Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer called the timing of a report alleging incriminating evidence against New Jersey Republican Chris Christie suspicious, claiming the letter was released “precisely on the eve of the [Super Bowl] in order to ruin” the governor’s image.
A panel on Fox News’ “Special Report” broke down the new revelations, which saw Port Authority official David Wildstein claim, through his lawyer, that “evidence exists” of Chris Christie’s knowledge of the vindictive George Washington Bridge lane closures. Conservative commentator George Will and AP reporter Julie Pace both wondered whether Wildstein will be able to produce said evidence, although Will noted that Christie might have backed himself to a corner by talking too much during a press conference earlier this month.
Krauthammer noted that IF the evidence exists that Christie was aware of the closures, it’ll be the end for him. “Christie has lived for almost a month one email away from utter ruin,” he contended. But he also said there was a great deal of “weaselly,” evasive language being used by both sides of the controversy.
“There’s nothing in the letter that says that Christie had knowledge of how and why,” Krauthammer said, “or that he gave the order or that he knew the order had come out of his office. So that’s the weaselliness in the Wildstein letter. The weaselliness in the Christie response is that he says ‘I had no prior knowledge,’ when we just heard him say that he didn’t know DURING what was happening which is a little bit implausible.
“But I think what is most interesting here is the timing,” Krauthammer continued. “Here we are two days before the Super Bowl, in New Jersey, first time. It’s a place where Christie can appear on the scene, look like he’s in charge, looks like he’s got all of this behind him, and the lawyer releases the letter precisely on the big day in order to ruin it.”
“So this is kind of nasty, and it’s got potential,” he claimed, “but we really don’t know because of the weaselliness in all of these missives.”
“I think that might be a new term for you, weaselliness?” host Bret Baier asked. “Yeah, I’m not even sure how to spell it,” Krauthammer cracked. Don’t worry about it, Charles. We’re not quite sure, either.
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