NBC acknowledged Friday that NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams was wrong when he said during Thursday’s broadcast that charges for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had been “ruled out” by federal investigators looking into the BridgeGate scandal.
“An unscripted line of our Nightly News report was imprecise and implied that a final decision had been reached,’’ NBC spokeswoman Erika Masonhall told the Asbury Park Press in a statement.
NBC’s New York affiliate had reported Thursday that federal investigations had “thus far uncovered no evidence” showing that Christie knew about or ordered the George Washington Bridge closures in September 2013 that have become known as BridgeGate.
A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Paul Fishman, who is overseeing the investigation, confirmed to the Park Press that “the investigation is continuing” and no final determinations have been made regarding criminal charges.