Christie Should Resign if New Allegations Are True

If he lied, he must go, declares the New Jersey Star-Ledger
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2014 11:52 AM CST

(Newser) – It's possible that the new allegations against Chris Christie—that he knew about the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge as they were happening, despite his denials to the contrary—"could unravel," notes Politico. After all, nobody has seen the supposed evidence alleged to exist by former Port Authority official David Wildstein. But if the allegations prove true, the leading paper in New Jersey thinks Christie is finished: He "should resign or be impeached," write the editors at the Star-Ledger. The lane closures were "an abuse of government authority that was almost too reckless to believe at first," says the editorial. "If the governor did know about it as it occurred, he should have put a stop to it."

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On top of that, Christie would be guilty of lying to residents of the state. "If Wildstein's disclosures are as powerful as he claims, the governor must go," concludes the editorial. Click to read it in full. At the National Review, Charles Cooke writes that, "to an extent, it remains important whether Christie knew about the closings or knew about the political motivation for those closings. Still, if this is true? After that press conference, Christie is finished." Rudy Giuliani, however, thinks the allegations aren't so clear-cut. "I'm not so sure it's a bombshell," he tells CNN. “The question is, when did he find out about it? The letter is very ambiguous as to when he found out about it.” (Read the letter in full via CNBC.)

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