Christie, who is currently a top adviser to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, has denied any knowledge or involvement in the lane-closing incident. And an ostensibly independent report commissioned by Christie said, referring to a much publicized picture of Christie and Wildstein chatting at a public event three days into the manufactured traffic jams at the bridge, that there was "no evidence we have seen that the Governor and Wildstein actually had any substantive discussion of the Fort Lee lane realignment at that public event."
Wildstein, a sharp-elbowed political operator who was a boyhood schoolmate of Christie, has already implicated the two others and will testify during the trial.
Chris Christie offered an angry speech at the RNC that doubled as a mock trial, with Hillary Clinton as the accused:
“We’re going to present the facts to you…Since the Justice Department refuses to allow you to render a verdict, I’m going to present a case now, on the facts, against Hillary Clinton,” Christie added, to chants of “Lock her up! Lock her up!”
Clinton, for her part, quickly responded Tuesday night, tweeting: “If you think Chris Christie can lecture anyone on ethics, we have a bridge to sell you,” with a link to a New York Timess timeline of the bridge-closing scandal that has dogged Christie for over two years.
Christie didn't limit his case to her email scandal, also tearing into Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, ticking off disasters country by country while punctuating his remarks with “Is she guilty, or not guilty?”
The crowd ate it up, roaring back “Guilty!”
Trump's largely unseen kid, Tiffany, made her speaking debut, gushing over how nice her dad is because he would always, er, ask how her family was doing. Intimate!
Better reception than Mitch McConnell got—the Senate Majority Leader was roundly booed:
But I'm burying the lede—Trump was officially nominated. It's over, guys, he is the actual, fair-and-square Republican nominee for president. This country is one step away from blowing.
Dan Savage made a lively appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, on which he summed up how Trump and Hillary would be as presidents when it comes to queer issues.
I think Trump is a dangerous demagogue and a racist, and will be bad for queer people if he gets elected—it will be bad for all Americans if he gets elected ... He has not really emphasized marriage equality or discriminating against LGBT people. He actually said that he opposed laws criminalizing trans people using the bathrooms that are appropriate for them to use. And so, it's kind of a mixed bag.
Although, he's surrounded himself with homophobes like Ben Carson, like Chris Christie, and he's promised to put people on the Supreme Court who will overturn marriage equality and forcibly divorce me 'cause that's pro-marriage.
So I don't trust Trump in the long-term ...
Savage seemed to be making the point that Trump hasn't used gay rights as a wedge issue, but then kind of remembered that Trump really has gone on the record as stating he opposes marriage equality.