From day one of this story Christie himself has ether remained silent, or issued forth all manner of self serving denials of any personal culpability in which he trivializes the significance of the lane closures and attacks the people trying to bring the truth to light as if all they were after was destroying him and nothing more.
If Christie were truly innocent in this matter…and by innocent I mean that he had absolutely no inside knowledge what so ever about the lane closures before or after the fact…and that he had absolutely no conversations or communications with any of the individuals involved with orchestrating the cover up of the closures after they became a public scandal…..then Christie would have been rightly and righteously leading the charge calling for the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth to emerge as quickly and as thorougly as possible.
If Christie was truly innocent in this matter…if his hands were truly clean it would have been in his own best interests (not to mention the best interests of the people of NJ) for him to have publicly initiated his own internal investigation…and to have called for law enforcement at every level to investigate and to have called for all of the relevant legislatve oversight committees to investigate using subpoena powers.
If Christie was truly innocent in this matter he would have been praising and supporting Loretta Weinberg in her initial, and mostly ignored, efforts to press the PANYNJ commissioners to take a united and public stand against this outrageous action.
If Christie was truly innocent in this matter he would be as pissed off and outraged as any one of the people who was stuck in traffic for hours for four days….instead we saw him minimizing the lane closures and the fallout from them while he mocked the people trying to get to the truth as if the whole story was just about him and his own political ambitions and nothing else.
If Christie was truly innocent in this matter he would have fired Baroni and Wildstein in such a way that they would not be able to collect unemployment…for cause. It was 100% patently obvious to anyone with any level of awareness and intelligence, that there was no LEGITIMATE “traffic study”. Instead Christie cut loose Baroni and Wildstein in ways that distracted from and minimized their connection to the dastardly lane closures….there bye acting as part of the de facto cover up.
If Christie was truly innocent in this matter he would have been on TV yesterday…the minute the story broke of the connection to his own senior staff….he would have been announcing the firing of the staff member and again calling for all others involved to come forward and to leave his administration. He would have been calling for their political heads on a pike and for full scale criminal investigations and prosecutions. Instead Chrisite stays silent and waits to see what others are saying and doing.
One could go on and on with all manner of actions a truly innocent Christie would have taken…but the bottom line is that these lane closures were not some out of the blue outrageously bizarre one time freak accident. They were typical and symptomatic of a culture of political retribution of one’s perceived enemies and rewarding of one’s perceived political friends that is totally typical of machine/boss politics in New Jersey.
Arguably Christie’s operation took it to new depths in this case. Imagine the cocksure hubristic sense of absolute arrogance it must have taken for these people to have thought they could do this and get away with it!
Frankly, had it not been for the dogged persistence of Senator Loretta Weinberg…this story may have been successfully swept under the rug…she was the one who gave “legs” to the story and compelled the press to cover it for the months leading to the recent revelations shaken loose only by the power of subpoenas.
It is obvious that the individual who sent Wildstein this email from her own Yahoo account is not the authorizing/organizing source for these closures. The plan had to have been cooked up by people above her level…she was clearly just making a comment and lighting a fuse on a bomb that had been previously designed and built by others. It will be interesting to see if she is wiling to take all the blame on to herself….or if she will tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. It’s amazing that she is still employed by Christie!
So now…in a few hours Governor Christie will be giving one of his patented press conferences…at 11AM. I suspect it will start late and run for a long time….and serve as a distraction from the hearing to be held just a little later.
We shall see if Mr Wildstein shows up for the hearing scheduled at high noon. Will Wildstein’s attorney succeed in quashing the subpoena? I doubt it. Such an act of patently fallacious desperation could only be successful if it were heard and ruled on by a sympathetic and corrupt (or incompetent) judge, surely we have none of those in NJ, eh?
If he shows up, will Wildstein tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? I doubt it. We will be lucky if he says anything at all besides words to the effect of “under the advice of my counsel I chose to plead the fifth so as not to incriminate myself”. But I would love to be wrong on that.
Meanwhile, no doubt we shall see Christie denying all knowledge and all responsibility for Bridge-Gate….after all, we all need to know that our governor “is not a crook”.
It’s sad to see that even at this point…most of our public officials are still afraid of Christie and still waiting to see which way the wind blows before strongly condemning these lane closures as being political terrorism and calling for criminal prosecutions of all culpable parties at any level of involvement.
The would be emperor is naked.
Christie has, pretty much, always been a blustering vindictive bully who “succeeded” by intimidation and who exemplified and typified all that is pathological about politics in general and New Jersey Politics in particular.
Again, lets see what the latest iteration of the Christie con job will be at this morning’s press conference….but let it not distract us from the far more important content of the hearing scheduled for 12 noon in Trenton.