Throwing your friends under a bus, by @DavidOAtkins

Throwing your friends under a bus

by David Atkins

I've always been 99% confident that Chris Christie knew about his Administration's role in the bridge closures, and that he moreover likely ordered the closures himself.

The only little nagging doubt in my mind was the suspicion that not even Chris Christie would be stupid enough to throw his longtime friends and associates that far under the bus and deliver a 2-hour press conference about it unless he either knew they would never talk, or unless he really was innocent.

I guess not:

The former Port Authority official who personally oversaw the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge, central to the scandal now swirling around Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, said on Friday that “evidence exists” the governor knew about the lane closings when they were happening.

In a letter released by his lawyer, the former official, David Wildstein, a high school friend of Mr. Christie’s who was appointed with the governor’s blessing at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridge, described the order to close the lanes as “the Christie administration’s order” and said “evidence exists as well tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference” three weeks ago.
Anything is possible in politics, of course, but I don't see how Christie survives this to even remain governor of New Jersey, much less start a presidential campaign.