This lunchtime, Governor Christie insists he couldn’t pick Mayor Sokolich out of a police line-up. A reader writes:
Hm. Plausible, just barely: he meets a lot of people, after all. But “until [he] saw [Sokolich’s] picture last night on television,” he wouldn’t have been able to pick him out of a lineup? Last night? How many months has this bridge scandal been going on? Color me unconvinced.
Governor Christie was once the US Attorney. His Chief of Staff, Chief Counsel and Deputy Chief Counsel were all former Assistant US Attorneys. All of them know how to investigate misconduct. It is absolutely inconceivable that Christie or these senior staff members did not recognize that the answers to the swirling allegations would be found in the emails. Either they learned the damning facts right away and sat on them or they said to each other “we better not go there because we will only find trouble”. There is no good explanation for the Governor here.
It seems to me that two simple questions should pry the lid off this: “Governor Christie, your staff told you the lane closures were part of a traffic study. Did you ever ask your staff or the DOT to produce the results of the traffic study, or even a contract ordering the study? If not, why not?”
Here’s something to add to the “obvious pattern” you talked about.
We know that Christie was focused on running up the score by the fact that he scheduled a special election for Senate (at great expense for the State) a few weeks before the general election in November to make it less likely that Cory Booker supporters (Democrats) would show up at the polls and reduce his margin. For a man that intent on maximizing his margin, it is easy to believe that he would be vindictive against those who refused to go along.
I’m surprised no one seems to be talking about the fact that this traffic sabotage occurred on 9-11. Isn’t the GWB a high value target? And wouldn’t the people of NJ be more sensitive to, and stressed out by, something so out of the ordinary? Not to mention the need of first responders to be on high alert. Is it just a coincidence that they planned this for the week of 9-11 or was that part of the effort to inflict as much pain as possible on Fort Lee residents?
The emails that were turned over were heavily redacted. Who redacted them? They were obviously reviewed by someone. Why didn’t alarm bells go off? I don’t get it. And the person who reviewed them did not hear the bells going off. I’m not buying Christie’s explanation that he had no idea until 9AM yesterday.
That would have made his statement that he’d lost sleep the last couple of nights a little off, don’t you think? Unless he knew this was coming.