Critics of Gov. Chris Christie are pushing back on a new internal report of the "Bridgegate" scandal commissioned by the New Jersey governor, saying that the review - which exonerated Christie - is "incomplete" and that it "reads more like a novel than a work of fact."
State Assemblyman John Wisniewski, a co-chairman of a separate legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures, told reporters on a conference call that the Christie-backed probe failed to interview some of the most important witnesses in the matter.
And he questioned the objectivity of the firm that did the report, noting the close relationship of its chief to the governor himself.
"It is difficult to conceive that folks with such a close relationship to the governor [would] have a completely unbiased view on how this should turn out," he said.
Wiskiewski added that the report's allegation that only fired Christie aide Bridget Ann Kelly and Port Authority official David Wildstein participated in the scheme is "is frankly hard to believe."
He called the report's brief mention of Kelly's "personal relationship" with Christie campaign manager Bill Stepien a "salacious" and "gratuitous reference."
"I'm not sure why it's there and what it proves," he said.
In a separate statement, Democratic National Committee communications director Mo Elleithee called the tax-payer funded report "nothing more than an expensive sham.”
Noting the review's reported cost of approximately one million dollars, Elleithee said the report had no "interviews with the key figures who executed the plan or any insight into why this happened."
"There was no real evidence, no real findings, no real answers, and definitely no exoneration," he added.
First published March 27 2014, 12:50 PM