AFTER NINE MONTHS, a report has found that there is no Governor Chris Christie – bridgegate link in lane closings, in the scandal that has shaken Christie’s prowess as a potential 2016 candidate. U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman has yet to weigh in, which is critical to remember, but the preliminary news had to be heartening for Christie fans.
So why isn’t it making a bigger splash?
Rachel Maddow of MSNBC covered it last night, referring to the news as a “leak.” It did give her yet another opportunity to
regurgitate revisit the entire motherlode of allegations on her show.
If Maddow turns out to be right, she’ll deserve a lot of credit for her doggedness, but so far she’s out there alone.
Gov. Chris Christie, whose office initially declined to comment, said of NBC 4 New York’s report in a radio interview with NJ 101.5’s Eric Scott Thursday evening, “I don’t want to overreact to it because I’m not surprised by it, and I’m hoping that you know, we can start to focus on things that are important to all the people in the state of New Jersey.” [MSNBC]
This isn’t the end, that’s certain, with U.S. Attorney Fishman’s findings most important, but after 9 months it’s no small matter that a Christie – bridgegate link has not been found.
This is what is so damaging about hyper partisan news coverage, which really got its start in the Whitewater witch hunt days of President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton. Reporting from New York Times reporter Jeff Gerth prompting fruitless investigations that cost taxpayer $40 million and resulted in the Clintons being totally exonerated, which didn’t get nearly the press the allegations did that spawned a decade of perpetual investigations. Part of that was due to politics as well, which became clear once Ken Starr’s conflict of interests were exposed.
All because so-called journalists were chasing the Woodward-Bernstein prize.
This same self-serving, egotistical motive underlies what’s going on through the perpetual Benghazi! investigations.
Governor Chris Christie isn’t out of the hot seat yet, but after 9 months nothing has been found to link him to the lane closures. Perhaps something else will surface through the U.S. Attorney’s office, the DOJ or the FBI probing,
Of course, that doesn’t make Christie a viable 2016 candidate. He’s lost a lot of time and the talk has turned to national security, which so far hasn’t been a very good topic for the Mr. Christie.