Why They Get Hired

Bob Dylan
“People don’t do what they believe in, they just do what’s most convenient, then they repent.”
―Bob Dylan

The Christie/Bridgegate trial is just about over and according to an observer one of the defendants had a good lawyer:

The surprise, to me at least, is that Bridget Kelly is no monster.

For three years, I thought she was the culprit who pulled the trigger on all this with her infamous email “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”

But this trial shook that up. Kelly swore that she was just relaying the governor’s instructions that day. She was asked to get his sign-off on the plan to close those lanes, and that’s what she did before giving the go-ahead.

She knew nothing about traffic studies, real or fake. She was just the contact person at the governor’s office for the Port Authority. She was no mastermind, she swore; she was just a messenger.

“I was scared,” she said. “This was a Port Authority project.”

On that core point, my guess is that jurors believed her, as did most people I talked to who attended the trial — the press, the lawyers and politicians who came to watch, even the curious retirees.

Possibly convincing until you get to the question….

Why did Chris Christie and his operatives hire this non-moster for a job that was essentially to arm-twist/bribe politicians?

This leads to questions about how other people get to populate the political dystopia that is New Jersey government where we have:

  1. elected official with no relevant financial experience making decisions based on the say-so of their campaign donors,
  2. rubber-stampers masquerading as board members (and judges), and
  3. enforcers in positions to keep both of the above groups in line.

The answers are that you don’t:

  1. get elected without the money from special interests looking to pervert democracy for personal gain,
  2. put on a board (or bench) unless you understand your role as facilitator, or
  3. hired by Christie and his ilk unless you can play the game.

8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by skip3house on October 27, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Perfect analysis

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  2. Posted by steve on October 27, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    perfect six out of six—–but this model hold true right up up the POTUS

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  3. Posted by George on October 27, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Sounds like the Podesta emails. As far as I can see the only Governor that did not do that pay to play stuff was … Governor Sarah Palin.

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  4. Posted by Eric on October 27, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    John:
    You were quoting from Tom Moran from the Star Ledger, who endorsed Christie’s re-election bid. Need I say more? Perhaps he should change his name to Moron. He is now playing up the role of hero by relentlessly attacking Christie. We are not fellow morons;we remember.
    I proudly and intelligently, voted for Barbara Buono, even as a Republican, who also voted for Barry Goldwater in 1964. Did you like LBJ’s war? I am an old dude with a functioning brain.
    Regarding NJ, however, I am not smiling, since it lies in smoldering ruins, like Nagasaki after the bomb.
    What was the code name for that bomb? Oh yes, fat man.
    Eric
    PS John, don’t forget to fill up your gas tank on Halloween. I told my kids as well.

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  5. Posted by now retired Pat on October 27, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Just wondering… can we purchase a “pre-paid” gas card at today’s market price? If so, I’ve got $2K to put down. As for hiring patsies, its the perfect thing to do! Always hire someone a)willing to fall on the sword for you, or b)can be a scapegoat when the shit hits the fan. That was her job. Well, her and Wildstein.

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  6. Posted by George on October 28, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Bridget Kelly is no monster

    Isn’t that the banality of evil cliche?

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  7. Posted by Anonymous on October 28, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Bridget Kelly is no monster but she is a felon for participating in a conspiracy of abuse of governmental power.

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  8. Posted by Yeah_Right on October 28, 2016 at 11:41 am

    That poor little innocent girl crying on the stand because she was forced by those big mean men to be complicit in awful things!

    Reply

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