Making and Unmaking Chris Christie

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks to press on March 28, the day after an internal investigation exonerates him from involvement in Bridgegate. TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks to press on March 28, the day after an internal investigation exonerates him from involvement in Bridgegate. (Natalie Fertig/WNYC)

Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent for The New Yorker magazine, looks at Chris Christie's development as a politician and how his political future is being challenged by Bridgegate.

Watch Ryan Lizza's video of Joy Behar's roast of Governor Christie here:


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Apr. 09 2014 01:40 PM

@Marco from Manhattan

There's no comparison between Brian's coverage of Christie and CNN's coverage of the missing Malaysian flight. CNN has virtually turned over its entire programming schedule to the Malaysian flight. Brian hasn't devoted anywhere near 90% of his airtime to Christie.

Apr. 09 2014 11:02 AM
Selam from LI

Let's say Chris Christie becomes president in 2016 (even if it's too early to speculate). Based on what we have seen in Christie's style of governance and prosecuting, how would his past conduct affect the manner in which he runs a country someday?

Apr. 09 2014 10:41 AM
Marco from Manhattan

CNN has the Malaysian airline disaster....Brian Lehrer has endless Christie stories (wide bodies indeed). How about another topic?

Apr. 09 2014 10:31 AM


"SIGH .... so much exciting daily breaking news on Chris Christie ... so little time in only 2 hours each morning."

There's usually a dial or button that allows you to CHANGE THE CHANNEL if you do not like what you are hearing. Don't know though...From the quality of your references you may have to change the crystal in your radio in order to pick up another station. Maybe you can get one that works in this space-time continuum.

Apr. 09 2014 10:30 AM


No actual evidence yet!? Yikes !
.....and I've been sitting on the edge of my seat for THIS !!????

Apr. 09 2014 10:29 AM
Sue from NYC

If the current US Attorney, Fishman, isn't focussing on all the corruption in his state -- "soaked" in corruption, as Brian just correctly said -- what the heck is he focussing on? What could be more important to pursue in NJ?

Apr. 09 2014 10:23 AM

Christie lucky that Chritie isn't US Attorney? Where's the evidence that Christie was an equal opportunity investigator. How many GOP members did he prosecute?

Apr. 09 2014 10:22 AM

SIGH .... so much exciting daily breaking news on Chris Christie ... so little time in only 2 hours each morning.

Apr. 09 2014 10:20 AM
Marco from Manhattan

This fixation on Christie is a bit rich given what a corrupt swamp New Jersey is. No wonder it's called the Sopranos State.

Apr. 09 2014 10:17 AM
Dupek from NYC

Great job Brian. Another program about putting Chris Christie in a negative light. Do you really have nothing else to report on?

Apr. 09 2014 10:17 AM
anon from NJ

You just can't keep away, though, eh MCFly? Another 5am post, too. Certifiable.

Apr. 09 2014 10:16 AM
Sue from NYC

Brian, please ask your guest what was the cause of the falling out between Christie and Tom Keene. Thx.

Apr. 09 2014 10:16 AM

So sayeth the oracle of WNYC!!


LOL, here we go again.

Apr. 09 2014 05:02 AM"

Apr. 09 2014 10:15 AM



This can’t possibly compare in importance to another Christie ankle-biting snarkfest, er, update.

Apr. 09 2014 10:13 AM
MikeInBk from Clinton Hill

Christie has always been a pig with lipstick. For those that were seduced by his curvaceous form, it was inevitable that once the makeup got rubbed, many would retreat in horror. Couldn't have happen to a nicer guy. :)

Apr. 09 2014 10:12 AM
BK from Hoboken

If you watch the video CC was laughing the whole time and joking as he reached for her notes. Didn't think it was as some people are spinning it. If you only read that "CC stood up and tried to grab her notes" you would think he lost it. He was smiling the whole time. This is being taken out of context. And I am no fan of CC.

Apr. 09 2014 10:10 AM
Eve Jochnowitz from NYC

Christie's behavior provides scope for so much material. Why would anyone, especially a professional entertainer, make jokes about his body type? Not just incorrect, but really not amusing.

Apr. 09 2014 10:07 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Before he lost some weight he reminded me of Sidney Greenstreet.

Apr. 09 2014 08:40 AM
Oliver from once NJ now MD

Well-written article by Mr. Lizza. Happy to see WNYC continue to cover this story. I want to know what the closest to Christie did to get sweetheart appointments. His current chief of staff Egea, who is mentioned in the article, seems to have donated her way into a cushy Port Authority job before she became Christie's close aide for instance. Others much the same.

All very sad for the people of New Jersey. Reads like potboiler set in southern Italy, not the US.

Apr. 09 2014 07:55 AM

LOL, here we go again.

Apr. 09 2014 05:02 AM

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