Did you hear on the national network news broadcasts that the U.S. Justice Department investigation into the New Jersey bridge closures has found no evidence of Gov. Chris Christie’s prior knowledge or involvement? Or maybe you heard it on the 15-part series about the scandal—the biggest since Teapot Dome!, according to historian Dr. Albert Sharpton, Ph.D (I’m sure he has an honorary Ph.D from somewhere)—on MSNBC? Me neither.
The U.S. Justice Department investigation into Gov. Chris Christie’s role in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal has thus far uncovered no evidence indicating that he either knew in advance or directed the closure of traffic lanes on the span, federal officials tell NBC 4 New York.
The September 2013 closures — where several entrance lanes to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee were shut down, causing a traffic nightmare for commuters — has been the subject of several federal and state investigations.
But of course the damage is done, as a subsequent paragraph makes clear:
When the final report is issued, Christie may still face complications from the scandal, said Lee Miringoff, Director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion.
That was the whole point. As the “war on women” rhetoric loses its utility, watch for a new Democratic innuendo/talking point to emerge about how “every Republican governor in the country is ‘under investigation.'”
At least Joe McCarthy was after our country’s enemies with his reckless accusations.
UPDATE: Sure enough, I was right: Sharpton does indeed have an honorary doctorate. (Hat tip: RS.)