After Taking Down Scott Walker Prosecutors Are Closing In On Chris Christie


A bad day for Republicans just got worse. First, prosecutors in Wisconsin accused Republican Governor Scott Walker of running a criminal enterprise, while in New Jersey federal prosecutors are closing in on Republican Governor Chris Christie.

According to Esquire:

Whatever Christie says or does — and whatever potential donors or Jimmy Fallon and his viewers think — the question that truly matters is whether Fishman’s pursuit leads to the governor himself. Christie’s Port appointees — not only Samson, but former PA Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni and his oddball sidekick David Wildstein — all face near-certain indictment and are being pressed to hand up Christie, as is the governor’s former chief counsel, Charlie McKenna.

Wildstein, portrayed as the mastermind behind Ft. Lee’s traffic problems, has made proffers to Fishman’s investigators — hoping to trade information to the prosecutor in exchange for gentler legal treatment — but Fishman has cut no deals with anyone so far, and the looming indictments have encouraged Christie’s PA appointees to sing. “Don’t underestimate what Wildstein has on Christie,” says one source. “And Wildstein and Baroni have both turned on Samson. If Samson doesn’t give Fishman Christie, Samson is toast.”

The Christie and Walker investigations have followed the same textbook format. Prosecutors in both Wisconsin and New Jersey are systematically picking off the aides and others with knowledge surrounding the Republican governors in order to get to the big fish. Rumors and stories about abuse of power and corruption has been swirling about Walker and Christie for years, so it isn’t a shock that both have prosecutors hot on their tails.

Less than a year ago, the Republican Party was touting Rick Snyder (R-MI), John Kasich (R-OH), Rick Scott (R-FL), Chris Christie (R-NJ), and Tom Corbett (R-PA) as the future of the Republican Party. Corbett looks like a dead man walking. Scott is fighting to hang on to his seat while Christie and Walker may be lucky to avoid prison. The only two governors left standing out of the next “Republican wave” are Kasich, who changed his tone after a humiliating public defeat on a union busting bill, and Snyder.

The thing that both Walker and Christie have in common is that they are Koch boys. It is no secret that they both belong to the right-wing billionaires. There have always been corrupt politicians, but it is fair to ask what if any role the unregulated campaign contributions that were unleashed by the Citizens United ruling are playing in this wave of scandal?

Thanks to unlimited contributions from the Koch brothers and other billionaires, there is no party structure to keep governors like Christie and Walker in check. Elected Republicans are able to raise their own funds and build their own empires. They have built their own kingdoms, so it isn’t surprising when they act like the law doesn’t apply to them. Walker is accused of running a criminal scheme that violated campaign finance laws, while questions have been raised about Bridgegate and Christie’s handling of Sandy relief funds.

Both Scott Walker and Chris Christie are more likely to find themselves in the big house than the White House after 2016.

24 Replies to “After Taking Down Scott Walker Prosecutors Are Closing In On Chris Christie”

  1. When will Walker be proscuted? Or will he? If this had been a democrat the jail bars would have already been closed.

  2. I think it’s going to be a bad year at the polls for Republicans governorships. If they don’t get elected out they get to go to jail. We need an investigation into the Koch brothers. If nothing else just to put them on defense and get them out front.

  3. The wheels of justice may grind slow but they don’t stop. We now how these things go. Pressure is slowly applied to all participants and the eventually the beans are spilled. Christie is the boss and when the trail leads to the boss, well, you know it’s not good for the boss. This is what happens when a politician tries to make that jump to the national level. The light shines brightly and everything is exposed. That’s not a good thing sometimes. Especially in Christie’s case.

  4. An investigation in Koch brothers would entail years, with the way they have everything rigged, and in the shadows. Nonetheless, as a taxpayer I wouldn’t mind paying for that!

  5. If “Go to Jail” card exist for NJ GOP elected governor is uncovered in line-items for the Hudson County one billion Dollar district Budget:

    The questions that need to asked are:

    1. Why are all the state level exe. staff at office interims (for years now)? Who is overseeing contract negotiations and signing off on these charges and why has the governor refused to appoint a superintendent to one of the largest county in the state?

  6. It was like Christmas morning when I read the news. If Scottie isn’t prosecuted the phrase “criminal scheme” should still, finally bring him down.
    I suspected he was medically stupid. His personal email to Rove detailing illegal campaign finance activities proves he’s either brain damaged or arrogant. Or both.

  7. I can’t think of a more deserving pair to be in the hot seat, and I hope one day Rick Snyder of Michigan will find himself in similar dire straits. He, Chris Christie, Scott Walker, and Rick Scott, as well as others whose names could fill dozens of posts here, need to not only be voted out but made to serve jail time. Their influence as governors has been criminally destructive, and it’s anyone’s guess how long it would take to undo all the damage they’ve done with all their power grabs.

  8. Subterfuge: deceit used in order to achieve one’s goal.
    Synonyms:trickery, deviousness, deceit, deception, dishonesty, cheating, duplicity, guile, chicanery, pretense, fraud, fraudulence.
    Subterfuge is the tool of the GOP, to achieve their arrogant,flawed and twisted goals.

  9. I agree. There really IS a ton of stuff to go through and setting these cases up usually take a while. If I remember correctly, it took about three years to prepare the case again Blagojevich and I think in his case, there were far fewer parties involved, so if this takes a while, I won’t be surprised.

    My hope is that it becomes clear what will happen, or even better, an indictment is handed down **before** Christie ever has a chance to throw his hat in the ring for ’16. For some reason, our society seems to have an aversion to prosecution of people that “high up” and I don’t want to see him escape prosecution.

  10. As long as they listen and are trying to impress Karl Rove, they will continue to be criminals. I truly believe that Karl Rove is by FAR the most corrupt person to ever walk the halls of DC.

  11. Hey Robert, I just went there. After the graph alone if any Wisconite votes for this thug, they deserve what they get.

  12. Gina, I think it’s plain and simple arrogance. The rethugs have numerous examples to look at. Cruz, Santorum, Cantor, Paul Rand ,Mccain, Graham, and of course Palin, There are soooo many!!! need I say more?

  13. With Scott Walker and Chris Christie under criminal investigations, will the Koch Brothers stop feeding these criminals money? Somehow I doubt it.

  14. …but do those of us who would never vote for the criminal Walker deserve what WE get??? Gerry Mander lives in Wisconsin too…

  15. Walker is as corrupt an individual as I have ever seen. I hope Mary Burke boots him out in November.

  16. I waiting for the show in Pa, Rob Gleason’s boy Tom “I’m not the sharpest pencil in the box” Corbett to go down. He may not be the sharpest pencil but he’s your’s and Koch’s, Gleason.

  17. Prosecutors haven’t “taken down” Walker at all. Not one but two judges have already thrown out the prosecutors’ case, citing the chilling effect on free political speech. The abuse of power by the prosecutors is so gross that they are being sued and will likely face a monetary judgement.

    The complete lack of integrity shown by the press in “reporting” this non-story is stunning. The only people the prosecutors are taking down is themselves.

    All you have to do these days is yell “j’accuse!” and the clown-car carnival barkers roll out fairy tails, even if the same media have already reported the real story, which is prosecutorial misconduct.

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