(Newark, NJ) – Embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) got something of a break today, as he received an apology for something done to his allies, which is a switch because, as of late, Christie has been doing nothing but issuing apologies for his allies regarding the Bridgegate scandal.
“Bridgegate” refers to the September 2013 lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, ordered by his aides Bridget Anne Kelly, Bill Stepien, and David Wildstein, in retribution against Mark “The Little Serbian” Sokolich (D), the mayor of Fort Lee, NJ, who did not support Christie in the November 2013 election.
Kelly, Stepien, and Wildstein no longer work for Christie. And until the scandal broke, Christie was assumed to have GOP front-runner status for a possible run for president in 2016.
The Star-Ledger apology came about because of a story published regarding Christie press secretary Michael Drewniak on February 9. Written by Mark Mueller, the story focused on the level of Drewniak’s involvement and knowledge of the actions constituting Bridgegate.
Once as much of an “in-your-face” character as his boss, Drewniak has receded from the public spotlight since his name recently came to the attention of Bridgegate investigators.
The newspaper said that in documents made public just weeks ago, it appeared that Drewniak called the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey a “piece of crap.”
The problem: the statement simply wasn’t true.
It has since come to light that Drewniak instead called the executive director a “piece of excrement.” But not to worry. It turns out that Wildstein is the one responsible for calling the executive director a “piece of crap.”
But the damage has been done, and even though an apology has been issued, Drewniak is stark-raving mad over the false accusations.
“He can tolerate saying he called someone a ‘piece of excrement’,” said Drewniak’s spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity. “But saying he used the term ‘piece of crap’ crosses the line. “He’s even thinking of suing the Star-Ledger for libel and defecation defamation.”
The misquotation comes on the heels of Star-Ledger editorial page editor Tom Moran issuing a mea culpa over the newspaper’s endorsement of Christie over Barbara Buono (D-NJ) for governor in the November 2012 election.
“Barbara Buono is about as useless a politician you’ll ever find,” said a spokesman for Moran, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Not that she’s mean, not that she’s incompetent, overall she’s just useless. Anyone who watched the gubernatorial debates knows that. But she’s not a criminal – as far as we know – and it turns out we endorsed a criminal. And Mr. Moran is extremely apologetic to the people of New Jersey – indeed, to the people of the United States – for his lapse in judgment.”