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The Christie conundrum

Chris Christie is an illustration of that vanishing political breed—a (sorta) liberal Republican elected in a 'blue' (Democratic) state but able to orchestrate productive action with Democrats. The New Jersey state Senate has 24 Democrats and 16 Republicans. There are 48 Democrats and 32 Republicans serving in the General Assembly.

Photograph courtesy David Shankbone, Wikimedia Commons
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, pictured April 27, 2011 at the 2011 Time 100 gala.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie is either: a vicious, down-and-out bully who, with malice and forethought, sought to punish the mayor of a city who had declined to endorse him for re-election by instigating a massive traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge, creating record-setting congestion in his city. Under the guise of a “traffic survey,” tens of thousands of drivers were stalled, emergency vehicles delayed (perhaps resulting in the death of one individual), and countless gallons of fuel wasted; or a blunt-talking, “tell it as it is” politician betrayed by staff that lied to him about the objectives and consequences of the “traffic survey.” His profuse, profound apology to all concerned, preceded by firing all concerned with creating the traffic jam, demonstrates the true character of the man undone by trusted associates.

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The Christie conundrum

Chris Christie is an illustration of that vanishing political breed—a (sorta) liberal Republican elected in a 'blue' (Democratic) state but able to orchestrate productive action with Democrats. The New Jersey state Senate has 24 Democrats and 16 Republicans. There are 48 Democrats and 32 Republicans serving in the General Assembly.

Photograph courtesy David Shankbone, Wikimedia Commons
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, pictured April 27, 2011 at the 2011 Time 100 gala.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie is either: a vicious, down-and-out bully who, with malice and forethought, sought to punish the mayor of a city who had declined to endorse him for re-election by instigating a massive traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge, creating record-setting congestion in his city. Under the guise of a “traffic survey,” tens of thousands of drivers were stalled, emergency vehicles delayed (perhaps resulting in the death of one individual), and countless gallons of fuel wasted; or a blunt-talking, “tell it as it is” politician betrayed by staff that lied to him about the objectives and consequences of the “traffic survey.” His profuse, profound apology to all concerned, preceded by firing all concerned with creating the traffic jam, demonstrates the true character of the man undone by trusted associates.

  
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Friday, May 22, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Canadian talent centre stage at SOCAN Hill reception May 19, 2015

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The crowd dancing and singing along to Alex Nevsky's performance, in the Aboriginal Peoples Committee room.
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Liberal MP Stéphane Dion, SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, President of the SOCAN Board of Directors Stan Meissner, and SOCAN Chief Quebec Affairs Officer Geneviève Côté, pictured May 12 at the event.
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Conservative MP Gord Brown, chair of the House Canadian Heritage Committee.
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NDP MPs Rathika Sitsabaiesan and Pierre Nantel take a selfie during the concert.
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Canadian performing artist Sarah Slean.
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DFATD Director General Marcel Lebleu, Environics Communications' Louis-Charles Roy, Alex Nevsky, and ESDC's Philippe Bernier-Arcand.
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Back Row: Stéphane Dion, Sarah Slean, Mr. Brown, Eric Baptiste, Pierre Nantel, Stan Meissner, James Cowan. Front Row: Marc Ouellette, Geneviève Côté, Alex Nevsky, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, and Gabriel Gratton.
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Gabriel Gratton, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, and Alex Nevsky performing.
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Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner, SOCAN's Geneviève Côté, and Liberal MP Mark Eyking.
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Sarah Slean and NDP MP Tyrone Benskin.
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Conservative MP Terrence Young, SOCAN's Stan Meissner, and Eric Baptiste.
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Tom Mulcair's current, and former chiefs of staff Alain Gaul and Raoul Gébert, with SOCAN's Eric Baptiste.
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Sen. Cowan, Sarah Slean, and Stan Meissner.
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Environics Communications' Alex Bushell, with NDP MPs Carol Hughes and Djaouida Sellah.
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Alex Nevsky and Environics Communications' Greg MacEachern.

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