The office of embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sent out a scathing letter Saturday afternoon criticizing both the New York Times and David Wildstein.
The letter, titled “5 Things You Should Know About The Bombshell That’s Not A Bombshell” questions the credibility of Wildstein and the reporting of the New York Times. Since the “Bridgegate” scandal exploded, Wildstein has requested immunity from any prosecution in return for full testimony of his involvement in the controversial lane closures.
The letter opens by accusing the New York Times of “sloppy reporting” after a Times article suggested there was evidence that Christie knew about the politically motivated lane closures while they were happening, contradicting the governor’s own claims.
The New York Times article was based on an email sent by Wildstein’s lawyer, Alan Zegas, that claimed “evidence exists … tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed …” The Times changed the lead on their article to better reflect the actual claims of the Zegas email.
The Times also questioned Christie’s claim that he was not close with Wildstein in the past, citing photos from the Wall Street Journal showing the two laughing together at an event during the infamous lane closures. The two also apparently played on the same high-school baseball team.
Christie’s office then directly attacked Mr. Wildstein, digging up dirt from his high-school career and political history. It mentions a suit filed by Wildstein over a school-board election when he was 16 years old and that his social studies teacher accused him of “deceptive behavior.”
The letter then questioned Wildstein’s tenure as mayor of Livingston, N.J. and his moonlighting as an anonymous political blogger.
The letter ends with final attack on Wildstein’s credibility: “Bottom line – David Wildstein will do and say anything to save David Wildstein.”
The letter can be read via Politico.