If Wildstein has been horrible since high school, why did Christie hire him?

Embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is now alleging that his appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Scott Widlstein, was a horrible person since high school.

If that’s true, and everybody has always known it, then why did Christie appoint Wildstein to the port authority in the first place?

Wildstein, you’ll recall, is one of the two former associates that Christie, who was until now the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, is trying to blame for the scandal surrounding the alleged revenge-closing of several lanes of the George Washington Bridge to punish a local mayor who didn’t support Christie’s re-election bid last year.

Wildstein is increasingly speaking up against Christie, alleging that Christie knows more than he’s claiming.

Last Friday, Wildstein told the NYT that, contrary to Christie’s claims, the governor did in fact know about the lane closures as they were happening (Christie had repeatedly claimed that he did not know about the closures until after the lanes were reopened). Lending credence to Wildstein, a few hours after the allegation Christie changed his story and admitted he knew about the closures as they were happening, and had thus apparently lied to the public, and investigators, for months.

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Christie, in turn, is now trying to undercut Wildstein’s credibility.  The only problem for Christie is that by undercutting Wildstein’s credibility, Christie is undercutting his own.  You see, if Wildstein was such a bad hire, then why did Christie hire him in the first place?

In a scathing indictment of Wildman, Christie’s office sent reports an email last Friday night detailing what a horribe, untrustworthy person Wildstein is, and always has been.  Christie claims that Wildstein had a “tumultous” career and was “unproductive.”  Christie goes on to say that Wildstein was once a – gasp! – “blogger.”

But the weirdest claim is where Christie quotes Wildstein’s high school social studies teacher as saying the young man was untrustworthy in class.  Seriously?

Here’s an extended snippet from the email:

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)

Christie concludes his email by saying:

“Bottom line — David Wildstein will do and say anything to save David Wildstein.”

Then why did Christie hire Wildstein in the first place?  Not very presidential.


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Follow me on Twitter: @aravosis | @americablog | @americabloggay | Facebook | Instagram | Google+ | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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