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November 6th, 2013
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"Piers Morgan Live, Rewind": Van Jones discounts Chris Christie as a viable presidential candidate, Rob Ford admits to smoking crack

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  • Van Jones on Chris Christie: The myth will come apart

In the wake of the government shutdown and the continued implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Election Night 2013 drew to a close with both sides of the aisle celebrating notable victories.

In Virginia, Terry McAulliffe narrowly edged out his Republican counterpart in the state's gubernatorial race, while in New Jersey, incumbent Chris Christie comfortably earned reelection as the state's mayor.

Midterm elections, which are now less than a year away, will set the stage for the 2016 presidential campaign, and oft rumored to be a Republican hopeful, Christie showed his appeal across multiple demographics, with CNN exit polls showing the Republican garnering more than 30 percent of the states Democratic support.

However, CNN’s "Crossfire" host Van Jones disagreed with the masses, saying that that “myth of Chris Christie is going to come apart under close scrutiny.”

“We don’t need Archie Bunker to be president,” he continued, referencing the abrasive character from television's "All in the Family." “This guy's getting a cake walk because he's entertaining. You got a lot of entertainers ... they shouldn't be president of the United States."

Challenging Christie’s conservative record, Jones brought up the recent special election held for the vacant Senate seat of Frank Lautenberg:

"How can he be fiscally conservative and waste $12 million?"

  • Canadian mayor Rob Ford admits to smoking crack

After vehemently denying accusations for months, on Tuesday Toronto Mayor Rob Ford finally admitted to reported drug transgressions:

“Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine,” he announced.

Joining "Piers Morgan Live" to discuss the events in Toronto, Robyn Doolittle offered some context:

“For the last six months, the mayor has been on a rampage,” said the "Toronto Star" employee. “This isn’t just kind of someone saying I got caught doing something wrong. This has been someone lying about it and attacking everyone for six months.”

On the heels of swirling accusations, a Toronto police investigation finally provided enough evidence to solidify the aforementioned claims.

At this time, Mayor Ford won't be formally charged, but his political and personal problems aren’t over, as he now faces an increasingly agitated public.

“I think my favorite tweet today came after the press conference when he felt, 'as though a thousand pounds was lifted from his shoulders,’" noted Natalie Johnson, a City Hall Reporter for CTV Toronto. "Yeah a thousand pounds off your shoulders onto us as a city."

However, the mayor has resisted any calls for his dismissal, saying that he "was elected to do a job and that is exactly what I am going to continue doing.”

Doolittle told Morgan that Ford will probably continue doing exactly that:

“At this point, it would be unusual if he actually did step aside."

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  1. Michael Wiebe

    Amid all of the enthusiasm surrounding Chris Christie and his victory in New Jersey, there are a few important facts concerning the state he governs that should be considered in the discussion:

    • New Jersey is number 33 in terms of the percentage of people without health insurance.

    • New Jersey has the 9th highest unemployment rate.

    • New Jersey is in the middle of the pack in terms of the poverty rate (adjusted for the regional cost of living).

    A quick search of official web sites will confirm these statistics.

    November 6, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Kate John

    Piers, a long overdue welcome aboard to you. (I just finished Patrick O'Brians books 🙂 I predict that the voter momentum you look for in gun control will happen faster than Frank Rich thinks because of the increased speed of communication now. The old timers in politics haven't grasped this yet, sure. But it means we need to be quick on our feet. Thank you kindly for your good work.. tweet tweet tweet tweet.....gasp... tweet

    November 6, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Michael Pinkham

    Why Peirs are you laughing at Rob Ford? D.C. mayor Marion Barry caught on tape smoking crack. Stop picking on a white, fat guy.

    November 6, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Lysa Parker

    Chris Christie (R) wins a 2nd term as Gov. of the "blue" state of NJ. If my GA Gov. acted as Christie did after Superstorm Sandy, I'd vote for him, too! Christie fought hard for Fed funds & hugged Pres. Obama for his support (for which he paid dearly). Christie's approval rating before Sandy was mediocre. Why is the GOP considering Christie's re-election a watershed moment for U.S. support of GOP candidates in the '14 mid-terms? It's not apples to's apples to broccoli.

    November 6, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Mark

    Regarding the conversation about the Miami Dolphins situation, I tend to agree with one of your guests and it was not the psychiatrist! I have played two professional sports in my life. I really do not know what this rookie has a problem with if he was continually hanging out with Incognito? Even in high school regardless of my size I was still subject to the rookie hazing. In grade 9 I was 6'2" tall and weighed 240 pounds at the start of grade 9, and even though I was pretty well closest to the largest on the team in size I still had to go through the hazing process! When I moved on to college, I was still the same height but weighed in at 315 pounds and it was not the blubber you see for size on the field nowadays, and of course I was put through hazing again even though I did not have to do everything the rest of the rookies had to do because when it came to college I was considered someone not to mess around with as I was a bouncer on the side so they did not push too hard. At the professional level in both sports, hazing was part of the culture regardless of who you were or what you had done in the past, and if you wanted to be accepted you did what was asked! Of course I drew the line at taking out a bunch of players for meals and drinks and then picking up the tab even though they tried on numerous occasions. A bunch of them did not like this as they thought it was a sign of disrespect to them, but I put it to them straight in some fights ensued where there was in the locker room, on the field or on the ice, but because I love to fight, the first guy I beat the hell out of was the last time anyone tried to push me around. I think this rookie is just looking for a bigger payday and went about it the wrong way and now the both of them will suffer. I know Incognito had previous problems no matter where he was, but to hang out with him day after day and then suddenly pull this stuff will forever ruined both of their playing days.

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