Nick R. Martin

Nick Martin is an associate editor at TPM in New York City. He came to the site in 2011 as a reporter for TPMMuckraker. Previously, he worked in Arizona, first as a staff reporter for a local newspaper and later as a freelance journalist. He also ran the news blog Heat City. Contact him at nick@talkingpointsmemo.com

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Chris Christie started off his news conference this afternoon with some actual news: David Samson, a longtime ally and one of his appointees to the Port Authority, had just resigned. The announcement didn't seem to trouble Christie, though. In fact, so far in the news conference, we've seen the governor smiling, laughing and berating reporters. The old Christie is back. He's very pleased with his own self-exoneration.

Chris Christie plans to hold a news conference at 2:30 p.m. ET after releasing his self-exoneration. Watch it live.

It's almost as if the BridgeGate report commissioned by Chris Christie's office was one big PR stunt that ignored vital questions and lets him pivot toward 2016.

Despite the gloss, there were some real pieces of news that came out of the BridgeGate report just released by Chris Christie's lawyers.

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Chris Christie today is making his biggest push yet to put the BridgeGate scandal behind him. His lawyer this morning is releasing an internal investigative report, which will reportedly clear him. Then Christie and his wife are sitting down for an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, which will air tonight. TPM's Eric Lach has a look at what's ahead and why Christie's spin probably won't work.

This arrest of a secretary of state candidate today in California was reportedly part of an investigation that stemmed from a fatal shooting five years ago.