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Disloyal (3)

Rest of the excerpts from Michael Cohen’s book.

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Trumping Murphy Principles

The cosmic joke was that Trump convinced a vast swathe of working-class white folks in the Midwest that he cared about their well-being. The truth was that he couldn’t care less. I don’t mean that as speculation or an opinion. That was a stone-cold fact during the 2016 campaign and throughout Trump’s presidency to this very day. To Trump, his voters are his audience, his chumps, his patsies, his base. Guns, criminalizing abortion – Trump took up those conservative positions not because he believed in them but because they were his path to power. That was what I meant when I told Congress that Trump is a con man. (from Disloyal by Michael Cohen – pages 250-1 )

This quote from the Cohen book that I will be finishing and posting today got me to speculating about Governor Murphy’s motivations. With just a few word changes:

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Disloyal (2)

More excerpts from Michael Cohen’s book.

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Disloyal (1)

Presumably a lot of excerpts have already been reported from this book, none of which I have seen. Here are mine so far.

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Who You Gonna Believe?


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A couple of local examples.

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Protecting Crooked Politician Pensions

Even (or especially) in times of crisis you can count on New Jersey politicians to find the time to fulfill their purpose: self-benefiting themselves and their colleagues – even (or especially) the criminals among them.

This week A4586 was introduced and referred to the Assembly State and Local Government Committee. Last month, identical bill S2741 was introduced and referred to the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee.

According the its Statement (emphasis added) this bill:

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Left-Wing Socialists Eat Too

Ocean County Freeholder Jack Kelly made some excellent points last night before undercutting his argument with name-calling:
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The governor of Delaware also has a beef:

“They don’t care enough to take the time to even respond to us and tell us what kind of methodology they’re using. We would tell them, the methodology you’re using is flawed and therefore, you’re coming up with a calculation that completely misrepresents the number of new positive cases on a seven-day rolling average.”

I suspect Murphy (the Goldman Sachs guy) is not much of a left-wing socialist beyond what it takes to pander to a base that might advance his political ambitions.

But as to the bullshit dictator part….

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Red Line Fever

From the guy who oversaw a nursing home holocaust, inexplicably closed parks for three weeks and then kept bathrooms closed after grudgingly reopening parks and Motor Vehicle Agencies, refused to cut government waste while preparing to explode debt, and is now staring at a resurgence of covid cases we have frustration ——– WITH EVERYBODY ELSE!
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We New Jerseyans have lived with politicians overtaxing, underserving, and then lying about it but that’s the price apathy extracts.

Now it looks like Murphy is on verge of doing some more deadly deciding.

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Trusting the Man In Front of the Curtain

It’s getting kafkaesque:
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Who to trust? Murphy or twitter?

NJ Pandemic Warriors@NjPandemic
If the NJ legislature finally calls hearings about the long term care crisis, we will reveal our identities and testify.

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There is precedent.
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Covid: Pity US

This piece sums up what I have felt has been an ignorant and politically delimited government response (on all levels) to this pandemic for months which has the rest of world pitying this country.
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The full video (at bottom) is chilling but the emphasis has been on federal bungling when states like New Jersey have often responded with an even greater emphasis on politics over intelligence and a piece came out today on Murphy (excerpted below) doing just that.

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