Christie's Chief of Staff Testifies

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

NJPR reporter Matt Katz and WNYC's Andrea Bernstein talk about Monday's testimony on the George Washington Bridge lane closings by Kevin O'Dowd, Gov. Christie's chief of staff and nominee to be the next New Jersey attorney general. 


Andrea Bernstein and Matt Katz

Comments [16]

Nick from UWS

Wonderful post, Coogan from NYC.

Jun. 10 2014 01:28 PM

Not to undermine Andrea who I believe is doing an amazing job on Bridgegate but "incurious" is an extremely mild word to describe O'Dowd IMO. To be most unbiased I would say "negligent." To editorialize (because The Internet) I would say "criminally reckless." And that's only how I'd describe him if he wasn't committing perjury yesterday.

Jun. 10 2014 10:49 AM

@Kevin from Long Island City

"This story is being covered ad nauseam on this show. When there is new information, please cover it. But this endless speculation has become boring."

O'Dowd's testimony IS new information...Those of us who already think that Christie was involved probably wouldn't mind holding off on new reporting until they find a 'smoking gun'...Those few who think this is overblown coverage over a traffic jam in order to sink Christie's 2016 hopes really do not want to hear the evidence as it is collected.

The rest of us do not mind coverage when there is something new or additional to learn. The power of the governor's office was used to harm the citizens that elected it. That's not newsworthy enough for you? What does it take? A murder?

Jun. 10 2014 10:42 AM
Coogan from NYC

Good point Nick, a bit telling from a personal admiration point of view. Bizarre that Christie (a public figure) flaunts such low standards, aesthetic wise.

Clearly what we are seeing is a group of sociopaths turning one one another, like snakes in a pit with nothing to eat. In a small close group of friends, they're now blaming each other, suddenly distancing themselves and claiming ignorance and innocence. Personal jabs come out, they viciously attack the supposed character of the other, etc.

Hilarious, except it isn't. This is a perfect illustration of how and what sociopaths are, and why we need to be mindful and on guard not to vote them in to office or give them any power, or benefit of the doubt. They are self-serving, destroy society and create drama where ever they go. They are obsessed with power, admire evil, are bullies and frauds, who do nothing long lasting and good for society or the people around them.

Unfortunately people get fooled by their 'strong personalities' and for some, their 'charm'. Well, lets celebrate them for channeling that "talent" (haha) for great actors and entertainers. But let us be on guard that they do not go anywhere near running our governments, colleges, or schools.

When you hear nothing from such people about "ethics" and "personal integrity", you know what you'e dealing with. Look elsewhere for leadership, which will likely come in the form of more boring but thankfully, honest and efficient.

Jun. 10 2014 10:33 AM
a Dem from NJ

Andrea Bernstein should be taken off the story. Her hyper-reporting is and has been irresponsible.

Jun. 10 2014 10:27 AM
Bob from Huntington


In the future, could you insist that guests who call in use a landline? Matt Katz sounds
like he's speaking from beneath a mountain of bath towels.

Jun. 10 2014 10:24 AM

Hear…hear, Kevin from Long Island City!!!

Jun. 10 2014 10:24 AM


I absolutely HATE Christie and he is clearly GUILTY as hell but…



Jun. 10 2014 10:22 AM
John from Bklyn

Let’s try a new perspective.

In Iraq, Saddam Hussein knew he’d be arrested, so he hid in a “spider hole.”

In Pakistan, Osama bin Laden knew he was protected at the highest level, so he built a conspicuous house in a high-security city.

In New Jersey, none of the conspirators feared inquiry by Governor Christie - because they knew he was one of them.

Jun. 10 2014 10:21 AM
Kevin from Long Island City

This story is being covered ad nauseam on this show. When there is new information, please cover it. But this endless speculation has become boring.

Jun. 10 2014 10:20 AM

Ladies…how 'bout that "john from office"???

A real charmer.

Jun. 10 2014 10:20 AM
john from office


Jun. 10 2014 10:17 AM
john from office

A crazed, aging single mother, love starved, closed the lanes to spite her boyfriend. END OF STORY

Jun. 10 2014 10:15 AM

Brian, stop worrying about the legislative testimony. It's the various DOJ, etc. probes that are Christie's worries. Pension fund corruption +++++

Jun. 10 2014 10:12 AM
suzinne from bronx

This story just grated from the get go, and I don't even live in New Jersey! Total ARROGANCE that people who should be acting for the benefit of NJ residents, chose to create a four day traffic jam for political payback against one major should be the straw that break's the camel's back. So many, many people should suffer for their convoluted agenda? Are you kidding me?

The Christie Administration acted as extension of Christie, and believe that even if he did not know what happened he would have approved anyway.

Jun. 10 2014 10:11 AM
Nick from UWS

Let's not forget that Chris Christie's all-time favorite movie is "The Godfather". Christie's entire administration is probably built on that model. What a bunch of clowns.

Jun. 10 2014 10:03 AM

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