Rush Limbaugh points out a hole in Chris Christie’s ‘Bridgegate’ defense

Crisis management and public relations experts have widely praised New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for the way he handled his nearly 2-hour press conference on Thursday. But there was one slipup that has gone relatively unreported thus far. Yesterday afternoon, Rush Limbaugh pointed out that Christie claimed he has lost two days of sleep over the ‘Bridgegate’ incident… but he had previously said he only found out about his aides’ involvement in the scandal Wednesday morning.

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This is how Christie first explained the timing of the scandal:

CHRISTIE: I was done with my workout yesterday morning and got a call from my communications director at about 8:50, 8:55 informing me of this story that had just broken on the Bergen Record website. That was the first time I knew about this, that was the first time I had seen any of the documents that were revealed yesterday… If people find that hard to believe, I don’t know that else to say except to tell them that I had no knowledge this, the planning, the execution or anything about it. And that I first found out about it after it was over.

Later on in the presser, however, in a response to a question from CNN’s John King, Christie suggested he had been aware of the scandal for a bit longer.

CHRISTIE: I haven’t had a lot of sleep for the past two nights and I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching. I’m sick over this. I have worked for the last 12 years in public life developing a reputation for honesty and directness and blunt talk, one that I think is well deserved.

“The first fight was back pain, and the second night was the scandal,” Pat joked.

“These guys are getting away with it because the people [keep saying], ‘Stop making fun.’ ‘Stop saying these things.’ No! Don’t make excuses for these people,” Glenn concluded. “Just because you think they’re on your side… [Well], first of all, he is not on your side. I don’t want a dirt bag. I don’t want a guy who will go and exact pain.”

Check out Limbaugh’s analysis below:

Front page image courtesy of the AP

  • Sam Fisher

    Chris Christie knew what was going on he almost would of have to of known.

    • Guest

      Sam, you don’t know that for fact, do you?

  • Kathy Creager Cash

    I know much has been made by Rush over the supposed discrepancy in the two remarks, but it seems easily explained to me. It’s not that Christie hadn’t heard that there were some possible wrong-doings surrounding the bridge closures before the emails came out… It’s that it wasn’t until he saw the emails that he realized that it was his own people who were responsible for it.

    Sorry, but by itself, this does not seem particularly damning to me.

    • Anonymous

      When the bridge problem existed last summer, do you suppose Christie was totally unaware of the problem? Surely, he must have been aware of it through many people being affected by this matter. Even his subordinates would have heard many complaints. Believe what you want just like all those who believe that Obama always tells the truth.

      • Guest

        He heard of it and was told it was due to some traffic study, didn’t suspect anything. He was later told by his people that they didn’t know anything about it.

  • TheDoctorWhoCuresCancer


    Meanwhile, Obama is taking notes on how to cause even worse traffic jams than he already creates.

    • Guest

      He wasn’t satisfied with the traffic jam on ?

  • landofaahs

    Oops!!! Open mouth and insert foot.

    • Crassus

      Every time Joisey Boy opens his mouth it’s just to change feet.

  • Libertarian Tom

    If you ask me, he knew damn well what was going on. I don’t trust him. He’s not a conservative, and he’s not a liberal. He’s whatever suits his political ambitions. He’s like most other politicians, he’s all about himself.

  • ŴASP

    Actually Christie was late for his day job and his overburdened vehicle broke down causing the traffic snafu.

  • Anonymous

    If he didn’t know what his people were doing, he was a very poor boss and not someone I would want as a leader. However, this is nothing compared to the Benghazi cover up and all the other cover ups being done by the present administration.

  • Anonymous

    But on the other hand you don’t and I don’t want someone in office who will pick up where obama has left off. We have to get someone in the White House that loves America and will to fight no matter what. Gotta love Rush!!!

  • Anonymous

    So the bridge was closed for political reasons. Isn’t that the same reason President Obama used for shutting down White House tours, Closing National Parks and the World War Two Veterans Memorial and many other political things he has done. He didn’t have to do it but he did. I am not a fan of Governor Christie but fair is fair.

  • Jay

    I don’t know, he seems sincere to me. He could have been losing sleep over the past two nights for any number of reasons. The first night maybe he didn’t know one of his own was responsible. Not knowing who did it would bother me, too.

  • Guest

    He didn’t attribute the lack of sleep to this, he just said he hadn’t slept a lot in the last 2 nights.

    • Steve McGee

      He said, “believe me, I haven’t had a lot of sleep the last two nights and I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching, I’ve been sick over this.”
      You really think that a person can make that statement while under pressure about a very specific topic and he’s talking about anything else whatsoever? Also imagine, if you will, that you had something big happen in your life just yesterday and are now being asked about it, that you could make the simple mental slip of saying two nights? That’s why I don’t believe it.

      • Guest

        Could it be just the pressure that made him exaggerate a little to make a point? Or could it be that he hasn’t slept well because of the whole thing which was coming to a head just recently – not just because he just got verifiable evidence of the emails that showed his aid lied to him? I won’t believe one way or the other until there is proof. In the mean time I am just weighing in on a side other than the “lets get the noose” side…. balance. People seem to automatically jump there when this stuff happens – especially if they have a bias.

        • HitList

          Who cares? This is all just a way to distract Americans from what’s really going on and needs our attention. Christie is IRRELEVANT to America’s future. Only the Mainstream Media is trying to push him into the Number #1 slot as Republican presidential candidate. We don’t want him!

          • Guest

            Apparently you do or you wouldn’t be here.

  • Anonymous

    I am not a fan of Christie, but he did man-up to this instead of the Liar-in-Chief’s constant denials of Bengazi, IRSgate, if you like your Doctor…. ad infinitum.

    • HitList

      So what? The guy is not a real contender for the White House, and we all need to QUIT acting like he is.

  • fire lion


  • TJo Finnessy

    Is there a chance the NSA(administration) was involved in helping Shawn Boburg get the story. Any time a local reporter gets E-Mails and Texts to break stories like this one we now have to be suspicious it was no accident that the reporter got the story. It would be interesting to know what Shawn requested, when he requested to see if he was pointed right at the story.

  • Warren Hunt

    seahawks vs broncos in the superbowl

  • Warren Hunt

    if Republicans have controll of the house and senate for the year 2015, will they send a bill to Obama’s desk to repeal Obama care, will they impeach Barack Obama, the enquiring minds want to know

    • mrteachersir

      It depends on how much PAIN their constituents are going through: if that pain is sufficient enough that a vote to impeach or a vote to repeal will ensure a vote for reelection in 2016, then yes. Otherwise, you’ll see some show actions to make it look like there is an opposition party. Of course, all that is contingent upon the establishment retaining control of the Republicans.

      • HitList

        The only way they’re going to know Americans are IN PAIN is if we all raise holy hell with them about it.

  • Defend Liberty

    In this YouTube video, spy-chief Hussein Obama, lies to the face of the American people about keeping their insurance and their doctor:

  • HitList

    That guy is, sorry to say it, repulsive to look at. There is NO WAY he will ever be elected President. People should knock off all the ‘pretending’ that he would be a real contender. We don’t need a blimpy guy with acne sitting in the Oval Office. Sorry, CC. Better stick with your NJ stompin’ grounds.

  • Anthony

    George E. Norcross and Senator Stephen Sweeney control NJ and the Governor does what he told or he will have to face Norcross and Sweeney. Check out this audio of Norcross threatening to kill a solicitor of a township if he doesn’t do as he’s told and an elected official who he threatens to castrate for not following his directions. It’s a disgrace because the Justice Department should have taken Norcross and Sweeney down years ago. Christie is scared of Norcross and Sweeney just like the past governors of the state. Norcross and Sweeney are Lethal.

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