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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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

Memos from the Mastro report that cleared Gov. Christie of any wrongdoing in the Bridgegate scandal were just released. Matt Katz, reporter for NJPR, explains what the documents tell us about how the investigation was conducted, the skyrocketing cost to taxpayers and what was left out of the report.

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Comments [16]

Edith from Manhattan

I never ever said not to cover it or give it a pass, but when you have literally dozens of these segments with no news other than gleeful speculation one has to have at least a little bit of intelligence to understand it has nothing to do with anything other than politics. Plain and simple. If he is wrong, great, I am not defending or promoting him. I do however do not like the slide this show has been falling down to. We have enough of "those" types of shows. I know you have your agenda and you like vindication for it, great. The rest of us want to know what actually happened and then have time to cover the billion other issues that plague us. I don't recall ever having to change stations during this show so much in the past.

Apr. 17 2014 12:04 PM
art525 from Park Slope

Specuation eidith? Is it specualtion that Christie scheduled a special election two weeks before the regular election at a cost of 12 million dollars? Is it specualtion that Samson operated as a lawyer for the same businesses that benefited from his relationship with the MTA? Is it speculation that Christie hired Mastro to do a whitewash investigation of himself at a cost to the taxpayers of at least a million dollars and was done by friends including an old family friend who had vacationed with him and that (what are the odds) declared him innocent. He denies that he really knew one of the instigators of Bridgegate though they were high school friends. There is also evidence that there was wheeling and dealing with the federal Sandy aid. It's all pretty obvious edith.

Apr. 16 2014 03:23 PM
Art525 from Park Slope

So Edith you would dismiss all the issues that I articulated about Christies corrupt behavior? You think it should be dropped? he should be given a pass? he should be allowed to continue with his sleazy and corrupt behavior? Typical. Oh and while I spelled out particular offenses by Christie you just toss out names. Lets hear a little evidence. I'm sure you can find plenty of unsupported examples on Fox. Maybe Teump gas some evidence. He can get his birth certificate detectives on the case.

Apr. 16 2014 02:52 PM
Edith from Manhattan

No one is deflecting anything. Come on, 90% of these segments now are just speculation, so what my dear is the point? Other than to keep this in the news cycle for party politics. When Sheldon Silver or Rangel or any other of our illustrious Democrat leaders have used their positions for their own power and financial gain and are caught, we barely hear a peep on actual info, let alone day after day of gleeful speculation without any real news. Sorry you cannot take your blinders off.
It's amazing with so much going on in the world, the tiny fraction my WNYC membership pays for this kind of coverage, not sure I will keep that going when I can get this kind of thing on so many other networks.

Apr. 16 2014 12:41 PM

I don't feel that coverage of this issue is excessive. If a Democratic politician had as much 'bad news' about their governance, staff and possible malfeasance, FNC and other r-wing outlets would NEVER STOP COVERAGE. I prefer that the new coverage contain some substantial event, conclusion or reporting. And the coverage on WNYC *and* MSNBC are now limiting themselves to this type of coverage. The Christie lovers are being made to see that their hero has feet of clay. Too bad.

@MC - Your concept of scandal quid pro quo is varblonjet.

Apr. 16 2014 11:12 AM
art525 from Park Slope

For edith and her ilk- you dismiss the seriousness of this crime but it was about money and power. Christies boy David Samson was a lawyer (Wolf and Samson) for various MTA projects while he was Port Authority chairman. Various projects that gave him millions in personal profit. Christie acted as a thug trying to force mayors to support him. Christie spent 12 million dollars on a special election (two weeks before the regular election) for Jersey senator because he feared that Corey Booker's popularity would bring too many Democrats to the polls. WOuld you dismiss an investigation into the incredible corruption of Christie and his crew? Apparently you would. I am so tired of the right trying to deflect the issue when a right winger is caught in crime and whine that the left isn't investigated the same way. Weiner certainly was( and his crime was sleazy but didn't rob the tax payers) or John Edwards whose career was ended. Those are just the first two that come to mind. And the Repubs certainly put a whole lot of effort into pursuing supposed crimes by Dems, things like Benghazi or Fast and Furious. INvestigations that after years of pursuing them have found nothing. AND led by former car their Issa.

Apr. 16 2014 11:11 AM
Jose from Brooklyn

When you openly expose your politics as WNYC hosts regularly do, then claiming you fairly represent the news is the same as MSNBC's or FOXNews claims of fair and balanced

Apr. 16 2014 10:33 AM
sara from nyc

I live in NYC and don't mind seeing a bully exposed and taking the drubbing he/she may be due. But your reporter's tone is consistently glib and often gleeful. I can imagine how a NJ resident of any political stripe might be annoyed or even offended.

Apr. 16 2014 10:30 AM
Atticus from Manhattan

Isn't having lists of towns which are to get less cooperation from Christie's administration, based on whether the mayor backs Christie politicaly in and of itself corrupt use of public funds for private, political purposes. Citizens of those towns have a right by law to equal treatment, whether Christie likes the mayor or not.

An attitude of contempt for the citizens of NJ has pervaded this affair. For example, the comment that school children caught in traffic jams are only the children of those who do not support Christie. That's simply gangster, low-life thinking, inappropriate for anyone in an honest government.

Why is this acceptable?

Apr. 16 2014 10:29 AM
Edith from Manhattan

laughable. yes very even handed my foot, probably spent one or two segments per major democratic scandal and omly if they rise to major magnitude. you probably have wasted the quivalent of 50 segments maybe more on this traffic problem alone.

Apr. 16 2014 10:27 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Caller John: Dragging things out is a tactic for the guilty. Because they are BETTING that you don't have the attention span to make them take responsibility for screwing you. DON'T FALL FOR IT.

On another note -- the underfunding of Hoboken is about more than that $700K, correct?

Apr. 16 2014 10:26 AM

I d like to know more about cuomo's role. The bridge is in 2 states.

Apr. 16 2014 10:24 AM

I don't get it. voters knew they were voting for a bully.

Apr. 16 2014 10:17 AM
Marcoz from NJ

Hey, Chucklehead -- as usual, first in line with your ridiculous comments. I am a NJ resident and, like Eric Blair, do not want this story to go away or become invisible. My tax money went toward that white-washed report, and I am outraged.

Apr. 16 2014 09:57 AM
Eric Blair from New Jersey

"Evidently when a scandal passes a certain magnitude it becomes invisible."
-Me, *Diaries*

I appreciate that WNYC is not letting this one become invisible. Perhaps it will be a lesson for the future of our country.

Apr. 16 2014 09:30 AM

LOL, Bridgegate - nobody in the media is as consumed with obsession about this kerfuffle as Lehrer is. Another tedious half hour of unprofessional speculation and innuendo.

How about THIS scandal – City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s NEW tax returns were released and she once again (!) gave ZERO in charity on $128,502 of income. ZERO! The loathsome charade of mean spirited “progressives” who make no sacrifices themselves, but have full time jobs of taking other people’s money as taxes and redistributing it, is disgusting. Remember this grinch when you pay the sales tax on anything you buy or eat at a food vendor in this city.
(After the publicity she received as a cheap-o hypocrite last year, you would think that this woman couldn’t be so DUMB as to not give at least a token this year.)

(http://nypost.com/2014/04/16/mark-viverito-gave-zero-to-charity-tax-records/)

Apr. 16 2014 08:44 AM

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