Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

Confusion reigned for some readers yesterday on who exactly had broken the story of documents proving the connection of Christie administration staff to Fort Lee lane closures at the George Washington Bridge.

However, as Governor Christie made abundantly clear in his epic press conference yesterday, the credit belongs to the Bergen Record. The Washington Post confirms that version with not one, but two stories (see links below). As Erik Wemple at WashPo wrote:

After the Record blew open the story yesterday morning, news outlets everywhere scrambled to match the story — and to acquire the documents that the Record had acquired. An attribution in the New York Times reads like this: “The documents were obtained by The New York Times and other news outlets Wednesday.” A similarattribution appears in The Post. Boburg: “I don’t know this but I believe they also obtained them. . . . All I know is that we had them first.”

The Post story chronicles how multiple reporters and editors pursued this story for months, beginning with The Record’s “Road Warrior” John Chichowski.

The other major news on the Bridgegate front post-presser: an impending dump of additional documents by the state committee investigating the incident, and a new theory painstakingly put forward by Rachel Maddow of MSNBC that the closures were actually retribution against State Senator Loretta Weinberg for being among the Democrats who had blocked Christie’s New Jersey Supreme Court nominees. Watch here or scroll down for more.

The links:

The Record nails Christie story Washington Post
Christie’s bridge scandal shows what newspapers can do Washington Post
Rachel Maddow: Fort Lee’s Mayor? No, There Was Another Target of Bridge-Gate The Raw Story

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