ABC News has obtained the letter Gov. Chris Christie sent to family and friends about allegations he knew about lane closures at the George Washington Bridge as they were happening.
Below is the full text:
5 Things You Should Know About The Bombshell That's Not A Bombshell
1. New York Times Bombshell Not A Bombshell. A media firestorm was set off by sloppy reporting from the New York Times and their suggestion that there was actually "evidence" when it was a letter alleging that "evidence exists." Forced to change the lead almost immediately, the Times was roundly criticized, and its editor was forced to issue this extraordinary statement to the Huffington Post:
• "We've made probably dozens of changes to the story to make it more precise. That was one of them. I bet there will be dozens more."
2. As he has said repeatedly, Governor Christie had no involvement, knowledge or understanding of the real motives behind David Wildstein's scheme to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge.
• GOVERNOR CHRISTIE: "So what I can tell you is if people find that hard to believe, I don't know what else to say except to tell them that I had no knowledge of this -- of the planning, the execution or anything about it -- and that I first found out about it after it was over. And even then, what I was told was that it was a traffic study. And there was no evidence to the contrary until yesterday that was brought to my attention or anybody else's attention." (Press Conference, 1/9/14)
3. The Governor first learned lanes at the George Washington Bridge were even closed from press accounts after the fact. Even then he was under the belief it was a traffic study. He first learned David Wildstein and Bridget Kelly closed lanes for political purposes when it was reported on January 8th.
• GOVERNOR CHRISTIE: "And I knew nothing about this. And until it started to be reported in the papers about the closure, but even then I was told this was a traffic study." (Press Conference, 1/9/14)
4. In David Wildstein's past, people and newspaper accounts have described him as "tumultuous" and someone who "made moves that were not productive."
• As a 16-year-old kid, he sued over a local school board election. • He was publicly accused by his high school social studies teacher of deceptive behavior. • He had a controversial tenure as Mayor of Livingston • He was an anonymous blogger known as Wally Edge • He had a strange habit of registering web addresses for other people's names without telling them