Mayor of NJ town at center of traffic jam scandal appears conflicted on Christie's role

  • Article by: ANGELA DELLI SANTI , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 12, 2014 - 12:50 PM

TRENTON, N.J. — A Democratic mayor of a New Jersey town at the center of a traffic jam scandal says he wants to believe Republican Gov. Chris Christie had no involvement but is having a difficult time buying it.

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saintnickJan. 12, 14 1:18 PM

January 11, 2014 Christie scandal coverage: 17 times more stories in one day than 6 months of IRS coverage Rick Moran Media Research Center reports that there was 17 times more coverage of the Chris Christie bridge scandal in one day on the news networks than stories devoted to reporting on the IRS scandal. Washington Examiner: The Big Three networks, in a frenzy over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's traffic headache dubbed "Bridgegate," have devoted a whopping 34 minutes and 28 seconds of coverage to the affair in just the last 24 hours. By comparison, that's 17 times the two minutes, eight seconds devoted to President Obama's IRS scandal in the last six months, according to an analysis by the Media Research Center. "While routinely burying new stories on the IRS scandal, the media practically fell over themselves to start taking shots at the potential 2016 Republican presidential nominee," said the conservative media watchdog. Since Wednesday night, NBC News included six reports over 14 minutes and 14 seconds. CBS devoted five reports over 12 minutes and 27 seconds. ABC managed 4 stories over seven minutes and 47 seconds, said MRC. As a comparison over the last six months, NBC featured five seconds on updating the IRS story. CBS responded with a minute and 41 seconds. ABC produced a meager 22 seconds.

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crystalbayJan. 12, 14 1:28 PM

CC may have been "unaware" that those in his inner circle actually ordered this crisis, but he sure as hell was aware of its magnitude for three months and did nothing about it - no investigation, no questioning his staff, no acknowledgment of how it impacted thousands of lives. Doing nothing at all is as much of an indictment as pulling the trigger himself. The ONLY reason he is now feigning contrition is that the media and the public forced him into a corner.

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julieannemJan. 15, 14 6:56 AM

I worked in politics for 24 years. It's hard for me to believe that staffers would "go rogue" unless they had a serious axe to grind with the boss. This is not the behavior of a lone wolf disgruntled employee writing a tell-all book, rather a group of individuals who appeared to believe that they had a green light and that there would be no fallout or consequences for their behavior. HUGE EGOS. Anyone involved in this, including Governor Christie, should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This affected REAL PEOPLE in very serious ways. I can't believe that laws weren't broken, including federal laws. Appalling abuse of power.

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