Stepien were also implicated in the plot.

Within a week, the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey had launched a criminal investigation into the lane closures. Christie has spent $7.8 million dollars in taxpayer money to defend against the investigation; an […]

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Day Two: “Make America Unemployed Again”

After a year-long fiasco of a campaign with little more sophistication than a third grade student council contest, it’s no surprise that the kick off of the Republican Trump National Convention was another clown car of chaos, featuring a heated rules fight and even some plagiarism. The GOP’s disunity is on full display, instead of “Making American Safe Again,” the theme of the night seemed to be “Make America Isolated Again.”

Day two’s “theme” is “Make America Work Again,” but with Donald Trump at the helm it would be better named “Make America Unemployed Again.” Trump staked his campaign on his financial savvy and business record — a record he built by outsourcing and conning small business owners, single parents, seniors, and everyday working Americans out of their hard-earned money.

In addition to Trump’s unethical deals and sketchy business connections, economists predict that his policies will devastate the American […]

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American Bridge Statement On Tonight’s GOP Debate

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement ontonight’s GOP presidential debate:

“We’ll say it again: No Republican candidate for president is remotely ready to serve as commander-in-chief. Tonight saw candidates call for the bombing of civilians, enthusiastically endorse inhumane torture methods, and even float closing down mosques. Candidates bragged about their attacks on women’s healthcare, doubled-down on disproportionate tax-cuts for the wealthy few, and re-stated their commitment to anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies — making it clear that the GOP remains an exclusionary party beholden to its ultra-wealthy donors.

“And then there’s Marco Rubio. The Rubiobot got stuck on repeat, offering nothing but canned talking points, and still had no answer when challenged on his lack of accomplishments and failure to show up for work. He needed a big night tonight, but a system glitch had him short-circuiting.”

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The GOP’s Crusade To Set Women’s Health Care Back Decades

Rinse and repeat. The GOP field is back to boasting about setting women’s health care back decades. And every candidate remains hell-bent on defunding the number one provider of women’s health care in the country: Planned Parenthood. 
 
From Marco Rubio’s opposition to a woman’s right to choose, even in cases of rape or incest, to Ted Cruz’s support of Personhood, which could ban common forms of birth control, and Donald Trump’s characterization of Planned Parenthood as “an abortion factory,” every single GOP candidate on the stage tonight wants to take personal health care decisions away from women — and they certainly can’t be counted on to fight to protect women’s healthcare rights. That doesn’t play well in a state like New Hampshire, where nearly 50% of Republican primary voters describe themselves as “pro choice.”

In Congress, Republicans have wasted taxpayer dollars on investigations, held countless hearings, and voted time and time to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood.  But […]

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GOP Presidential Field Fails To Offer Real Solutions To New Hampshire’s Growing Drug Crisis

Heroin and opioid abuse has become a crisis across the country – and the problem has become especially acute in New Hampshire. But Granite Staters who were looking for leadership from the GOP on combating drug abuse and addiction are sure to leave tonight’s debate disappointed.

Both Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz voted against an amendment that would have put $17.5 billion toward helping people recover from drug addiction and substance abuse, as well as an amendment that would have increased the federal government’s efforts to combat substance abuse by requiring health care pans to cover more than one addiction treatment drug.

More recently, Cruz has adopted Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant, hateful, and ultimately inadequate solution to the growing drug epidemic: building a wall along the southern border.

With records like these, it’s no wonder that the GOP field was light on specifics tonight. They’ve made it clear that they’re not willing to work to combat the growing […]

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GOP To Working Families: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Republicans teeter between opposing any increase in the $15,000 a U.S. worker receives annually on the minimum wage, and opposing a federal minimum wage entirely. Working parents struggle every day to care for their families, put food on the table, and provide a basic level of comfort for their children. It’s hard enough with the minimum wage’s $7.25-an-hour, but Republicans continue to stand with the Koch brothers and in the way of helping working families by giving them a well-deserved raise.

Here’s what GOP presidential candidates debating tonight have to say about the minimum wage:

Ted Cruz has twice voted against raising the minimum wage. Inexplicably, Cruz has gone so far as to claim that increasing the minimum wage would actually be detrimental to workers, saying, “I think [a wage hike] hurts the most vulnerable.”

Marco Rubio’s admitted that “you can’t live on $11 an hour,” but that didn’t stop him from opposing raising it to $9 an hour and  Read more after the jump.

GOP Tax Plans Make Mitt Romney Look Moderate

The 2016 Republican field has done something we once thought impossible: make Mitt Romney’s tax plan look moderate. GOP tax plans have always favored the wealthiest Americans, but this year, candidates are taking that to a new extreme.

Just how skewed to the rich are the GOP plans?

Marco Rubio is pushing what was once considered a “fringe idea,” ending capital gains and dividend income taxes. Under that plan, Romney wouldn’t pay a dime of federal taxes. Yet, there’s little evidence that cutting capital gains taxes would have a significant economic impact.

Donald Trump would lower the income tax rate for top earners to its lowest level since 1931, while only giving small cuts to lower-income Americans. Over ten years, Trump’s cuts would equal $10 trillion in lost government revenue, and it’s still unclear how he would make up the difference.

Ted Cruz is pushing a regressive flat-tax plan that would increase tax rates for […]

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