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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan. 15, 2014/ 14 Shevat, 5774

Christie Claims Ignorance, Wants Bliss

By Roger Simon



JewishWorldReview.com | Just because something is true does not mean it is believable. Which is Chris Christie's real problem.

His "see no evil; hear no evil; my staff is evil, but I'm not" defense for the closing of bridge lanes in Fort Lee, N.J., allegedly because the mayor there refused to endorse his re-election may be true. But who is going to believe it?

"(Christie's) the kind of leader ... who says, 'It's my way, or I shut down your highway,'" as Stephen Colbert put it the other night.

Christie wants to be the Republican nominee and win the presidency in 2016. Once again, the Republicans have a pretty weak field, and Christie leads the early (meaningless) polls for the nomination. But what has he shown the nation in recent weeks?

First, he surrounds himself with bullies and goons. Richard Nixon never was convicted of anything (he was an unindicted co-conspirator and then accepted a presidential pardon), but even if you believe he is not a crook, how do you explain all the crooks he surrounded himself with? How do you explain Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell, Liddy, Hunt and all the others who were convicted of crimes? Nixon assembled enough lawbreakers to staff several prison baseball teams.

New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski, a Democrat, is heading the legislative investigation of the George Washington Bridge scandal. He says: "It strains credibility to say that somebody in as high a position as a deputy chief of staff, somebody in as high a position as the governor's principal press spokesperson, somebody in as high a position as his campaign manager — all those names are in these emails — did not ever communicate this to the governor."

But even if we do believe it, who assembled that team? Chris Christie, wasn't it? "I am a very sad person," Christie now says. "I'm sad. I'm sad." Not the best presidential campaign theme I've ever heard. We've had enough sad presidents. And sorry ones.



Second, the current accusations against Christie fall on fertile ground. He says he is not a bully. But he has been captured on videotape bullying people, including ordinary citizens. And other mayors in New Jersey are coming forward to say Christie punished them for not endorsing him.

Third, ignorance is not much of an excuse in presidential politics. Ignorance is something you hide, not promote. Generally speaking, voters don't elect chief executives who admit to being clueless. "I don't know what makes a legitimate traffic study," Christie said in his long everybody-but-mea culpa last week. "I probably wouldn't know a traffic study if I tripped over it."

But we know what a traffic study is not: It is not setting up orange traffic cones in the predawn darkness and shutting down two of three lanes to the busiest bridge in the world. We don't need a traffic study to know what happens when you do that. Traffic backs up for miles, with 550 vehicles waiting to get on the bridge by 10 a.m.

Nobody now believes this was a legitimate traffic study. Except Chris Christie. Christie, like the rest of America, has seen the email from his deputy chief of staff saying, "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee." Christie's longtime pal at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey responded to that email: "Got it." The lane shutdowns followed.

Sound like bullying and political thuggery to you rather than a traffic study? Christie is unsure. "Whether there was a traffic study or not, I don't know," he said. "It appeared that there was one, based on what I saw in the testimony."

Is the man delusional or deceptive? What a choice.

Fourth, Christie claims he did not even know the mayor of Fort Lee. "If he walked in the room, I wouldn't have been able to pick him out," he said.

That surprises me. Smart pols know and remember people. That's what pols do. I have never known a governor who was proud of not knowing an elected official in his own state.

True, Fort Lee has only about 35,700 people. But there are only four municipalities in New Jersey with populations in six figures (Newark is the largest, with 277,000 people), and geographically, New Jersey is the fourth-smallest state in the union. So it's not as if you have to drive very far to find a mayor. They are pretty much bunched up. Easy to find, easy to get to know if you are an ambitious governor.

But Christie wants us to believe he couldn't have picked the mayor of Fort Lee out of a lineup?

On the other hand, Christie does remember people who do favors for him. As The Wall Street Journal reported recently, "after the November election, Mr. Christie invited his Democratic supporters to a breakfast at Drumthwacket (the governor's official residence). He encouraged them to call if they needed help cutting state bureaucracy or navigating agencies, said a Democrat who attended."

So Chris Christie appears to be a guy who rewards his friends and punishes his enemies.

Which is how he makes sure people want to be his friends.

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