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Via TPM, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has a message for donors worried that his George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal will impact his chances in 2016:
“I’m not that worried about it. I hope none of you are worried about it, though I expect some of you are,” Christie told the crowd. “But you’ll get over it. It will be fine.”
And why shouldn't they worry about it? Because:
He insisted that he now had a firm command of the facts and that donors would not find out anything new: “Don’t be so nervous,” he said at one point.
So, according to Christie, donors shouldn't be worried because all the facts are out now. And that means he's sticking by what he said when he first went public about the scandal:
There's this, you know, kind of reputation out there of me being a micromanager. I'm not. [...] I delegate enormous authority to my staff [...] there's no way that anybody would think that I know about everything that's going on [...] I don't know what else to say except to tell them that I had no knowledge of this—of the planning, the execution or anything about it—and that I first found out about it after it was over.
To recap: Christie is telling donors not to worry, because now that he knows everything that was going on, he has all the facts to prove that he was right to defend himself by saying there's no way anybody could have known everything that was going on, because nobody in his position could possibly have had all the facts.
If you believe that, I've got a bridge over the Hudson River to sell you.
Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 03:10 PM PDT.