Wow, just wow. I’d reported an hour ago that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was facing new allegations that he lied when he told New Jersey voters, and America, that he had no knowledge about the now-infamous lane closures on the George Washington Bridge until AFTER the lanes were reopened.
After we heard today that a key Christie appointee to the New York and New Jersey Port Authority told the Port Authority general counsel that Christie was lying, and that the aide apppointee have evidence to prove it, Christie has now suddenly changed his story.
Christie is now admitting that he knew about the bridge closures while they were happening – which is not what he said earlier. Christie also now appears to be lying about what he said earlier.
January 31, 2014
In the response to a story from The New York Times, Christie’s office says a letter from a former Port Authority official that suggests the governor knew more about the controversial lane closures than he originally admitted, merely “confirms what the governor has said all along.”
“Mr. Wildstein’s lawyer confirms what the governor has said all along – he had absolutely no prior knowledge of the lane closures before they happened.”
But that’s not what Christie has been saying all along. He’s been saying all along that he didn’t know about the closures until after the lanes were reopened. So Christie is now lying about his previous lie. And there’s video to prove it, see below.
First, what Port Authority appointee David Wildstein said today via his lawyer:
“…evidence exists as well tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the Governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference.”
January 9, 2014
Now, what Christie said during his two-hour-long January 9 press conference:
Christie: “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.”
“Christie during a Dec. news conference specifically if he knew about the closures as they were occurring. “Never. No,” he replied.”
Now that’s interesting – as some might try to argue that Christie’s quotes are talking about not knowing about the allegations of impropriety, not that he didn’t know about the actual lane closures while it was happening. But, the reporter from the Bergen Record says he asked Christie specifically about whether he knew about the closures at all while they were happening, and Christie said no.
More from John Reitmeyer of the Bergen Record on this point:
December 13th Press Conference (video below)
Christie: “A: factually it did not get to me, um the first I ever heard about the issue was when it was reported in the press, which I think was in the aftermath of Mr. – the leaking of Mr. Foye’s email. I think that was the first I heard of it, but it was certainly after the whole thing was over.”
Note: Foye’s emailed leaked on October 1st, weeks after the lane closure.