I had the radio on for my drive to Palm Desert this evening. That’s never a good thing (the radio listening, not the drive). First a little NPR then some political talk shows.
Why do I torture myself this way?
On “Radio Times,” A WHYY production seemingly aimed at the Philadelphia metro but which plays nationally via satellite radio, I learned about Chris Christie’s deal settling a lawsuit with Exxon/Mobil.
New Jersey originally asked for $8.9 billion. Christie ordered it settled for $225 million. That’s literally pennies on the dollar.
Everyone outside the governor’s office (and Exxon/Mobil boardroom) seems upset. From the NY Times:
By a vote of 24 to 0, the Senate approved a resolution urging a judge to reject a proposed $225 million settlement in the case. The state had sought $8.9 billion in damages for restoration and for loss of use of the land by the public because of contamination caused by refineries in Bayonne and Linden.
The resolution urged the state to withdraw from the proposed settlement agreement because it is “inappropriate, improper and inadequate,” and called on the governor, a Republican, “to obtain maximum compensation possible” for the damages to wetlands and waterways.
It’s possible Christie isn’t as interested in making Jerseyite’s happy as he is in pleasing conservatives and corporate donors. He does seem interested in being president. Money is important if you’re running. Whatever the reason this deal is giving off major stench.
I was pretty upset after hearing that… and then I got to listen to Ted Cruz’s announce he’s running for president. He wants to be president of a different country than I want. To me, his vision is scary.
Even to some Republicans his vision is scary.
Congressman Peter King (R-NY) appeared on CNN and didn’t mince words.
“We need intelligent debate in the country. Ted Cruz may be an intelligent person, but he doesn’t carry out an intelligent debate,” King said. “He oversimplifies, he exaggerates and he basically led the Republican Party over the cliff in the fall of 2013. He has shown no qualifications, no legislation being passed, doesn’t provide leadership and he has no real experience. So, to me, he is just a guy with a big mouth and no results.”
But would King support Cruz if he ended up becoming the Republican Party nominee for 2016?
“I hope that day never comes,” King told Blitzer. “I will jump off that bridge when we come to it.”
The election isn’t until November 2016. I’m not sure I can deal with it that long.