These guys go way back.
Chris Christie knew both Jared Kushner’s father and Donald Trump for some 17 years.
He’s got a book on it now and he’s pushing it on the late night trail.
[Clip: “Ladies and gentlemen, this is going to be fun. And my first guest tonight served as the fifty-fifth governor of New Jersey, and the head of President Trump’s transition team. His new book is called ‘Let Me Finish.’ Please welcome, Governor Chris Christie.” “A little Bon Jovi.” “Yeah, of course. We want to make you feel at home.” “Well, God bless you!” “Welcome, welcome, to the Ed Sullivan theater. You know, I’m sure you know this, I’ve wanted to interview you for a long time. We’ve tried to get this to happen. And it was always like nah maybe later. Now you’ve got a reason to be here because you’re looking to push some paper.” “I’m shillin.” “Yeah, right there.” “I’m shillin.’” “‘Let Me Finish,’ it’s the longest title. I may not have any room left for an interview after I finish this title. ‘Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, And The Power Of In Your Face Politics.’” “Yeah.”]
And it got Christie fired from Trump’s transition team.
He pins the tail on the donkey, Jared Kushner that is, who’s been nursing a long and festering grudge.
For in 2005, then-federal-prosecutor Chris Christie threw Kushner’s father in jail.
It’s called “in-the-blood” politics.
[Clip: “I want to talk about Jared Kushner, because frankly, it comes down to he’s the one who fired you. Right?” “That’s what Steve Bannon told me, yes.” “And you believe that?” “Sure.” “Right. You believe that because there’s history between the two of you.” “Between me and his father not between me and him.” “But you can understand why he takes it personally.” “Yes and no.” “Would you separate your experience if your father had been put in jail from the prosecutor who put him in jail?” “If my father was guilty I would. Mr Kushner pled guilty. He admitted the crimes. And so what am I to do as a prosecutor?”]
But Jared said that Christie should have let the rabbis adjudicate the case in a kind of quasi-Sanhedrin court.
Not keeping kosher? Let the rabbis referee.
But witness tampering? Would rabbis fiddle around here?
[Clip: “I mean, if a guy hires a prostitute to seduce his brother-in-law and videotapes it and then sends the videotape to his sister to attempt to intimidate her from testifying before a grand jury, do I really need any more justification than that? I mean, it’s one of the most loathsome, disgusting crimes that I prosecuted when I was US Attorney. And I was US attorney in New Jersey, Margaret, so we has some loathesome and disgusting crime going on there.”]
High crimes and misdemeanors are woven into the fabric of both New Jersey and New York real estate ops.
It was the Kushner family, with deep links, that unlocked New Jersey to Trump in the early eighties when he couldn’t build in the Jewish-held Manhattan turf.
And it was Charles Kushner and his Orthodox Jewish friends who funded Trump’s presidential campaign from the get-go.
Trump owed, he owed, so into the West Wing Jared Kushner did go.
And on his way in “the kid” was waving an axe.
Trump gave him free sway and “sold” Christie out.
[Clip: “I’ll just ask it bluntly, did he sell you out? I mean, he could’ve blocked that.” “Well, listen; I think he, I think what happened was he gave in to the, what was described to me by Steve Bannon, who said, ‘the kid’ is what he referred to Jared as.” “This was Bannon’s nickname for Jared Kushner?” “Yup. The kid has been taking an ax to your head with the boss ever since I got here. So I think that ultimately the President just decided that he could end the battering that he was taking at the hands of his son-in-law.”]
Look, Jared is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka.
Ivanka “converted” to Judaism as her religion but apparently didn’t go through the “mikveh” water immersion that Gentiles by blood must undergo.
That would mean her mother Ivana—whose maiden name was “Zelnickova,”—a Czech Jewish surname—would be considered a Jewess by the rabbis.
Well, she sure looks Jewish!
Thus Ivanka, born of a Jewish mother from which the “blood” is traced by rabbinic law, is de facto Jewish.
Trump is tied to all this “Jewishness” by blood relations, and keeping the Jewish factor intact keeps Sheldon Adelson’s big bucks on track.
Jared’s got the blood, he’s an Israel-Firster, and Adelson likes it like that.
Influence peddling is “in-the-blood” politics.
[Clip: “Just to follow on that, there have been reports of late that Jared Kushner is basically kind of de facto operating as White House chief of staff. Do you have any insight into whether that’s true?” “I don’t know if it’s true, but let me say this, there is simply no one more influential in the White House on the President than Jared Kushner.” “Hmm”]
Hmm. Of course!
He’s got the hotline to Israel, to the Jewish vote, to Adelson, to campaign money that fills the pot of every hack on Capitol Hill willing to sell their souls for the chosen few.
There are some things you can’t openly say.
But when the lid flies off the pot what’s said in secret will be shouted from the rooftop.