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Chris Christie .Bridgegate. report clears governor A review by lawyers hired by the New Jersey governor concludes he didn't know about lane closures to the George Washington Bridge, but that some aides did.
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Chris Christie's "investigation" into Bridgegate, which was conducted by Christie's legal team and paid for by the citizens of New Jersey has concluded. Surprise surprise, they found Christie completely bright and squeaky clean of any of the nasty affairs. Well, that settles it then, doesn't it? No?
This is from the New York Times:
"The Port Authority official who oversaw the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge said he informed Gov. Chris Christie about it at a Sept. 11 memorial while the closings were occurring, according to the findings of an internal investigation lawyers for the governor released on Thursday.
"The official, David Wildstein, told Mr. Christie's press secretary, Michael Drewniak, of the Sept. 11 conversation at a dinner in December just before his resignation from the Port Authority, according to the report.
"The report said that Mr. Christie did not recall any such conversation, and it found no evidence that he was involved in the scheme, which snarled traffic for thousands of commuters in Fort Lee, N.J., from Sept. 9 through the morning of Sept. 12.
"It was one of many revelations unearthed by the inquiry -- commissioned by Mr. Christie's office in the days after the scandal erupted, and costing taxpayers more than $1 million in legal fees -- into what prompted the lane closings and what role his administration played in it. At times, it reads like a point-by-point defense of the New Jersey governor, a Republican. Mr. Wildstein's version of his encounter with the governor was only briefly mentioned."
Funny how memory works for embattled Republican politicians. From Ronnie Reagan not recalling anything about the Iran Contra scandal, to Raisin Brain's sketchy memory about his shady financial dealings with Harken Energy, or his failure to remember what was mentioned in the briefing titled "Osama bin Laden Determined to Strike within the US," (of course he wasn't the sharpest tack in the box), and now Christie doesn't remember a conversation with a key member of his team in which that person told him the bridge was locked down in a hideous traffic jam.
If Christie is telling the truth, shouldn't he be questioned for gross negligence? If he can't remember such a significant event, what other important details might he accidentally forget to remember? It cost New Jersey taxpayers $1 million to find out ... what, exactly? That Wildstein and Bridget Kelley acted on their own in their scheme to tie up traffic in Ft. Lee for reasons we will never know, and that Christie was completely oblivious to mysterious machinations of his own staff?
Wow. I don't think that is going to sit well with the voters.