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Monday, February 03, 2014

So let's get this right. David Wildstein formerly with George Washington Bridge Authority was not a BMOC in high school says Governor Christie

This George Washington Bridge scandal in New Jersey is truly becoming a cartoon characterization, like a Keystone Cop silent movie parody.  



At this point, nearly 6 months after the incident, Governor Christie is revealing one childish story after another to deflect blame for avoidable lane closures on the busy George Washington Bridge in September 2013, under the ruse of a "traffic study", for unknown reasons that was not revealed in advance.  

Governor Christie said in a daunting news conference in January how he didn't know the mayor of Fort Lee Mark Sokolich. I don't believe Governor Christie.  He knows the mayors of all New Jersey cities. Maybe he wouldn't be able to "pick them out in a line up", but he knows who they are. Governor Christie isn't telling the truth when he said he didn't know the Fort Lee Mayor. Keystone cops also looked surprised when they faced their challengers, but they were comedians.

Now, Governor Christie is picking on one of his appointees to the George Washington Bridge Port Authority named David Wildstein. Governor Christie says we shouldn't believe anything Mr. Wildstein says because he caused trouble in high school.  Oh paleeeze! Governor Christie says Mr. Wildstein was not a nice boy when he was 16 years old, so no one should believe him when he claims the governor knew about the September bridge lane closures. Regardless of what Mr. Wildstein's high school reputation included, he was a minor at the time and, therefore, absolutely nothing he did before he was 18 years old has any relevance at all, whatsoever. Governor Christie was a district attorney, wasn't he?

This is what Governor Christie says in a published memo about Mr. Wildstein's statement to the New York Times claiming the governor is telling lies:

Gov. Chris Christie’s administration struck back hard and personally on Saturday against a former ally who accused the governor of lying about how much he knew about the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge, a scandal that has become the biggest crisis in Mr. Christie’s political career.

In a two-page memo obtained by Politico, which it said was sent “from the governor’s office,” David Wildstein, a former high-ranking official at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was portrayed as a loose cannon who was attacking Mr. Christie only in an effort to save himself and noted that he had been described in newspaper accounts in the past as “tumultuous” and someone “who made moves that were not productive.”
David Wildstein

The memo listed five incidents as evidence, saying that “as a 16-year-old kid,” Mr. Wildstein had sued over a school board election; that he had been “publicly accused by his high school social studies teacher of deceptive behavior”; that he had a controversial tenure as mayor of Livingston, N.J.; that he had been an anonymous blogger; and that he “had a strange habit of registering web addresses for other people’s names without telling them.

Nevertheless, knowing this about Mr. Wildstein, Governor Christie still approved his hiring for a posh job with the George Washington Bridge Authority.

Moreover, Governor Christie says Mr. Wildstein wasn't the high school class president, either.

This saga is more and more like Keystone Cops silent movie comedy rerun.  

In my opinion, Governor Christie's continuous talking about this incident is just his way of deflecting the truth and to confuse the public.  He should ask for immunity, tell the truth and resign.
He can write a book and make millions from the sales.

Meanwhile, Governor Christie's now unemployed staff, those who lost their jobs over this incident, should all go to federal prison for not complying with the law- when they refuse to obey subpoenas, they should be prosecuted.  

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