Gov Chris Christie has secret meeting with Koch brothers plutocrat convention and gets his marching orders of how to screw the middle class yet again while preserving the historically low tax rates for the plutocrat class, only revealed by the intrepid Brad Friedman of Bradblog, we peons get a peek under the tent of how our futures are determined by the Economic Royalist Plutocracy who now rules America, removing even the pretense of democracy:
NJ gov met with oil exec before gas pact pullout
BETH DeFALCO, Associated Press
Updated 05:05 p.m., Wednesday, September 7, 2011
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Months before New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced the state was withdrawing from a pact aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions among 10 Northeastern states, he met with one of the billionaire oil industry brothers who have fought to end regional greenhouse gas initiatives.
Now environmentalists and liberals are holding up that meeting and a closed-door seminar in June hosted by brothers David and Charles Koch, in which Christie was the keynote speaker, as evidence of their claims that Christie is influenced by big oil.
"This is the smoking gun that shows he's been working with the Koch brothers from the beginning," said Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club.
On Wednesday, the liberal magazine Mother Jones revealed Christie's contact with the brothers in a report that featured secretly recorded audio from the closed-door conservative conclave in Vail, Colo., on June 26. The audio also revealed that Christie met with David Koch privately this winter.
"Five months ago we met in my New York City office and spoke — just the two of us — for about two hours on his objectives and successes in correcting many of the most serious problems of the New Jersey state government," David Koch said in introducing Christie at the seminar, according to Mother Jones' recording. "At the end of our conversation, I said to myself, 'I'm really impressed and inspired by this man. He is my kind of guy.'"
Christie announced in May he was pulling the state from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative by the end of the year. He said the program was "a failure" at actually reducing such emissions. He said the cap-and-trade pact "does nothing more than tax electricity, tax our citizens, tax our businesses with no discernible or measurable impact upon our environment."
A spokesman for Koch Industries did not return a call and emails sent Wednesday seeking comment on the Mother Jones report.
A spokesman for the governor said that timing of events — both the meeting in New York and the speech in Vail — were "wholly unconnected" to the governor's decision to pull out of RGGI.
"The governor has stated clearly the reasons that make RGGI bad public policy," spokesman Michael Drewniak said.