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Christie Lawyer Claims Dubious Interview Summaries Exonerate the NJ Gov

At lunchtime Thursday, the Legislature's Joint Committee on Investigation (SCI) co-Chairs John Wisniewski and Loretta Weinberg got word that the committee's attorney had received "interview memos" of the people interviewed by Christie lawyer Randy Mastro and his team at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.

Such is the accountability, transparency and sense of responsibility of the Christie lawyer team led by Mastro, and of Christie himself, that these "memos" – summaries only, apparently – only materialized under threat of subpoena. And not until the deadline day the legislative committee set before carrying out that subpoena.

The list of 75 Mastro's team interviewed came Friday, also  on deadline. Key players in the sudden lane shutdown, and the cover-up fiction of a Port Authority "traffic study" – like David Wildstein, Bridget Kelly and Bill Stepien – were apparently not interviewed. And yet the report concludes Christie's innocence and dumps culpability on Kelly and Wildstein.

SCI co-Chair John Wisniewski, an attorney, has said it's his understanding that Mastro and his firm did not put the people interviewed under oath, or record what they said by videotape, audiotape or transcript. The Mastro report, which claims to exonerate Gov. Christie in the deliberate 5-day snarling of North Jersey traffic at the GWB, lacks any hard evidence, said Wisniewski, of what people told his team and how they responded to questions. The report is "based on nothing more than the (Mastro team's) mental impressions of what people said." Wisniewski called it "the classic definition of heresy."

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