At some point this week, a report commissioned by Chris Christie and paid for by the Christie administration and completed by friends of Chris Christie will be released, and it will apparently say that Chris Christie was not involved in Bridgegate. Critics of Christie are skeptical about the report (that no one has seen), but this is the thing: Chris Christie will never be completely free of the scandal.
The Newark Star-Ledger editorial board, which in January called for Christie's resignation (with a few qualifiers), published an op-ed on Tuesday mocking the report. "Gov. Chris Christie’s lawyers think he’s innocent," they write in response to a report in The New York Times. "He knew nothing — nothing! — about those controversial lane closures at the George Washington Bridge in September. That’s the official conclusion of their internal investigation, the actual content of which we have yet to see." It calls out various conflicts of interest and reasons to be skeptical.
WNYC articulates similar skepticism in a handy list format. Christie's ties to the law firm conducting the review should make you question its independence. It lacks information from several key players who have taken the Fifth before an inquiry being conducted by the legislature. Therefore, question the report's completeness. It's really a good list, in fact, poking all sorts of holes in the report. Its author, Matt Katz, also went on the radio to offer his thoughts, pointing out that the leak to the Times is probably meant to establish one thought firmly in the public mind: Christie is innocent. Katz's article offers reasons to doubt that.