He lied. He knew but said he did not. Now he says he forgot. Bye-bye Christie.
Other interesting new facts emerged, revealed in the report, that are scandalous.
Port Authority told Christie about the closings at Sept. 11 meeting.
The Port Authority official who oversaw the lane closing at the George Washington Bridge said that he had he informed Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey about it at a Sept. 11 memorial while the closings were occurring, according to an internal investigation released on Thursday by lawyers for the governor.
The official, David Wildstein, told Mr. Christie’s press secretary of the Sept 11 conversation at a dinner in December just before his resignation from the Port Authority, according to the report.
The report said that Mr. Christie did not recall any such conversation and finds no evidence that he was involved in the scheme, which snarled traffic for thousands of commuters in Fort Lee, N.J., from Sept. 9 through the morning of Sept. 12.
It is said that he got tears in his eyes when he was told in January. I'm sure he was thinking, "there goes my presidency."
Per the wonderful Steve Kornaki, on msnbc, just now: "This is Christie's defense." It is written by his lawyer and,as Kornaki reasons, presents the case the defense attorneys would make in any legal proceedings. It should not be seen as an objective report.
Christie's legal team plays down the conversation where Wildstein says that he talked directly to Christie about it because they claim it was not presented as retribution but as something routine.
None of the directly implicated people talked to them.