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.
Super Tuesday was a Super Disaster for the GOP, with Trump taking seven states (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont), Cruz taking two (Oklahoma and Texas) and Rubio finally winning one (Minnesota). Alaska remains uncalled as it is a late-starting contest.
Rubio insists that he's got a path to the nomination and is in it to win it, forcing an unconvincing grin as he spoke to FOX News:
Hillary crushed Bernie in Alabama, American Samoa (don't laugh, they have tons of delegates compared to their tiny population), Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia and Texas, and won by about 2-3% in Massachusetts. Sanders won more states than he might have: Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Vermont, the latter of which—his home state—was his only bloodbath, but he won by convincing margins in the others.
Hillary's victory speech:
After tonight, Hillary has an easy path to the nomination, Sanders has almost no path. No longer “a serious presidential contender,” Sanders vowed to fight on, though, and will continue to shape the conversation.
Trump is far and away the favorite to gain the nomination, but with Cruz and Rubio staying in, the GOP moves ever closer to a contested convention, in which Trump could be denied the nomination in favor of Cruz, Rubio, or just about anyone else the GOP picks (Paul Ryan?). If that were to happen, Trump wouldn't just accept his fate.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) thinks Cruz—whom he despises—may be the GOP's only hope, and that Hillary would beat Trump “like a drum.”
A former top Romney strategist just came right out and said Hillary would be preferable to Trump, which is a conclusion to which I have to believe a lot of voting GOPers would come.
Or are we gearing up for President Trump in January?