"What's the big deal over some traffic jams?" many comments on news boards read. The writers describe the staff actions as a "prank," the result of a "frat atmosphere," or some other high-spirited staff attitudes. The major thrust of these comments is always,"So Fort Lee had some gridlock for a few days...what's the big deal?"
Reprinted from dailykos.com by Louise
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Whether you watched Christie's entire two-hour press conference, or just catch the highlights, you are certain to pick up Christie's major theme: "I am humiliated and embarrassed." "Someone I trusted betrayed me." "I'm sad." You might think that this was just monumental ego on the part of New Jersey's Governor, since he portrays this scandal as far more of a personal betrayal than a gigantic act of governmental malfeasance that caused full-scale disruption of commerce, put public health and safety at risk, and may have contributed to at least one death.
But this approach isn't about Christie's ego per se. It's about Christie's freedom. As a former prosecutor - one who put many, many Democratic lawmakers into the dock for "public malfeasance" - he knows exactly what his legal stakes are. That is why he must reiterate the "I knew nothing" apologia front, center and always. "I knew nothing about this until I saw it on my iPad on Wednesday morning at 8:50 AM.'"
What are some of the legal consequences Christie knows he faces? Additional details after the squiggle.
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