Chris Christie Condemns Democratic Process As Shocking And Underhanded

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Anyone who has been around the criminal justice system, whether in law enforcement, a district attorney’s office, or simply serving on a jury, is familiar with criminals going to any lengths to shift blame or distract attention away from their malfeasance. Politicians caught up in untoward or unethical behavior are no different, and it was bound to happen sooner or later that a Republican under investigation would lash out at Democrats and accuse them of shocking and underhanded tactics to win elections. However, unlike Republicans accused of bribery, violations of campaign finance regulations, and trading political favors for cash and gifts, the head of the Republican Governor’s Association is on the warpath because a state with a Democratic governor is making it easier for its citizens to participate in the democratic process.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was absolutely outraged that a bipartisan election commission in Illinois simplified the voting process that he claimed is “shocking,” and a “major obstacle for the GOP’s gubernatorial candidates.” According to the man being investigated for a wealth of political improprieties said making it easier for Republicans and Democratic voters alike to cast ballots is all the proof any American needs that Democrats “will try every trick in the book” to encourage voter participation in the hallmark of any democracy, and one most Americans take great pride in; the electoral process where all Americans have a voice.

Christie’s outrage was over the Illinois State Board of Elections that is made up of equal parts Democrats and Republicans who attempted to increase voter turnout by simplifying same-day voter registration. Something Christie slammed as an “underhanded Democratic tactic.” However, it is an initiative that eleven other states, many with Republican governors, are promoting because unlike the corrupt Christie, some states champion the democratic process. The reason Democrats and some Republicans support same day voter registration is because they want more Americans to turn out to vote and have their voices heard.

According to data gathered by think tank Demos, in states that allow their citizens to register on the day they cast ballots, the average voter turnout is over 10% higher than those that do not. The data also reveals that in “four of the top five states for voter turnout in the 2012 general election,” there was a policy in place to allow residents to register the same day they voted. Even in Wisconsin where same-day registration appeared to help Democratic voter turnout, Republican strongholds “saw heavy use of the state’s last-minute registration law.” A law, by the way, that was adopted by deeply-Republican states such as Wyoming, Idaho, and Utah that according to Christie are engaging in “shocking and underhanded” tactics.

Although it seems peculiar for a politician to publicly condemn as “shocking” a state’s efforts to encourage participation at the ballot box, this is Chris Christie representing the Republican Party. And, as good law-abiding Republicans, they are out to stop criminals from committing voter fraud by restricting the right to vote.

Where Christie condemns same-day registration as Democratic corruption, most Republicans across America fighting voter turnout attempts assert that same-day registration increases the out-of-control crime of voter fraud encouraged by Democrats. It gives Republicans the appearance of fighting crime instead of suppressing voter participation, but they have yet to prove there is even an appearance of voter fraud. In fact, there is incredibly overwhelming contrary evidence proving voter fraud is virtually non-existent.

According to data surveyed from six states that allowed voters to register the same-day they voted, results showed “there has been very little voter fraud in [same-day registration] states over the past several election cycles.” For example, in North Dakota where Republicans dominate and has no voter registration whatsoever, Republican Secretary of State Alvin Jaeger reported that “voter fraud has not been widespread in North Dakota,” and that there “has been very few known incidents of voter fraud” in the state.

Indeed, according to a very recent analysis of primary, general, special, and municipal elections, Loyola University professor Justin Levitt reported that since the 2000 general election, out of more than a billion ballots cast in every election in America, there were only “31 credible incidents of voter fraud.” That’s right, exactly 31, or as a percent of all one billion votes cast; 0.000000031 percent.

The real reason Republicans are Hell-bent to suppress the vote, obstruct same-day voter registration, and deny every American an opportunity to have their voices heard is that typically when more Americans vote, they vote for Democrats. There is nothing “shocking or underhanded” at play, just that the majority of Americans comprehend that Republicans do not work for their best interests. It is something Chris Christie, like corrupt Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, and the rest of the Republicans under investigation for corruption or campaign violations know all too well or they would not engage in truly “shocking and underhanded” tactics.

What is shocking is that Christie has the temerity to say out loud that an election commission law allowing more Americans to participate in the democratic process is an outrage and condemned it as underhanded. Where is his condemnation of Scott Walker, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, and Ron Paul for their underhanded tactics to garner support and win elections to maintain power? Likely, Christie is savvy enough to understand he cannot possibly condemn any of his corrupt Republican cohort for their underhanded, and likely illegal, tactics without drawing more attention to his own legal woes.

Chris Christie has embraced a tactic that Republicans are becoming well-versed in; projecting his and his GOP cabal’s underhandedness on a Democratic governor who signed a same-day voter registration law. A law, incidentally, that was contrived by a bi-partisan election commission, and in condemning an attempt to increase voter turnout, Chris Christie effectively condemned America’s democratic process as “shocking and underhanded.”

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37 Replies to “Chris Christie Condemns Democratic Process As Shocking And Underhanded”

  1. “Ignorance will never end. Even those with money can’t buy SENSE!!” Author: Curmilus Dancy II The Political Agitator

  2. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was absolutely outraged that a bipartisan election commission in Illinois simplified the voting process that he claimed is “shocking,” and a “major obstacle for the GOP’s gubernatorial candidates.” According to the man being investigated for a wealth of political improprieties said making it easier for Republicans and Democratic voters alike to cast ballots is all the proof any American needs that Democrats “will try every trick in the book” to encourage voter participation in the hallmark of any democracy, and one most Americans take great pride in; the electoral process where all Americans have a voice.

    Doesn’t this tell you everything you need to know about Republicans? They want a oligarchy, in which only the 1% would have any say about how our country should be ran. More specifically, they want heterosexual, male WASP to make all the decision for everybody else.

    My calendar says September 6, 2014, not September 6, 1714.

  3. If Christie were at all smart, he would resign his chairmanship, get out of the public eye, and stay in NJ doing his job while the wheels of justice turn. He comes off as an entitled, snobby bully with these tirades, looks like an out of control white guy with weight problems, and is not winning anyone over to the “CHRISTIE FOR POTUS” train. In fact, I’d bet people who were not even aware of him now dislike him. Frankly, anyone against voting for all will never win a national office.

  4. “Although it seems peculiar for a politician to publicly condemn as “shocking” a state’s efforts to encourage participation at the ballot box”
    ————————–
    This reminds me of the republican in Missouri who thought that a voter drive conducted in the wake of Michael Brown’s death was “disgusting” because…? Why? People were choosing a peaceful, democratic means to change the system by means of our electoral process. That’s disgusting?

    Well, yes. If you are a republican who does not want the system changed, least of all by those citizens that you believe are not entitled to the same constitutional rights as every white, wealthy, Christian(ist) citizen.

  5. The American people should be quite alarmed at the attack upon our democratic principles such as voter rights by those who claim to love liberty and freedom. It is those very people -conservatives- who are taking your liberty and freedom away. VOTE BLUE, America!

  6. Fear will make you do,say and convince yourself that you are right and others are wrong. The republicans are so afraid of something that they themselves are not sure of what but know if they let miniorties, women, lgbt vote they will lose their status quo for years to come. They don’t feel they sure do anything to help anyone unless they are the super rich because the rest of the people are just their slaves that they have to deal with everyday in order for them to keep all their riches. They know as long as they have the poor, middle class under the thumbs they have it made, they don’t have to do the dirty work of making the money, just sit back and count the bills. It scares them to no end that people are fighting back, they have never had to experience anything like this before, once it was one group at a time, now it is everybody they need to vote for them. They have no clue on how to change their way, nor do they care to until it is too late.

  7. It is the mandate of every governor to ensure that all citizens can vote. It is obvious that is not the mandate of many red states. I think its easy to see who follows the rule of law and who doesnt. And despite political leanings, any citizen who can see the difference needs to vote that faction out of office that cannot see to their own rights

  8. Republicans have long realized that the only chance they have to win elections is by disenfranchising as many Americans, especially poorer Americans, as possible. The higher the voter turnout, the less chance a Republican candidate has.

    It’s a little refreshing to hear a corrupt Republican actually admit it.

    PS to all New Yorkers – the Primary is this Tuesday (9/9). VOTE TEACHOUT/WU!

  9. The ONLY thing in this picture that I can see that is “Disgusting” is Chris Christy.

    I can’t wait until His Nasty, Fat Criminal Ass is rotting away in a jail cell.

  10. Hes mad the lap band didnt work. 30 years in the clinker will take that weight off. A crook is a crook is a crook. Hes a crook.

  11. The Democracy Christie hates is the very one that helped him be elected Governor of NJ, twice.

    Democracy is ok when it helps the rich and powerful, but when it helps “we the people, he goes into cardiac arrest!

  12. Christie knows 1st hand how to suppress the vote. He spent $12 million that the state did not have to schedule the special election for Senator 2 weeks before the general election to avoid having Corey Booker appear on the same ballot as him to decrease the Democratic turn out.

  13. mr Christie, if you want to see something shocking, go to the new York subway and touch the third rail……lol

    otherwise, Christie is like Donald trump. certain people will idolize him, no matter how vile his actions. and like trump, he has nothing useful to say, ever…..

  14. What we do in Illinois is none if his fricking business…He came here campaigning,for Rauner…a billionaire that wants to LOWER minimum wage..that has,sent many jobs overseas. He says that not all jobs belong in America..He has been caught in so many lies…He owned nursing homes that people died because of not enough employees…skeleton,crews..Christy needs to keep his fat,ass and his big mouth in New Jersey!! Illinois has many problems but voter suppression is not one of them!!!

  15. Christie didn’t seem to find anything wrong with blowing 20 million on Cory Booker’s special election just to keep the black and dem votes away from Christie’s election.

    This in a state that needs it’s money badly. Not very fiscally conservative.

    He doesn’t seem to think it’s disgusting that he’s had 7 credit downgrades under his leadership.

    He’s a lying hypocrit.

  16. So ah Christie? the real shock & underhanded b.s. is your party’s voter suppression and your whole unpatriotic,lying,scheming,conniving,racist party of obstructionist so all of you and your morons go straight to hell by express.Vote Blue!& rid our gov’t of this overflowing infested garbage.

  17. Hey Gov., My advice to you is to vote early and often if you want to get re-elected. It’s the only way!! I’ll borrow you my Illinois driver’s license so you can vote in N.J. That should settle the issue. LOL Just kidding — you can’t use my license. There’s no resemblance; I’m a democrat.

  18. Are you sure he is outraged from what i am seeing look like he explaining how good the foot-long sandwich from subway was

  19. I have never believed that Christie was the GOPTP’s great white hope. He’s nasty and a bully and his ‘tude won’t play the further west he goes. Here in Illinois he would be dismissed like the mean windbag he is.

  20. Exactly what I was thinking. I think this needs to stay at the forefront of everything Christy does or says, it shows him for who he really is.

  21. Once again another republican proves that there is nothing republican, that is American. The republican values are not American values, at all.

  22. Are you sure he didn’t say “underhanded democratic tactic” as opposed to “underhanded Democratic tactic”?

  23. You are so right Stuart.But unfortunately the wingnuts are so Obama drunk they cannot conceive it.They will not hold members of their own party accountable for anything. Its just to easy to blame everyone else.

  24. Nothing is good about republicans. One could used to tolerate and compromise with them. Now….you’d do better to talk to a tree and get more out of it.

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