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Christie Played Less Hardball on High School Baseball Team

Governor opposed his father seeking legal action to block transfer student from taking his starting catching position.

Gov. Chris Christie sworn into second term. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
Gov. Chris Christie sworn into second term. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
As Chris Christie continues a fierce public dispute with a childhood friend and longtime ally over the "Bridgegate" scandal, others who grew up with the governor portray a less combative person who once graciously gave up his starting catching position on the Livingston High School baseball team.

The governor fired back over the weekend at David Wildstein, a longtime friend and former statistician on Christie's high school baseball team, one day after the ex-Port Authority executive's attorney said "evidence exists" Christie knew about the George Washington Bridge lane closures as they were happening.

"Bottom line—David Wildstein will do and say anything to save David Wildstein," Christie wrote in an email Saturday to supporters obtained by several media outlets, including The Bergen Record.

Christie criticized Wildstein's character and credibility in the email with a number of bullet-point items. The governor claimed a 16-year-old Wildstein "sued over a local school board election" and "was publicly accused by his high school social studies teacher of deceptive behavior."

The governor's aggressive response to his childhood friend is far different from the attitude he had in 1980 when his father considered legal action to block a transfer student from taking Christie's starting catching position in his senior year of high school, according to the Washington Post.

Friends said Christie opposed his father getting involved and he ultimately remained on the team and backed up the star transfer as Livingston won the state championship, the article said.

"We still remember how he conducted himself. . . . He did it with such class," longtime friend and former minor league pitcher Scott Parsons told the Washington Post.

Former Livingston High Principal Al Berlin also remembers a calmer, less "combative" Christie back then.

"Not quite as combative as he is now. Not quite as aggressive. And a lot lighter," Berlin told the Washington Post of his memories of Christie as a teenager. "As smart as Chris is, I doubt if he would have done something as stupid as they’re claiming he did."

However, the once popular governor continues to come under fire.

Christie was booed over the weekend in Times Square at a pre-Super Bowl event, and in an unscientific Patch poll, more than 53 percent of the about 10,000 votes cast say he should be impeached.
Ridgewood Mom February 03, 2014 at 06:36 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHH9EYZHoVU
Clay Thomas February 03, 2014 at 07:19 AM
So Christie had “helicopter parent(s).” The father was going to sue because the kid didn’t get the spot he wanted on the baseball team!!!!! Holy crap! That would explain his narcissistic, egotistical, and arrogant character. A little prison time should correct it though.
Janet February 03, 2014 at 08:44 AM
So many articles indicating that CC and Wildstein were high school friends...they were not friends, barely acquaintances but on the same baseball team. Wildstein was the nerd on the team, which could be a good reason CC could have authorized him for the Port Authority job...he did know that much about him. I have a hard time believing he could have given a DIRECT ORDER for closure...all things considered, that just doesn't make sense.
JAFO February 03, 2014 at 09:00 AM
@Clay - everyone thinks they entitled. It still happens today with parents threatening to sue school boards, baseball coaches or soccer clubs if they feel they aren't getting their way. They say "it's the principal", but in reality it's just sour grapes they didn't get their way.
Ridgewood320 February 03, 2014 at 09:04 AM
So far no facts have been presented, strictly “he said she said”. Yet, the media machine has all but convicted CC of a crime (although in a worst case scenario, not sure a crime even exists here). Would be nice if everyone held on the impeachment cry until at least the majority of facts are presented. If CC had direct involvement in this and the Hoboken issue, he's more than likely done. If not, all the people and media piling on look like idiots. Facts will settle this once and for all…
BellairBerdan February 03, 2014 at 09:10 AM
So what they're saying is that Chrisite emulated and learned from Wildstein and hired him to be his eyes, ears and enforcer in a made up job with no job description.
Clay Thomas February 03, 2014 at 09:26 AM
Yep, after highly praising him when he resigned from the PA, he trashed him as a scumbag. Stay classy Gov. Numbnuts!
PeterB February 03, 2014 at 10:07 AM
Clay - He won't get impeached if nothing is proven and its not impeachable. Even the head of the NJ Democratic party has come out and said there is no proof. But it seems that you and the media have already found him guilty. Typical liberal propaganda. So when he is cleared of all wrong doing are you going to post an apology? Most likely not because thats not in your character.
BellairBerdan February 03, 2014 at 10:15 AM
PeterB no one in the article nor in this thread has mentioned impeachment. Christie will be "counseled" by the politicians and businessmen he had his dirty dealings to resign. That will keep them all safe, out of the spotlight and "charitable" to Christie in private life.
Emma February 03, 2014 at 10:43 AM
I hope Christie's political career goes down in flames. I have some gas for the lawn mower, which I don't need now (in a snowstorm), so I'll be happy to throw it on the fire.
Tee Smyth February 03, 2014 at 10:59 AM
Can someone please tell Governor Christie that casting aspersions upon Wildstein for decades old drama only calls into question his own judgment. After reading the allegations, the next logical question is....So you knew all of this about Mr. Wildstein's alleged character flaws; yet, you still hired him?
John Santaella February 03, 2014 at 12:19 PM
So Christie knew nothing. Sounds more like Schultz of 'Hogan's Heroes' fame. Nixon, of course, knew nothing as well. We all know how that played out. We need a Rose Mary Woods. Who will it be? Wildstein is a sleazeball who just wrote this letter to beg the Port Authority to pay his legal bills. When things quiet down a bit I'm waiting for Bridgit to step forward and sing like a canary. Wildstein will just squeal like a stuck pig.
Pam Foti February 03, 2014 at 12:53 PM
Must be a slow news day. Reporting on 30 year old news---how informative !!!!!
John Santaella February 03, 2014 at 01:00 PM
It's a lot more than just reporting on 30-year old news. This is how a mosaic or quilt is made. One piece at a time. We've been going along with blinders for too long. It's about time we start to get the whole picture. Be patient Pam it will all emerge in time and if there is nothing there to implicate Christie we'll have had a nice soap opera. Beats reality TV anyway.
John Q. February 03, 2014 at 02:03 PM
I guess it's safe to tell my story. When I was in the cafeteria in high school Chris Christie cut in front of me and took the last piece of cake. I have kept this story secret for years because I didn't think anyone would believe me. I should be the top story on MSNBC tonight.
John Santaella February 03, 2014 at 02:23 PM
Go to them. I've heard MSNBC has been giving this the highest priority in stories. I wouldn't know because I don't watch MSNBC. In fact I gave up watching TV news years ago. I rarely turn the TV on though I did watch the Super Bowl last night. I don't even subscribe to cable TV. I do believe your story: The Cafeteria Cake Caper. Thanks for sharing.
Clay Thomas February 03, 2014 at 06:29 PM
If you had the balls to step in front of him and assert yourself for what was rightfully yours, this whole matter never would have happened. How can you look in mirror? Sucks to be you!
S. Jono February 03, 2014 at 07:32 PM
I can't find a Christie supporter who can come up with one tangible accomplishment he's had as governor.
Tee Smyth February 03, 2014 at 08:26 PM
He's stronger than the storm, Jono.
Aladdin Sarsippius Sulemenagic Jackson III February 03, 2014 at 10:23 PM
Remember a few years back when Christie was railing against the PVSC for all of their patronage appointments? And now we find out that Christie loves himself patronage when it is his buds that are cashing in. 4 more years of this criminal? Please Feds, do something to help us!
John Q. February 04, 2014 at 09:42 AM
Clay.....now that I think about it I should have....but I felt bullied.
Ridgewood Mom February 04, 2014 at 10:46 AM
People who have a problem with bullies just don't get human nature, because we are all bullies deep down if we are successful enough to be. Nerds and dorks and dweebs and other losers are just jealous. They would be bullies too if they could be. It is best for society that we empower the bullies and make them into our leaders. What we need is a real bully as our leader. That's why I love Chris Christie. He know how to stand up to all of to minorities, the elderly, children, women and low paid workers. He knows how to call them idiots and to tell them to shut up. He knows how to tie them up in traffic and make them kiss up for the assistance money to which they feel so entitled. I don't want a governor who represents the losers. I want a governor who represents the winners like me.
Ridgewood Mom February 04, 2014 at 10:49 AM
I'll add that I don't believe Wildstein because he was a loser in high school. I believe Chris Christie because he played sports and was involved in student government and hung out with the popular kids. He was a real winner. I mean come on, how could they have been friends? As if.
Clay Thomas February 04, 2014 at 03:27 PM
Cool kids vs. the dorks! If only it were that simple!
Ridgewood Mom February 04, 2014 at 05:18 PM
Yes Clay, it is. And the cool kids are good and the loser kids are despicable. We've gotta get behind the winners.

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