It's official: Chris Christie lawyers exonerate Chris Christie re Bridgegate


Sure, it's true that this was a report conducted by a firm hired by Christie. And sure, it's true that they didn't talk to any of the individuals it said were involved in ordering the lane closures. And it's also true that the firm had no legal authority for its investigation, and therefore was unable to place anybody under oath. But they didn't find any evidence that Christie was behind the lane closures, so therefore he must surely be innocent, right?

The report said that Mr. Christie did not recall any such conversation and finds 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.

But they did find that he was an emotional basket case...
It suggests that Mr. Christie became highly emotional at a meeting in the State House in January when he learned that Ms. Kelly and Mr. Stepien were involved in the scheme, even “welling up with tears.”
...because as every good Christie fan knows, he's the real victim here. Not the people who were enforced to endure days of gridlock thanks to the actions of his administration.

The results are now in from the internal investigation conducted by the law firm hired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie into the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal and in a shocking entirely predictable turn of events.

There's zero chance this review was ever going to put Christie in hot water. Sure, taxpayers paid for it, but even though Christie wasn't footing the $650 hourly bill:

It will be viewed with intense skepticism, not only because it was commissioned by the governor but also because the firm conducting it, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, has close ties to the Christie administration and the firm’s lawyers were unable to interview three principal players in the shutdowns, including Bridget Anne Kelly, the governor’s former deputy chief of staff.

This report carries all the credibility of a Kremlin report ............... (external - login to view)

Christie Blew $300k on Food and Booze

The vast majority of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s expense account budget went to food and alcohol, according to an analysis of his ledger records by monitoring group New Jersey Watchdog. Records show shopping sprees averaging nearly $1,500 at Wegmans supermarkets, and $82,594 paid to the operator of a concession stand at MetLife Stadium. Christie gets $95,000 annually for expenses, on top of a $175,000 salary. He’s spent roughly $360,000 from that expense budget, with $300,000 going to food, drinks, and desserts.

Christie has a 35 percent approval rating (external - login to view) among registered voters in New Jersey. Earlier this month, Port Authority executive David Wildstein, a Christie confidant and apointee, pled guilty to his role in Bridgegate (external - login to view), where local access lanes were closed in Fort Lee, N.J. as a means of political retribution. Christie still denies his role in closing off parts of the George Washington Bridge.

In February, a state judge ruled that Christie broke the law by cutting pension payments (external - login to view) previously promised to public employees.
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