N.J. Gov. Christie’s Media Trial
On the face of it, the 344-page report issued by the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher on behalf of N.J. Gov. Chris Christie, absolving him of all blame in the George Washington Bridge lane closure on Sept. 11th of last year, seems absurd. Paid for by Christie, it’s as if Christie is writing his own report card on the matter and giving himself an A-plus.
However, the investigation(s?) being conducted by the New Jersey legislature are being run by the opposition political party, who have as much to gain politically by producing a damning report as Christie does by producing one that absolves him. Christie is considered a front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
These are only investigations, not courts of law. No unbiased judges will weigh the evidence in the matter. In a court of law, Christie would be considered innocent until proven guilty. The Media, being closely allied with the Democrats, are inclined to produce whatever negative evidence they can find against him (and that hasn’t been much).
Christie, for his part, can only defend himself by hiring a law firm and producing a report that gives his side of the story. The Media would have us believe that his report alone clears him of all suspicion in the Bridgegate Scandal. Their headlines have put words into Christie’s mouth that the public, they hope, will read with a good deal of skepticism.
Who wouldn’t? New Jerseyans, knowing the governor better, are more likely to give his report credence. We know our governor well, much better than the rest of the country. We know him to be a schmoozer. We know him to be a purple, RINO Republican. We know he hates the TEA Party. He’s famous for declaring himself to be a middle-of-the-road politician. He publicly embraces Democrats whenever he gets the opportunity (i.e., witness the ice-creaming-licking photo op with Obama during Hurricane Sandy). He loves nothing better than to stick his Liberal-loving in Conservative faces.
For Christie to have ordered an act of political retribution against any Democrat for so spurious a reason as refusal to endorse him, of all things, is just beyond belief for any New Jersey resident, no matter their political persuasion. Christie’s just not that stupid. He would have to be pretty stupid to think a Democrat would cross a party line. He knows perfectly well they wouldn’t. If he didn’t know that, then he wouldn’t deserve to be governor of such a blue state as New Jersey. You don’t get much bluer unless you go to Massachusetts.
At the very worst, he might have made some off-hand remark, never meant to be taken seriously much less acted upon, that Fort Lee could be taught a “lesson” if the Port Authority closed off one its access lanes to the bridge.
So far, there’s no evidence that Christie had any involvement, direct or indirect, in the scandal. He held a press conference this afternoon announcing that the Chairman of the Port of Authority of New York and New Jersey, David Samson (a Christie appointee) just resigned. He was not implicated in the report. An internal review of the agency called for reforms amid questions about the lane closures.
Christie also defended the objectivity of the law firm’s report, amid criticism from Democrats. Investigators reviewed over 250,000 documents and conducted over 70 interviews, and that it was led by six former federal prosecutors who “would not give away [their] reputations to do some type of slipshod job for me,” he said.
According to Fox News, “The report concluded that former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official David Wildstein and ex-Christie aide Bridget Kelly were behind the closures and that they were targeting Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich. But it did not conclude why they wanted to hurt the Democrat and said there was no evidence that it was because he refused to endorse Christie for re-election last year.
“Christie said he still doesn’t know why this was done.
“’It mystifies me on every level why this was done,’” he said.
“The report says that Sokolich himself brought up the possibility of endorsing Christie but ultimately decided against it. The report says that even after that decision, the mayor remained on a list of Democrats whom Christie was considering appointing to various boards.
“Former federal prosecutor Randy Mastro, who on Thursday unveiled the report, said Wildstein seemed to have a ‘bizarre political and personal animus’ against a variety of people.”
Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly cautioned on a recent show that criticism of the report by Democrats is not for the consumption of New Jersey voters but rather for a national audience. That is what we in New Jersey would caution our fellow Americans about.
Democrat voters, of course, will hear nothing that we say. But we can tell our fellow Republican
and Conservative compatriots that, despite what you hear – grumblings from so-called “insiders” (who may simply be Democrat moles) – and whatever you might think of his RINO policies – as far as the GWB/Fort Lee lane closures are concerned, we don’t think he did it.
He’d as soon steal Lucy the Elephant’s tusks as make an enemy of a Democrat for something as trivial as a non-endorsement. He’s just not that kind of guy.