From The Star Ledger, titled:
Christie's Bridgegate Investigation is BaloneyIt opens:
It cost New Jersey taxpayers at least a million bucks, but here’s what we finally know for a fact: Gov. Chris Christie’s lawyers think he’s innocent.http://www.nj.com/...
He knew nothing — nothing! — about those controversial lane closures at the George Washington Bridge in September. That’s the official conclusion of their internal investigation, the actual content of which we have yet to see.
Bridget Kelly, who infamously wrote, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee”; Bill Stepien, the governor’s former campaign manager; and David Wildstein, Christie’s appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, all refused to be questioned.
And the sting, as they say, is in the tail. It closes by saying Christie owes NJ taxpayers a refund:
The governor paid a lot of money to have his lawyers find nothing. Now he owes taxpayers a refund.It appears the crafting of this pseudo-probe could indeed become it's own NEW Christie scandal. Governor Christie is a truly horrible man, and a criminal, to boot.
From the comments, AnnetteK has found evidence of colossal conflict of interest in the internal probe:
5 things to think about as christie investigates christiehttp://www.wnyc.org/...
1) Independence. Christie's lead investigators is Randy Mastro, a former deputy mayor for Rudy Giuliani who has been Christie’s most prominent Bridgegate defender. And one of Mastro's associates is Debra Wong Yang, a close friend of Christie’s who has vacationed with the governor and his family. In 2011, Wong Yang introduced Christie at an event in Manhattan, calling him "as genuine as can be, a salt of the earth person," and "truly the real deal." When Christie took the stage, he described Wong Yang as a "good and dear friend," and recalled how he and his family joined Wong Yang and her three daughters on a vacation at a game ranch in Texas.
To laughs, he described how they chased a wild pig together.
Wong Yang also got a contract from Christie when he was U.S. Attorney. The Bergen Record reported Monday that one of her daughters interned with Christie. And a few weeks before the Bridgegate scandal became national news, Wong Yang donated $500 to Christie’s inaugural committee.