New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has spent nearly all of 2014 attempting to outrun the Bridgegate controversy and reassert himself as the GOP's 2016 front-runner. It hasn't really worked. And with Christie town hall meetings becoming increasingly dramatic, as protesters and critics become more and more vocal, the Republican governor is likely itching for some good news to at the very least divert the press' attention elsewhere. Perhaps that explains the latest on Christie in the New York Times?
Here's what you need to know about Christie today:
- A report from the New York Times offers a preview of the "internal investigation" of Bridgegate that Christie tasked some of the state's most highly regarded lawyers with completing weeks ago. The investigation, paid for by taxpayers, reportedly found Christie guilty of no Bridgegate-related wrongdoing. One thing to keep in mind: Not only did investigators not speak with Bridget "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" Anne Kelly, but the firm Christie selected — Gibson Dunn & Crutcher — has multiple close ties with the administration itself.
- In other investigation news, the lawyer for Bill Stepien, Christie's former campaign manager who was fired in the immediate aftermath of Bridgegate, took a big shot at the legislative committee formed to investigate the scandal, claiming it was trying to smear Stepien by publicly releasing emails of his.
- Meanwhile, the Associated Press takes a look at Christie's protesters and critics, a group whose size and vocalness is increasing as of late, despite Christie's immediate post-Bridgegate town halls initially being characterized by their placidity and lack of questions about Christie's staff and the lane closures of the George Washington Bridge.