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Sun Nov 10, 2013, 12:28 PM

Audio: Chris Christie Lets Loose at Secret Koch Brothers Confab

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/09/audio-chris-christie-koch-brothers-seminar

In our exclusive recordings, David Koch introduces the New Jersey governor as "my kind of guy" and "a true political hero."


Click for Part 1 of this two-part series: "Exclusive Audio: Inside The Koch Brothers Secret Seminar

Also read Gavin Aronsen's breakdown of top Koch donors: "Exclusive: The Koch Brothers' Million-Dollar Donor Club"

On the morning of June 26, Chris Christie, New Jersey's flamboyant, tough-talking Republican governor, appeared on NBC's Meet The Press. He then jetted out to Colorado, delivered a keynote speech at Charles and David Koch's ultra-exclusive seminar at the Ritz-Carlton resort near Vail, and returned home the same night, all without breathing a word about his adventure to his constituents.

In Part 1 of this report, we gave you the inside scoop on the Kochs' top-secret strategy meeting, where hundreds of wealthy patrons were urged to open their wallets for what Charles Koch described as "the mother of all wars"—the effort to unseat President Obama. We also told you we'd obtained exclusive audio recordings from the event. And we promised to reveal the identity of the main keynote speaker.

With security extraordinary on the seminar's opening night—audio speakers around the periphery of the outdoor dining pavilion blasted out static to thwart eavesdroppers—David Koch introduced Gov. Christie as "my kind of guy." (The two had previously met in private at Koch's New York City office, he revealed.) Before long, seminar attendees were roaring with laughter as Christie regaled them over dessert, telling them how, in his first weeks in office, he'd exercised extraordinary executive powers to impound billions of dollars in planned spending. ("The good news for all of you and for me," he said, "is that the governorship in New Jersey is the most powerful constitutional governorship in America."

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Reply Audio: Chris Christie Lets Loose at Secret Koch Brothers Confab (Original post)
hue Nov 2013 OP
brucefan Nov 2013 #1
notadmblnd Nov 2013 #2
weissmam Nov 2013 #5
Enthusiast Nov 2013 #10
Heather MC Nov 2013 #11
Enthusiast Nov 2013 #12
Heather MC Nov 2013 #13
Enthusiast Nov 2013 #17
Heather MC Nov 2013 #18
notadmblnd Nov 2013 #14
Doctor_J Nov 2013 #3
davidpdx Nov 2013 #35
freshwest Nov 2013 #4
zeemike Nov 2013 #6
PeoViejo Nov 2013 #8
zeemike Nov 2013 #16
PeoViejo Nov 2013 #21
gtar100 Nov 2013 #7
hue Nov 2013 #20
stillwaiting Nov 2013 #22
DonCoquixote Nov 2013 #24
otohara Nov 2013 #26
ErikJ Nov 2013 #9
libdem4life Nov 2013 #19
madfloridian Nov 2013 #15
RBInMaine Nov 2013 #23
Beacool Nov 2013 #25
dionysus Nov 2013 #27
Beacool Nov 2013 #28
dionysus Nov 2013 #29
Beacool Nov 2013 #32
dionysus Nov 2013 #33
Beacool Nov 2013 #34
CTyankee Nov 2013 #30
dionysus Nov 2013 #31
freshwest Jun 2014 #36

Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 12:48 PM

1. Drip,drip

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 12:55 PM

2. Wow!

more from the article:

In one instance, Christie cut a fellowship program run by a Rutgers University professor who had served as a referee in the state's contentious redistricting fight. He also "mowed down a series of Democratic add-ons, including $45 million in tax credits for the working poor, $9 million in health care for the working poor, $8 million for women's health care, another $8 million in AIDS funding and $9 million in mental-health services," wrote Star-Ledger columnist Tom Moran. "But the governor added $150 million in school aid for the suburbs, including the wealthiest towns in the state. That is enough to restore all the cuts just listed."

In response, Sweeney went nuclear on Christie, claiming he "wanted to punch him in his head" and comparing the governor to "Mr. Potter from 'It's a Wonderful Life,' the mean old bastard who screws everybody," according to the paper. "Don't be vindictive and punish innocent people," he ranted. "These people didn't do anything to him. It's like a bank robber taking hostages. And now he's starting to shoot people." For good measure he called Christie "a cruel man," "mean-spirited," and "a rotten prick."

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During the Q&A, one of the questioners wondered what Christie had learned in New Jersey that might be applied to the nation. His answer was direct: "This is not hard. We spend too much. We borrow too much. We tax too much. It is time to turn those three things around."

"Now, pain will be inflicted when we change that," he went on. "People are going to do with less. People who are used to having entitlement at a certain level will not have them at that level anymore. That's the story." Christie cited Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan's "courageous" and "thoughtful plan" to "fix those systems" by replacing Medicare with a voucher program.

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Response to notadmblnd (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 01:53 PM

5. I hate Christie, pretty simple

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Response to notadmblnd (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 02:50 PM

10. Christie sounds like a wonderful human being.

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Response to Enthusiast (Reply #10)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 02:54 PM

11. I can't believe New Jersy fell for the okie dokie but

If he is the Republicans first pick for the General Election Good, We already have enough to destroy him

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Response to Heather MC (Reply #11)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 02:58 PM

12. I sure hope we can destroy him.

I don't think I could stand him as president.

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Response to Enthusiast (Reply #12)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 03:02 PM

13. I can't stand any of them, I am everything they hate

Black
Female
Liberal
Pro Choice/ Life <--- We are taking that from them
My hubby is a teacher
I have 4 valid ID's
And
I VOTE

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Response to Heather MC (Reply #13)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 03:10 PM

17. Exactly.

It would be bad enough if you were just black or female but you're also a liberal. And your husband is a teacher! And you are pro-choice. They must find a way to prevent you from voting!

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Response to Enthusiast (Reply #17)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 03:15 PM

18. Ha good luck with that

My voting precinct is a block away. No excuses for me not to be there

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Response to Enthusiast (Reply #10)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 03:07 PM

14. The irony is that people like Koch's and Christie do think that they are humam beings

and those that struggle to make their way honestly are the ones that are lacking souls and equate them with being subhuman.

I can't help but think that history is repeating its self except this time the political group isn't conspiring in a beer hall.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 01:04 PM

3. Should have saved this for October 2016

 

When this pig was giving Hillary a run for her money

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Response to Doctor_J (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 12, 2013, 12:12 AM

35. I still think there is plenty more to come out on Christie

Anyone that thinks this guy has been thoroughly vetted should think again.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 01:24 PM

4. If he was POTUS, he couldn't swear to defend the Constitution. His allegiance is to the Koches.

The 'Kingdom Coming' will be Koch controlled. They are close, very close.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 01:57 PM

6. This explains a lot.

As to why Democrats support him and not his oponent...the don't want the wrath of the Koch money to come down on them.
Just as you had better bow to the king three times before you approach him if you want to keep your head.

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Response to zeemike (Reply #6)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 02:02 PM

8. Some don't want to lose their Seat at the Teat.

 

He who has the most Money wins.

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Response to PeoViejo (Reply #8)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 03:07 PM

16. Yep...and welcome to DU

Being a vassal pays well.

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Response to zeemike (Reply #16)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 03:33 PM

21. Thank You.

 


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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 02:00 PM

7. Oh sick! The Kochs have a place in Colorado? Yuck!

I'm sure they love its beauty but they defile the place simply by their presence. Its what they do to every place they go to. Greedy assholes that they are.

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Response to gtar100 (Reply #7)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 03:22 PM

20. 1 of the Koch bros. (William) is building a "Wild West" town in Colorado. here's the link:

Besides the WW town they have a huge compound in CO.

http://realestate.aol.com/blog/2012/08/23/billionaire-bill-koch-builds-his-own-wild-west-town-on-his-color/

The Wild West isn't gone -- in fact, it's re-emerging in Colorado.

Billionaire Bill Koch is building an entire Wild West town (pictured above) on his 6,400-acre Bear Ranch in Gunnison County, Colo., the Denver Post reported. It has 50 buildings, which include a saloon, a jail, a church and a train station.

But Old West enthusiasts shouldn't expect to visit Koch's private, unpopulated town: It's for his amusement only and reportedly will not be open to the public.

another link with a map:

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-08-30/welcome-to-kochtown-population-1

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Sun Nov 10, 2013, 10:22 PM

24. OH great

It's galt's Gulch!

How much you want to bet it has a working gallows for liberals?

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Response to hue (Reply #20)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 03:05 PM

26. Just Like Marie Antoinette

 

The Petit Hameau (The Little Hamlet), or "Le Hameau de la Reine,” was situated in the English-style gardens of the Petit Trianon. Created in 1783, the Petit Hameau was a mock farm area, complete with farmhouse, dairy, and poultry yard – all areas traditionally associated with women.

When visiting this ersatz farm, Marie Antoinette and her attendants would dress as shepherdesses, and play at milking the cows and tending other docile animals. The farmhouse interior was more opulent, featuring all of the luxuries expected by the Queen and her ladies.

The Petit Hameau was part of the landscape of the "natural" English garden, but it was also a reflection of France's cultural values on the eve of the Revolution. This artificial nature retreat mirrored the moral values associated with natural simplicity and virtuehttp://www.pbs.org/marieantoinette/life/hameau.html

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 02:12 PM

9. Koch's play both sides of the game,

 

They push the extremists to move the political spectrum to the right while also supporting the more electable centrists.

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Response to ErikJ (Reply #9)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 03:19 PM

19. This is true. It's why no matter how a candidate positions, the results will be either Center Left

 

or Center Right. That's what the two-party system demands. No one of the outer "fringes" can get elected, they can, however somewhat influence the Platform Policy.

So those who don't want the Democrats to receive corporate money and think it's too early to start courting voters and donors, will hopefully rethink. Christie is already there. Bush just needs to make some phone calls and show up with his Hispanic wife down the road. The others are irrelevant.

Corey Booker got 90% of the money donated...saw a tally. Barbara Buono got next to nothing, apparently. There must already be the air of a strong competitor before money is released...then it seems it's showered. We're talking billions of dollars at the ready.

And I hate it.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 03:07 PM

15. He says he used the state's Dem leaders for his agenda.

"Christie went on to explain how he'd convinced the state's Democratic majority leaders, against the wishes of most of their caucus, to help him slash public-sector pensions and benefits. And he drew a bead on his next major target: public-school teachers and their union. "That's where we head next," Christie said. "We need to take on the teachers' union once and for all, and we need to decide who is determining our children's future, who is running this place. Them or us? I say it's us."

Shameful.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 06:02 PM

23. HE IS FUCKED on his desire to cut SS and Medicare. Totally FUCKED.

 

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 10:45 PM

25. I can't STAND the SOB!!!!!

Christie went on to explain how he'd convinced the state's Democratic majority leaders, against the wishes of most of their caucus, to help him slash public-sector pensions and benefits. And he drew a bead on his next major target: public-school teachers and their union. "That's where we head next," Christie said. "We need to take on the teachers' union once and for all, and we need to decide who is determining our children's future, who is running this place. Them or us? I say it's us."

He presented his accomplishments in New Jersey as a model for curing the nation's ills: "We know the answers. They're painful answers. We're going to have to reduce Medicare benefits. We're going to have to reduce Medicaid benefits. We're going to have to raise the Social Security age. We're going to have to do these things. We're going to have to cut all types of other government programs that some people in this room might like."



Democrats better watch out if this guy somehow manages to get the nomination. He pretends to be a "moderate", but he's as RW as a Tea Party denizen.

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Response to Beacool (Reply #25)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 03:23 PM

27. calm down Bea! you'll make youself sick!

you need to relax... grab a bankie and mix yourself a good strong cocktail. doctors orders.

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Response to dionysus (Reply #27)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 05:03 PM

28. I'll try!!!

Bankie and a drink sound like a good mix.

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Response to Beacool (Reply #28)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 05:21 PM

29. and a fire if you have a fireplace

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Response to dionysus (Reply #29)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 06:49 PM

32. Nope, no working fireplace.

Just the mantel and a heater.



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Response to Beacool (Reply #32)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 06:52 PM

33. we need to get you one of those natural gas fireplace inserts, goes so well with bankie and a drink.

in the wintertime

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Response to dionysus (Reply #33)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 07:15 PM

34. That would be nice...............

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Response to dionysus (Reply #27)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 05:28 PM

30. Christie makes people sick!

I wanna see him get u p on national TV and say those words about cutting Medicare, Medicaid and raising the age for SS! I wanna see him do it in front of EVERYONE, not just the Koch-suckers!

I'm waiting for his whole schtick to just disintegrate, before a live audience...

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #30)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 05:46 PM

31. oh, he'll implode like the hindenburgh, it's all a matter of when.

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Response to Beacool (Reply #25)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 06:27 PM

36. Wasn't that precious?

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