Christie Uncorks On Wildstein, NY Times

Governor Chris Christie’s office went on the offensive today, attacking The New York Times and David Wildstein, in an email to friends and allies, according to a report at Politico.

The email reads as follows:

5 Things You Should Know About The Bombshell That’s Not A Bombshell

 

1. New York Times Bombshell Not A Bombshell. A media firestorm was set off by sloppy reporting from the New York Times and their suggestion that there was actually “evidence” when it was a letter alleging that “evidence exists.” Forced to change the lead almost immediately, the Times was roundly criticized, and its editor was forced to issue this extraordinary statement to the Huffington Post:

 

  • “We’ve made probably dozens of changes to the story to make it more precise. That was one of them. I bet there will be dozens more.”

 

2. As he has said repeatedly, Governor Christie had no involvement, knowledge or understanding of the real motives behind David Wildstein’s scheme to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge.

 

  • GOVERNOR CHRISTIE: “So what I can tell you is if people find that hard to believe, I don’t know what else to say except to tell them that I had no knowledge of this — of the planning, the execution or anything about it — and that I first found out about it after it was over. And even then, what I was told was that it was a traffic study. And there was no evidence to the contrary until yesterday that was brought to my attention or anybody else’s attention.” (Press Conference, 1/9/14)

 

3. The Governor first learned lanes at the George Washington Bridge were even closed from press accounts after the fact. Even then he was under the belief it was a traffic study. He first learned David Wildstein and Bridget Kelly closed lanes for political purposes when it was reported on January 8th.

 

  • GOVERNOR CHRISTIE: “And I knew nothing about this. And until it started to be reported in the papers about the closure, but even then I was told this was a traffic study.” (Press Conference, 1/9/14)

 

4. In David Wildstein’s past, people and newspaper accounts have described him as “tumultuous” and someone who “made moves that were not productive.”

 

  • As a 16-year-old kid, he sued over a local school board election.
  • He was publicly accused by his high school social studies teacher of deceptive behavior.
  • He had a controversial tenure as Mayor of Livingston
  • He was an anonymous blogger known as Wally Edge
  • He had a strange habit of registering web addresses for other people’s names without telling them

 

  • Thomas L. Adams, Wildstein’s Council Running Mate: “It Was A Tumultuous Time.” (Shawn Boburg, “Ex-Blogger Is Governor Christie’s Eyes, Ears Inside The Port Authority,” Bergen Record, 3/3/12)

 

  • Robert Leopold, Livingston’s former Democratic Mayor: Wildstein Was “A Political Animal” Who “Frightened People.” (Shawn Boburg, “Ex-Blogger Is Governor Christie’s Eyes, Ears Inside The Port Authority,” Bergen Record, 3/3/12)

 

  • “He Was A Very Contentious Person.” (Shawn Boburg, “Ex-Blogger Is Governor Christie’s Eyes, Ears Inside The Port Authority,” Bergen Record, 3/3/12)

 

  • Wildstein Created “Culture Of Fear” Within Port Authority. “He and others referred to a ‘culture of fear’ within the authority, reflected in testimony from other authority officials about their reluctance to report to Mr. Foye or others what they considered an ‘odd’ request from Mr. Wildstein—to abruptly realign lanes that had been in place for decades and to tell no one about it.” (Ted Mann, “Port Authority Chief Testifies in George Washington Bridge Flap,” The Wall Street Journal, 12/9/13)

 

5. David Wildstein has been publicly asking for immunity since the beginning, been held in contempt by the New Jersey legislature for refusing to testify, failed to provide this so-called “evidence” when he was first subpoenaed by the NJ Legislature and is looking for the Port Authority to pay his legal bills.

 

  • Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich: “Look, from my perspective and Fort Lee’s perspective, we have credibility issues with Mr. Wildstein…He is certainly bucking for immunity.” (Susan K. Livio, “GWB letter raises credibility questions for Chris Christie, Port Authority official, politicians say,” Star-Ledger, 2/1/14)

 

  • Assemblyman John Wisniewski: “‘I am curious (Wildstein) has documents … he did not provide them to the committee when he was subpoenaed,’ Wisniewski added.” (Susan K. Livio, “GWB letter raises credibility questions for Chris Christie, Port Authority official, politicians say,” Star-Ledger, 2/1/14)

 

Bottom line – David Wildstein will do and say anything to save David Wildstein.

 

 

The attack on the Times is right on the money. The Grey Lady’s credibility has definitely taken a hit due to how they reported this story. Many journalists are openly mocking the Times’ changed lede and explanation thereof on twitter.

But the attacks on Wildstein beg the question…why was he working at Port Authority in the first place if he is so weird?

The attacks from his school days…Wildstein and Christie went to high school together…are just bizarre.   Lawsuits filed as a minor (I didn’t even know minors could sue) and public criticism from a high school social studies teacher are part of a governor’s, a presidential contender’s public debate?   Christie needs some fresh talent that is not under siege or subpoena itself in the communications office to provide some perspective.

Posted: February 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Media | Tags: , , , , | 8 Comments »

8 Comments on “Christie Uncorks On Wildstein, NY Times”

  1. Where are the said at 10:56 pm on February 1st, 2014:

    liberal attack dogs AKA bill and DEM now?

  2. Christie_Is_No_Ted_Cruz said at 11:04 pm on February 1st, 2014:

    Thanks for the excellent commentary on Christie’s appointments.

    I am a little more reserved in my opinion.

    While Big Christie’s defense concerning his direct involvement is probably accurate, he did set himself up by knowingly building a team of big government enthusiasts who were capable of working by themselves.

    The desire to “git-er-done” will not get him indicted but it has exposed the Governor’s real intentions for NJ and America. As a result, my friends in the deep red heartland consider him as nothing more than a thuggish character out of the Soprano’s. And perception is more important than truth in this world (and the next world for some).

    Now the anti-rino’s can use this ammo to continue to divide the Republicans. It will prevent Christie from wasting his time in the fruitless effort of running for President.

    Ironically, that division is a gift from the Big Boy. The only path toward a better government is to expose and purge those who willingly endorse the stealing of middle class (lack of) wealth.

  3. Christie Uncorks On Wildstein, NY Times | The Save Jersey Blog said at 1:15 am on February 2nd, 2014:

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  4. Funny, Christie's E-mails Don't Mention This said at 4:22 am on February 2nd, 2014:

    Boy is Christie knocking down the “nerd” and “non-athlete” he claims he hardly knew in high school. Yet, Dave Wildstein was the high school baseball team statistician. Go figure.

    As for the vicicious e-mails–funny they never put in the e-mails all the praise they heaped on Dave Wildstein when they first hired him to do a good job.

    The e-mail does not mention other comments about Wildstein in the story, including from Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak: “He is there in that job because he is well suited to the task of playing a role in reforming the Port Authority in accordance with the governor’s goals,” Drewniak said. “If he’s not liked for that role, and if he’s accused of being zealous in that regard, then we plead guilty.”

    Speaking of CC spokesman Drewniak—where has he been??? LOL

  5. Bob English said at 11:06 am on February 2nd, 2014:

    Based on what Christie is now saying why did he have a job created at the PA and appoint someone like Wildstein (who had zero qualifications?)

  6. @Bob English said at 12:00 pm on February 2nd, 2014:

    It’s called sheer hypocrisy Bob. Your right, they created a job for him, when such a position never existed. It had zero qualifications–and was tailored made for the high school chum (although Christie wouldn’t admit they were friends) of Chris Christie.

    Now all of a sudden the crap hits the fan; CC, in an attempt to save his governorship, throws Wildstein under the bus–who no longer qualifies for Port Authority indemnification. Sorry folks, this has the potential of ruining Wildstein–not that I am a fan of him or what he did.

    But if I was Wildstein, I would do the same thing. He just better produce on his veiled threat that CC knew of this while it happened.

  7. Don't Blame Me I Voted 4 Lonegan 2009 said at 6:09 pm on February 2nd, 2014:

    This scandal proves what I have said all along. RINO corruption is ruining this state. Wildstein, Stepien, Kelly, Baroni, and the Ultimate RINO himself, Chris Christie, are all symptomatic of the lust for power and big government that characterizes RINO politicians.

    Rick Merkt, who knew Christie as well as anybody, predicted in 2009 something like this would happen. I voted for Mayor Lonegan because Rick Merkt had no chance up against the RINO Establishment. Hopefully, GOP primary voters won’t make the same mistakes they made in 2009, and will sweep away RINO stench and corruption, and replace them with real conservatives. Then we can restore freedom and prosperity to the Garden State!

  8. My take is said at 7:56 am on February 3rd, 2014:

    that libs have pretty much ruined all levels of gov’t., but that being said, RINO’s who think they can “work with” the Dems/ libs anywhere, are nearly always wrong! – ” Work- with” means”give- in”.. As for this Wildstein, seems like a mostly creepy and selfish hack,who took what he could get, but when the going got tough, he’d throw his mom under the bus.. But then, is surely not the only one…


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