Courtesy of Philip Bump at The Wire:
If you’re curious why Bridgegate happened, a clue from the new Chris Christie-backed report exonerating the New Jersey governor: his aide Bridget Anne Kelly was emotional, insecure, and perhaps lashing out after a bad breakup. (My bolding).
The long-awaited report finds no role by Christie in the closure of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge, as expected. From the outset, the report was understood to clear Christie from personal involvement in the lane closures, which backed up traffic into the town of Fort Lee for a week last September. As The Wire noted earlier this week, the report was completed by a law firm with close ties to Christie and without the participation several key participants in the closure. Among those not participating were the two that receive the blame: former Port Authority staffer David Wildstein and Kelly. But the two get very different treatment.
I actually feel sorry for Bridget Kelly. Yes, without a doubt she was involved in key lane closures and it was a highly dangerous, sick stunt that could well have had some terrible repercussions – but Kelly didn’t act alone. She is now being given the *little woman* treatment, and her breakup with Bill Stepien (Christie’s campaign manager) is being blamed for her emotional state at the time.
Chris Christie is an overweight, over obnoxious, corrupt blowhole, bully and coward.
Diane Sawyer interviewed him yesterday and he basically threw everyone under the bus.
Having watched the video, I don’t think Christie has done himself any favours. He does not come out of this looking in any way believable. I’ll be looking forward to the real investigation.
Courtesy of Crooks and Liars:
It appears the latest person to fall on the sword to protect Governor Chris Christie’s wishful thinking political aspirations is Port Authority chairman David Samson.
Another official has resigned in wake of a New Jersey investigation into lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Friday at his first news conference in more than two months.
OMG…they are dropping like flies around him.