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Report: Fed Probe, Witch Hunt Into ‘BridgeGate’ Turns Up Nothing On Christie

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A federal report, which was leaked to and covered by PPD several months ago, clears NJ Gov. Chris Christie in the media-trumped up bridgegate controversy.

Federal officials told NBC News that the federal probe many viewed to be witch hunt against NJ Gov. Chris Christie has been unable to link the lane closures to the governor. The officials did say that the nine-month long investigation is still ongoing and, despite the lack of evidence, no final determination has been made.

Yet they concede that authorities haven’t been able to uncover anything that indicates Gov. Christie knew or ordered the closure of traffic lanes to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee. From the Democratic reaction to the report, it would appear the media may be being used to soften the story before the final report is released.

“This is not a Chris Christie investigation,”Assemblyman John Wisniewski said in a statement. “It’s an investigation as to why this happened and who authorized it. As a consequence, this does not change our position.”

That is a stark reversal from Wisniewski’s initial comments, which were all but condemning the governor and attempting to forward the idea he ordered the lane closures as a retaliation for the Ft. Mayor not endorsing his reelection effort. As PPD noted at the time, many headlines by “mainstream” publications — who are foaming at the mouth to destroy the man who began leading Hillary Clinton after his big reelection win — were rather misleading.

Reports explicitly cited the Christie bridge closing “scandal” was to “retaliate” against the governor’s politics enemies. This is insinuating the communication spells that out verbatim, which they in fact, do not if you read the emails. Still, even if they did without mention to the governor, the double-standard for Wisniewski and an adoring media was obvious.

A review by the Media Research Center found a disproportionate amount of coverage attacking Gov. Christie over “BridgeGate,” while ignoring bombshell stories of IRS emails clearly debunking the “few rogue agents” narrative pushed by President Obama in the wake of the IRS targeting scandal.

In less than 48 hours, ABC, CBS and NBC deluged viewers with coverage of Chris Christie’s traffic jam scandal, devoting a staggering 88 minutes to the story. In comparison, these same news outlets over the last six months have allowed a scant two minutes for the latest on Barack Obama’s Internal Revenue Service scandal. The disparity in less than two days is 44-to-one. [See a chart.]

New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman and officials in his office declined comment. In a radio interview with New Jersey 101.5’s Eric Scott Thursday evening, Gov. Christie said he wasn’t surprised but would still remain cautious.

“We will wait to hear whatever the authorities have to say, but certainly this is a report that comes as no shock to me because as you know, Eric, the day after these events were uncovered, I came out and told people that I had no knowledge of this going on and no involvement or any role in its planning,” Christie said.

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  • Really, witch hunt? He was incompetent at best, culpable at worst. People died waiting in the delays.

    • First, it was never alleged that “people” died, it was one elderly lady who was in an ambulance because she had a heart attack. In that one case, her own daughter asked the media to stop using her mother — who she said would have died anyway — for what was clearly a political witch hunt to take out the man who was going to clobber Hillary Clinton in 2016.

      As far as incompetence, I suppose that’s a valid argument, though I am unsure whether any executive can control everything that is going on in his office. But I wonder, are you as critical of President Obama on the IRS scandal, since we know it wasn’t just a few rogue agents in Cincinnati?

      And on and on and on and on….

      • The IRS “scandal” was what a few hundred administrators removed from Obama? This was Christie’s staff. But then again, don’t let a good lie get in the way of reason.

  • Misleading headline for this article. Christie is far from being cleared in his Bridgegate scheme. Paul Fishman the lead federal prosecutor said that “the investigation is ongoing”. In addition there are three criminal investigations in two states that are zeroing in on Governor Garbage the Jersey big shot.

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