Remember when Chris Christie’s “Bridgegate” was the hot new political scandal? Good times, good times.
As a refresher, Christie, New Jersey’s governor/America’s favorite Trump lackey, conspired to shut down lanes on the George Washington Bridge, a massive portal of vehicle traffic connecting northern New Jersey to Manhattan. The closed lanes impeded traffic on the busiest bridge in the world, causing delays for school buses, emergency service vehicles and everyone in between. The intentional build up could have compromised lives of people commuting throughout the Fort Lee area.
Emails sent between top Christie aides indicated that the bridge lanes closed as a means of retaliating against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich after the mayor refused to endorse Christie’s reelection campaign.
This was back in 2013, and Christie wasn’t charged. But now, texts from former Christie aides assert that the Governor “flat out lied” about his involvement. From the AP:
The text exchange between Christina Renna, Christie’s director of intergovernmental affairs, and Peter Sheridan, a staffer on his re-election campaign, came while Christie was telling reporters at a December 2013 news conference that no one in his office was involved in the lane closings.
Renna texted Sheridan that Christie “flat out lied” when he said his senior staff and campaign manager Bill Stepien weren’t involved.
According to the court filing, Sheridan texted Renna to say Christie was “doing fine. Holding his own up there.”
Renna responds with, “Yes. But he lied. And if emails are found with the subpoena or (campaign) emails are uncovered in discovery if it comes to that it could be bad.”
Stepien’s lawyer, Kevin Marino, on Wednesday called the notion Stepien was involved “categorically false and irresponsible.”
Renna’s attorney, Henry Klingeman, said Wednesday his client “will answer questions publicly when she testifies at the upcoming trial, not before.”
At the news conference in question, Christie said he had “made it very clear to everybody on my senior staff that if anyone had any knowledge about this that they needed to come forward to me and tell me about it, and they’ve all assured me that they don’t.”
Christie is currently advising Donald Trump, which once again, gives some examples of the kind of governing you can expect should the Republican nominee win the general election.
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Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
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