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In Jam Over Bridge Scandal, Chris Christie Fires Aide, Apologizes: VIDEO

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie apologized earlier today at a press conference regarding the scandal over emails that revealed staffers had engaged in political retaliation against the mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey by ordering the closure of two lanes of the George Washington Bridge which clogged traffic in that city for four smoggy days in September.

In the presser, which lasted almost two hours, Christie attempted to paint himself as a victim of the controversy, and said he fired his aide Bridget Anne Kelly and his two-time campaign manager Bill Stepien.

Some of Christie's choice quotes from the press conference. You can read the full transcript HERE.

"I was blindsided yesterday morning.. . . I had no knowledge or involvement in this issue, in its planning or its execution, and I am stunned by the abject stupidity that was shown here, regardless of what the facts ultimately uncover. This was handled in a callous and indifferent way, and it is not the way this administration has conducted itself over the last four years and not the way it will conduct itself over the next four."

"I'm sad. I'm sad. That's the predominant emotion I feel right now is sadness, sadness that I was betrayed by a member of my staff, sadness that I had people who I entrusted with important jobs who acted completely inappropriately, sad that that's led the people of New Jersey to have less confidence in the people that I've selected."

"I feel passionately about issues, and I don't hide my emotions from people. I am not a focus-group tested, blow-dried candidate or governor. Now, that has always made some people, as you know, uneasy. Some people like that style, some people don't. ... But I am not a bully."

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Jon Stewart Mocks the Chris Christie Bridge Retaliation Scandal: VIDEO

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Yesterday, as you may have heard, scandal exploded after the release of an email chain between staffers employed by Chris Christie. The email chain revealed that the closure of two lanes of the George Washington Bridgewhich jammed up traffic for four days last September was retaliation against the mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey for endorsing Christie's opponent Barbara Buono in the gubernatorial election.

Stewart notes that the only certainty about the effects of this burgeoning scandal is that "you can probably now see Paul Ryan's boner from space."

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News: Prince Harry, Utah, Pussy Riot, Christmas Aprons

RoadThe Cambridges offer up some Christmas PDAHarry2

RoadAnd Harry's beard made a cameo too.

RoadThe Powerpuff Girls to return to TV.

RoadDeseret News: Utah has "historic opportunity" to defend marriage -- "[Governor] Herbert and [Attorney General] Reyes, however, have both the opportunity and the willingness to take a full and vigorous legal fight forward. Building on the extraordinary social and economic results that we believe stems from Utah’s deep-seated support of the traditional family, Herbert and Reyes can shape a full-vetting of the complex issues involved in this vitally important debate in both the courts and in the court of public opinion. The vision, tone and rigor that they bring to this debate will provide much needed leadership, not just for Utah, but for the nation."

RoadA very Obama Christmas.

RoadFeud: Joan Rivers vs. Jennifer Lawrence.

RoadCulprit shot dead in Christmas home invasion in Texas turns out to be the Mayor's son.

RoadZachary Quinto prank calls Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Christian Borle.


Aprons RoadNJ Governor Christie has a reputation of being something of a bully.

RoadPussy Riot members granted amnesty in run-up to Sochi games; reunited after leaving prison.

RoadJustin Bieber insists he is retiring.

RoadOne Direction's Liam Payne challenges Tom Daley to an apron-off.

RoadAnd apparently Dustin Lance Black and boyfriend Daley both received a pair of rainbow toe socks for Christmas.

RoadNYT asks, "Is the Internet a Mob without Consequence?": "The immediacy and fast pace of the Internet can be magical. But when someone makes a comment that the masses disagree with, a mob with 140-character pitchforks can develop in seconds and the Internet can become terrifyingly bellicose."


Chris Christie Leaves NJ to Fundraise for GOP Homophobe

New Jersey LGBT rights activists are not happy that Governor Chris Christie has gone to fundraise for Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, the Star-Ledger reports:

FallinGarden State Equality tonight slammed Christie for supporting Fallin's re-election bid, despite her efforts to block spousal benefits at state-owned facilities of the Oklahoma National Guard. Christie opposes same-sex marriage, but is more moderate on the issue. His administration dropped its appeal to a state court ruling effectively legalizing gay marriage in New Jersey.

“As a native Oklahoman, I find Governor Fallin’s anti-LGBT stand reprehensible. Ending service to all rather than offering service to a minority is not equality, it is discrimination of the highest order," said Troy Stevenson, executive director of Garden State Equality. "While Governor Christie has never been a proponent of the freedom to marry, he has always claimed to support equal protections for all. In a time when LGBT rights are quickly becoming a non-partisan issue, it is tragic that Governor Fallin has chosen time and time again to marginalize LGBT Oklahomans."

You may recall that Fallin last month decided to deny spousal benefits to all miliitary couples rather than serve gays.


Chris Christie's Victory Speech: VIDEO

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie easily defeated Democrat Barbara Buono to win reelection yesterday, setting him up for a run at the presidency in 2016.

The NYT:

Mr. Christie declared that his decisive win should be a lesson for the nation’s broken political system and his feuding party: In a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by over 700,000, Mr. Christie won a majority of the votes of women and Hispanics and made impressive inroads among younger voters and blacks — groups that Republicans nationally have struggled to attract.

The governor prevailed despite holding positions contrary to those of many New Jersey voters on several key issues, including same-sex marriage, abortion rights and the minimum wage, and despite an economic recovery that has trailed the rest of the country.

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Parents Sue NJ for Right to Put Son Through Gay Conversion Therapy

New Jersey's ban on gay conversion therapy--signed into law by New Jersey's Republican anti-marriage equality governor, Chris Christie just a little over two months ago--is facing a new lawsuit filed by a couple arguing that their constitutional rights are being infringed upon since they cannot pursue treatment for their 15-year-old son. 

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The suit filed in federal court in Camden on Friday is at least the second to attack the law. A separate suit that names two licensed therapists among its plaintiffs awaits a judge's ruling, said Demetrios Stratis, an attorney involved in both cases.

The unidentified New Jersey couple claim in their suit that the law violates their rights to free speech and freedom of religion, as well as their 14th Amendment right to equal protection, by "denying minors the opportunity to pursue a particular course of action that can help them address the conflicts between their religious and moral values and same-sex attractions, behaviors or identity."

The new lawsuit argues that the couple's son has "unwanted gender identity disorder and unwanted same-sex attractions:"  

"John Doe has a sincerely held religious belief and conviction that homosexuality is wrong and immoral, and he wanted to address that value conflict because his unwanted same-sex attractions and gender confusion are contrary to the fundamental religious values that he holds," the lawsuit contends.

The suit seeks a preliminary injunction that would halt the law.  A federal judge will decide whether to impose such an order by December 2.

Just hours after Chris Christie signed the gay conversion bill into law in late August, the Liberty Counsel, an anti-gay conservative group, followed through on earlier threats to challenge the legislation in court.  Oral arguments were heard in that case in early October.


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