It’s apparently okay to lie if you are trying to win election in a blue state like New Jersey, at least Geraldo Rivera thinks so.
Christie lied to squash every point Marco Rubio made and the travesty is that everything Christie said was a lie or a distortion, yet Bill O’Reilly and Geraldo Rivera want him as VP.
During the debate, Chris Christie countered Rubio’s claim that he supported Sonia Sotomayor. He said that he never supported Sotomayor, he merely said she deserved an up-or-down vote.
However, as Megyn Kelly posted out on her show last night, he specifically said, “I support her,” and said the appointment was an inspiring moment for Latinos and all Americans.
In 2009, Christie said:
After watching and listening to Judge Sotomayor’s performance at the confirmation hearings this week, I am confident that she is qualified for the position of Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court…. While Judge Sotomayor would not have been my choice, President Obama has used his opportunity to fill a seat on the Supreme Court by choosing a nominee who has more than proven her capability, competence and ability. I support her appointment to the Supreme Court and urge the Senate to keep politics out of the process and confirm her nomination.
Christie said on Kelly’s show last night that it was indeed an inspiring success story, but it doesn’t mean he would have appointed her or that he agrees with her views.
As for Rubio’s claim that he made a donation to Planned Parenthood, Christie explained that a quote of his was taken out of context. He said that he had asserted that organizations like Planned Parenthood should be supported by private donations, not public funds.
“I support Planned Parenthood privately with my personal contribution and that should be the goal of any such agency, to find private donations,” Christie said in 1994, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.
That quote, he said, was twisted to make it appear that he said he personally and financially supported Planned Parenthood.
Jennifer Ruben was the notetaker and there are other quotes like it.
Planned Parenthood was touting their mammograms and all the good they do women so I could understand the donation, but don’t lie about it.
For the last six years, however, he has vetoed funding Planned Parenthood and for the last six years, he has had presidential aspirations.
How do you take this out of context. He suggested Rubio was lying and he clearly wasn’t. Even if it’s not what he meant, Christie should have said it was taken out of context, but he didn’t, he said he flat out never did.
Megyn asked him about proposing a statewide .50 caliber assault rifle ban as New Jersey governor, then later reversing course and vetoing that exact same bill.
I should add here that a .50 caliber weapon is very large and I could see someone wanting to ban it, but don’t lie about it.
Christie explained he was head of a commission who sent him recommendations on gun control, which he forwarded to the New Jersey legislature.
He said that the legislature then took the gun control measures too far and were talking of not just banning assault rifles, but confiscating legally owned weapons. That’s why he decided to veto the bill.
Christie proposed the ban in the wake of Sandy Hook and only saw the ban as a problem when the legislature beefed it up. He was never against banning .50 calibre weapons. Perhaps he saw it as hurting his presidential chances and changed his mind. His comment has to be taken in context of his penchant for other strict gun controls.
Governor Christie has been strict on gun control and until 2013, he modeled his controls after Governor Cuomo’s.
The original press release still available on the Governor’s website, Christie’s office seemed pretty proud of New Jersey’s already strict gun laws: “Building on New Jersey’s already strong guns laws that rank among the toughest in the country, Governor Chris Christie has a comprehensive and responsible action plan to help reduce gun violence,” the release reads.
“Governor Christie’s plan to responsibly expand New Jersey’s strict gun control measures includes: Banning future purchases of the Barrett .50 Caliber (New Jersey law would ban any weapon that is substantially identical to the Barrett .50 Caliber),” it continues. It also brags that New Jersey was “one of only seven states with a ban on assault weapons” and had “the third strictest magazine capacity laws in the country.”
Christie was very supportive of Common Core before he wasn’t.
“I like Chris Christie, but we can not afford to have a president of the United States that supports Common Core,” Rubio said on the main stage.
Christie refuted that: “Common Core has been eliminated in New Jersey.”
According to NJ.com, earlier this week, the panel charged with reviewing the standards recommended that 84 percent of them remain in place, with slight revisions to the rest. Common Core, the news site reported, does “still have a place in New Jersey classrooms.”
After voluntarily adopting it in 2010. “We’re doing Common Core in New Jersey and we’re going to continue. And this is one of those areas where I’ve agreed more with the president than not,” he told a Las Vegas school summit in August 2013.
During that speech, he derided members of Congress who were distancing themselves from Common Core,
“Part of the problem in Congress right now, on both sides of the aisle, is that folks care more about their primaries than they care about anything else,” he said during the speech.
He backed off months later.
He attacked Rubio Thursday night and let the viewers think Rubio was wrong on all of it, perhaps even lying but Rubio was accurate on every point he made.
Christie has a history as a left-leaning politician. He should run as a Democrat.
Christie said during the debate this is the difference of being a governor – “you’re held accountable for everything you do.” I guess we should hold him accountable.
Listen to the exchange [I apologize for the ad, I don’t make money on it and have no choice. Pick the blue truck, it’s half as long].
Eric Bolling is terrific. He said “Chris Christie had a great debate” and would have ranked him in the top “except he lied about everything he said.”
Geraldo said, “He’s running in a blue state…for goodness sake…he’s running in a blue state.”
It’s okay to lie if you’re a politician from New Jersey???
O’Reilly claimed he tried to vet these things but “it’s a grey area.” Doesn’t look all that grey. Christie lied. O’Reilly thinks he should be VP so they can win New Jersey but Christie only has 30% approval in New Jersey.
The ticket doesn’t need a Northeasterner, as O’Reilly claims, since Trump is from New York. It needs a woman or a Hispanic.
Watch Bolling and Geraldo: