NJ Spotlight reports: “The state Ethics Commission, which would rule on any ethics complaints against state officials in Bridgegate or other Christie administration scandals, yesterday approved Gov. Chris Christie’s recommendation for its new executive director — Susana Espasa Guerrero, a former governor’s counsel who served in the governor’s office with all nine Christie aides subpoenaed in Bridgegate.”
Dept. of Things That Were Written Before Administration-Rocking Scandals: The Super Bowl media day guide, which gives “special thanks as well” to one Bridget Kelly, AKA, the now-fired Christie staffer who wrote the infamous “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” text message. Fifth name down on the left.
EVERYBODY PANIC! The Super Bowl may be disrupted by…cold weather.
The Week examines whether Chris Christie might face recall from Jersey voters who, after all, just put him back into office by an overwhelming amount—before, of course, the Bridgegate scandal started haunting him and his political outlook. The magazine says Christie won’t be recalled for awhile yet, in large part because he can’t:
Don’t you hate when people say “I hate to say I told you so” — when you know at that moment there is nothing they relish more than saying those words? I am at that moment right now. I won’t lie. I love telling you I told you so. As promised in my post last week, the third in the continuing series of Chris Christie scandals is here.
AP reports that former assistant U.S. Attorney Reid Schar, who helped take down former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, is taking aim at Gov. Chris Christie over Bridgegate—hired by the New Jersey Assembly as a “special counsel.” Pretty sure this means that we’ll be stuck with the scandal for awhile, folks. And we’re guessing that means Christie’s presidential prospects are pretty much over.
State Sen. Dick Codey (a former acting governor of New Jersey) suggested on MSNBC yesterday that unnamed unelected Democratic powerbrokers with whom Chris Christie is close were involved in trying to cover up the governor’s “BridgeGate” scandal.
I have been lukewarm on the “Chris Christie for president” media crusade. Although I like the Harry Truman-style straight talk, I don’t like the Nixon-like temper he is quick to display in public. But Christie’s performance at his Bridgegate news conference has changed all of that. While the MSNBC fan club is gleefully predicting the demise of the one candidacy that could have derailed the Hillary coronation, I now am now all in for Christie. He took something I have not seen a candidate so willingly and so humbly take in a long time – accountability.
Rachel Maddow has a humdinger of a conspiracy theory about what really caused Chris Christie’s “Bridgegate” scandal: