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Judgment Day For Ex-Illinois Gov Blago

Ex-Gov on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice

Ex-Gov on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s judgment day for ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Federal jurors in his public corruption case are expected to get jury instructions on Wednesday and then begin deliberating. Deliberations are likely to take several days and go into next week.

In closing arguments, his attorney Sam Adam Jr. portrayed the ex-governor as a victim with “absolutely horrible judgement in people” who was misled by top advisers and was the target of scalp-hunting FBI agents, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Prosecutors painted him as a seasoned lawyer who refused to take responsibility for his actions as if he was “somehow the accidentally corrupt governor,” the Tribune reported.

“We are all responsible for our own actions,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Reid Schar said in closings, according to the Tribune.

Blago’s attorney Adams said: “I’m not trying to belittle this — much. But these are the feds, and this is what they bring you? Come on!”

Minn. Man Charged With Sending Threatening Email to Vice Pres. Joe Biden, Gov and Senator

white house photo

white house photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A 45-year-old Minnesota man was indicted Thursday for hacking into his neighbor’s wireless router Internet service and sending threats to the vice president and the governor and senator from Minnesota   from email under the neighbor’s name.

Authorities said Barry Vincent Ardolf was charged with two counts of aggravated identity theft, one count of making threats to the president and successors to the presidency, one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer, one count of possession of child pornography, and one count of distribution of child pornography.

Ardolf is accused of hacking into his neigbhors wireless router in February 2009 and creating Yahoo.com e-mail accounts under the neigbhor’s name. In May 2009, he used on of the accounts to send Vice President Biden an email under his neighbors’s name:

“This is a terrorist threat! Take this seriously. I hate the way you people are spending money you don’t have…. I’m assigning myself to be judge jury and executioner. Since you folks have spent what you don’t have it’s time to pay the ultimate price. Time for new officials after you all are put to death by us….”

The e-mail was also sent to the governor and a U.S. senator from Minnesota, and threatened to kill the officials one at a time, starting June 1.

On top of that, he is accused of sending child pornography to the neighbor’s co-workers with the intention of the email being traced to his neighbor.

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Newark Star-Ledger Editorial Questions Some of Ex-U.S. Atty Chris Christies’ Actions

Ex-U.S. Attorney is learning that running for governor is a lot harder than being the U.S. Attorney during the Bush years– even when one of your real bosses is Karl Rove.

Christopher Christie

Christopher Christie

By The Star-Ledger Editorial Board
NEWARK, N.J. –A high horse is a difficult thing to ride, as Chris Christie is finding out. After building his image as a white knight rescuing New Jersey from the dragon of corruption, Christie is showing some gaps in his armor.

The Republican candidate for governor is facing questions about a loan of $46,000 he made to an assistant when he was U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, and failed to report on his income tax and financial disclosure forms. He says it was a mistake and is filing amended reports. If there’s no more to this story, it may blow over. Gov. Jon Corzine can’t make much of it without reviving questions about the Democrat’s own financial entanglement with former state labor leader Carla Katz.

Of more concern is the disclosure that, while New Jersey’s top federal prosecutor, Christie spoke with Karl Rove, political guru to George W. Bush.

Christie says they never discussed legal cases; Rove says they talked about Christie’s interest in running for governor. That raises questions about whether Christie took steps toward a campaign while still U.S. Attorney, in possible violation of the Hatch Act.

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Ex-U.S. Atty. Christie Failed to Report $46,000 Loan to Top Aide

When you run as a law and order guy, when the issues are public corruption in New Jersey, every little bit of news like this hurts.

Christopher Christie

Christopher Christie

By DAVID M. HALBFINGER
New York Times

In 2007, while he was New Jersey’s ranking federal prosecutor, Christopher J. Christie – now the Republican candidate for governor – lent one of his top aides $46,000. But he failed to report the loan as required under federal and state ethics rules.

The aide, Michele A. Brown, borrowed the money from Mr. Christie while he was United States attorney for New Jersey and she was his executive assistant and counsel, according to mortgage records in Morris County, N.J.

Ms. Brown was promoted to first assistant United States attorney after Mr. Christie resigned last December to begin his campaign for governor.

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Ex-U.S. Atty. Christie Easily Wins Republican Primary for N.J. Governor

The ex-U.S. Attorney has a good brand name and is likely to give the incumbent Jon S. Corzine a run for his money. In fact, Christie leads in polls against Corzine. But the race is still young. Would a Republican victory give the Republican party a glimmer of hope after a poor showing at the polls nationally? The party hasn’t had much to celebrate as of late.

By DAVID M. HALBFINGER
New York Times

Christopher J. Christie, a former prosecutor who sent a parade of corrupt New Jersey politicians to prison, handily won the Republican nomination for governor on Tuesday, earning the right to try to dislodge the state’s embattled Democratic incumbent, Jon S. Corzine.

His romp past Steven M. Lonegan, a feisty former mayor, sets the stage for what could be a fierce and expensive confrontation with the wealthy Mr. Corzine, who came to office vowing to rescue the state from financial crisis but has watched his popularity sink to record lows as the recession made matters worse.

“I think he’s a good man, and I think he’s well-intentioned,” Mr. Christie said of Mr. Corzine. “But he is simply wrong for this job.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer Endorses Ex-U.S. Atty. Chris Christie For New Jersey Republican Gov. Primary

Christopher Christie

Christopher Christie

Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Page
The contest to bear the Republican standard against the Democratic gubernatorial candidate has fallen into a familiar pattern for the New Jersey GOP: the hard-line conservative promising outright upheaval versus the establishment candidate espousing vague electability.

The latter is CHRIS CHRISTIE, and The Inquirer endorses him in the Republican primary. Christie, 46, is the most electable candidate – so much so that Democrats have tried to boost the prospects of right-wing rival Steve Lonegan. Christie earned his reputation with prolific corruption-busting as the state’s chief federal prosecutor. His nomination would likely guarantee a healthy competition in the general election and, for many voters, a tough choice.

Christie’s chief drawback is his foggy agenda, a combination of GOP boilerplate and deliberate ambiguity. That’s probably because he is trying to keep the party’s conservative base mollified without harming his ability to move toward the center in November – a perennial challenge for Republicans in the liberal state.

Lonegan, by contrast, deserves credit for making substantive policy proposals. Unfortunately, some of them would be disastrous if ever carried out.

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