“Can you imagine how the reaction would be? Yet today, we don’t even talk about the email situation with Secretary Clinton it’s as though it went away,” Christie said. ”Has there been coverage of the email situation with the secretary? Absolutely. But the intensity of the coverage and relentlessness of coverage is different.”
Ironically, the same morning of Christie’s CNBC interview, the New York Times published a story about the content of about a third of Clinton’s emails from the private server turned over to a House special committee investigating the 2012 attacks on U.S. outposts in Benghazi, Libya. (Though, to be fair, Christie has publicly declared he has unsubscribed from the Times). A quick and unsophisticated Nexis search for “Chris Christie and bridge” in the three months after the lane closures in 2013 on a “high similarty” filter pulled up 1,010 results. A search for “Hillary Clinton and email” for three months after the story was revealed in March pulled up more than 3,000 results.
“The media unfortunately in my mind and I’ve seen this acutely in the last couple of years, whatever is on front page of New York times is what they talk about,” Christie said on Thursday. “That’s who they go to cocktail parties with, that’s what they do. So if you’re frustrated by that I apologize to you but welcome to the real world.”