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.
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