The Christie Report

Friday, March 28, 2014

NJPR reporter Matt Katz and WNYC reporter Andrea Bernstein talk about what Governor Christie's lawyer, Randy Mastro, found in his review of the governor's involvement (or lack thereof) in the George Washington Bridge closures.

Read the Full Mastro Report

Investigation into Governor Christie's office re: Bridgegate by katehinds


Andrea Bernstein and Matt Katz

Comments [61]

Joseph from Collingswood, NJ- "Chris Christie is a disgrace to New Jersey."

Scandal? Barack Obama is a disgrace to the country.

(...and the Lawless Little Community Organizer Punk should be in jail, not impeached, for the IRS perfidy.)

Mar. 29 2014 10:48 AM
Joseph from Collingswood, NJ

Chris Christie is a disgrace to New Jersey.

Mar. 28 2014 02:50 PM
CParis from Essex County, New Jersey

So, the basic takeaway from the dozens of interviews and thousands of pages of "evidence" is...bitches be crazy!

As a NJ taxpayer, I want a refund!

Mar. 28 2014 02:46 PM
Shabsi from Brooklyn

no mention of the FBI raiding this local Queens Democrat office? But again with Christie. Not that his scandal shouldn't be handled, but to spend yet another episode on speculation is ridiculous. You seem to gloss over any scandal involving a person with a D behind his name, unless it grows to the point of being a media circus and you are forced. Sad.

Mar. 28 2014 02:34 PM
Bob from Yonkers from Yonkers

This who Report Episode seems well-scripted, planned and choreographed.

The Report was made public at 1139 am New York Time; Mastro spoke for approximately 15 minutes and the media was allowed but 10 minutes to respond. This is stark contrast to Governor Christie's two hour news conference in January.

That very evening, Christie is interviewed by Diane Sawyer; just in time to proclaim his "innocence" before flying off on Friday to raise funds and his tarnished image.

It seems that in order for the Sawyer interview to occur, WABC would have had to be notified well in advance of Thursday, both as to the time and nature of the Report being made public, for WABC to be interested and to get everything ready for the interview.

So, it would seem to me, that the Report was not finished or presented to the Governor that day.

Mar. 28 2014 02:08 PM

Why are we still talking about Christie?
What are the real odds he was not responsible beyond plausible deniability tactics?
And even if she was a rogue, mental case, she is his staff, his culture working on his behalf.
Unless it is some cray cray house of cards scenario where she did this to actually bring Christie down via scandal.

Whether the politician 'knew' or not, which is so common lately, just seems like so much last ditch pass the buckism.

Mar. 28 2014 01:27 PM
Lauren from Bed-Stuy

Please note how similar Christie's defense with Dianne Sawyer is to Woody Allen's defense: "The report says I didn't do it."

Mar. 28 2014 12:33 PM

Rachel Maddow's breakdown of the report:

Mar. 28 2014 12:29 PM

This piece of partisan special pleading should not be treated as a legitimate contribution to the investigation.

Nobody expected Christie to confess, so anything his hired guns say is just defense PR.

Waiting to see the results of the REAL inquiries.

Mar. 28 2014 11:53 AM
John Bessler from NJ

I think the vast discussion about whether or not Gov. Christie knew about or authorized the lane closures misses a larger issue regarding the degradation of the people by the government. We were used as weapons. The Christie administration and the Port Authority saw their actions as an attack on Mark Sokolich. The government is supposed to represent us and act in our interest. Instead we are left feeling we the people need a lobby group to represent us.
I want four FREE GO TO WORK DAYS. No tolls on all Port Authority controlled crossings on work days as part of penalties to hold the Port Authority responsible for it's actions.

Mar. 28 2014 11:19 AM


"...don't know what we'd ever do without your daily quality moderating...'

Keep turning right until you cut your own tow cable??

Mar. 28 2014 11:04 AM
Yoni from Brooklyn

RUCB_Alum, don't know what we'd ever do without your daily quality moderating. LMAO.

Mar. 28 2014 10:49 AM

“This show has turned into a publicly funded MSNBC or inverted fox news at this point. Both are terrible. I want an uneditorialized and investigative look into all these "leaders" closets. The BL show has morphed away from the quality it used to be.”


Mar. 28 2014 10:47 AM

@art525 from Park Slope

It's Brian's show. If you don't like what you are hearing change the station.

@yoni - Ditto.

@MC - Two Hillary themed posts? Get new writers.

Christie's attempt to whitewash this -- yes, whitewash -- no one under oath; no interviews with Kelly, Wildstein, Baroni, Stepien , Samson or Zimmer -- has only hurt his 2016 hopes.

If you think that the media's coverage has gone far enough than you may be a kool-aid drinker.

Mar. 28 2014 10:47 AM
Maddy from Nassau County, NY

If nothing else, I hope using information about Ms Kelly's personal life in an attempt to explain the reason for the bridgegate episode exposes Christie and his 'supporters' as the misogynistic bunch they are. Let's see if the Republican party and voters comfortably accept him as a viable presidential candidate. It will be a very disappointing thing if they do.

Mar. 28 2014 10:43 AM
Kathleen Berger from LINY

If every criminal, racketeer, offender, wrongdoer, malefactor, transgressor, miscreant; villain, rogue, ruffian, felon; could confess his innocence and run his own defense, they would be none of the above. Please tell me shy we cannot use the proper name for the offenses committed by some of these politicians! He is guilty as sin!

Mar. 28 2014 10:42 AM
Yoni from Brooklyn

art525 from Park Slope, you are joking right? This segment is so overly covered here and basically with just a bunch of blabbing snarky heads speculating at this point, yet that story is not even mentioned?! Step back and look at your comment. This show has turned into a publicly funded MSNBC or inverted fox news at this point. Both are terrible. I want an uneditorialized and investigative look into all these "leaders" closets. The BL show has morphed away from the quality it used to be.

Mar. 28 2014 10:42 AM
art525 from Park Slope

Ah Yoni, you are so predictable. Let's not discuss this corrupt activity because a Democrat might have done something. You right wing folks need a new trick. What Christie did was dishonest corrupt and abusive to the citizens. And his corupt behavior continues. But becuase he's a Republican we are supposed to ignore it?

Mar. 28 2014 10:36 AM

That's downright wacky! BAK burned down the Christie Administration and Presidential hopes because she was spurned in an affair with Stepien!

That's a Harlequin romance...One of James Patterson's ghost writer's just got his next plot...The Lifetime Channel just started casting!

Gimme a break this is not the way the world works.

Mar. 28 2014 10:35 AM
Nelly from nyc

So glad you have this Female lawyer calling out the SEXISM in the report. Focusing on their mannerisms and behavior - private and personal - The female layer NAILED IT.

Mar. 28 2014 10:34 AM
art525 from Park Slope

Brian please skip the snark about ALan Alda and the cutie references to Shakespeare and Freud. Let's just examine what happened. You seem to have the mistaken impression that your comments are cute and clever and funny. They're not. And they don't contribute to the inquiry.

Mar. 28 2014 10:34 AM

It has been startlingly likely from first mention, and obvious as soon as it was released, that Mastro’s so-called “report” has nothing to do with any genuine investigation, but is instead exactly the opposite, a defense attorney’s demarche, made in order to mold and distort the public opinion and perception, to exploit the fact that you can’t erase a first impression.

That’s why it’s important that the news reports of Mastro’s ‘report’ should have taken pains from the git-go to make sure to emphasize it as an unreliable partisan document, and important that all ensuing reports emphasize its partisan untrustworthiness.

Mar. 28 2014 10:33 AM

I’m Hillary Clinton … and I approve this message.

Mar. 28 2014 10:33 AM

Politically-speaking, getting this $1million report out so quickly gives Christie (the victim) exoneration while those mean, spiteful dems in the State Legislature drag this on and on. He'll be beating that drum as a distraction all day long and it will never get old. Ok Dems, start producing real results ASAP or you will lose momentum.

Mar. 28 2014 10:32 AM
Amy from Manhattan

What about the emails that haven't been turned over? Can't they be retrieved from any of the points that the emails passed through in transmission? I thought these things never go away & can be retrieved.

Mar. 28 2014 10:32 AM

When I worked for a private firm, a high-powered 80s NYC law firm delivered to my attorney boss a massive brief & exhibits draft for a contract breach action.

The brief's main problem: It's didn't cite the relevant contract section & the evidence we possessed of the contract breach as the first charge. The researched additional charges came first!

The law firm had it bounced back fast enough to start a partner's head spinning.

This defense/PR effort is just as laughable

Mar. 28 2014 10:31 AM
Yoni from Brooklyn

can I request a segment on the Democratic politician who was found to be selling heavy weapons yesterday? or is spending a months worth of showtime on a traffic jam just too interesting?

Mar. 28 2014 10:31 AM

Brian, I thought it was commonly known that yawning and smiling can be a sign of stress. I knew this even before I married a psychoanalyst. I don't know where I picked it up - perhaps crime thriller novels that my dh rolls his eyes over. Nevertheless, he confirms what the therapist said.

Mar. 28 2014 10:30 AM
Cintia from Manhattan

The two people who are called liars in this report are both women. And then there are all the personal details and disparaging observations about Ms. Kelly but not about any of the male participants. Of all the many many people involved in this "investigation" the only women are the ones publicly "shamed"-- perhaps the Christie team will suggest stoning them?

Mar. 28 2014 10:28 AM

Yawning is a sign of Adrenalin. It's what atheletes do just before a big event, so for her, it's a sign that she's stressing over something big.

Mar. 28 2014 10:27 AM
NancyNYwoman from NEW YORK

Oh the pooor gov of NJ.
Knew nothing.
You believe this I got another bridge for you to buy.


Mar. 28 2014 10:27 AM
MikeInBk from Clinton Hill

Christie as a presidential candidate? Ha! Ha! Ha! This guy is as doomed as Giu911iani.

Mar. 28 2014 10:26 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Diane Sawyer completely takes the bait in that fluff peice. Her follow up question assumes the veracity of his preceding statement, which she doesn't question.

Mar. 28 2014 10:26 AM
jenny from VT

Sorry if this was explained already - but can one of the guests explain what this means going forward? This doesn't mean that the investigation is over, does it?

Mar. 28 2014 10:25 AM
Seth Pecksniff

I wish Christie would just come and say, Yes, I told them to do this to get back at a political foe. Because, the alternative is even more damning for Christie -- that he can't even manage the employees closest to him. If he didn't know, he's a worse governer than if he did know.

Mar. 28 2014 10:25 AM
Robert from NYC

Awwwwww, he was taken advantage of, awwwwww, poor gov Christie, awwwwww

Mar. 28 2014 10:25 AM
Bobbie B from NYC

Is there anything in this report addressing why Gov Christie did not act while the lane closures were tying up traffic in NJ? It was in the news because of the major delays, as well as news transit reports. At the time, how could he not have known about this major traffic distribution on his watch?

Mar. 28 2014 10:24 AM
steven from Manhattan

Hi - The therapist who just spoke about yawning is 100% correct. I have an anxiety disorder and I yawn all the time when I'm anxious. I think it comes from being short of breath from the anxiety. Just wanted to put that on the table.

Love your show!

Mar. 28 2014 10:23 AM

@Andrea Bernstein - Bridget Kelly has been set up for slut shaming all along. Divorced, mother of 4, Catholic was always the characterization reported right next to her name in every news story from the beginning. As you noted, we NEVER learned the marital, child or religious status of ANY other person involved. The revelation of an affair was a no-brainer to paint her as an unhinged, jilted lover and not a professional doing her job.

Mar. 28 2014 10:23 AM
fuva from harlemworld

It's a farce. This red-herring-ridden report was intended to create noise, to confuse the electorate. Unfortunately, it may very well succeed.

Christie continues to condescend to the constituents. Enabling these types is not how we save the republic.

Mar. 28 2014 10:22 AM

WNYC is pulling out all the stops for this!
BTW the 911 Commission Report was extremely weak...didn't even mention Building 7.

Mar. 28 2014 10:21 AM
Rosalie from Garden City

I propose the media rename this "Bridgetgate".

Mar. 28 2014 10:19 AM
BK from Hoboken

I wouldn't wipe my you know what with this report. As an NJ taxpayer I think we should refuse to pay Mastro's law firm for this joke.

Mar. 28 2014 10:18 AM
Laura from Nyack

So... if this report is so flawed and biased, why would anyone take this report seriously? Why is this report being put forth as evidence or proof? How is this report being accepted at all, and not widely discounted as just a political defense?

Mar. 28 2014 10:18 AM
Robert from NYC

I think B A Kelly should speak out and get this thing on the right road. Why is she staying quiet? As someone on Al Jazeera said last night about this, they treat like this is back in the stone age. She's the emotionally unstable, crazy woman. REALLY?! C'mon folks if for no other reason she should come speak up. She certainly has more sympathy now with this sick accusation about her state of being.

Mar. 28 2014 10:18 AM

WNYC’s carelessness with language needs some attention.

Your reports yesterday repeatedly introduced and summarized Mastro’s report as having “cleared” Christie. Why not ‘defended’ Christie, or ‘claimed that Christie had no culpability’?

To begin this show Matt Katz said much of the report was devoted to “the destruction” of Dawn Zimmer and her allegations. Why not ‘trying to destroy’ or ‘attacking’?

Mar. 28 2014 10:16 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.

David Samson - key to both parts of this “report” - refused to testify. But he is Christie’s appointee. Why didn’t Christie force him to testify?

If the legislative committee calls on Mastro to testify, will he shape-shift and claim attorney-client privilege?

Mar. 28 2014 10:14 AM


"No self-reflection" !!!! (a politician with no self-reflection??!!)
That seals it!! He's guilty!

Mar. 28 2014 10:13 AM
MikeInBk from Clinton Hill

Can't wait till those under the bus start singing. Oh, what a chorus it will be.

Mar. 28 2014 10:13 AM
PaperlessTiger from Morristown, N.J.

Can you please ask if there if any investigations are expanding to include the Honeywell development in Morris Township. Rockefeller Group was reportedly the developer behind the project and Samson's PR firm was reported to have lobbied for tax breaks from the Christie administration on behalf of Honeywell.

Mar. 28 2014 10:10 AM

... this report leaves us with many unanswered questions."

Oh, yummy, it means countless more daily BLS Bridgegate "updates"!

(For the older members of the audience = SNL's "Generalissimo Franco is still dead.")

Mar. 28 2014 10:10 AM
Sui from Manhattan

wake me up for the next segment. don't like Christie but can't listen to this drivel yet again.

Mar. 28 2014 10:09 AM
Robert from NYC

I saw that photo and she should be ashamed of herself, how dare she yawn after "supposedly" being threatened! How DARE she! No one yawns after being threatened. And then a smile? A SMILE!? I won't even go there.
This "lawyer" is serious? Does anyone buy this crap?
I don't want a governor or president who doesn't remember things. We need better people in office, that's known, but people who remember and accept responsibility.

Mar. 28 2014 10:09 AM
carolita from nyc

yeah, right.

Mar. 28 2014 10:06 AM
JT from NJ


Mar. 28 2014 10:05 AM

What? I used your money to fund an investigation that clearly says I did nothing wrong...You gotta problem wid dat?


Bridge Troll humor is so funny! Much funnier than Dubya's "...sucking chest wound..." jibe that he made on Letterman back in 2000.

Mar. 28 2014 10:00 AM

Oh Ok. I get it now, Ms Kelly had "lady troubles" closed the lanes and Chrissy is a bad judge of character cause he hire red her.
And the voters? Sadly still asleep at the wheel.
But the best kept secret General Samson is commanding armies of lawyers on both sides of the Hudson. Laughing all the way to the bank.

Mar. 28 2014 09:59 AM
Thomas from corrupt NJ


Can you ask your guests 1.) what role if any Christie's new chief of staff Egea (close ties to former NYC mayor Guiliani) has in this latest PR campaign for Christie financed by the people of NJ? She was subpoenaed but we never heard much about her; and 2.) what about Christie's brother, who cashed in on Harrison NJ real estate deals based on inside Port Authority knowledge?

Thanks to both Andrea and Matt for their tireless work.

Mar. 28 2014 09:59 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

I don't think this report exonerates Christie & Co. at all - after all, it was done by a law firm hired by the governor's office. How about an investigation done by the US Attorney General's office? I'd be more inclined to trust that investigation than one done by "friends of the family."

I'd also like to know who paid this law firm. For a report over 400 pages, there must have been at least a couple of hundred hours of billings at, say, $450-$550/hour, not to mention the office staff typing it up. Are the New Jersey taxpayers expected to foot this bill?

This whole thing positively reeks.

Mar. 28 2014 09:47 AM
MA from nyc

is it possible that the real intent of the "investigation" was to scrub clean everyone's phones, emails and servers in both the governor's office and the port authority? 250,000 documents searched according to their accounts?

Mar. 28 2014 09:38 AM

Thanks (again!), Brian.
You're the best!
No one else has come close to doggedly milking this story for so long.
See you at the cocktail party. Chelsea sends her love.


Mar. 28 2014 09:29 AM

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