Did Christie know about the lane closings?

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2016

A fascinating journalistic event:
Did Chris Christie know about the lane closings to the George Washington Bridge?

Did he approve the lane closings? Did he know the closings were intended as political retribution against the mayor of Fort Lee?

Because of the apparent overt stupidity of the plan, we've always found it hard to believe that Christie would have been involved. The plan created gigantic risk in pursuit of a very meager reward. Needless to say, the lane closings have deeply damaged Christie's career, or at least they had before the victory over our brilliant forces engineered by Candidate Trump.

In the wake of the recent convictions of Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni for their conduct with respect to the lane closings, Christie has done a 42-minute interview with Charlie Rose on this subject.

The videotape is available here. We don't think there's a publicly available transcript.

We mention this because the coverage of the Bridgegate trial has been a fascinating journalistic event. From the New York Times to the Maddow Show, the trial has largely been treated as a way to advance the idea that Christie was involved.

He may have been involved, of course. But the journalism has been persistent, full-tilt thumbs-on-the-scales. At some point, liberals have to decide if this is what we want from our major newspapers and from our cable news corporate gong shows.

We plan to discuss this topic after we've had a chance to review the material more fully. In the meantime, Christie's interview is available at the Rose site.

In our view, a basic question went unasked. But then, what else is new?

25 comments:

  1. Obama should pardon Clinton before he leaves office. The Republicans are already talking about appointing a special prosecutor to "get her". She doesn't deserve that.

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  7. If Christie did not know, then the US Attorney misled the court in the recent trial. That's quite an assertion.

    Is it the position of TDH that until Christie admits he is lying about what he knew and when, we just don't know? That it doesn't matter how many people testify under oath?

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    1. That it doesn't matter how many convicted criminals testify under oath?

      Fixed.

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    2. Bob is a "What does the evidence show? What are the facts?" kind of guy. He believes that hearsay may be bullshit, as do I.

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    3. What? Prosecutors mislead juries every day. That's not much of an assertion.

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    4. "Because of the apparent overt stupidity of the plan, we've always found it hard to believe that Christie would have been involved." - There's a Daily Howler!

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    5. 4:50 - you forgot to explain why Christie would be that stupid. Was it this:

      Cristie bad, therefore bad.

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    6. There doesn't appear to be a transcript of Wildstein's testimony available on line, but a newspaper article can be found here: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2016/09/wildstein_bridgegate_christie.html

      Two observations:

      1) Christie makes the point that Wildstein didn't testify that anybody at the 9/11 memorial said that the purpose of the lane closings was political retribution. Wildstein testified that Baroni told Christie, "You'll be pleased to know Mayor Sokolich is very frustrated." He also testified that Christie said, "Well, I'm sure Mr. Edge would not be involved in anything that's political," referring to Wildstein using the pseudonym that Wildstein had used as a political blogger. If Wildstein's testimony was accurate, it doesn't seem like Baroni's failure to be more explicit prevented Christie from understanding (and joking about) what Baroni was telling him.

      2) Christie says he was not being able to defend himself while the trial was going on. The nj.com story quotes Christie responding to the Wildstein testimony, so Christie could, and did, defend himself during the course of the trial. It's possible that there were things that Christie said in the Charlie Rose interview that he couldn't have said during the course of the trial, but if so he doesn't identify them.

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  8. Nate Silver is suggesting that Hillary didn't win white non-college educated women (Trump got 62%) because she didn't court them. What on earth could she have said to such women that she didn't say?

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  13. What a terribly unlucky man is Chris Christie--to have so many people committing crimes (to benefit him) all around him. And also so unlucky that he appointed these people to those positions and didn't even know about the crimes or the cover-up of those crimes.
    Is that where the facts take us? To the conclusion that Christie was unlucky?

    Also, who would listen to 42 minutes of Christie and Rose?

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