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Chris Christie: The Heartless, Smug, Bullying Embodiment of Today's Republican Party

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His party has a woman problem, and so does Chris Christie.

Even his foul mouth isn't an anomaly, despite his party's claim to greater personal propriety, when you consider Richard Nixon's serial profanities on the White House tapes, Dick Cheney's infamous "f**k yourself" to Sen. Patrick Leahy on the Senate floor, or even Saint Santorum's recent "bulls**t" tirade against a reporter.

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(Sure, everybody swears -- but only one party claims the mantle of religious self-righteousness.)

Party Boy

Chris Christie isn't the Republican Party's "bad boy." He's its Id. He expresses the emotions they all feel but which most of them are too judicious to say out loud. That's clear by the way the party has embraced him.

And underneath all the bluster about being "my own man," Christie's a cookie-cutter GOP politician who operates straight out of his party's corporate playbook. Like Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin, Chris Christie is a rubber-stamp for the anti-middle class, anti-democratic, and anti-democratic prefabricated bills cranked out by ALEC, the organization funded by the Koch Brothers and other major corporations.

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From a comprehensive Star-Ledger report by reporter Salvador Rizzo:

"Drawing on bills crafted by the council, on New Jersey legislation and dozens of emails by Christie staffers and others, The Star-Ledger found a pattern of similarities... At least three bills, one executive order and one agency rule accomplish the same goals set out by ALEC using the same specific policies. In eight passages contained in those documents, New Jersey initiatives and ALEC proposals line up almost word for word. Two other Republican bills not pushed by the governor's office are nearly identical to ALEC models."

Rizzo wrote that "critics say New Jersey officials are handing off a cardinal duty -- do your own work -- to a national group with unique ties to the business world." Characteristically, Christie's office responded with a lie and a flippant remark: ""Our reforms have no basis in anyone's model legislation," (Christie's spokesman) said. "The governor said to me, 'Who's ALEC?'"

Un-characteristically, the Big Talker had nothing to say. Rizzo's article includes this sentence: "Christie declined to comment for this story."

Aw, c'mon, Governor! Let's have a conversation!

Rock-Ribbed Republican

Christie's ALEC bills and regulations were drawn from Corporate America's anti-education and anti-environment playbooks. Can anyone doubt that the other items on the ALEC agenda -- include the now-notorious "stand your ground" laws and others that would disenfranchise minorities -- are on his list too?

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Christie's a cookie-cutter Republican when it comes to taxes, too. Not only has he cut taxes for the wealthy, but he's given away $1.57 billion in corporate tax breaks -- supposedly in return for jobs. Yet New Jersey has only recovered 20 percent of the jobs it lost during the financial crisis -- a crisis caused by Christie-like deregulation -- and there's very little evidence that more than a few of those jobs came from Christie's tax breaks.

Just across the river, New York has recovered 80 percent of its lost jobs. Way to go, Chris Christie!

Shame America First

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