Christie's Childhood Cop Friend Toured GWB Lane Closures, Report Says

Lt. Thomas 'Chip' Michaels grew up with governor in Livingston and examined traffic impact of lane closures with David Wildstein.

A Port Authority police lieutenant who grew up in Livingston with Gov. Chris Christie toured the George Washington Bridge with David Wildstein the first morning of the lane closures, according to an MSNBC report.

Lt. Thomas "Chip" Michaels examined the impact of the lane closures with Wildstein on Sept. 9 and sent text messages to update the former Port Authority executive of the traffic congestion, the report said.

Michaels grew up in Livingston with Christie and Wildstein, and coached the governor's son in youth hockey, MSNBC reported. Michaels' brother, Jeffrey, is a top Republican lobbyist also with close ties to Christie, the report said.
Ridgewood Mom March 02, 2014 at 10:14 AM
Chris Christie's childhood cop friend tourr... BENGHAZI! Haha!
Ridgewood Mom March 02, 2014 at 10:15 AM
I take it George was being facetious.
Ottmar Pak March 02, 2014 at 11:19 AM
@ Al. Let me intellectually explain the difference between Benghazi and Bridghazi. When Hilary said "what difference does it make?" she meant - we cannot get their lives back, so we need to learn how we can do better to possibly avoid a recurrence in our country's future. She didn't say, 'yeah, but you guys suck - remember Beirut and the many more incidents under Republican presidents.' When Susan Rice appeared on Meet The Press, her talking points were not altered - they were the facts as she knew them at the time. This has been confirmed. So, with no evidence of wrongdoing, Issa and the GOP railroaded her career. So much for waiting for the facts. Further, the incident in no way suggests that Obama's administration was trying to hurt anyone, like CC's administration has been proven to. S o if his administration is dangerous, it is only reasonable to find out - as we are seeing - what other abuses of power are going on. You can complain about the ongoing investigation, but at least MSNBC has not prematurely labeled CC guilty, like Faux Noise does with Obama on non-existent scandals. Again, firing people is NOT taking responsibility. It is passing the buck.
Curious George March 02, 2014 at 01:06 PM
Firing people without even asking them what or why they did what they did is not only passing the buck, it is irresponsible not to ask and try and get the facts...UNLESS he already knew the facts and didn't want to hear them. It is always the sign of a losing argument when the other person changes the subject and tries to make his/her alternative argument an unrelated issue...
Hugh March 02, 2014 at 01:59 PM
Obama calling out the SCOTUS while they sat, unable to reply, invited guests of the Congress was rude and unmannerly- small ball. Citizen's United has become a whipping boy for the Left. Has anyone hear bothered to read the opinion? Talk about closed minded.
Ridgewood Mom March 02, 2014 at 02:56 PM
Hugh, this is a discussion about how Chris Christie's childhood friend toured the GWB lane closures. It is not a discussion about how much you hate the president. You have already told us how you feel about non-white people. Speaking of which, did you know that president Obama's ancestors built this country because, as per your criterion, they were white people who fought in the revolutionary war. http://tinyurl.com/jvmbfpy
Ridgewood Mom March 02, 2014 at 03:09 PM
Back to the topic. BREAKING THIS MORNING ---> Top Christie Port Authority appointees devised toll-hike plan to bolster image of NJ, NY governors (The Record) http://tinyurl.com/lrd8aol // Port Authority officials: Battle over toll hikes was all for show (Star Ledger) http://tinyurl.com/llcde47
Hugh March 02, 2014 at 03:14 PM
Typical lefty creep calling names. Obama's white ancestors were slave owning crackers, and his black ancestors were slave dealing Muslims. What you don't know would fill the Hudson. Obama violated the federal layoff notification law to help with the 2012 election- aren't you just outraged?
Al Beronio March 02, 2014 at 03:39 PM
Ottmar, surely you jest! "Taking responsibility" does not mean, "yeah, I did it, so what?". In any other occupation, company, "taking responsibility" carries with it certain consequences. What consequences have we seen from this administration over any of these things that are still unresolved....IRS, Benghazi, NSA, etc.?
Ridgewood Mom March 02, 2014 at 03:40 PM
Crackers? Not nice word, that. Who's calling names here, Hugh? But are you saying that this country was built, in part, on the backs of African slaves? I had thought that you said that white people built this country. I remember that you qualified that later by specifying English people as the sole creators. Say, I understand that Chris Christie's father was Scottish and Irish and that his mother was Sicilian. Do you think that his ancestors built this country the way that yours and Barack Obama's did?
Spooner March 02, 2014 at 03:51 PM
@Ridgewood Mom- I think the link you posted above is:http://www.northjersey.com/news/Christie_appointees_at_Port_Authority_led_a_secret_toll-hike_push.html
Spooner March 02, 2014 at 03:55 PM
@Al- according to Issa today, Lois Lerner will testify on Wednesday...
Hugh March 02, 2014 at 07:09 PM
If the English turned left and the Spanish turned right, South America would be rich, democratic and free, and North America would be the source of tens of millions desperate to get across Mexico and into South America. Why is is so important to deny the obvious origins of the American nation? Multiculturalism is based on false premises. "Crackers," yep that's what Dunhams people were. Slave driving Democrats. The only reaason "Bridgegate" is a big story is that Christie was doing well in early polls versus madame Hillary.
Curious George March 02, 2014 at 07:31 PM
Hey guys, maybe it's time to wrap this up unless we're trying for a Guiness Book of Records notation or something. Hugh's comments are not worth wasting anymore time on. He's rooted in the bedrock of bigotry that will never change regardless of what arguments are posted...As for me...I'm done...It's been fun.
Spooner March 02, 2014 at 10:30 PM
Hey 'Hugh'- like George said:"your a bigot" Yes I read and re-read Citizens United. . .an it's an unmitigated joke to put it lightly. To go into a dissertation for you on the opinion would serve what purpose! Now I don't agree with a number of things regarding Obama , but there I would get up and applaud him. You know for an intelligent guy you lack mathematical relationalism. The IRS investigation related. Benghazi related. Voter suppression related. Obama being black, tangentially if not directly related. Etc, etc, etc, etc, etc...
Hugh March 03, 2014 at 12:26 PM
Weak minded and uneducated poltroons always resort to name calling. To begin with it's "you're" for you are. You claim to have read Kennedy's opinion, yet you dismiss it as a joke. More evidence of your imbecility. Yeah, it's all about Obama being half black. That's why Putin just scraped him off his shoe. "mathematical relationalism?" Wow, that just doesn't add up. It is very clear that all ofyou who support the far Left claptrap suffer from a severe deficit in your education. You just don't know enough about the American government, history, international relations or politcal philosophy to have an intelligible, never mind intelligent, exchange. Yes, I'm a bigot. I hate the stupidity that is destroying the future of the greatest system ever devised for securing the peace and happiness of the common man. You are selling out your heritage of liberty for a witch's brew of racialism, socialism and nihilism. What you don't know will hurt you. Each and every one of you espousing the current Democratic dogma has absorbed the package of attitudes and assumptions and regurgitates the catchphrases on cue. You are well drilled drones performing your the chorus of your claque on cue: "Citizens United, War on Women, Voter Suppression, 1%, Income Inequality, Racism, Bigotry, Republican Obstructionism- and, of course, Bridgegate." You wonder that we think you're LowFos? Goodybye, and keep up the hate.
BellairBerdan March 03, 2014 at 12:48 PM
"Weak minded and uneducated poltroons always resort to name calling." 'Nuff said.
Spooner March 03, 2014 at 02:45 PM
@Hugh- I'm laughing away reading your diatribe. . .you can't be serious! Kennedy; let me tell you something, the reason Roberts threw that opinion in his lap was because it any of other conservatives had written it, there would have been mayhem and perceived pure political partisanship of the Court. Better to have the swing voter write it. The best part of that opinion is how they kept referring to the Founding Fathers. . . putting words in their mouths that they never uttered. Washington and Madison were opposed to "factionalism" Citizen United just poured more fuel on the fire and put another nail in the coffin for their hopes and aspirations for America... What BS!
Al Beronio March 03, 2014 at 03:57 PM
I thought the moderators of this opinion box had driven a stake through the heart of it...but I still get notices that there's yet another post. Seems most other have drifted away. Spooner, you seem educated on the issues of the Constitution but I'm not sure I can agree with your assessment of the above. I suggest to you that you might want to look intot the (free) on-line 10 unit course on the US Constitution offerd by Hillsdale College. I took the earlier one and after was damn brought to tears after realizing how far we have strayed during this Administration. I'm sure you saw the testimony of a couple of Constitutional Professors from leading Universities warning Congress that they had better get on top of this issue before we reach what they called a tipping point, a point where the Executive Branch has sucked in so much power to itself, that Congress will be essentially emasculated going forward. You know, the " I have a pen and a phone and if Congress won't act, I will" occupant of the White House. Arrogance of this kind is hard to find in the annals of American Politics. I found it very disturbing that the POTUS's remarks elicited a standing ovation from members of his party. I think we can save huge amounts of money if we simply send home the full House and Senate, and just let the POTUS run the country.
Spooner March 04, 2014 at 03:27 AM
@Al- you might try reading Albert Beveridge's "The Life of John Marshall" if you want an education on Constitutional history, not some right wing support groups(Heritage Foundation) version...Read John Locke at http://online.hillsdale.edu/course/con101/part01/readings. Let me know 'Hugh' if you are still out there, if there is any mention of John Locke's "The Second Treatise of Government" in Citizens United?
Al Beronio March 04, 2014 at 08:41 AM
@Spooner...please distill it down for me. I have already tried to extract myself from this conversation thread and have no patience for taking on yet another "assignment". I innocently respond to items that appear on my Bridgewater Patch only to find that I am pulled into the Livingston Patch and then last week, the Ridgewood-Glen Ridge Patch. I can't speak to the Heritage Foundation remark but I note that your link appears to take me to the Hillsdale College course that I referenced so may I presume you have no problem with their presentation re the Constitution? I understand the new coure is not a repeat, but offers new material. I hesitate to end this post with a ? as that's sure to prolong what I don't want to prolong. Hugh has said his goodbyes but, like me, I suspect he's out there watching from the sidelines. But I would ask you your thoughts about the testimony before COngress about the escalating actions of the POTUS in accreting more power to himself. I know the standard answer from your side is that all Presidents have used executine Orders but the concern now is the NATURE of those orders., i.e., there are Exec. Orders and there are Exec. Orders. Your reply and then I will graciously ask permission to retire from this board.
Ridgewood Mom March 04, 2014 at 08:44 AM
Say guys, did you know that Christie's cop friend toured the GWB lane closures?
Al Beronio March 04, 2014 at 08:53 AM
@Ridgewood Mom....let it go, already. It's geting just a little old.
Hugh March 04, 2014 at 11:53 AM
Wait, the Left recruits Locke now? There's hardly a less likely antecedent to socialist attacks on individual liberty.
Spooner March 04, 2014 at 12:09 PM
@Al- the website post was for 'Hugh' Said he was a knowledgeable guy on Kennedy Citizen United opinion from the Founding Fathers. Has for Obama: they(the people) in my opinion should impeach him sooner or later! The guy to put it mildly is an embarrassment, not too mention a war criminal that will never get prosecuted! They were complicit in over throwing the President of the Ukraine who redrew from the EU deal, supported the neo-nazi Nationalists, by not condemn their shooting of police. If your interested on a different take of whats happening there read and view what Professor Stephen Cohen from NYU has been saying...http://www.mediaite.com/tv/cnns-amanpour-lashes-professor-for-repeating-russian-claims-about-ukrainian-opposition/...http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/20/a_new_cold_war_ukraine_violence
Ridgewood Mom March 04, 2014 at 07:22 PM
Spooner March 04, 2014 at 10:16 PM
@Hugh- I don't know what an antecedent to socialist attack has to do with the Citizen United. . .but whatever! You must admit that the founders did read Locke, Grotius, Puffendorf, Montesquieu, and Burlemaqui...
Hugh March 04, 2014 at 11:56 PM
Empowering a court to chose what speech is acceptable and when comports with the sources listed how? You can't have read the opinion and then cite the writings of Locke as a source of opposition, Hobbes maybe, but we speak against Leviathan not for.
Hugh March 04, 2014 at 11:57 PM
They mostly read the Bible, but you can't admit that, can you?
Spooner March 05, 2014 at 10:39 AM
Hugh- not that anybody is reading this, but everyone in the know-knows that Citizen United had primarily on objective. . .give license to corporations to spend umpteen amounts of money, including without disclosure... And listen up: as for the "Bible reading", take that up with the President of Hillsdale College, since it's not included as required reading in their online course, Constitution 101...(517) 437-7341


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