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Bieber busted

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.
January 23, 2014 2:13:33 PM PST
Are we watching two careers of famous people careening out of control? We might be. Do Chris Christie and Justin Bieber have much in common? Hard to come up with much. But both have huge problems tonight.

19-year-old Justin Bieber's latest problems involve getting pulled over his rented Lamborghini for drag racing and, oh yeah, because Bieber was admitedly on drugs and was under the influence of alcohol. His blood alcohol content came back .04, which for a 19 year old is, under Florida law, twice the legal limit. Don't ask me to explain why an underage teenager having any kind of blood alcohol limit while driving is legal. But, hey, Jake, forget about it, it's Florida.

His police report on the arrest drops more f-bombs than a drunken sailor on Saturday night. But it's not the language that's remarkable, it's the tone of his statements to the cops incredulous that he would be pulled over, ticked off that he ? JUSTIN BIEBER! ? would be targeted by the police.

Clearly he has a problem with people telling him "no", as in few do it. Where are his parents (his dad is only 38), his managers, his handlers, his entourage, anybody? It's easy to mock this singer, but as a dad I'm now focusing more on this troubled teenager who has problems with booze and drugs, and life. He will not survive if he doesn't ? if not literally then certainly figuratively.

And what a pity. People say he does have some talent besides his knack for getting into trouble.

Saying "no" also seems to be a problem for folks around New Jersey Gov. Christie. And tonight, more trouble for the man who was only recently considered the Republican frontrunner for President in 2016. The U.S. Attorney's office in New Jersey ? the office Christie once headed ? has subpoenaed records from his re-election campaign. This as the state legislature continues its subpoenas and investigation into the closing of lanes on the George Washington Bridge in political retaliation.

Meanwhile, the Mayor of Hoboken, Dawn Zimmer, who sparked a federal investigation into Christie by claiming she was pressured to approve a real estate development loosely connected to one of Christie's pals in exchange for getting federal Superstorm Sandy recovery funds, is making a public appearance tonight. And it's hard to imagine she won't be asked about the scandal.

We're there, at 11.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's frigid (still) AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER

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