Christie In Fear

The first five chapters of Bob Woodward’s Fear take us from Trump’s presidential aspirations to his election with Steve Bannon seemingly dictating most of the journey. This is the only section of the book where Chris Christie is mentioned, usually in conjunction with an expletive. Excerpts follow:

When Trump had a draft on his desk to proofread, [Gary] Cohn at times would just yank it, and the president would forget about it. But if it was on his desk, he’d sign it. (page xix)

The reality was that the United States in 2017 was tethered to the words and actions of an emotionally overwrought, mercurial and unpredictable leader. Members of his staff had joined to purposefully block some of what they believed were the president’s most dangerous impulses. It was a nervous breakdown of the executive power of the most powerful country in the world. (page xxii)

“I’ve got to do that,” Trump said. “All these fucking Democrats run all the cities. You’ve got to build hotels. You’ve got to grease them. Those are people who came to me.” (page 5)

New Jersey governor Chris Christie was sitting in sweatpants and ball cap. “This is not about the campaign,” Christie said with a note of finality. “That’s over. This is about your brand. You’ve worked your entire life. These kids –” He pointed to Trump’s son Don Jr. and Jared Kushner. “You need to save the brand for them or the brand’s finished.” (page 32)

“You’re the fucking problem,” Christie said to Bannon. “You’ve been the problem since the beginning.”…”You’re the enabler. You play to every one of his worst instincts. This thing’s over, and you’re going to be blamed. Every time he’s got terrible instincts for these things, and all you do is get him all worked up. This is going to be humiliating.” Christie was in Bannon’s face, looming large. Bannon half-wanted to say, You fat fuck, let’s throw down right here. “Governor,” he replied instead, “the plan leaves tomorrow.” They were heading to St. Louis for the second presidential debate. “If you’re on the plan, you’re on the team.:” (page 35)

Shortly after the planned departure, Chris Christie had not appear. “Fuck this guy,” Bannon said, and the plan took off. (page 37)

Bannon was convinced that Trump himself was stunned. “He has no earthly idea he’s going to win,” Bannon said later. “And he had done no preparation. He never thought he would lose, but he didn’t think he would win. There’s a difference. And you’ve got to remember, no preparation, no transition team.” (page 47)

39 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by In God we trust. on September 12, 2018 at 12:27 am

    What’s this bullshit have to do with the pension system? It appears you’re attempting to deride the President, and I for one don’t like it one bit.

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    • Man does not live by pensions alone.

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    • Posted by geo8rge on September 12, 2018 at 6:47 am

      Former Gov Christie is of NJ interest.

      We haven’t heard language like that from a President since Tricky Dicky was in office. And Woodward was writing about it. It is sort of interesting how old the people are. Are there any journalists other than Sy Hersh and Woodward?

      Why did Trump need a transition team? I thought the transition was what the Deep State was for? Not having a transition team may have been one for the things that won the election for Trump. By not having a transition team Trump offended nobody and everyone in Washington thought that they would be in the transition team, genius!

      Woodward seems to depict Washington outsiders like crude ‘ethnics’.

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    • Posted by Tough Love on September 12, 2018 at 8:42 am

      Hasn’t Trump EARNED such derision ?

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      • Posted by Anonymous on September 12, 2018 at 9:02 am

        One thing T Rump has earned is for the door to hit him so hard that it knocks some sense into that brain he’s sitting on.

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      • “This is my 500th. Day in Office and we have accomplished a lot – many believe more than any President in his first 500 days. Massive Tax & Regulation Cuts, Military & Vets, Lower Crime & Illegal Immigration, Stronger Borders, Judgeships, Best Economy & Jobs EVER, and much more…”

        Donald J. Trump, 4:35 AM – 4 Jun 2018

        What are the odds, when the shit hits the fan, (and it will) that Donald J. Trump will tweet that he is entirely personally responsible for the falling stock market, rising unemployment, and growing deficits?

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        • Posted by dentss on September 12, 2018 at 4:32 pm

          The rats are jumping ship LOL ..The Rats are Running; Enjoy the Show
          Timing is everything.
          Enjoy the show.

          Panic: Christopher Steele Requesting Non Extradition to US

          Panic in DC.
          Steele req non_extradition to U.S?
          UK-US extradition treaty 2003.
          Panic: Bruce Ohr Testing to Save Wife
          Bruce Ohr [in effort to save Nellie Ohr] testifying against Rosenstein, Yates, Lynch, and Comey?
          Panic in DC.
          Lisa Page testifying against Peter Strzok?
          Panic: James Baker Testifying Against James Comey
          James Baker testifying against Comey?
          Panic: Comey and McCabe Working on Story to Tell
          Panic in DC.
          Comey in communication w/ McCabe re: ‘testimony’ ‘story’?
          Panic: Sally Yates Hires Legal Team
          King & Spalding hired [last week] to represent Sally Yates?
          POTUS Declines Meeting with Rod Rosenstein

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    • Posted by AlwaysReading on September 14, 2018 at 5:11 pm

      I agree.

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  2. Posted by readslikeamafiabook on September 12, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    I’ll take Trump over Hillary, that evil, lying, murdering, lazy, fall down bitch any day.

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    • Posted by Tough Love on September 12, 2018 at 7:26 pm

      I’d take ANYONE over that lying/sicko now occupying the White House.

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      • Posted by readslikeamafiabook on September 12, 2018 at 11:45 pm

        Really? She got people and patriots MUREDERD. Now, I know you are sick!

        Just wow.

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        • Posted by Anonymous on September 13, 2018 at 8:30 am

          Infowars, Russia, Assange, Trump & YOU. – perfect together & totally unpatriotic. You’re beyond sick!

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        • Posted by Anonymous on September 13, 2018 at 8:39 am

          Hey Trump believers & supporters; so no Federal law enforcement agency can be trusted? According to the words & tweets of psycho babble! Then ALL convictions by ANY of these agencies, by POTUS’s own admission, should be thrown out! Or does it just apply to him and his? I know you’ll want it both ways.

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        • Posted by Tough Love on September 13, 2018 at 8:39 am

          No, the “wow” is that apparently you SUPPORT the lunatic now occupying the White House.

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    • Posted by PS Drone on September 13, 2018 at 1:13 pm

      I said it before: Trump, with all of his personality defects, beat Hillary because she was even more defective than him. I would have voted for Daffy Duck before her. Keep calling his “supporters” idiots and Trump will be POTUS through 2024.

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      • Posted by Anonymous on September 13, 2018 at 1:17 pm

        If they walk like, look like and talk like e a duck than they must be an idiot supporter of The Donald. You voted for him so you figure it out and stop blaming someone else who is not president.

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        • Posted by PS Drone on September 13, 2018 at 5:07 pm

          Who is blaming anybody? You’re an idiot for voting for someone destined to lose because enough Americans had her M.O. figured out.

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    • Posted by Tough Love on September 12, 2018 at 8:44 pm

      Interesting new hybrid plan, although the 11% of pay as a DC contribution after the 20 year DB Plan stops accruing benefits is 3 to 4 times what is commonplace in the Private Sector (more like 3% of pay).

      What’s NOT clear from the description in the article is on what salary is the DB pension a retiree with say 30 years of service based on ………. the salary at 20 years or 30 years. If it’s 20 years, the workers may indeed lose-out big time, because a VERY large share of a DB pension is earned in the last 5 to 10 years of service.

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    • Posted by geo8rge on September 13, 2018 at 1:11 pm

      “Under the old defined benefit plan, employers got 2 percent of their salary each month after their retirement.” So they retired on 2%x12 = 24% of final salary? Or do they mean 2% of total salary collected over their working life each month? Seems like a misstatement to me.

      “With the hybrid plan, employees will be under defined benefit plans for their first 20 years with the town. After that, they would switch to a defined contribution plan, where they contribute a minimum of 5 percent, while the town puts in up to 11 percent of their salaries.”

      Accruals stop after 20 years in the pension and then they get an 11% salary increase. Is that 2% based on a salary level from the last accrual year, or does that keep going up? Their health insurance may or may not be more expensive. They will be personally older and more expensive, but children will likely start falling off the plan after age 26. Unless they decide to marry a much younger person then who knows what happens.

      I don’t have time to figure it out. I think this is the site to look at:
      https://www.brookfieldct.gov/retirement-benefits-advisory-committee

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  3. Posted by Tough Love on September 13, 2018 at 8:50 am

    GREAT article …….. summarizes the ROOT CAUSE of the pension mess VERY well………..

    https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/illinois-school-principals-retirement-windfall-highlights-pension-problems

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  4. “All these fucking Democrats run all the cities. You’ve got to build hotels. You’ve got to grease them. Those are people who came to me.”

    So Trump contributed to the destruction of the Democratic Party, turning into a bunch of sleazebags who sell out to special interests while yelling about tribalism, before wrecking the Republican Party.

    As someone who has never seen fit to be part of either, I guess that’s the good news.

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  5. Posted by Dave Boz on September 13, 2018 at 11:56 am

    A blog that deals intelligently with pension issues… that’s a good niche, and one with very few competitors. An anti-Trump site? That’s not exactly an underserved market. There are 10,000 places to go for today’s talking points, both pro- and anti-Trump. I have no interest in either.

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  6. Posted by boscoe on September 14, 2018 at 12:35 am

    Too many Anonymouses in the house…..or is it one person with multiple personality disorder?

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  7. Posted by Anonymous on September 14, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Really funny b/c all bloggers, unless their profile is verified, are anons with or w/o their specific and mutilple handles. But hey it makes for more good reading…..

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