Pallone’s Duplicitous Playbook

Frank Pallone at 2010 Highlands Clamfest.

Frank Pallone at 2010 Highlands Clamfest.

The stunt Congressman Frank Pallone pulled this week, manipulating the media into inaccurately reporting that there was a new federal investigation into Governor Chris Christie’s participation in last summer’s #Stronger Than The Storm tourism ad campaign, is nothing new for the son a Long Branch used car dealer.

Such media manipulation is a well worn arrow in Pallone’s quiver.

In September of 2010,  Pallone held a press conference in Keyport to announce his proposed $400 million Coastal Jobs Creation Act.  USA Yesterday  The Asbury Park Press gave Pallone’s announcement widespread coverage on its website and in its print edition.  You could have thought Pallone was distributing bags of cash to fisherman along the bayshore given the way APP reported that “news.”

There was a problem with Pallone’s Act of Congress.  He proposed the bill the previous March and it died in committee in July.  But here he was in September, 5 weeks before an election, declaring himself to be the reincarnation of St. Anthony of Padula, the patron saint of fishermen.

The Asbury Park Press reporters and editors either didn’t check on the status of the bill or they willingly gave Pallone hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of “free media” 5 weeks before an election based on a story that was essentially a fabrication.

What Pallone did this week is the same play.   In the mist of the media’s Bridgegate feeding frenzy, Pallone alerted the media that there was now a “federal investigation” into Christie inappropriately using Sandy Relief funds to boost his reelection campaign. The truth is that Pallone, in August of last year, wrote the HUD Inspector General asking that they look into the #Stronger Than The Storm ad campaign that featured Christie.  In September, HUD informed Pallone they would do an audit, which is standard practice anyway.

Seeing the media sharks circling Christie hungry for blood, Pallone tossed the stale “news” of the standard HUD audit into the waters as if it was fresh meat.  The sharks jumped and made a lot of noise, over nothing.


Posted: January 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Frank Pallone | Tags: , | 2 Comments »

2 Comments on “Pallone’s Duplicitous Playbook”

  1. Barry said at 9:57 am on January 17th, 2014:

    NJ 101.5 news headline at 7:30 today from Eric Scott–Pallone misleads media about HUD investigation.

  2. Time for said at 4:19 pm on January 18th, 2014:

    this clown to go- long past time. Wish I thought that the national RNC or RNCC would consider mixing it up and supporting some challengers this time instead of constantly settling for hanging on to the few incumbents we have! They likely will not.. Frankie, you wrote Obamacare, you didn’t save our Fort- shame on you- just retire and get the hell out!!-you don’t even deserve the world’s best pension and healthcare while you steal healthcare from so many others- but if you go, at least we won’t have your unrelenting,socialistic votes plaguing us any longer!