The New York Times just reported this:
Christie Knew About Lane Closings, Ex-Port Authority Official Says
The former Port Authority official who personally oversaw the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge in the scandal now swirling around Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said on Friday that the governor knew about the lane closings when they were happening, and that he had the evidence to prove it.
In a letter released by his lawyer, the official, David Wildstein, a high school friend of Mr. Christie’s who was appointed with the governor’s blessing at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridge, described the order to close the lanes as “the Christie administration’s order” and said “evidence exists as well tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference” three weeks ago.
“Mr. Wildstein contests the accuracy of various statements that the governor made about him and he can prove the inaccuracy of some,” the letter added.
To be as fair as possible, this still remains an allegation but to have the willingness of Wildstein to return the favor and throw Christie under the bus to save his own skin, it does look like Christie’s days are numbered. How many other termites might follow Wildstein out of the woodwork?
Meanwhile, there are so many other investigations growing into Christie’s corruption and those will only be energized as it becomes more apparent that Christie has been covering up his misdeeds.
When you consider the track record of New Jersey Governors, Christie wouldn’t exactly be setting a precedent if he is indeed found to have been deceiving the public and committing abuses of power. What does bring a feeling of schadenfreude is that Christie has clearly been behind a propaganda campaign to portray himself as bipartisan when he has in fact been bullying Democrats to give into supporting him. He cultivated this phony image of himself as “a good guy” who likes to reach across the aisle and work with both parties…when he was in fact the opposite, someone who extorted and blackmailed politicians to get what he wanted.
One can only imagine how destructive a Christie presidency could have been. And the key words are “could have been” because once the rats start turning on the biggest rat…that’s the end of the biggest rat.
I’ve just gotta put this in as Christies epitaph! From Rubber Soul – the Beatles:
Or you could have posted “The Fool On The Hill” PPO
Too True, Beatlex!
Early morning effort 😳 to the tune of “London Bridge is Falling Down”.
Let’s see how he tries to weasel himself out of this one. Will he call him a liar like that awful woman (what’shername) called the mayor of Hoboken last week? It’s fun watching Republicans devouring their own.
“Christie’s bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down.
Christie’s bridge is falling down, bye bye White House”.
Gave me a big smile, thanks Kalima!
My guess is that he will avoid saying anything about this from now on using lame excuses like, “I don’t want to comment on an ongoing investigation,” and crap like that, just sitting and hoping that the Feds never get proof that’s enough beyond a reasonable doubt to convict him.
But isn’t it strange and pathetic how Christie is saying nothing about all that’s going on and just blathering about the Superbowl. Sorry Christie, you can’t hide behind the Superbowl after Sunday.
That tummy-tucked goose is cooked.
His poll numbers are down with Dems by over 50%, and Indies by over 35%. Somehow I doubt that they will recover unless voters are content to have a liar and mafia-type thug as governor or possible candidate for the WH. If he denies it or keeps quiet, the damage is already done.
I’m going to have that song in my head for the rest of the day. Send ice packs.
Kalima, Christie can’t be a pre-scandal Christie in the future, it’s laughable that the dimwits in the MSM keep cautioning, “He could come back from this.”
No. You can’t be a virgin again. Christie has screwed himself so he can’t claim to be “pure” in the future. It doesn’t work that way.
The poll numbers you cite are not going anywhere, those people now see Christie as the fraud he is and they are not going to unknow that in the future.
Christie 2016 is over right now. We don’t need to wait to see a smoking gun, public opinion isn’t based on criminal law guidelines, there is more than enough of a preponderance of evidence that Christie abused his power as governor and has proven unacceptable as a leader.
That’s that and there’s no coming back from that, especially in a party where the core hated him already for his Obama hug.
I agree AdLib, there is no going back to his false image as a fair player, he is without a doubt a conniving thug. Oh, had forgotten about that infamous “Obama Hug”. 🙄 Are any of the GOP actually out of HS yet?
LOL, Kalima, the icepacks are on their
way — but perhaps only half as many
as you’ll need.
You’ve put the song in my head, too,
and I’m going to need the rest for
Thanks NoMan but we had about 10 inches of snow here over the weekend, and I promised AdLib that I would make some snow angels, so my head is much cooler now. 🙂
You’re welcome, Kalima.
I’m glad the snow cooled your
head down. 🙂
The kids next door spent all day building an igloo, called a “kamakura”, out of snow on a plot of empty land in front of our house. At night they had lit it inside with tea candles, it was most impressive. They invited me in but with my back and knees, I had to decline. All day long I had thought they were making a short, fat snowman. Shows how much I know, doesn’t it?
Spot on AdLib; and as you asked “Then what?” well, I feel obliged to tell you. But I have to give major props to Ko-Ko, The Lord High Executioner of “The Mikado,” because most of the words remain his:
“As some day it may happen that a victim must
I’ve got a little list — I’ve got a little list
Of society offenders who might well be underground,
And who never would be missed — who never
would be missed!
There are apoplectic statesmen of a bitching,
Such as — What d’ye call him — Chris Christie, and likewise — Never-mind,
But it really doesn’t matter whom you put upon
For they’d none of ’em be missed — they’d none
of ’em be missed!”
Good one, Kalima!
Ahh shucks, Christie went and got that tummy stapling all for nothing… maybe now he can get it reversed and go back to the ribs and donuts.
Patsy – Do they have ribs and donuts in federal prison?
I’ll call Rod Blago & ask… or Jesse Jr…or Ryan…no wait, Ryan is out now….. Tough to keep track of them all…
Hey Carmen! Yep, I think those who were waiting for the last shoe to drop won’t need to wait any longer. I say that for two reasons. First, what this statement from his close ally does is destroy Christie’s credibility and honesty, even if it never leads to a conviction. Second, I think Christie will end up being indicted and this confirmation of Christie’s guilt by someone so close to him will encourage others to come out and nail him.
Ad…don’t forget the whole CONS boondoggle will jump on his defense. Remember what Bill Maher’s said:”CONservatives are BULLIES…
ExFan, I don’t know, it is a kneejerk move typically for Repubs to circle the wagons around a fellow criminal Repub…but in this case, Christie’s own people are rolling over on him. Hard to blame the liberal media or the MSM when that happens.
And in an election year, do they really want Christie tied around their neck (a bizarre mental image if there ever was one).
I once worked for a city’s Roads, Bridges & Construction department. If anyone knew what all had to be done inorder to close a bridge, AND most importantly, who all had to sign off on it for any length of time, you’d know and appreciate that there just isn’t any possibility that the governor was unaware. That not only makes him a participant in the decision making, but a liar on top of that. What else needs to be said?
VegasBabe, nice to see you! And appreciate your first hand knowledge about how undeniable it is for Christie to have denied knowledge of the lane closures.
This is one of those co-dependent lying situations. Most people, Repubs and Dems and New Jersey residents KNOW Christie is lying but because of the misguided concept that “innocent until proven guilty” means you shouldn’t voice that The Emperor Has No Clothes, many in the MSM and politics have gone along with his lies because they can’t prove them as lies.
It is not prejudicial to use common sense and critical thinking and arrive at a conclusion. It remains an opinion until proven but we rely on our opinions to guide us all the time.
Christie knew, of course he knew and the biggest open secret is that everyone knows he knew. Lying about it could have worked but now it’s apparent that his lie will sink him for good.
Even so, I hear pudnuts saying, “Don’t count him out!” No, I am counting him out because my common sense says he is out as a trustworthy candidate for President and that will never change.
Ad, lying is all he or any GOPer has. They believe that a lie told enough times becomes the truth. Naturally we know a lie is a lie. Trouble is they believe it has worked so much that they keep doing it.
Nirek, it just reminds me of that quote from Karl Rove when Bush was President:
In other words, if we commit a crime but state that we didn’t, we didn’t.
Not a great game plan as Christie is learning.
Absolutely right, AdLib. And I
don’t even need to ask you which
failed Thousand-Year Reich and
which Propaganda Minister Herr
Karl Rove is in thrall to inspired his
Wow. I wonder if what’s her name who practically got dropped into the east river (asst chief of staff) will be coming out with the truth next. I hope this guy isn’t just blowing hot air and that he really does have a paper / email trail on this. But how could Christie possibly think he could get away with such a blatant denial?
escrib, I think this breaks the dam and a flood of accusations will now engulf Christie. So many prosecutors, so little time…to avoid jail time!
I was just talking to someone who asked the same question, how could Christie bald face lie to the public about not knowing anything about the lane closures?
Especially with the Repubs but with some Dems too (like Weiner), hubris sure seems like the reason. These people get so much power, they see themselves as entitled and above the little laws for the little people. They can do whatever they want. And Christie probably figured that people would be scared enough of him to keep their mouths shut. And he no doubt thought he was so brilliant for fooling people all this time about who he was, he could lie to them again and get away with it.
Of course, the first rule for Repubs and many others is, if you get caught doing something wrong, even if you’re caught in the act, deny-deny-deny! He followed that mandate, hoping his power and track record meant it would work.
Sorry Christie, the coverup is always worse than the act.
E-cat, prepare for a flood of paper and electronic evidence.
Don’t be like Georgia Governor and ignore this prediction.
Escribacat, you referred to Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly.
And as a blustering bully, it’s likely Christie thought — and
may still think — he can get away with anything!
I honestly believe FunkSands was behind this treachery…..
Seriously though…. it was just a matter of time after the Feds got involved.
JustaSlob – I do blame FunkSands for most things including the snow in Atlanta.
You’re right, Wildstein was already begging for a deal when he went before a NJ legislative committee so it was pretty inevitable as you say once the fear of the Feds was instilled.
As an Illinois resident, I gotta believe Chris might be looking at some time…. Hell Blago got 14 years & I’m not sure this many accusations were compiled.
JustaSlob, I think you’re right, as everything unravels I think we’ll see a huge mountain of criminal acts connected to Christie and he would be lucky if all that happened to him is being impeached. It may be wiser to reserve the largest prison cell they have.
…Or build a bigger one!
NOOOOOOOO..It’s all Obama’s fault……:)
exfanofariana, I think you meant to say, “BENGHAZI!!!”
Slob, if you didn’t know already “FunkSands” is simply the department name for a particularly nasty self-aware bot that tracks your movements on social media. Just a tip.