Water Under the Bridgegate?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Transcript

For years New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie was the media’s favorite portly, blunt, wise-cracking politician. But, in early January, what had seemed to be a benign traffic jam due to lane closings on the George Washington Bridge was revealed to be politically motivated revenge exacted by Christie’s top aides. Suddenly, tales of Christie administration strong arming and dirty tricks were national news. Bob speaks to Matt Katz about the shift in media coverage, and how Christie could emerge stronger than before the scandal.

Guests:

Matt Katz

Hosted by:

Bob Garfield

Comments [6]

Elp

A moratorium on using the word "gate" for political scandals in this day and age -- unless of course there is an actual gate involved. Watergate happened before I was born and I'm almost 40 years old. "Gate" is pretty outdated by now, no? At this point it's just lazy journalism.

Feb. 20 2014 01:00 PM
jccalhoun from Indiana

Was it intentionally ironic that the story after this was about how the news doesn't cover "real" news and only covers sensational fluff? Because I'm still wondering why anyone who isn't within, say 200 miles, of New Jersey should care about what the governor of New Jersey does? Do you really think that if the governor of North Dakota had been accused of the same thing that it would be mentioned at all?

Feb. 18 2014 09:32 AM
Mimi

8min40sec
amen, thank you for saying it

Feb. 16 2014 03:03 PM
LT Jacobson from midwest

You lament folks not asking hard questions. Asking questions was destroyed by liberal universities years ago. It was truly the closing of the American mind. Even you are unable to ask hard question because you know if you ask the wrong ones you'll be gone.

Feb. 16 2014 07:36 AM
simpsonsmoviesucked

"11th biggest state in the Union?" "NJ Press Corps?" ("NJ Public Radio?") Close the Turnpike, unicorns are escaping the Pine Barrens. Anyhoo…. I have enjoyed hearing Max Katz these last weeks and it's heartening to know that there are press conferences and someone shows up.

Christie lost me when he hugged Obama for the Shorehouse Welfare. Waaa waaa waaa. Nah, actually he lost me when he canceled the ARC tunnel, choosing to spend the billions instead on the newly built Freedom Boner. NJ commuter towns are about as commutable as Manson on Viagra and Adderall.

Feb. 15 2014 10:13 PM
Bort

Why doesn't the GOP just come out and admit it?

Whatever side the liberals are on, the GOP will take the opposite side.
Whatever side the facts are on, the GOP will take the opposite side.

Hence, if the serious media say Christie is bad, then the GOP concludes he's good.

Feb. 15 2014 04:36 PM

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