Chris Christie update: Gov blames the media and takes to Twitter

Also: Another GOP governor defends Christie and the Associated Press releases a new Bridgegate report

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As most of America’s political class continued to digest the New Republic’s authoritative and damning overview of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s many ethically questionable moves during his rise to power, Christie and his team tried to focus on Thursday’s massive snowstorm and win over Republicans by portraying the 2016 hopeful as a victim of a partisan media.

Here’s what’s going on in Christieland:

  • The Associated Press has released a thoroughly researched report on the consequences of Bridgegate, finding that the lane closures created “total gridlock” but did not result in death or injury due to emergency personnel’s being stuck in traffic.
  • Another GOP governor has decided to defend Christie in the press. First it was Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, now it’s Iowa’s Terry Branstad. Something worth noting about these gentlemen: They’re both facing reelection contests in the near-future, so they have good reason to encourage Christie to stick around as the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, where he’s raising some serious dough.
  • An MSNBC report details what’s been obvious ever since Christie’s lengthy press conference failed to make Bridgegate and other controversies go away — Christie’s team is hoping to win over previously skeptical conservatives by spinning all of his bad press over the past month as a sign of media bias.
  • Meanwhile, Christie — or more likely one of his staffers — spent a good chunk of Thursday on Twitter, tweeting about the snowstorm and sharing pictures of the Garden State blanketed in snow.
Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on politics. Follow him on Twitter at @eliasisquith, and email him at eisquith@salon.com.

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