The statement said the Republican governor stands by his position that he “first learned lanes were closed when it was reported by the press.” “Mr. Wildstein’s lawyer confirms what the governor has said all along — he had absolutely no prior knowledge of the lane closures before they happened and whatever Mr. Wildstein’s motivations were for closing them to begin with,” the statement said.
Okay, Christie is starting to waffle. Wildstein’s lawyer said that Christie knew about the closures at the time they happened, something that Christie specifically denied in his endless press conference:
So what I can tell you is if people find that hard to believe, I don’t know what else to say except to tell them that I had no knowledge of this – of the planning, the execution or anything about it – and that I first found out about it after it was over.” The Record has Port Authority photos showing the governor and Wildstein together on the Sept. 11 anniversary, on the third day of the lane closures. Christie was asked at a Dec. 13 press conference announcing the resignation of his top Port Authority executive whether the lane closures and the problems they caused in Fort Lee were ever brought to his attention the week the lanes were closed. “Never. No,” the governor said. He added later that the first time he heard about the issue was when an internal e-mail by the executive director was leaked to the media weeks after the closures. “It was certainly well after the whole thing was over before I heard about it.”
Now he’s changing his story to one in which he had no prior knowledge of the closure, since the “I had no knowledge of the closures until after they were over” has been rendered, um. “no longer operative.”
I wonder what his next breakfast waffle will be?
UPDATE: Am I enjoying this? Bet your ass I am. I want to see Christie’s potential Presidential candidacy destroyed, and it’s looking more and more as if I may get my wish.