New Jersey Newspaper Issues The Best Correction Of The Bridge Scandal So Far

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A profile of Michael Drewniak, the top spokesman for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), published in the Star-Ledger newspaper Sunday led to a very special correction.

Since publication, a note was added to the story online indicating the newspaper had misquoted some off-color comments Drewniak made about one of the people involved in the scandal that has embroiled Christie’s administration.

“An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Drewniak referred to the Port Authority’s executive director as a ‘piece of crap,'” the correction said. “While Drewniak did call him a ‘piece of excrement,’ it was David Wildstein who referred to the executive director as a ‘piece of crap.'”

Some Democrats have alleged Christie’s allies ordered the lane closures to retaliate against a mayor who declined to endorse the governor’s re-election bid. The closures led to days of gridlock in Fort Lee, N.J.

Twenty individuals and organizations have been subpoenaed as part of the New Jersey Legislature’s investigation into the closures, including Drewniak and Wildstein. Wildstein was one of Christie’s top appointees at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, which oversees the bridge. Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye, who was appointed to the bi-state agency by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), is the one who ended the traffic jam and ordered the lanes re-opened.

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