On the eve of the release of a report on the internal review he ordered into the George Washington Bridge lane closures, Gov. Christie on Wednesday night defended the review’s credibility, even though the lawyers he hired were not able to interview key figures in the controversy.
The findings from the review, conducted by the New York law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, will be publicly released Thursday morning, Christie’s office announced Wednesday.
Appearing on a call-in radio program, Christie said he had not yet finished reading the report, which he said numbered 300 pages. He received it Wednesday morning, he said.
But while he did not comment on the report’s content, the Republican governor said the lack of participation by several key players in the controversy – including Bridget Kelly, the former aide who sent the “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” e-mail – would not invalidate the findings.
“You don’t just come to conclusions from interviews,” Christie said on NJ 101.5’s Ask the Governor program. “There’s lots and lots of documents that involve all those people, which have been part of the public record and will become part of the public record as we go forward.”
Though his former aides and others may never speak publicly, Christie said, “I think all of the important questions will be answered.”
The review is separate from probes by state lawmakers and federal prosecutors, who have also been investigating the lane closures.
SOURCE: Maddie Hanna
The Philadelphia Inquirer