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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Two Pieces...."Apology", "I Don't Know", And A Prosecutor's Performance

"I didn't know." 

"I don't know."

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The Governor of New Jersey is an attorney, and a former  Federal Prosecutor.  do you think in the scope of his service as a Geogre W. Bush appointee for over five years, he ever heard that 'coached' response to legal questions, "I do not recall...?"

Chris Christe's full transcript linked here

Christe's "two pieces" and "I don't know" excerpts. 

Two pieces to what I want to talk about today. 

The first is I believe that all of the people who were affected by this conduct deserve this apology and that's why I'm giving it to them.  I also need to apologize to them for my failure as the governor of this state to understand the true nature of this problem sooner than I did. 

Secondly, I have and will continue to, started yesterday, to once again now have personal one-on-one discussions myself with the remaining members of my senior staff to determine if there's any other information that I do not know and need to know in order to take appropriate action.

And I cannot know what each one of them is doing at every minute. But that doesn't matter; I'm ultimately responsible for what they do. And that's why I took this action.

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.

 I didn't know about it, but it's my responsibility because I'm the governor.

I don't know about specific meetings or what's going on, but certainly, you know, I will look into all those things. 

- I didn't read that that way at all. And that was a reference to a traffic study that, candidly, I know nothing about.

....because I don't know anything about it, I have to believe that was, like, the governor's office generically, that reference, because I -- as I stand here today, I don't know anything about a traffic study in Springfield.

 And again, I don't know whether this was a traffic study that then morphed into a political vendetta or a political vendetta that morphed into a traffic study.

 I don't know what makes a legitimate traffic study. It's not my area of expertise. And so I wouldn't have a nose for that. I just wouldn't. I don't know what makes a legitimate traffic study. 

 I don't know. I don't know. I mean, listen, up to this point in time, up till the emails released yesterday, it was Senator Baroni's testimony that Mr. Wildstein initiated it at his approval -- with his approval. Now it -- you know, I don't know, given some of the emails that I saw yesterday.

 I know you're inferring certain things from the email. I think that's a reasonable inference, but I don't know. I don't know the answer. 

And so I don't know what to say beyond that.

I don't know, but we certainly -- none were offered to us to review. And the first time we saw any documents was on the Bergen Record website yesterday morning, and we haven't been offered any

 I don't know what the situation is. I don't know whether -- like I said -- I think I answered this before -- I don't know whether this was some type of rogue political operation that morphed into a traffic study or a traffic study that morphed into an additional rogue political -- I don't know.

 I mean, I don't know this guy...

Regardless of all that, John (sp), I'm responsible for it. It happened on my watch. And you can't just say, well, listen, I didn't know about it so it's not my problem, go talk to somebody else. The buck stops at my desk. And so I have to act.

But I am humiliated by the fact that I did not know this and that I was deceived. And that's an awful way to feel.

 No. I -- A, I don't know about what you're talking about. 

 When was I first called for comment? I have no idea because I don't get those calls directly, so I didn't -- I don't know.

 When was I first called for comment? I have no idea because I don't get those calls directly, so I didn't -- I don't know.

 I don't know, Bob (sp), you know. 

You'd have to ask them. I don't know.

nd I will tell you the last time I did. Four weeks ago, when I had them all in that office and I said, if any of you have any information about this that I don't know, you need to tell me, Kevin or Charlie now.

I certainly -- first of all, the answer as of right now is I don't know.

But if he doesn't want a meeting -- I don't know what he means how a meeting between he and I could be pre -- what were the words?

I don't know how a meeting between two elected officials could be premature and disruptive. But if he doesn't want to meet with me, that's his choice. 

Well, I don't know why it would be the campaign fund. 

Listen, I'm sure he -- listen, I don't know him, OK? 

Political partisanship and 'deflection and defense' can be ugly.  

We are posting the following link with an express purpose of viewing the first 1:30 minutes. Again we are not able to secure MSNBC sub-clips after the networks year ending website reformatting roll-out. Our use of the video comes with opportunity to exercise your viewing preferences for the full-clip or that portion we seek to facilitate points in our screeds. 

Watch the first 1:30 minutes for the perfect storm of conservative "wagon circling." We will anxiously await the outcome of "Bridegate."

We will relish revisiting this piece once the outcome is settled and we will revisit the piece either way.  History, however, shows where there is a cover-up it goes all the way to the top.

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