Suggests a billion good reasons for the access lane closings: Steve Kornacki has been breaking the rules established for cable news talent.
He seems to know what he’s talking about. He doesn’t restrict himself to the mouthing of nostrums and scripts and to the dropping of R-bombs.
Kornacki is especially well versed concerning the state of New Jersey, where he began his journalistic career. This has made him the press corps’ most valuable player concerning the Fort Lee fandango.
Why did those crazy lane closings occur? Kornacki explained his theory all night last night—or at least, he offered a set of intriguing suggestions.
The gentleman proved it all night long. We’ll let Rachel Maddow summarize:
MADDOW (1/14/14): MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki is an experienced New Jersey reporter who knows a lot of the principals involved in this scandal. He’s pointing to this giant billion-dollar development in Fort Lee which is being built basically right at the spot where those Fort Lee access lanes feed on to the George Washington Bridge.Again, let’s note the accuracy of this statement: “Not enough of the coverage points out that what is assumed to be the central reason it all happened hasn’t been proven.”
Could those lanes have been shut down to mess with that development somehow?
What is not yet explained in this scandal is why it happened. With all the blanket wall-to-wall coverage we are seeing of this scandal across the country right now, not enough of the coverage points out that what is assumed to be the central reason it all happened hasn’t been proven. There’s not a shred of evidence out of those 2,000-plus pages that were released from the legislature that suggests that that was why it happened.
Maddow refers to the idea that the lanes were closed because the mayor of Fort Lee endorsed Barbara Buono, not Christie.
As Maddow notes, “There’s not a shred of evidence out of those 2,000-plus pages that were released from the legislature that suggests that that was why it happened.” That said, the New York Times, which is always wrong, keeps saying precisely the opposite.
Moving on to Steve Kornacki and that billion-dollar development:
In Maddow’s telling, Kornacki has been suggesting that the lanes were closed “to mess with that development somehow.” He notes that the development’s value would crumble without the access to the George Washington Bridge those three traffic lanes provide.
If the lanes were taken away in the future, the development might be fatally wounded. For our money, Kornacki has been quite unclear as to why someone might want to threaten an action like that.
We have no idea if this story makes any sense at all. But presumably, this would be a threat of future debilitating action to force a chunk of the development’s massive value into the hands of Christie supporters.
In this scenario, the Christie Admin would threaten to reduce those invaluable lanes for some sort of greater purpose regarding traffic flow on I-95. Behind the scenes, developers would be strong-armed into giving up a chunk of the project to make this threat go away.
Is that what Kornacki is suggesting? We don’t know if that makes sense. But on the surface, it makes a lot more sense than the rather peculiar theories which emerged from “rumors” from New Jersey Dems, the world’s least effective known humans.
This whole scenario still seems crazy. How could anyone think they could shut down a highly visible city and that no one would notice?
That said, a gigantic sack of money is sitting right next to those access lanes. Kornacki, who keeps breaking the rules by knowing things, may be picking at something.
On first gazing into Kornacki’s knowledge: We were first amazed by Kornacki in April 2010. In this piece at the old Salon, he noted an important fact:
In 1992 exit polls, Perot voters were evenly split between Candidates Clinton and Bush.
Why does that fact matter? Ever since 1992, the RNC has pushed the idea that Bush would have won re-election except for Perot’s third party bid.
The exit polls suggest that just isn’t true. But as with all such talking points, Republicans got to repeat it for many years. As usual, liberals never had the slightest idea what to say in response.
We were amazed to see a liberal journalist who knew an actual fact!
We voiced our amazement in real time. Even at The One True Channel, the kid just keeps coming through.