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Poll: Did We Learn Anything Valuable From the Bridgegate Report(s)?

The Democrats and the Republicans have had their say, so was the investigation a political stunt or a good beginning?

This week, the Special Committee on Investigation into Bridgegate, led by Democrats, released its interim report of current findings. On the one hand, the report did release a few more details about the affair and pointed to inconsistencies in what officials said about the matter at the time. On the other, it failed to identify a smoking gun that would tie Gov. Chris Christie directly to the decision to shut down the George Washington Bridge or to cover up the scandal later.

At the same time, the Republican minority members of the committee released their own report, accusing the Democrats of conducting a political witch hunt and basically exonerating Christie.

What do you think?

  • The Republicans are right. The whole Bridgegate matter has been nothing but a political stunt from day one. It was designed to embarrass the governor during election season and now two reports have exonerated him. The sad thing is that the taxpayers have to pick up the tab for all these lawyers.

  • While the Bridgegate lane closures were disturbing, a lot of what’s been produced places the blame where it belongs -- on David Wildstein and Bridget Kelly. Let the U.S. Attorney handle it from here.

  • What’s needed is a real investigation into the behavior of the Port Authority. It seems as if both New Jersey and New York use the Port Authority for all sorts of political maneuvering. That’s the real scandal and someone needs to investigate this -- if not the state legislatures, then the U.S. Congress.

  • The committee did the best it could under very difficult circumstances. The other shoe has not dropped yet. Christie threw a few allies under the bus, but there are plenty of others that the committee hasn’t called to testify at the request of the U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman. He doesn’t want to have to muddy the waters regarding immunity. Only Fishman can really get to the bottom of things.

  • By now, I’m sick of Bridgegate. It’s minor blip on Christie’s record. We need to start focusing on what’s really important -- our precarious fiscal position, poor economy, high taxes, potential bankruptcy of the pension funds, and tapped-out transportation funding. The governor needs to focus on these problems, instead of flying around running for president, and use his muscle to get the Legislature to focus on this too.

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