By Kevin Lair
I am outraged and deeply concerned about the abundance of and depth of the media’s coverage of the so-called Chris Christie “Bridgegate” scandal. The issue concerns the closing of two lanes on the George Washington Bridge leading from New York to Fort Lee, N.J. According to Port Authority officials, the lanes were closed on Sept. 9, 2013 to conduct a traffic study. Now, the media slams New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, claiming that he and his minions closed the lanes out of political retribution.
We now know that Christie deputy Bridget Anne Kelly and David Wildstein, the Port Authority executive who ordered the closing of the lanes, exchanged an email stating that it was “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” Fort Lee Democratic Mayor Mark Sokolich chose not to endorse the re-election of Chris Christie in his New Jersey gubernatorial race, leading people to believe the lane closings were political retribution. In any case, it has become clear that there was a traffic study done and that Christie and his administration are not implicated in this ordeal.
Upon learning of the incident, Christie held a two hour news conference, proving that it was but a few rogue aids and fielded every question reporters threw his way. Perhaps the entire story could be summarized when Christie first learned of the closings and said, “I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn that not only was I misled by a member of my staff, but this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made without my knowledge.” He added, “This type of behavior is unacceptable, and I will not tolerate it because the people of New Jersey deserve better. This behavior is not representative of me or my Administration in any way, and people will be held responsible for their actions.”
Christie and his administration were not involved in the incident nor did they have knowledge of it as proved by CNN legal analysts and others. In response, Christie showed true leadership by firing the involved individuals and went back to governing the people of New Jersey. This should mean case-closed, next news story.
Unfortunately, the liberal media rejected the realities of the case and Christie’s responsible handling of it, and instead, they have decided to slam Christie, implicate him on their own accord, and a federal attorney has issued scores of subpoenas to Christie’s administration. Interestingly, Mayor Sokolich came out after Christie’s news conference and said he accepted Christie’s apology and believes that he had no role in the incident.
The real reason the liberal media is continuing this outlandish witch hunt, damning Christie without any shred of evidence, is because they are scared of him. They are scared of a well-liked, successful Republican who is instituting conservative policies in a deeply blue state and not only finding widespread success from his policies but widespread support from the people of New Jersey and the country too.
This story broke at a very unique time. For the first time, polls conducted by Quinnipac University and others showed Christie beating Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical race for the White House. That may seem but a trivial development, but additionally, the Senate Intelligence Committee released its report declaring that the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks on two American outposts in Benghazi, Libya were preventable and major failures of the State Department and intelligence community.
The attack left four Americans dead, including a U.S. Ambassador. The committee determined that the consulate was denied additional security for months leading up to the attack, with many denials coming directly from then-Secretary of State Clinton. This demonstrates that Americans were denied security and killed under Clinton’s leadership.
Despite this scathing report by the Senate Intelligence Committee and proof that Clinton’s failures are resonating with the American people and voters, the only broadcasted news story was about a few cones in the middle of some bridge. Clinton’s political career would be over and Democrats would be left twiddling their thumbs looking towards the 2016 Presidential Election. Instead, they liken the bridge incident to former President Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal, drag Christie through the streets, and criticize his weight.
Gov. Christie has proven his leadership, apologizing, taking responsibility, and firing those accountable. Has President Barack Obama taken responsibility for the NSA scandals, the IRS scandals, Benghazi, or the countless other scandals in which he has been personally implicated? And has Clinton taken responsibility for her letting four Americans die? Unfortunately, the answer is no. Yet where is the media backlash?