(CNN) – New Jersey lawmakers will release 907 pages of documents Friday that could shed new light on a scandal that's forced an "embarrassed and humiliated" Gov. Chris Christie to apologize over a bit of apparent political retribution he says went no higher than his deputies.
The political star of Christie, a potential Republican presidential contender, hangs in the balance as a New Jersey state Assembly committee and the U.S. attorney's office for the District of New Jersey looks into allegations that Christie staffers orchestrated huge traffic jams on a busy interstate bridge to punish the mayor of a town that declined to endorse the governor's re-election.
Why did it take four months and an ugly document dump to inspire Christie to apologize? Last month, back when he was still pushing the traffic study story, he was full of jokes, and showed no pity for the people who were adversely affected. Even yesterday, Christie showed more remorse and regret for his political future than he did for the people impacted by the shutdowns. .... And the list of those adversely affected is hard to calculate because as the days passed, the vehicles started seeking alternate routes, which, in turn, overloaded those bridges, tunnels and hgihways.
"looks into allegations that Christie staffers orchestrated huge traffic jams on a busy interstate bridge"
In view of Christie's presser yesterday, the "looks into allegations" is no doubt at this time to be taken with a grain of salt. One certainly hopes that Christie was completely up front and candid during his "look at me ... I'm sad, really really sad" marathon speech, else he is in a very deep career ending "bridge-jam".
He did, after all, have 24 hours (his words, not mine) to get to the bottom of what happened and strategize who knew what when and why. And who may or may not "squeal" and what they might or might not say.
Dershowitz said that it would be enough for the governor to say: "Don't tell me; I don't want to know; just do what you have to do to take revenge. I don't want to know the details."
Christie should have known what was going on which would make him culpable. On the flipside, if he didn't know that would mean that he can't control his staff. Neither speaks well. If he encouraged political revenge, then that is a bad tatic but is part of his pattern of actions and statements that belittle and abuse others. He is an idelogue who rarely seems to demonstrate restraint or objective thinking when it comes to the running the state.
right he had no idea. In such a small office that says a lot. Of course stories of his bullying have been around for a long time now. Now it has affected the citizens of the state.
Get used to the I didn't know answer, you'll hear it a lot in the primary races when asked about Madoff, I was a lawyer, but I had no idea, I can hear it already. So he was unaware of what his close staff was up to, worked for a man who stole tens of billions as an investment firm, one that never actually invested money, and his lawyer knew nothing was wrong? Say it again, getting hard to be a Republican.
He knew, and he will get away with it. In America its the poor who has to pay the price, not the rich
Sorry Chris but you know your finished when CNN gives you as much or more coverage then the POTUS.