Saturday, January 11, 2014

Is Christie Protecting Anyone?

ABC News notes:

Orchestrating the closing of lanes on a major multistate bridge for a nonexistent traffic study is no small undertaking, and only two people have faced consequences so far.

There's also the curious case of Christie's appointee to the chairmanship of the board of the Port Authority, David Samson, whom Christie appeared to go out of his way to protect Thursday.

"He was one of my interviews. I am convinced that he had absolutely no knowledge of this, that this was executed at the operational level and never brought to the attention of the Board of Commissioners until ... [Port Authority] Executive Director [Patrick] Foye wrote his email to the Board of Commissioners," Christie said.

The trouble is this excerpt from a series of emails between Christie's aides about the lane closings.

When New York official reopened the Fort Lee, N.J., lanes, David Wildstein, a former Christie Port Authority official, wrote this to Christie's axed deputy chief of staff Kelly.

"The New York side gave Fort Lee back all three lanes this morning. We are appropriately going nuts. [Port Authority Chairman] Samson helping us to retaliate," Wildstein wrote.

Christie says he believes Samson, but that won't stop questions about whether there is more to his story.


  1. Watch for more fireworks as there seems to have been a meeting between Samson and Christie one week before the Port Authority lane closures.

  2. The problem with not protecting your partners in crime is that if they figure that you're letting them to get the rap, they'll sell you. There's no honor among the thieves.