Why the Governor Should Stop Bragging About the Mastro Report

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his budget address for fiscal year 2015 to the Legislature, February 25, 2014 at the Statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey.
From New Jersey Public Radio

The Mastro Report versus The Fishman Indictments.

Sure, it sounds like a showdown between the two most boring intramural kickball teams ever.

But no.

Governor Christie says the Mastro report, which was commissioned by him, was the last word on the GWB lane closure scandal. And he says the investigation and recent indictments by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman offered nothing new. But New Jersey Public Radio’s Matt Katz joins host David Furst to break down the differences - and to explain why the Mastro Report will become central to the Bridgegate trials.

The State Supreme Court sides with the governor and says he won’t be forced to pay $1.57 billion into the state pension system before the end of the fiscal year – which is mere weeks away. Matt Friedman, reporter for NJ Advance Media joins us to break down a ruling the governor calls “an important victory.”

We’ll sit-in on a Belmar beatdown for Matt Katz, courtesy of the governor. (He had me at, “you’re good at mischaracterizing what I say.”)

And: Bon Jovi shows his true colors. Christie uses the Jersey rocker’s music at town hall events. They’ve been spotted dining out with their wives. But the bromance may be finished. Word comes this week that Jon Bon Jovi will be hosting a fundraiser for Hillary.


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