A photo published yesterday in the Wall Street Journal along with new revelations found by analyzing documents disclosed by the New Jersey Assembly Transportation Committee invalidate some of Governor Chris Christie’s central assertions that he made in his marathon two hour press conference on improper and possibly illegal lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. Those assertions being that his remaining staff was unaware of the event until after it happened and the claim that Christie did not know David Wildstein that well and could “count on one hand” the amount of time they saw each other.
Photos published by the Wall Street Journal show Chris Christie and David Wildstein together on 9/11 when the lane closures were occurring as well as an earlier event in June. Both photos show Governor Christie and Wildstein speaking with one another.
Emails that were released by the New Jersey Assembly Committee investigating the GW bridge scandal prove members of Christie’s staff, including members of his senior staff, were receiving emails during the lane closures which contradicts Christie’s claim that his staff were ignorant until after the closures had ended.
But that was not the assertion made at the press conference:
Q: What about — what about the cover-up piece of this?
GOV. CHRISTIE: Yeah, well, that’s your characterization not mine. But there is nobody on my staff who had any knowledge of this issue until after the issue was already done.
Clearly not true as members of Christie’s staff were discussing the issue in emails during the closures on September 12, 2013.
That’s not before the issue was “already done” that’s during the event. Bridget Kelly was Governor Christie’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Christina Renna is Governor Christie’s Director of Departmental Relations – two members of Christie’s staff were aware at least, three counting “Evan” and we might learn about more in the future.
In any case, we now know for sure that at least one thing Governor Chris Christie claimed in his press conference on Bridgegate is demonstrably not true and Christie’s assertion that he didn’t know David Wildstein that well is also not supported by the evidence.