Posts Tagged ‘Chris Christie’

Fame of the Human Name

October 25, 2016

Apparently there’s at least one place in the United States where New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is still popular:  Portland (Maine).  But maybe that’s because Maine’s own governor Paul LePage is widely regarded as someone firmly ensconced in an alternate universe somewhere between Loony Tunes and Wackoville.  Some might say he’s not alone:

A man dressed as a pine tree was arrested Monday afternoon in downtown Portland and charged with obstructing a public way.  Asher A. Woodworth, 30, of Portland, who was standing in traffic at High and Congress streets, was arrested after refusing police orders to leave the congested intersection.  Woodworth was taken to the Cumberland County Jail, where bail was set at $60 cash.  Obstructing a public way is a Class E (classy?) misdemeanor.

A friend of [Woodworth] said he was trying to study the city’s traffic patterns.


It’s pretty clear that the volume of road traffic in Portland ain’t quite what you’d see on the George Washington Bridge, but perhaps it’s the quality rather than the quantity that’s so worthy of research.  Or maybe it’s the location (location, location): Congress and High.

According to Portland police, “[Woodworth’s] motivation was to see how people would react to what he called his ‘performance’ and how he might impact ‘people’s natural choreography.’ ”

Sounds like this guy could be a student of André Lepecki and Jacques Rancière.  However, each of them would hasten to assure you that there’s nothing ‘natural’ about social choreography.



Old Town, Hot Time

September 14, 2013

Although Chris Christie says that it would be “irresponsible for any of us to speculate” about the ultimate cause of Seaside’s recent boardwalk fire, Lunghu has just gotta ask:

Did someone forget to pay Tona Borelli?  Any Egyptian in Edgewater can tell you that that is definitely not a good idea.


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Giant Steps

May 18, 2012

When one of the Newhouse/Advance Publications stable of newspapers publishes a story about a New Jersey politician under the headline “Travelin’ Man,” there’s only one thing it really means.  A few years back, the Jersey Journal published a story about the peregrinations of U.S. Senator Robert Menendez with precisely that headline.  On Thursday, the Star-Ledger‘s frontpage story was about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Although the piece is ostensibly about the many out-of-state speaking engagements that His Hugeness has scheduled during the past year, the headline actually conveys another message –in coded language that only some of the Star-Ledger’s readers understand.  That message, for those of you who didn’t already know, proclaims that Chris Cristie is a freemason operating in the service of the order.  Don’t be confused by the fact that Christie is nominally a Roman Catholic and that a papal edict forbids Catholics to join the freemasons: Christie long ago made the expedient choice that has propelled him to where he is today.

Shared membership in the league of three-letter men is the real reason why so many Democrat legislators from South Jersey have been crossing the aisle to vote ‘aye’ on Republican bills in the state assembly and senate.  Steve Sweeney, Fred Madden, John Burzichelli and the rest of George Norcross‘ Camden/Gloucester minions are largely sticking to the deal that Norcross cut with the Union County District Council before the 2009 gubernatorial election  –sell out Dick Codey and Jon Corzine, vote with the Big Guy, and you can rule New Jersey south of Rancocas Creek as you please.  As Christie’s Rutgers-Rowan merger proposal clearly demonstrates, the payoff will be enormous.

In any case, it’s difficult to say how many New Jersey masons didn’t already know that Brother Christie had donned the apron back in his pre-prosecutor, Morris County days.  If they’re the intended audience, such a headline would seem superfluous. But maybe the Ledger’s article is the best way to introduce Candidate Christie to a larger electorate –for example, all those folks in the other 49 states who might want to know just a little bit more about Mitt Romney‘s running-mate.



Free Buffet(t)

July 9, 2011

Bohemian Grove is so last century.  This year, the place to be seen is the Valley of the Sun.  Idaho, that is.  If you’re anyone with money or just seeking to rub elbows with über-kapital, early July is the time to attend i-banker Allen & Co’s annual Media and Technology Conference.  Warren Buffett‘s there.  (Jimmy Buffett is not.)  Bill Gates is there.  Oprah is there.  Philippe Dauman is there.   Mike Bloomberg is there (not in Paris).   Rupert Murdoch was there, until called elsewhere on business matters.

The Sun Valley Conference is called a “summer camp for moguls,” as the heads of industry ride around the resort on bicycles, go fishing, hiking and white-water rafting.

All that opportunity for strenuous physical activity must be why New Jersey governor Chris Christie chose to take a two-week “vacation” with his family in Sun Valley and points east.  After all, he just barely worked up a sweat when vigorously exercising his executive prerogative by using line-item veto authority to trim $.9 billion in fat from the bloated NJ state budget.  And those daylong, full-on aerobic workouts must be the reason that Christie’s presence in Sun Valley has received so little media attention:  nothing to see here, move along…

All in all, it’s none too surprising that New Jersey media outlets have had absolutely nothing to say about DoubleC as he hobnobs with the usual suspects out west:  Newark Star-Ledger?  Zilch.  Courier-Post “of Cherry Hill”?  Mum.  Bergen Record?   Bubkes.  Asbury Park Press?  You’re jokin’ –right?   It certainly wouldn’t do to perpetuate political sterotypes, particularly when they happen to be accurate.  Wouldn’t be prudent.  Wouldn’t advance the interests of the order.

Just the same, Lunghu is left wondering what Todd Christie might be up to in the shadows of  Sun Valley, and with whom he might be hobnobbing.  It looks as though Mike Bloomberg may have something cooking with his buddy at Activision Blizzard Inc., but time will tell.  Lunghu is convinced it’s all publicly available information.