Christie Exonerated in Federal Bridgegate Probe Just in Time

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CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 11:  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at a Economic Club of Chicago luncheon moderated by Greg Brown, Chairman & CEO of Motorola Solutions on February 11, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Christie is in Chicago to help raise money for the Republican Governors Association that he chairs  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Photo: Scott Olson/2014 Getty Images

There was good news on Thursday for anyone concerned about Chris Christie’s mental health. While the New Jersey governor was “heartbroken” when he saw the evidence that his staffers planned the retaliatory lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, nine months later he’s just bored with Bridgegate. “You know what? Wrap up your work. Do your job,” Christie snapped when asked about the investigation into the scandal at a press conference. “I’m tired of it, I really am.” Christie’s rant was surprisingly effective, as just hours later, a source revealed that the federal probe has found no evidence linking him to the incident.

Federal officials told NBC New York that while their investigation is ongoing, they’ve yet to turn up anything that suggests the governor orchestrated the lane closures, or even knew about them in advance.

Of course, that’s just one of multiple investigations into Bridgegate, and the Port Authority in general. Christie was actually referring to the probe being conducted by New Jersey’s legislature. He accused the Democrats leading the committee of leaking information to the media and caring “more about being on television than they care about actually getting to the truth.”

It’s starting to bother me now that we have these leaks that go on and on and on when they haven’t been in the paper in the couple of weeks,” Christie said. “These are people that are addicted to MSNBC and the front page of your papers. Nobody wants to cover it anymore so they have to leak something to get someone to cover it.”

State Senator Loretta Weinberg, who co-chairs the committee, told the Asbury Park Press that their work is stalled because Christie is trying to withhold documents by claiming executive privileges. “It seems to me the governor is going through a lot of hoops to avoid having people look into what happened,” she said.

Still, Christie isn’t sweating it. He even felt confident enough to weigh in on someone else’s scandal, declaring in a radio interview on Thursday that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should be allowed to keep his job. The governor worked with Goodell while preparing for the last Super Bowl, and said that despite a few bad calls, “I absolutely believe Roger Goodell is a good, honest, decent man, that has great integrity.”