Keeping Up With BridgeGhazi: Probes And A Call For Christie to Quit
Chris Christie’s press secretary was interviewed by federal prosecutors investigating the BridgeGhazi scandal:
Gov. Chris Christie’s longtime spokesman and current press secretary, Michael Drewniak, met with federal prosecutors in New Jersey for “several hours” today to answer questions about his role in the September lane closings at the George Washington Bridge, his attorney said.
“I know Mike from his many years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office to be a genuinely hardworking and honest individual, and I am pleased to represent his interests,” Drewniak’s attorney, Anthony Iacullo, said in a statement. “He is at best a witness and a tangential figure in these events and proceedings, and I am certain all fair, objective and non-partisan parties will recognize that as we move forward.”
Iacullo went on, “During our meeting today with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, we were assured that Mike is not a target of any investigation but a fact witness. He will continue to cooperate fully with federal authorities as needed.”
Iacullo declined to discuss the nature of the questioning, who might be the “target” of the investigation or any other details of the meeting.
Meanwhile, a leading Democrat is saying it’s time for Christie to pack it in:
Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, a 12th District congressional candidate and a member of the committee investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal tonight called on the governor to consider resigning over his staff’s role in the controversy.
Watson Coleman was discussing newly released text messages between former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official David Wildstein and Bridget Kelly, former deputy chief of staff in which the pair disparage a rabbi and jokingly discuss creating traffic problems outside his house.
“And this really is what they’re all about, transactional deals, dismissiveness, remarks that are totally, totally unacceptable in a civilized society, Watson Coleman said during an appearance on MSNBC. “And you know what? The governor needs to think about resigning, and he needs to take all his friends with him because this is sickening.”
Asked by host Al Sharpton why the governor should go when there has so far been no smoking gun to implicate him in the scandal, Watson Coleman said the governor is responsible for the actions of his staff.