Chris Christie: Donald Trump Is A Tax Genius [VIDEO]

NBC News reports:

Donald Trump’s allies argued Sunday that a New York Times report revealing that Donald Trump might have avoided paying taxes for 18 years shows the Republican candidate is “genius” and the best person to implement tax reform.

“What it shows is what an absolute mess the federal tax code is and that’s why Donald Trump is the person best positioned to fix it,” New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“There’s no one who has shown more genius in their way to maneuver around the tax code and to rightfully use the laws to do that and he’s already promised in his tax plan to change many of these special interest loopholes and get rid of them so you don’t have this kind of situation,” Christie said.

“The early 1990s was a difficult time for lots of folks,” Christie said. “We went into a recession as I know you’ll recall and Donald Trump wrote the book ‘The Art of the Comeback.’ This is a guy when a lot of businesses went out of business in the early 1990s, he fought and clawed back to build another fortune, to create tens of thousands of more jobs, and this is actually a very, very good story for Donald Trump.”

  • crewman

    Yes, it’s so convincing you believe that. That’s why you’ve been advocating for him to release his taxes so we could all see true genius at work.

    • I disagree but only slightly. If this is what they were hiding they’d be releasing all the taxes to show that. I don’t think this is what they are hiding. I think there could be things even worse in there.

      • EweTaw

        I pray and hope there are worse things he’s trying to hide.

        • There certainly are. The question is if any of them will come out before the election. It’s clear we can’t count on reporters to find them on their own. Remember in 2000 when Bush almost got elected without his arrest records being released? The press is lazy.

          • The_Wretched

            The press has incentive to keep quiet. If all of Don the Con’s cheats were known, we’d have public pressure to make more of them illegal.

    • IamM

      He ripped off contractors, probably didn’t pay all his business taxes, the businesses went bankrupt stiffing creditors and putting employees out of work, but Trump got to write off the paper losses on his investment to avoid paying about a billion dollars in taxes over subsequent years.

      Seems fair, right?

  • another_steve

    Why isn’t Chris Christie in prison?

  • Sam_Handwich

    is he wearing lip gloss? or is it glazed donut residue?

    • agcons

      Maybe it’s bacon grease. We’ve all been there, but probably not out in public without using a napkin first.

  • Lars De

    Fuck, I got whiplash from that spin.

    • DumbHairyApe

      Come sit by me, I’ll massage it all up for you.

    • Nic Peterson

      I broke my collar bone from the eye roll Krispy induced with his spinning routine.

    • Todd

      Right ?
      And Chris Christie is a Bridge Genius.

      • Joe in PA

        I was gonna say “swimsuit model”.

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          He couldnt work in a trump property with that bod

    • ohbear1957

      Fuck, I got nausea from it.

      • TK

        Has that guy got an invisible doughnut or hot dog in his hand???

    • Herald

      Desperation – They really are trying everything including the proverbial kitchen sink.

    • JT

      It’s a good thing you weren’t standing any closer. You might have lost a limb.
      http://i.makeagif.com/media/1-30-2016/hwP00V.gif

      • BlindBill

        that is 6’3 and 237 lbs right …he looks just like donald’s size

        • JT

          He’s 5’11” and well over 300 lbs.

      • pj

        like he swallowed a life raft

      • KP

        could project a CinemaScope movie on his ass.

      • glass

        If you don’t know how to wear a thong, leave it to the professionals. O_o

      • JCF
    • secretlab

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    • Robincho

      Too bad he can’t sit as well as he spins…

  • crowTrobot

    Does Christie spit or swallow?

    • kanehau

      Depends which end.

    • Treant

      Christie ejects santorum every time he trumps.

      • kanehau

        That is an oddly disturbing sentence.

        • bambinoitaliano

          and the visuals.

          • safari

            for me it’s more the sounds

    • Jeffrey

      You can tell that man is a swallower.

      • FAEN

        Big time.

        • JCF

          Bigly!

    • zhera

      Moisterize.

      • EweTaw

        Is that the same as greasing up? He definitely is no stranger to grease.

  • agcons

    I would never have thought Christie was capable of spinning that quickly.

    • DaddyRay

      He is just regurgitating Trump Talking Points

      • agcons

        Or there’s axle grease on the spindle.

  • jimbo65

    God it’s like they’re trying to hawk another Trump U to the rubes. “Yes you too can be rich and dodge the system. Let Donald show you how!”

  • Captain Obvious

    Captain Obvious: Chris Christie is an idiot’s idiot.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Well, taxes pay for the military, E.P.A., F.D.A., police, border security, roads, bridges……oh wait……now I get it.

    • Oh’behr

      Oh and our totally sucky third world airports in the USA.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Well, there’s always O’Hare during holiday season LOL

      • Stubenville

        A Conde Nast Traveler magazine survey designated LaGuardia (LGA), Newark (EWR) and Kennedy (JFK) the three worst airports in America. But Trump and Christie probably fly private aviation out of Teterboro airport.

  • Michael

    Does anyone in their right mind think that as president Trump will do anything to change the tax code that benefits him so much?

    • OdieDenCO

      not likely the parasite will change the host to kill the parasite.

    • Michael R

      Out of the goodness of his heart ?

  • Bruno

    “He’s a genius because he took advantages of loopholes that suck and he’ll change those so other geniuses like him can’t live off the welfare of tax paying citizens anymore.”

  • Michael Smith

    If anything his accountant is a genius.

    https://twitter.com/toddzwillich/status/782606262823424004

  • DaddyRay

    In 1995 the stock market return was a whopping 37.4% – only bad businessmen lose that kind of money (and on a Casinos no less where the House always wins)

    • olandp

      The only person know who went to a Trump casino told me she never won anything there, which is why she quit going to Trump.

  • KCMC

    #theShartoftheComeback

  • Blake J Butler

    Wonder how these campaign meetings go, like do they provide food and if they do, does Christie get his own table of food.

    • EweTaw

      He gets his own two-dozen box of Crispy Cremes.

      • Blake J Butler

        Give him the nickname when he walks in to the table: “It’s Krispy Kreme Christie”

        His version of a snack looks more like a regular person’s meal.

      • Stubenville

        Christie probably demands Tastykake Jelly Krimpets (it’s a Philly thing.)

        http://www.tastykake.com/products/krimpets

        • EweTaw

          I doubt he’s ever met a pastry or dessert that he hasn’t refused.

  • DesertSun59

    This is the simplistic view of the entire GOP. Trump is in serious debt, he games the system, avoids paying a dime in federal taxes and he’s considered a GENIUS who can reform the tax code. Due to that?

    Are you f*cking kidding me? This is what they say is genius? Their cult followers are seriously, seriously, seriously brain dead.

    • EweTaw

      Well, yeah. Every Alt Right and white/blue collar worker knows that someone like Trump who benefits from the current tax codes is going to change them so Joe Plumber will get a tax break. Isn’t it obvious? Sheesh.

      • Friday

        Of course “Joe The Plumber” is actually just the owner of a bunch of businesses.

        • Reality.Bites

          Yeah, he was a plumber like Trump was a chambermaid.

        • Bad Tom

          He wasn’t even named Joe.

        • EweTaw

          He now the owner of a failing adult bookstore.

          • Oh’behr

            For real? Wow!

          • EweTaw

            I read that on the internet. So it’s true. Right?

      • Carl

        Everybody knows the rich love company.

      • olandp

        Actually Joe the Plumber was thinking about opening a plumbing company. He never actually owned anything.

        Oops, that was meant as a reply to Friday…

        • EweTaw

          I’d never let him touch my pipes.

    • I might hire his accountant, but not him. (and even then I’d need to see more and I’m also not convinced that all of those losses were legit. We haven’t seen any details.)

    • Michael White

      I hope his “serious debt” is held by Russian and they come to collect soon.

      • IamM

        I’m wondering who he put up as collateral.

        • Stubenville

          Uday and Qusay?

          • douglas

            If he got two rubles for the pair then Putin overpaid.

    • Dave B

      I think this sums up most Trump supporters….

      Minimally conscious.
      What does that mean?
      This means the patient is similar to a vegetative patient
      with sleep-wake cycles, but the minimally conscious
      patient may intermittently follow simple commands and
      have some purposeful movements, including emotional
      responses to both pleasurable and painful stimuli. They
      may even use a few simple words.

  • MBear

    These people run on a platform that tries to speak to middle frustrated white hetero christian uneducated ignorant voters by crying about how everyone is taxed so heavily, no?

    And yet: they dont’ pay taxes (rich people can hire the people to find the loopholes…hello?) and think that’s a good thing.

    While their ignorant supporters are thinking it’s the Dem’s fault.
    Really.
    Really?

    Are these people so out of touch?

  • Randy Left Brooklyn

    No, using tax loss carryforwards is not genius, it is very ordinary, and it was probably all handled by his tax accountants and lawyers. There was nothing special about what they did, at least as far as we know so far.

  • DumbHairyApe

    I seriously doubt that Donald has ever even SEEN his own tax forms, and then only maybe to sign them. He hires people who are the “geniuses”. I suspect he actually knows precious little of the actual tax code.

    His Trumpeteers try to paint him as a saint, a genius, a nobleman, etc…none of which he is.

    • One of my many Wall St jobs was one where I set up the training for CPAs on state taxes. There’s no one anyone knows the ins and outs of state and federal tax law unless they do it full time. So no, Trump isn’t a tax genius. It requires constant effort just to keep up with the changes.

  • Michael R

    … and Chris Christie is a fitness guru .

    • Oh’behr

      and an speedo model.

  • Michael Smith

    Geniuses don’t usually lose money in a booming real estate market and on casinos. How does a genius lose money on a freaking casino?

    • EweTaw

      By manipulating the business so it doesn’t show a profit.

      • Jeffrey

        But he actually did lose his casino, so he actually did run it badly.

        • EweTaw

          But he did, Blanche. He really did. πŸ™‚

    • Real estate was in a lump around 93-95. I remember because that’s when I moved to NYC and there was a lot of turnover which got me into an affordable, if tiny, apartment in Chelsea. But 900 million in losses and that after about the same amount of loss in ’91 or so.

    • Randy Left Brooklyn

      Casinos have huge fixed and operating costs. If the situation in Atlantic City is that the market gets overbuilt, as it did throughout the east coast, they tend to lose money. Caesar’s and Bally’s are currently in bankruptcy, and MGM came within inches of bankruptcy in 2010.

      • Mister Don

        No one from New England would venture that far once Foxwoods was up and running in the early 90s.

      • marshlc

        Isn’t part of being a business genius seeing that coming? I remember about a year before the housing market collapse in 08 thinking “um, no, that just doesn’t smell good, don’t want to get too close to it” And I’m not a business genius, I’m a cook. I know what rotten smells like though

        • Randy Left Brooklyn

          The casinos were built in the 1970’s and early 1980’s, when it native american casinos did not exist and the only legal gambling was in Nevada. He probably made lots of money in the first 15 to 20 years, then got clobbered in the 90’s.

          I was in Atlantic City about 2000, and the casinos looked like they hadn’t been renovated in years. That is what you do to extract the last few dollars form the business.

          He may well have mortgaged them extensively for things like the Trump Shuttle, then lost them when they went under.

          BTW, I never said he was a business genius. I was responding to the comment “How does a genius lose money on a freaking casino?” from Michael Smith

          • DaveW

            His went under before they were built out. His bankers forced him to create a public company to run them to rewrite the debt and let him finish building. They were going under and he was lying about it to get workers to finish knowing he couldn’t pay them. He spent too much and paid himself too much. It was a scam. He made less per foot than the rest of the industry. It’s all well documented

            Your general statement is true but trumps story differs. His casinos were not old like the others you refer to.

            As to the comment you replied to he is correct. The other casinos made a lot of money before going under. Their investors were paid, the bankruptcies after all that were for operating liabilities, taxes, newer non original building loans,etc.

    • CraigNJ

      I believe he lost a boatload on some of his other ventures at the time like Trump Airlines so it’s not just all casino.

      • DaveW

        Trump Shuttle actually. My father worked for him. A disaster.

    • tamiasmin

      Standing on 12?

    • zhera

      Here’s a question: How much did Donnie’s companies ‘donate’ to the Trump Foundation in 1995 and the years before?

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    “Trump knows tax law. He has exploited as many tax loopholes as possible! That’s why we need him to be president, to revise the tax laws so people like him won’t exploit it!”.

    “Trump knows all about shipping jobs overseas. His products are made in China, Mexico and other countries! That’s why we need him to be president, to change the laws to keep people like him from shipping jobs overseas!”

    “Trump knows all about adultery, that’s why he is the one to point fingers at Bill Clinton’s infidelities !”.

    This actually makes sense to his supporters.

    • Herald

      Sickening isn’t it?

  • grada3784

    Trump being in charge of taxes is like Dracula being in charge of blood donations.

  • PickyPecker
  • Do Something Nice

    By that logic, we can call Christie a traffic genius.

  • DaddyRay

    It was really really really difficult to lose money in the 1990s

    1990s United States boom
    The 1990s economic boom in the United States was an extended period of economic prosperity, during which GDP increased continuously for almost ten years (the longest recorded expansion in the history of the United States). It commenced after the end of the early 1990s recession in March 1991, and ended in March 2001 with the start of the early 2000s recession, following the bursting of the dot com bubble.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1990s_United_States_boom

    • Real estate had a slight downturn in the early 90s. Partly the 90-91 recession but also a number of big companies moved out of the city (Exxon and JCPenney among others) so there was a lot of turnover by 94 when I moved to the city. Even so, I didn’t know anyone losing money. It’s just that for about six months there was availability (!!!).

      • DaddyRay

        But a “Genius” businessman would have diversified to take advantage of a booming economy

  • Mike in Texas

    Yeah, sure, Christie … you and Trump want to get rid of tax loopholes. That’s believable …. not

    • DaddyRay

      In fact they want to reduce the tax rate for the upper income brackets

  • Mike C

    A genius who campaigns using the roads the rest of us paid for, while taking advantage of Secret Service protection the rest of us paid for.

  • Cherry

    Trump is going to fix the loopholes that allowed him not to pay taxes for about 20 years?

    Yeah, right.

  • Sam_Handwich

    on CNN, NY Times reporter Susan Craig seemed to indicate they have more documents

  • Nic Peterson

    See you in court, Chris. Soon baby, SOON!

  • lymis

    Yeah, he’s a genius, and the tax laws need a complete overhaul, and it’s a priority of his.

    That’s why he’s done everything possible to hide his taxes.

    • Traxley Launderette

      Yeah, the “overhaul” he plans will only affect other rich folks so they’ll pay no taxes like him. Brilliant.

    • CraigNJ

      Yeah, if he’s such a genius he would be glad to share his tax returns with the world.

    • BlindBill

      He wants to reduce taxes on businesses now – maybe one of his corporate business interests actually had a profit and owed some income tax – that needs to be fixed

  • Ernest Endevor

    And I am Marie of Romania.

  • DumbHairyApe

    (At 8:21) I find it hard to believe Christie won’t “jump up at every piece of bait that people throw up”.

    • Reality.Bites

      No one’s caught a single fish in the entire state of New Jersey since he was 5

      • Bruno

        Oh please. I’m from New Jersey, and I can tell you that all the fish left of their own accord a long time ago.

        • Reality.Bites

          I’m sure the Big Macs would do the same if they could

          • Bruno

            I grew up in Christie’s hometown. I’m surprised there was any food left by the time I got to junior high.

      • grada3784

        It can’t be. Marriage between 2 fish is not legal in New Jersey. All of our fish are single.

  • Michael C

    he’s already promised in his tax plan to change many of these special interest loopholes and get rid of them so you don’t have this kind of situation

    Trump has promised to get rid of the loopholes that have allowed him to avoid paying taxes like the rest of us? reeeeally?

    I thought he said that it was “smart” for the extremely rich to shirk federal taxes (?)

    • BobSF_94117

      He better not get rid of the loss carryforward. It’s what saves many small businesses when the economy sucks.

      • MichaelJ

        There should be time and $ amount limits on how much loss can be carried forward.

        • BobSF_94117

          That would only force businesses to close.

  • justmeeeee

    Makes sense–you might want to ask a burglar’s advice about how to burglar-proof your home, right?

    • Friday

      Err, you don’t give him the house keys and safe combinations and security codes, you don’t. πŸ™‚

  • BobSF_94117

    β€œWhat it shows is what an absolute mess the federal tax code is and
    that’s why Donald Trump is the person best positioned to fix it,” New
    Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on β€œFox News Sunday.”

    I read these statements that are utterly untrue and I wonder WTF is wrong with these people.

    1) Loss carryforward is a basic part of the tax code and has been for a long, long time

    2) It most certainly does not need to be “fixed”

    • Was he homeless during this period? If you or I lost 20x our annual salary we’d have lost everything we’d ever had except what’s excluded under bankruptcy law. So there’s some missing info here.

      • Randy Left Brooklyn

        If we lost half of our money but still had several hundred million in net assets we would not be homeless.

        • Reality.Bites

          Indeed, during the 2008-9 recesssion I lost half my savings. (Which are needless to say, far, far lower than Trump’s.) Didn’t affect my income though. Had I been retired at the time and living off my the income from my savings it would have been devasting.

          BTW, Donald, genius – I was fully recovered by the end of 2009. And I’ve never declared bankruptcy or stiffed anyone for any money I owed them.

      • BobSF_94117

        The loss carryforward only applies if you own businesses. A similar idea is income-averaging, which applied to everyone. It certainly wasn’t as helpful, as it was restricted to (I think) three four years. Like many aspects of the tax code that didn’t help big business or the1%, it was eliminated in 1986.

        [edit] It’s still available for farmers and fishermen, whose income can vary wildly [/edit]

      • BobSF_94117

        With a previous loss of nearly $1B, Trump could have made an annual net gain of more the $50M/yr for 20 years and still paid no tax. He was in no danger of being homeless.

        • With no obligation to pay back the debt that cause the loss in the first place?

          • Randy Left Brooklyn

            If the loss was on independent companies, like the casinos where there were other investors, he would have no obligation to pay back the creditors of the casinos with profits from his real estate.

            Keep in mind that if he had a tax loss of $900+ million, then he invested that much of his own money that is now gone. He took a bath like the others. And the others also wrote off their losses on the casinos against profits on other businesses too.

          • BobSF_94117

            A loss does not mean that he left a debt. In fact, had he left a debt instead and kept whatever was lost, he wouldn’t have a loss to carry forward.

            Trump’s dealing certainly left a lot of debt and ruined businesses, but that has nothing to do with suffering an actual loss. (I don’t know enough about this story to know if the loss was somehow manufactured or if it existed only on paper. That would be another story entirely.)

          • BobSF_94117

            Also, obligations to pay debt only disappear in bankruptcy. And we already know Trump’s used that A LOT.

  • Chucktech

    Shorter Christie: “Trump is a one trick tax-genius pony.”

    • TuuxKabin

      ‘. . . one trick tax-genius phony.’

  • DaddyRay

    And if you believe that I have a bridge to sell you — doh I said bridge

  • Cboulder

    Yes, Trump is genius on taxes! And you’re the best transportation engineer the country never asked for. Jolly and hilarious, a winning combination.

  • 1) He disparaged people who don’t pay any taxes but he went a long stretch without paying any. (None of his surrogates is denying the veracity of the story, btw.)

    2) He lost over 900 million in one year. And that’s in addition to losing almost that much a few years earlier. I’ve had some bad years and event taken losses on Schedule C but not overall. This just proves that…

    3) He’s a horrible businessman. A guy whose businesses took these kinds of losses will balance the budget? Really?

  • “He fought and he clawed back” Yes, he did by not paying for work that was done for him. Others went bankrupt while he rose. http://stories4hotbloodedlesbians.com

    • Oh’behr

      I wonder if Trump will bother to pay people he usually stiffs or sues now? Probably not.

  • Gerry Fisher

    Given his brilliance, we can expect to see his plan for revising the tax code posted on his website, right? Right?! (Is this mic on?!)

    • PickyPecker

      That mic is DAMAGED! Obama and crooked Hillary took it to Kenya!

  • Slippy_World

    GREAT comment on twitter:

    Tea Pain ‏@TeaPainUSA 3h3 hours ago

    “Only Trump can fix the tax code”, says Christie? After a fox kills all your chickens, no farmer says “only the fox can fix the henhouse.”

  • bambinoitaliano

    Coming from the mouth of a known crook.

  • rednekokie

    It shows a lot of things — but “genius” isn’t one of them. What is actually shows, is that Trump deliberately lost money (in the books) on casinos, and then the American taxpayer had to make up for it. He’s not a genius, he’s a thief.
    And Christie isn’t so clean either — his manipulation of traffic at the G W bridge will haunt him forever — as it should.

    • bambinoitaliano

      The ever lowering standard of the GOP and alt right.

  • Traxley Launderette

    Right, you morbidly fat fuck.

    Taxes are for the little people, right Leona?

    We’re the ones who pay for the bridges you illegally block.

    But answer this: Why should we trust in the business “smarts” of a loser who LOSES 916 MILLION DOLLARS IN THE FLOURISHING ECONOMY OF THE 1990s?

  • PLAINTOM

    One, this points out how flawed the tax laws are and how weasels use the loopholes they helped to create. Two, this points out Trump’s accountants and tax lawyers are very sharp at exploiting a rigged system. Seriously folks, do you think Trump does his own taxes ? Three, Trump’s tax “reforms” tilt the system even further to benefit the rich. Don’t believe me, read his actual proposals and see who benefits. Finally, do you actually believe a weasel is the best choice to restructure the hen house security ?

  • Steve Smith

    What Christie said is no different than if he were to congratulate a rapist for telling his victim to lock her front door next time.

  • Jeffrey

    Trump is audited every single year because he’s such a tax genius! Im sure they’re probably going to give him the Certified United National Tax award this year.

    • Gil

      I was an IRS auditor….Believe me when I say it really is not that complicated. If you have a question, you just refer to the tax code, call your bookkeeper. or your brother, the CPA…Problems arise when your interpretation clashes with your auditor’s interpretation…

  • PLAINTOM

    Following Christie logic we should appoint murderers as police chiefs because they are experts on murder.

    • Charles Manson for Sheriff: “Because I really get mass murder and psychotic crazy!”

      • PLAINTOM

        I only surround myself with the best psychopaths.

  • Robert Adams

    If we all learn his genius methods, where is he going to get the money to fight ISIS? Just askin’

    • PickyPecker
    • Ah, but you see, the plutocratic bastard class — of which Chris Christie is a provisional member — make sure to write the tax code so that only THEY get to make use of these loopholes and tax evasion dodges.

      Earn a salary or hourly wage where your taxes are automatically deducted by law? Well, you’re already not in the club.

      Own a small business or farm that turns a profit, but not a huge one? Well, you won’t be able to book the hundreds of millions in on-paper-but-not-actual losses that Trump did in order to evade federal income taxes — because there’s nowhere near enough money sloshing around such that you can pretend one empty bucket associated with one of your many holding companies represents your own personal income.

      Invest money for other people, such that your income depends in part on how well you do on the stock and derivatives markets? Well, there’s an entire section of the tax code written just for you, the carried interest loophole, which of course would never apply to the administrative staff you’re paying via salary.

      But your point is well taken: If it’s genius — and not the least bit unpatriotic and unAmerican — to evade paying taxes, and every American aspires to that as the highest ideal, there is no America. Nothing but a bunch of selfish parasites, gazing about in dumb idiocy as the schools and public utilities shut down, as bridges fall into rivers, and as the military disbands because there’s no money to pay them.

      • Robert Adams

        Bingo!

      • PLAINTOM

        You go girl !

  • Phil

    That makes as much sense as putting a shoplifter in charge of store security.

    • Stubenville

      …or making them your spokesperson.

  • MikeBx2

    It’s clear that they think all of their supporters are brain dead idiots. In the next round of polling, let’s see how many actually are.

    • thatotherjean

      Far, far too many.

  • Traxley Launderette

    Also, when I got downsized during the dot.com bubble burst in 2001 and my income fell by 3/4, I STILL PAID MY INCOME TAX.

    BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT REAL AMERICANS DO TO SUPPORT OUR DEFENSE, SOCIAL PROGRAMS, AND INFRASTRUCTURE THAT ALLOWS OUR ECONOMY TO SUCCEED.

    • Sam_Handwich

      and to think you could have purchased a gold plated bidet with that cash

    • Michael White

      I pay taxes to support schools, the Interstate System, military, Medicare and Social Security, the National Parks – and unfortunately to provide life time health care to the assholes in Congress.

  • Sean Williams

    So he planned to lose 900m? Seems legit.

  • Michael White

    Christi’s eyes are dead – he lost his soul to the devil. All the Hail Marys and Indulgences he buys will not keep him from hell

  • SoCalVet

    Christie probably thinks Trump is a genius for finding a way to avoid military service when his peers were being sent overseas.

    Even children understand the concept of “evil genius.”

    • PLAINTOM

      I think Cheney actually said something to that affect about himself.

    • Reality.Bites

      Christie tried to serve, but found out the military no longer uses blimps

  • Bill_Perdue

    In the same way that Christie is a bridge genius.

    • Sam_Handwich

      time for some donut problems in Trenton

    • Acronym Jim

      That must be why he keeps trying to play the “trump ‘suit’.”

  • Meanwhile Trump supporter David Duke wants us to believe that being married to a Jewish person makes Lester Holt a bias debate moderator.

    https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14469553_1113316952037040_2421609682102041232_n.jpg?oh=1ecd7b5dcceb69e647376cf3bfb232ff&oe=5877E92D

    • Bruno

      What does he think of tRump’s Jewish son-in-law I wonder.

      • PLAINTOM

        He should be in the first boxcar, Donald needs to prove his commitment.

    • PLAINTOM

      I assume he believes Ivana is a plant since she has a Jewish husband .

      • Reality.Bites

        If she’s a plant, her brothers are amoebas.

        • I’d say they’re more like fecal coliforms.

        • grada3784

          Not that high up on the evolutionary tree.

      • Gil

        She’d Jewish too…She converted…

        • Bruno

          Ivanka converted to Judaism in the town where her husband grew up in, which is the same town that Chris Christie grew up in, and also happens to be my hometown. I think that might shed some light on why Christie is now licking tRump’s bootheels so violently.

          • Well to give Christie some credit, His USDA office when he ran it did prosecute and sent Jared Kushner’s Dad, (Charles Kushner to prison..

          • Bruno

            Yes, all the more reason for him to now be cowering in fear of that family.

    • Randy Left Brooklyn

      It is so shameful that he has been married to one wife for 34 years.

      • Silver Badger

        Only one wife? Is he gay or what?

    • another_steve

      Is that for real or a hoax?

      These days, one can never tell.

      • Stubenville

        Well it’s certainly plausible, which is more than one can say about the drivel coming out of the Trump spokespeople…

  • bambinoitaliano
  • Kevin Perez

    I lost a billion dollars, I’m a genius.

    • bambinoitaliano

      I can out lose him if I become president. At least I will be improving the infrastructures and help out the poor and tax the hell out of the 1%.

  • Reason

    Sure Chris. If you really believe that I have a bridge you can block!

  • safari

    …and Christie is a transportation genius

    • PLAINTOM

      You win the internet today. The perfect analogy.

    • …and Guiliani is a terrorism genius.

      After all, it surely takes a genius to put a disaster response unit inside the single biggest terrorist attack target, right?

      • safari

        27 floors up

  • Steverino

    This “tax genius” spin from Trump’s surrogates has Roger Ailes talking point spin all over it. He must be issuing talking points to these clowns each morning, just as he did at FOX.

  • j.martindale

    Let me get this straight. He loses $900 million on bad investments, then his accountants figure a way to turn all of this into a tax writeoff, so he is a genius?

    • Halou

      Thing is, he doesn’t properly “lose” that money since apparently there are loopholes that mean the next $900 million he earns are not taxed. By ‘losing’ so much money he has actually set himself up for a remarkable profit.
      Everyone else loses out sure, the employees and the shareholders, but Trump makes off with 20 years worth of not paying taxes.

  • TexasBoy

    Next they’ll be claiming he’s such a genius that he does his own taxes, and just has a CPA look them over before mailing them in.

  • Fox News is always a good venue for anyone wanting to circulate right-wing propaganda. No one on the air will question it, and the viewers are okay with that because they’re getting an emotional lift from the weird format.

    The situation with the viewers is scariest. Watching Fox News offers them some kind of instant gratification. Medical researchers should study it. When people watch that channel and cheer on the B.S., it isn’t out of the question that their brain activity is similar to the brain activity of people attending cult meetings.

  • PLAINTOM

    Memo to Trump: If you really want to show us what a genius you are, RELEASE YOUR LAST 5 YEARS OF TAX RETURNS.

  • SFHarry

    Let’s see, what are some of the things Trump didn’t contribute to by not paying taxes:
    police
    9/11 first responders
    schools
    national security
    roads
    all infrastructure
    etc.

  • tcinsf

    And you’re a transportation genius; esp. with bridges.

    • Stubenville

      He certainly knows what a traffic cone is.

  • Halou

    Chris Christie is technically correct in saying that it was a very clever move getting nearly a billion dollars slashed off his assets, he allowed himself live the next 20 years tax free unlike all the employees and shareholders.

    A very clever move, if only we lived in a world without morals.
    Deliberately bankrupting his own companies in order to decrease his long-term tax bill is completely immoral but is sadly 100% legal. The same way that “stochastic terrorism” (actually look it up) is not a criminal offense under US law and we all have the legal ‘right’ to do it.

  • Stubenville

    “Donald Trump might have avoided paying taxes for 18 years shows the Republican candidate is ‘genius’ a grifter

    There, I fixed it for you.

  • MrRobotoLA

    Honestly, New Jersey voters *should* vote for Trump in droves because the way Christie is sucking Trump’s milky fat teat, he’s convinced he’s leaving NJ for a cushy job in DC. Might be the easiest way NJ voters have to rid their state of this cockroach after all.

  • Krispy Kreme is the very definition of “has been.” i enjoy his flailing attempts to stay relevant. if asked, most people here could not tell you the name of the gov of WY or TX ten years ago. it will be the same with donut boi. very soon.

    he had a shot. it didn’t work. goodbye, nobody ever will say to him. the people who clean the gov’s mansion are probably of color, and nice, and will wish you and your whatever well, on the way out. which will be soon. but on the national stage? it’s sort of amazing anyone is still paying attention to his whining. who here remembers the name of the guy who was going to be Rmoney’s running mate? and that was only a few years ago. nope, fattie is done. see ya!

  • Lazycrockett

    I wonder how far Christie is willing to go to get that pardon he’s gonna need in a couple of years.

    • TampaDink

      As far as don the con wants him to go….which is largely dependent on the availability of not quite legal girls that Chris can bring back from his next fast food run.

    • IamM

      Well when Christie became governor of NJ, he gave Donnie a sweet deal on back taxes the state said he owed. Given how drastically Chrissie’s fortunes have fallen since and he was that much of a suck up then, I’d guess pretty far.

  • TestSubject51

    Coming from one of the biggest political crooks.

  • bkmn

    Let’s talk about that $25M debt that Xtie forgave Trump.

  • Didn’t I see that man at a bridge entrance dressed as a speed bump?

  • bob

    Christie and giuliani are on the tax genius spin tour circuit. They want to erase last week, and it’s working. Alicia who? Cuba? Debate? I believe this was the plan all along.

  • dcurlee

    Total bs He will “fix it” to benefit him even more

  • Paula

    Give it a rest, Chris!! He isn’t gonna’ pick you for his VP. That ship has sailed. Or in your case floated really well.

    • Tom Ato

      tRump promised him Bolviator General

  • canoebum

    Governor Chris Christie-Trump Advisor and Future Federal Inmate.

  • SoCalGal20

    I don’t know if this has been posted anywhere but here’s the bts story of how 8 days ago a NYT Metro writer received Trump’s tax documents in mail and how they put that story together. Great short read.

    https://twitter.com/nycsouthpaw/status/782591258342588416

    • Fascinating. I do wish she’d said whether the return address was handwritten, on a printed label, or actual Trump organization stationery.

      • SoCalGal20

        Maybe we’ll get more of the story once more documents are released (the NYT seems to have more).

  • andrew

    Unlike Spinner Christie, I see Trump as a man who avoided the draft and avoided paying taxes. I see a man who feels no obligations to his country. That man certainly should not become the leader of our country. Everything about Donald Trump tells me he is an egocentric narcissist whose only concern is what furthers his only cause: himself.

    • That’s how I see it, too: Trump is so incredibly selfish, so self-entitled, and so openly disdainful of America itself — the nation which afforded him all those opportunities to acquire wealth — he’s decided it’s fine to be a complete parasite on that great nation, contributing nothing to it and only taking and taking and taking.

      • IamM

        and bragging about it.

  • Kissmagrits

    Then there’s this old chestnut:
    “Let’s play gold mine…..I’ll keep all the gold and you get the shaft.”

  • FAEN

    Shut up you miserable lap band failure.

  • Mark NeΓ© Fuzz

    The surrogates must be getting dizzy with all that spinning. Tax genius. Sleazy, bullshitting, blowhard POS. Po-tay-to. Po-tah-to.

  • Joe in PA

    Ya can’t have it both ways Bridgemeister…your buddy Giovani (sic) said, just this morning, that EVERY American takes every deduction…now you’re saying Trump is a genius for taking every deduction? SMH.

  • BlindBill

    donald know the tax code and regulations so well that his tax attorneys and CPAs take lessons from him.

  • BlindBill

    donald knows the tax code and regulations so well that his tax attorneys and CPAs take lessons from him…. believe me he is a genius.

  • Chris Davis

    Republican mentality: If you’re rich and pay no taxes, you’re a genius. If you’re poor and pay no taxes, you’re a moocher.

  • 2patricius2

    Gosh. Giuliani called him a genius as well. They all got the same memo.

  • dws

    In the same way the Christie is a transportation genius.

  • EDinMCO

    Bullshit. These shills don’t know anything about Drumpf’s taxes; none of us do. If Le Donald is such a fucking tax genius then he needs to release his tax returns and prove it. Until then he’s just another tax cheat, defrauding the government and mooching off the American public. Who knows, he’s probably hiding his illegal Russian contributions and other criminal activities. Everybody says so, you tell me. #whatstrumphiding

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    Jesus fucking christ, if anyone is the economic genius it’d be his accountants. This be like me hiring a private chef and then claiming I’m a culinary mastermind.

  • greenmanTN

    You’ve gotta admit, it does take some special skills to lose a billion dollars in a year. Trump is like one of those of those idiot savants without, you know, the savant part.

    • IamM

      On casinos. During an economic boom.

  • Cuberly
  • Richard B

    I hate it we have another month of listening to this lying xsshole feed us more his lies to convince us its best we give tax breaks to the wealthy.

  • DesertSun59

    Christie is advocating that Trump’s ability to SKIRT paying taxes means he’s genius enough to CHANGE THE TAX LAW.

    Who in their right mind believes he would want to change one jot or tittle of the tax law? Currently, it totally and completely affords him to not pay a cent in taxes!!!

  • Robert Conner

    Trump is a tax genius the way Christie’s a bridge genius.

    • david fairfield

      And they boast about it.

  • Octoberfurst

    I’m sure the American people will admire Trump’s business savvy of not paying taxes for 18 yrs on his billions that he has. ~snark~
    And isn’t Trump the one who said in the debate between him and Hillary that if you just drastically lowered the tax rate for the rich they will gladly bring back the trillions of dollars they have stored overseas and create millions of jobs here? Well Donald has paid no taxes in almost two decades. How many jobs has he created?

  • Queequeg

    His lips are puckered in that photo. Ready to kiss Trump’s ass?

    • Tom Ato

      His mouth looks like an anus

  • JustSayin’

    Yeah i always rely on the guy who cheated and abused the sytem to fix the system..yeah thats the ticket.

    • Paladin SF

      Do you make sure to do everything it takes for you to pay the maximum amount of taxes a year?

      Why not just mail any ETC back to the IRS?

  • Paul Michael
  • Mikey

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!
    *breaaaaaaaaaaaaaathe*
    AAAA – HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Trump is going to fix the tax loopholes that keep him in the money??

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Oh my! Chris Krispy-Kreme must be bucking for a job on SNL.

  • Gianni

    I’d like to know just how Christie got that fat head of his so far up Donald’s ass?

    • LeeCMH

      Oh that’s easy. That’s where he came out.

    • grada3784

      See the fisting sex scene in Caligula. Lots and lots of lube.

  • sword

    New Jersey needs a few hundred thousand of these ‘tax genius”. Enough so that there would be no money to pay for the Governor’s salary or other benefits.

  • CatCope

    Genius? No, It’s about “Smart” Accountants. Trumph wouldn’t know “Genius” from a Snail Trail!!!

  • IamM

    Funny, I don’t remember any of Trump’s tax proposals helping the middle class or small business owners. As I recall, it was more tax cuts that only affect really rich people and higher taxes for everyone else.

  • LeeCMH

    Christie needs to concentrate on his bridge.

  • glass

    Just to be clear… losing almost a BILLION dollars so that you don’t have to pay Federal taxes for 20 years makes you a genius? Have another box of HoHo’s chris and shut up.

    Making and keeping 900 Million (and even paying taxes on it) makes you good at business.

    GOP Dyslexia, good is bad and bad is good. Someone please fix our educational system. PLEASE!

  • marshlc

    And there are people who will fall for this.
    Set a thief to catch a thief, they’ll think, forgetting that that only works if the thief is reformed.

  • thatotherjean

    Poor Chris Christie. He’s not even trying to make sense any more.

  • marshlc

    We need Woody Guthrie back

    Well through this world we travel and through this world we roam
    You won’t never see an outlaw,
    Drive a family from their home.

    And through this world you wander you’ll see lots of pretty men
    Some will rob you with a six gun
    And some with a fountain pen.

  • Paladin SF

    While I think Trump has a questionable business practices who pays the maximum amount of taxes every year?

    • Mikey

      there’s a bit of a difference between “the maximum amount of taxes” and “0”.

  • KQCA

    It’s like watching bratty 8-year old boys try to cheat at a board game. How can there be even one brainless fool defending and supporting these idiots and their childish antics?

    • Paladin SF

      Do you find every rule in the tax code to pay as much as possible every year?

  • Cosmo Tupper

    More like a tax evasion genius and role model to the top one-percenters – and his ignorant and bogoted following. They and their ilk do all they can to push the nation’s tax burden squarely on the middle and lower class WORKER who provide goods and services to their elite @sses!

  • kareemachan

    Was Christie always such an ass-kisser?

  • sherman

    Once elected Trump will appoint El Chapo as drug czar to solve the nation’s drug problem.

  • The_Wretched

    Most big businesses and rich folks are smart enough to pay some taxes. Not only are they needed to run the show, but it looks like you’re a bottom dwelling scum sucker when you don’t. They know the loop holes and use them to fix a taxation level that they are willing to part with for PRs sake.

  • BeaverTales

    I dated many guys in the 80s and 90s who voted Reagan/Bush for this reason, and only became Democrats when the Christianization and obvious animus of the GOP drove them out to become Clinton voters. He won the presidency in ’92 by the skin of his teeth, in part by pandering to the anti-tax fever that got Reagan elected. George Bush II won by less than the skin of his teeth, but got his fair share of middle class gay men concerned about the “growing entitlements” in the impoverished America they were helping to perpetuate.

    Many of the Trump voters I know are poor whites on EBT, not black female welfare “queens” that launched Reagan to sainthood.. AIDS/HIV was something you hid, so that you didn’t lose your job on Wall Street. Philadelphia was a huge hit in the cinemas, because it hit so close to home. Everyone wanted to be the next Charlie Sheen or Gordon Gekko and rape their neighbors financially.

    “Trickle down” wasn’t working…I got in lots of arguments with college friends and lost several friendships because I never wavered in my belief that supply side economic theory was a fantasy. Now it’s “duh, tax breaks for billionaires is a joke” when I talk to them, because most of us wound up in the middle class paying most of the taxes….and the poor are still poor.

    In the 90s, welfare was an extremely controversial subject despite middle America’s manufacturing jobs disappearing overseas, leaving poor whites in the lurch. Education and non-military R&D was cut to the point that science funding was almost non-existent in many emerging fields…stifling many budding science careers of some of those friends. I knew physicists and biologists who were becoming Wall Street brokers instead of working in science. Economics and IT/computer science became the most popular majors at my University, replacing the core sciences. Americas wealth inequality has been sliding downhill ever since.

  • gothambear

    And in related news Chris Christie was late to the interview since he needed stop by Walgreens to pick up Trump’s Preparation H supply…

    • The_Wretched

      For Trump, it doubles as lip gloss.

  • TK

    Is that really Christie’s mouth or his a-hole moved up to his face. Because it’s sure talkin’ shit….

  • JCF

    These entitled MOFOS count on the “little people” paying, through taxes, for the governmental goods&services on which THEY, our economic overlords, depend. FUCK ‘EM!!!

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I know a lot of people here hate the talk of revolution but honestly between the Epipen garbage, Wells Fargo, the cavalier way we keep being pushed into war by the military industrial complex, and the basic way corporations and billionaires abuse the tax structure, are we so sure that any of this can be fixed through regular, legitimate means?

    • leastyebejudged

      Why not, it got that way the same way.

  • david fairfield

    Aw, I say let the big guy lick Trumps ass for the next month after which he will be in prison and he will long to be someone else’s bitch but nobody will have anything to do with him….

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  • DaveW

    The president can’t change the tax code.

  • If I had been up there debating Trump, I would have said, “Part of being a good American citizen is contributing your fair share to SUPPORT good roads, schools, and infrastructure. You might think that getting as rich as possible, while using every loophole you can to avoid paying taxes, makes you SMART … but it doesn’t make you a good, responsible American citizen.”

  • leastyebejudged

    Yet another example of taxpayer supported corporate subsidies.

    Trump should not be rich on the backs of the poor and middle class.

  • dcurlee

    And you are a Weight Watchers success story

  • argeejay

    ….and Al Capone is pissed!!!