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Giuliani: Let Gov. Christie Do His Job.


Until there is concrete evidence to prove that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie did something wrong, he should be left to do his job, his friend and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says.

“There’s nothing wrong with saying the following, ‘Until and unless there’s evidence that proves he did something wrong, we’re going to take the governor at his word. We’re going to let him do his job,'” Giuliani told “Face the Nation” host Major Garrett Sunday. “I believe it’s going to come out all right. If it doesn’t, there’s always time to take action then.”

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Giuliani has been standing behind Christie throughout the growing George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal. He reiterated that statements made by former Port Authority official David Wildstein’s attorney that Christie knew about the lane closures were no bombshell revelation.

“Here’s what it is,” Giuliani told Garrett. “It’s an offer from a guy who says he has evidence, hasn’t given the evidence yet. However, you have to take that into context. This is a lawyer who’s writing for a man who wants somebody else to pay his legal bills and he can’t get them paid unless the governor is responsible. And he’s a guy that’s seeking immunity.”

Giuliani said the recent disclosures and others that will likely come should be put into context.

“This is a long investigation,” said Giuliani. “It’s going to take a while. There’s going to be stuff like this that just jumps out and everybody’s going to exaggerate. They’re going to have to back off.”

If Christie is lying, Giuliani said, it’s a bad situation, but if the governor is telling the truth, “then something very unfair is being done to him. So let’s see what happens.”

Meanwhile, Giuliani said that he does not think Christie should step down from his leadership position at the Republican Governor’s Association.

Further, Giuliani agrees that the allegations that Christie was behind closing lanes on the George Washington Bridge in retribution for the Fort Lee mayor’s refusal to back his re-election campaign are “unfortunate and bad,” and the governor did apologize.

“But what I’m saying is, you take that real incident and now you’ve got pile on,” said Giuliani.

“You have a Democratic legislature with a guy who’d like to be governor, who very, very oddly announces at the beginning he doesn’t believe the governor. And no Democrat in the state sees that it’s odd that he should be running an investigation when he’s already announced that he knows the answer that none of us know the answer to.”

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

Jindal, Giuliani Defend Chris Christie.


Big-name Republicans are standing behind New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie days after a former loyalist said evidence exists that Christie knew about a politically motivated traffic jam last year even as it happened.

Christie has denied that claim and said he learned about the jam ordered by one of his aides only after it was over.

Former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive David Wildstein hasn’t detailed the evidence.

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin says “nothing has been proven.” The 2012 vice presidential candidate appeared Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

On other news talk shows, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said there was no reason for Christie to step down as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

Jindal, R-La., said Sunday that Christie should not step down as head of the Republican Governors Association.

“I think he ought to stay there,” Jindal said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“No one governor is more important than the other…What really matters is the RGA is a place where our governors come together,” he said.

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By Newsmax Wires

Giuliani: Christie Holds People Accountable, Obama Doesn’t.


Rudy Giuliani praised New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Friday for firing the aides responsible for the so-called bridge-gate fiasco, saying he did what President Barack Obama “finds impossible to do” — hold people accountable.

“He explains it. And, here he does something that the Obama administration finds impossible to do. He held people accountable for it. He actually fired them,” the former New York Mayor said of his fellow Republican on “Fox & Friends.”

“All you have to do is contrast it with Benghazi, the IRS scandal. The way they obfuscate. They hide. The way they never have press conferences,” he added, referring to the Obama administration.

Giuliani called Christie’s apology for the shutdown of traffic last year across the George Washington Bridge connecting New York and New Jersey caused by his aides as “refreshing.” Not many politicians would have dealt with such a controversy by hold a full-blown press conference and giving “definitive answers. He said it was “exactly the opposite of what we have in the White House right now.”

“We’ve spent the last three or four years trying to figure out why President Obama never explains things. Is never transparent. Is never direct. Always seems to be leading from behind, which is, of course, following.

“Now we have an example of the opposite, a guy who gets out front and leads and tells the truth,” Giuliani said of the governor who is viewed as a major contender for the presidency in 2016.

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By Wanda Carruthers

CBS Newsman Miller to Join New NYPD Chief.


Veteran newsman John Miller is planning to quit CBS News to rejoin New York’s new police commissioner Bill Bratton, according to the New York Post.

Miller, who produced and reported the “60 Minutes” investigation into the National Security Agency on Sunday night, has worked under his old friend Bratton twice before.

He became Bratton’s deputy commissioner for public information when Bratton was New York’s police chief for two years until resigning in 1996 after a falling-out with former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

Miller then headed the Los Angeles Police Department‘s counterterrorism and criminal intelligence units when Bratton became that department’s police commissioner.

For the past two-years, Miller has been a senior correspondent and the primary reporter on national security issues, as well as on crime stories, for “CBS This Morning” and on the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.”

Last week New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio named the 66-year-old Bratton, who has also been Boston’s police commissioner, as the city’s next police chief.

During his tenure in L.A., Miller created the Automated Critical Asset Management System, a terror-target risk-assessment program now employed by several states. He also enrolled in the L.A. police academy and was sworn in by his buddy Bratton after seven months.

“It was the proudest day of his life,” Bratton recently told Men’s Journal.

Starting in 2005, Miller worked for six years with the FBI and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. In 2011, he returned to broadcast journalism with CBS.

According to the Post, Miller is expected to take over a top intelligence position or counterterrorism role with Bratton, who will assume his duties as police chief in January.

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By Drew MacKenzie

Bratton Selected by De Blasio to Return as NYPD Commissioner.


Image: Bratton Selected by De Blasio to Return as NYPD Commissioner

New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio chose William Bratton to be the city’s next police commissioner, returning him to the job he held for two years until he resigned in 1996 after a falling-out with former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

Bratton, 66, served as Boston police commissioner before arriving in New York in 1994 to lead the NYPD, and was chief of the Los Angeles police department from 2002 to 2009. Since then, he’s been a security consultant and was chairman of Kroll, a corporate-investigations firm, for two years until 2012. De Blasio made the announcement today at a news briefing in Brooklyn.

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The new commissioner will take over a 34,000-officer department. He must continue to reduce crime while refining the stop-and-frisk street tactics that de Blasio campaigned against, saying they damaged police-community relations. He’ll also be responsible for a 1,000-officer division devoted to terrorism investigations and prevention that has been criticized for its surveillance of Muslims.

“This is a strong appointment of a proven police leader with a national reputation for reducing crime and earning community respect,” said Jeremy Travis, president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan and a member of de Blasio’s transition committee. “Bill Bratton wrestled with the same problems as ours in Los Angeles. He dealt with a court- ordered federal monitor. He created a counter-terrorism task force. His appointment will resonate very positively with the rank and file.”

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His 27-month stint heading the NYPD began a 20-year period in which crime dropped 74 percent, an achievement Travis attributed in part to CompStat, a system Bratton pushed that uses a database to map, categorize and time-stamp crimes to begin managing dangerous neighborhoods.

Bratton’s relationship with Giuliani soured after the commissioner appeared on the Jan. 15, 1996, cover of Time magazine with the caption, “Finally, we’re winning the war against crime. Here’s why.” Giuliani, a former prosecutor, wasn’t mentioned.

He will take over the department at a time of contentious negotiations now in arbitration over a labor contract that expired years ago.

Bratton was an early advocate of community policing, involving street patrols and engagement with civic and religious leaders.

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He also was a proponent of the “broken windows” concept of law enforcement, a theory introduced in 1982 by sociologists James Q. Wilson and George Kelling that linked neighborhoods’ social cohesiveness — clean streets, no graffiti and lack of petty street crime — to reducing assaults, robberies and other felonies.

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Bratton will be the city’s first new commissioner in 12 years, succeeding Raymond Kelly, 72, chosen by Mayor Michael Bloomberg while smoke still billowed from the ruins of the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11 attacks. Bloomberg, 71, is founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP.

Since Kelly became commissioner, crime declined by 31 percent, according to NYPD statistics. Kelly’s stint also represented a return to the post after he had served as former Mayor David Dinkins’ commissioner in 1993.
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Giuliani: Mafia Offered $800G to Kill Me.


Rudy Giuliani has claimed that the mafia in Italy put an $800,000 contract on his head while he was mayor of New York City.

Giuliani, who was praised for his leadership during the 9/11 terrorist attacksy, revealed to Oprah Winfrey on her OWN cable-channel show “Oprah: Where Are They Now” that as a former prosecutor he was a target for criminals who he’d put behind bars, especially mobsters.

“I don’t think anybody prosecuted more mafia members than I did,” said Giuliani, who was U.S. Attorney before becoming the mayor from 1994-2001.

“Certainly, no one sent them to prison for the lengthy periods of time that I did.”

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Giuliani, a Republican, said that a contract to kill him was put out by the Sicilian mafia the first year he was mayor.

“They offered $800,000 to kill me. Then, toward the end of the time I was the mayor, a particular mafia guy who we convicted and put in jail for 100 years put out a contract to kill me for $400,000.”

Giuliani, who turns 70 in May, added with a laugh, “I kind of felt bad that I went down in value. I started at 800, I went down to 400.”

But, he said, he never was that concerned about threats from members of organized-crime gangs.

“Now, when we start talking about Islamic extremist terrorism — that worries me more, because they are suicidal.

“Part of why I didn’t worry about the mafia was because there was a certain rationality to their kind of violence. This other kind of violence is completely irrational violence.”

Giuliani, who runs the security consulting service Giuliani Partners, that helps companies and governments deal with terrorism and crime, pointed out that New York has bounced back since 9/11 and is now doing “fabulous” with a record 50 million tourists last year.

“Even though we were attacked, even though there were threats of attacks, people know how to process it correctly. They realize it’s a small, small risk in comparison to the wonderful things you can do here.”

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By Drew MacKenzie

Walker Seen As GOP’s Alternative to Christie in 2016.


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Many Republican activists, citing Congress‘ deep unpopularity, say they want a governor to be their next presidential nominee. The buzz centers on New Jersey’s Chris Christie for now, but Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is using a national book tour to try to climb into the 2016 conversation.

A small but potentially potent group of GOP insiders say he’s a can-do governor with Christie’s good qualities, and few of Christie’s downsides.

Everything depends on Walker winning re-election next year. If he does, he can join Christie in casting himself as a two-term Republican governor who thrived in a Democratic-leaning state.

Then, Walker’s supporters say, his more conservative stances on several issues would help him in GOP primaries. And Walker’s calm Midwestern demeanor, they say, will play better in Iowa, South Carolina and other places than would Christie’s penchant for bombast and confrontation.

Plenty of potential hurdles stand in Walker’s way, as they do for other Republican governors, such as John Kasich of Ohio. They are not well-known outside their states. And they are untested on national stages, which have chewed up many once-promising governors, including Texas’ Rick Perry and New York’s Rudy Giuliani.

Still, some well-known Republicans say Walker deserves a bit of the attention that showered Christie after his easy re-election this month.

“Walker is the type of leader who is the future of our party,” said Fred Malek, a Republican fundraiser and activist since the Nixon administration. He said Walker can appeal to an array of Republicans and unite the party, which has lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential races.

Walker has used TV, radio and other forums this week to promote his new book, “Unintimidated,” while also subtly pushing his presidential potential. At a conservative gathering Thursday in Washington, a friendly interviewer helped him make his best possible contrast with Christie.

Marc Thiessen, Walker’s co-author, said Christie “is moderate in policy and immoderate in temperament. You are very moderate in temperament but immoderate in policy.”

Walker didn’t quarrel with the premise. “Chris and I are good friends,” he said, and both of them stay true to their principles.

“The demeanor you have does have an impact,” Walker said. In New Jersey, he said, “the way that Chris has reacted to things actually fits.”

“I just have a Midwestern filter, that’s the difference,” Walker said. “I’m willing to speak out, but I’m not going to call you an idiot. I’m just going to say ‘That’s a ridiculous question,’ and move on.”

Walker brought up Hillary Rodham Clinton without being asked, calling her the likely Democratic nominee for president. She is “a product, by and large, of Washington, not just of late, but for decades,” he said. The way to defeat her, he said, is with a Republican team that’s “completely focused on being outsiders, taking Washington on, successful reformers in states.”

Walker uses similar language to downgrade the political prospects of members of Congress. That would include such potential GOP presidential candidates as Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida and Rep. Paul Ryan, a fellow Wisconsinite.

“I think both the presidential and the vice presidential nominee should either be a former or current governor,” Walker told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. “People who have done successful things in their states.”

Walker’s biggest achievement as governor was curbing the powers of government-sector unions, which triggered a ferocious backlash. Walker survived a bitterly fought recall election, making him a hero to conservatives who oppose unions.

Walker says he wasn’t intimidated by death threats against his family, thus the name of his book.

Walker takes a more conservative stand on some issues than do fellow Republican governors such as Christie and Kasich. Unlike them, Walker refused to expand Medicaid in his state with new federal funds under President Barack Obama’s new health care law. Democrats accused him of putting political ambition above the best interests of low-income Wisconsin residents.

“Accepting Medicaid expansion through Obamacare would be an anathema to Walker’s tea party base and his corporate backers,” said the liberal Daily Kos website.

Walker joined many other governors in criticizing congressional Republicans who prompted a 16-day government shutdown last month in a failed bid to block the Affordable Care Act. Chief among them was Cruz, who establishment Republicans fear will appeal to hard-line conservatives in Republican primaries but not to general election voters in November 2016.

Campaign strategists say Walker is trying to carve a middle path between Christie’s moderation and Cruz’s staunchly right positions.

Walker “is best positioned to unite the conservative and establishment wings,” said Texas-based consultant Matt Mackowiak. “Winning victories over public unions and beating back a recall attempt,” he said, can help Walker build a national image for conservative voters.

At least one liberal group is taking note of Walker. Progressives United is criticizing his record and seeking donations “to stop his political career dead in its tracks.”

Even Walker’s biggest fans note that the 2016 election is far off, and any number of unforeseen events can boost or doom potential candidacies.

Christie planted himself in the middle of Republican speculation by winning two terms in a state that hasn’t backed a Republican presidential nominee since 1988. Walker, several other governors and a few members of Congress will see if they can join him.

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