Uh oh, have New Jersey Democrats unearthed new evidence implicating Chris Christie in the ‘Bridgegate’ controversy? Nope, this woman simply got caught up in the moment — which tends to happen on MSNBC:
Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, a 12th District congressional candidate and a member of the committee investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal, tonight called on the governor to consider resigning over his staff’s role in the controversy. Watson Coleman was discussing newly released text messages between former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official David Wildstein and Bridget Kelly, former deputy chief of staff to Gov. Chris Christie, in which the pair disparage a rabbi and jokingly discuss creating traffic problems outside his house. “And this really is what they’re all about, transactional deals, dismissiveness, remarks that are totally, totally unacceptable in a civilized society,” Watson Coleman said during an appearance on MSNBC. “And you know what? The governor needs to think about resigning, and he needs to take all his friends with him because this is sickening.”
Remember, Ms. Coleman is a member of the supposedly impartial panel investigating this matter. What she describes as “sickening” are newly-released (and months old) juvenile text messages exchanged between…two aides who Christie fired nearly two months ago. The Star-Ledger report goes on:
Coleman is the first member of the committee to call for the governor’s resignation. Earlier this year, Assemblyman John Wisniewski openly discussed the possible impeachment of the governor during an MSNBC appearance, but later walked back the comments and acknowledged that no evidence as of yet points to the governor’s direct involvement.
Oh, that’s right. They have no evidence. And by the way, Coleman has an added incentive to make attention-grabbing statements these days: She’s trying to win a Democratic Congressional primary. By saying what she said, she generated an ugly-looking headline for Christie based on nothing, and got her own name in the paper. A two-fer. I’m confident she’s carrying out her investigative duties with the highest degree of integrity. In spite of a bruising few months, Christie’s (significantly diminished) job approval rating is still above water, with a majority of New Jerseyans giving his performance a thumbs-up.