Governor Christie wants us to believe that he was not aware of the George Washington Bridge lane closing because he delegates and he can't keep track of 65,000 state employees. This New York Times report paints a different picture of a man deeply involved with his operation.
From the Times:
"Mr. Christie has said that he had not been aware of his office’s involvement in the maneuver, and nothing has directly tied to him to it. But a close look at his operation and how intimately he was involved in it, described in interviews with dozens of people — Republican and Democrat, including current and former Christie administration officials, elected leaders and legislative aides — gives credence to the puzzlement expressed by some Republicans and many Democrats in the state, who question how a detail-obsessed governor could have been unaware of the closings or the effort over months to cover up the political motive."
" . . . Mr. Christie himself tended to the smallest of details. He personally oversaw appointments to the State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners, legislative leaders said, and when he wanted to discuss something with lawmakers, he texted them himself. (He told one top legislator that he had learned from his experience as United States attorney not to email; texts were harder to trace.)"
Regarding Bill Stepien, Christie's trusted campaign manager:
"If ‘Step’ were to bark an order at somebody, the assumption would be — unless otherwise stated — that it was coming from the governor,” one veteran Republican consultant said. “There is no getting around that.”
Drip, drip, drip. The veil of secrecy and the web of lies surrounding Governor Christie is being dismantled. The schadenfreude is as sweet as nectar. We have dodged a major bullet, my friends, I shudder to think what damage Christie could have done on the national level.