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Drain the Swamp: Trump banishes Chris Christie from inner circle

Monday, November 14, 2016 8:57
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I don’t like NJ governor Chris Christie.

Remember his speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention, the one that supposedly was Christie’s endorsement of Mitt Romney? The self-serving Christie made his speech mostly all about Christie.

Remember Christie’s Bridgegate?

From September 9 through September 13, 2013, two of the three traffic lanes in Fort Lee, NJ, leading to the George Washington Bridge and New York City were closed on orders from the Christie administration appointee. The lane closures in the morning rush hour resulted in massive traffic back-ups on the local streets for five days. It is believed that the lane closure was Christie exacting payback against Fort Lee mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat, for not supporting Christie in the 2013 gubernatorial election.

On November 4, 2016, a federal jury convicted former high-ranking Chris Christie government officials Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly on all counts for their involvement in Bridgegate. Baroni and Kelly may be sentenced to more than 20 years in jail.

Admittedly, when Trump was shunned by GOP elites, Christie was one of the few who endorsed Trump. Pricing loyalty, Trump made Christie part of his inner circle of advisers and thanked him publicly in Trump’s victory speech, along with other bigwigs — former NY governor, mayor and attorney general Rudy Giuliani, Dr. Ben Carson, Gen. Mike Flynn, and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

Trump does not forget his friends. Already, it is announced that Priebus will be Trump’s White House Chief of Staff, while the rumor is that Giuliani will be U.S. Attorney General and head of the DOJ — which is good news for those of us who want to see justice served with “lock her up”.

But Chris Christie is banished.

Isabel Vincent and Aaron Short report for the New York Post, Nov. 13, 2016:

President-elect Donald Trump is so disgusted with Chris Christie’s handling of the Bridgegate scandal that he’s kicking the New Jersey governor out of his inner circle, The Post has learned.

Trump thought it was shameful that Christie didn’t take the fall for [convicted aide] Bridget Kelly,” said a source close to the transition team. “Trump is really angry that Christie is sending a soccer mom to jail. He believes 100 percent that Christie was behind it all.” […]

Kelly [had] testified that Christie knew of the shutdown of several lanes of traffic, a charge Christie has repeatedly denied.

The former aides could face more than 20 years in jail.

Trump really doesn’t like it when married women with kids get hurt in politics,” said the source. “Trump was pretty disgusted with Christie.”

Christie’s failure to take responsibility for Bridgegate was the final straw in an already eroding relationship, said a second source, who is close to the Trump campaign.

“She was a factor in the decision because Trump didn’t like seeing her crying,” the source said.

When Christie again denied all responsibility for Bridgegate in an interview with Charlie Rose on Monday, Trump’s frustration grew, the source said.

Tensions had been building for weeks between the two men, with some Trump insiders questioning Christie’s loyalty in the last month of the campaign, when it looked like Trump would lose.

Christie canceled appearances on Sunday shows after the Access Hollywood video of Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women was leaked on Oct. 7, the source said. He also failed to attend the second debate, and canceled campaigning with Trump in the last weekend of the race, the source said.

Christie was formally pushed aside Friday as chair of Trump’s transition team and the job given to Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Tech billionaire and loyal Trump supporter Peter Thiel, also added to the team Friday, will have a leadership role, the first source told The Post. Christie retains a token title of vice chair but no real role going forward, sources said.

Christie will now likely focus on what job he can get for himself in a new Trump administration. But a third source said the Trump team views him as virtually “unconfirmable” for a Cabinet-level post.

“They want to drain the swamp, and having Christie there is just plugging it up,” the source said. “He was tolerated in the past because he was viewed as a kind of nice Tony Soprano. But now that Trump is the president-elect those days are over.”

Some close to Trump regarded the New Jersey governor as “a stupid thug who really needed to go,” the transition-team source told The Post.

But Christie said in a statement Friday: “I am proud to have run the pre-election phase of the transition team along with a thoroughly professional and dedicated team of people. I want to thank President-elect Trump for the opportunity to continue to help lead in this next phase.”

Good call, Donald Trump!

Please keep draining the swamp!

~Eowyn

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