Jersey’s Top Paper Isn’t Buying Christie’s Story: It ‘Stretches The Bounds Of Belief’

AP

The editorial page of the largest newspaper in New Jersey has some serious doubts that Gov. Chris Christie (R) only learned this week that a close aide signed off on lane closures that caused paralysis on the George Washington Bridge last summer.

The governor’s claim, wrote the editorial board of The Star-Ledger on Thursday, “stretches the bounds of belief.”

When his appointees at the Port Authority resigned, did he really not ask why? And was he not curious enough to inquire about the content of the emails being handed over in these subpoenas? Did he really just wait to read about it all in the papers?

The Star-Ledger, which begrudgingly endorsed Christie for re-election last year, published another tough editorial earlier this week, questioning whether the presumed presidential candidate can be trusted “as a potential future leader of our country.”

Another Garden State paper, The Bergen Record, argued Thursday that the lane closures on the bridge warrant a criminal investigation.

During his nearly two-hour press conference Thursday, Christie said repeatedly that he was lied to by his staff.

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