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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan. 22, 2014/ 21 Shevat, 5774

Christie's demolition: Why is he being attacked now?

By Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker


JewishWorldReview.com | The question du jour is, why did Hoboken, N.J., Mayor Dawn Zimmer wait so long to step forward and level her corruption allegations at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie?

As surely everyone knows by now, Zimmer (D) claims that New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R) told her that Hoboken wouldn’t receive Hurricane Sandy relief funds unless the mayor supported a commercial development project favored by Christie (R).

Not surprisingly, the governor’s office denies this. And Guadagno denies that the conversation took place as described. An investigation has ensued.

After the famous bridge incident, this amounts to a second scandal for Christie, causing enough smoke to make even a skeptic wonder whether there might be fire somewhere. But the Zimmer story also seems too good — or awful — to be true. Hence, the nagging question, heard from pundits to pedestrians: Why now?

Let’s take a look, dispassionately.

Zimmer’s only “evidence” that the conversation took place is her passionate insistence that it did — and an alleged journal entry in which she expressed her disappointment in and outrage toward Christie. On this basis alone, Christie & Co. face a full-on investigation heaped on top of other investigations regarding the bridge traffic jam. Can Democrats stick a fork in Christie yet? Certainly not for want of roasting.

The journal entry, provided to CNN and available for viewing online, is ripe for dissection. The handwriting is messy, as if the author were distraught or in a hurry, and reads in part: “I prefer typing on computer — but maybe it is time to get back to journal writing. Embarrassed to say — but I found myself breaking down last night on the plane. I was watching ‘Les Miserables’ thinking about my dad — and so I cried for him. But then I was emotional about Governor Christie.”

Hmmmm.

Zimmer seems credible and sincere. But given the size of the nail she’s trying to hammer into Christie’s coffin, due diligence is in order. Let’s begin with the words “but maybe it’s time to get back to journal writing.”

Really? Just now? Was the inspiration “Les Miz”? Or the bridge scandal? Her dad? Why on this particular day in May 2013 was the mayor motivated (finally) to start journal writing (again)?

One is faced with at least two possibilities: Either she’s been telling herself that she really must get back to keeping a journal. Or, she’s explaining to future cable interviewers why this entry appears so suddenly in a “journal” that she otherwise seems to have neglected.

The skeptic further notes that Zimmer doesn’t come charging out to say Christie is just another corrupt politician. Instead she sets a stage, with no less than “Les Miz.” Instantly, “Do You Hear the People Sing?” is playing in my head while revolutionaries fight with sticks against government bullies and income inequality.

Zimmer weeps first for her father (don’t we all?), then for Christie. She had had such high hopes. Or was she merely emotional because Fantine died, leaving poor Cosette without a mother? We may never know.

It is fair to imagine that we would not be so baffled were it not for the bridge scandal. This is because it seems probable that we never would have heard about Zimmer’s crisis if not for the bridge mess. It apparently took other people pointing fingers at Christie for the mayor of Hoboken to locate her courage.

Zimmer says she was afraid that no one would believe her, which may be true. Or maybe she was willing to keep her own counsel because, as others have claimed, Christie is a bully. Or maybe she didn’t speak up because this is the way politics is played in New Jersey and she just wanted to go along. Maybe she was afraid she wouldn’t get the money her town so desperately needed.

Maybe.

But by failing to speak up sooner and waiting until the safety of a mob had formed, Zimmer has in a sense indicted herself. Either she is — or was — as politically corrupt as those she accuses, or she is too weak to be a leader. Perhaps she is merely, plainly and simply, afraid.

Zimmer may well be telling the truth, and it also may be impossible ever to know. In the meantime, of this we can be certain. The demolition of Chris Christie, until now the best hope for a Republican presidency, got under way just as the serious fundraising and politickin’ were beginning.

Why now? But, of course, now.

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