Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wednesday Reads

You can stick a fork in Chris Christie's political career:

There are some who will point to the governor’s early and eager embrace of Trump as the beginning of his political demise (others may point to his wife’s obvious disdain for the man for whom her husband was putting his reputation on the line), but the ongoing trial of Christie aides Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni for their roles in the Bridgegate scandal has revealed a culture of craven and unusually vindictive acts (even for New Jersey pols). The testimonies are devastating to Christie’s political ambitions.

Most damning, two of his top aides* (former Deputy Chief of Staff Kelly and former Port Authority official and one-time Christie henchman, David Wildstein) have now testified under oath that Christie knew of the lane closures—ones that would strand thousands of motorists on the George Washington Bridge—in advance. Prosecutors have maintained that the lanes were closed by Kelly and Baroni as retribution against the mayor of Fort Lee, Mark Sokolich, who refused to endorse Christie during the governor’s reelection campaign, and whose residents were most affected by the obscene traffic delays, (the defense teams have maintained their clients’ innocence against nine charges of corruption and fraud).

More sexist trouble for Trump:

When the cameras weren’t rolling, Trump’s language and comments on the Playboy model would get more graphic.

“I would fuck her, take her now,” another source recalls Trump saying during production, saying that the “marriage/flirting stuff” was also a recurring thing.

“He would say really gross shit about her all the time, sometimes in the boardroom—that he said these things about her was the least surprising thing, really,” the ex-staffer continued. “He would comment all the time saying how ‘incredibly beautiful’ she was, with this ‘gorgeous and perfect body.’ He kept leering after her the whole time she was on for [that 13th] season. She definitely became something of a sexual obsession to him, and everyone could see it… Again, that wasn’t shocking to anyone on the show. At that point, after many years, it was just him being Trump.”

The former staffer commented that Trump’s observations of Roderick’s backside and breasts seemed almost pervasive, a point that was corroborated by colleagues.

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