Chris Christie’s Office Unleashes Second Attack On The New York Times

One attack on the New York Times was apparently not enough.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) office sent a second memo Monday calling out the New York Times again for a story it published last week about the ongoing scandal involving the George Washington Bridge.

The story was about a letter sent on behalf of a former Christie ally who alleged the governor knew about the lane closures while they were taking place.

The Times initially reported the letter said the former ally, David Wildstein, had “evidence to prove” Christie knew about the closures. In reality, the letter was more coy than that, saying only that “evidence exists” Christie knew about the closures and Wildstein could “prove the inaccuracy” of some of the statements the governor had made about him.

Christie has repeatedly denied having any involvement in the closures, which some Democrats have alleged were retaliation against a mayor who declined to endorse the governor’s re-election bid.

In the memo sent Monday, which was first reported by the Daily Caller, the Christie administration described the Times story as “sloppy” and “misleading.” The memo also quoted journalists criticizing the newspaper, including a piece by Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan who argued that editors should have noted the change.

Christie’s office previously sent a memo Saturday that characterized the Times article as “not a bombshell” and attacked Wildstein’s credibility. A spokesman for Christie did not respond to a request from TPM Monday for a copy of the latest memo.

View the latest memo released by Christie’s office here.

This post was updated to include a reference to Sullivan’s piece.

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