TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Gov. Chris Christie’s longtime press secretary told New Jersey lawmakers Tuesday he is confident his boss had no knowledge of or involvement in the scheme that shut traffic near the George Washington Bridge in a political payback plot.
Michael Drewniak, who has served as a spokesman for Christie since he became U.S. attorney in 2001, called the plot reckless and perplexing in an opening statement before a New Jersey legislative committee that’s investigating last September’s lane closings. Because of his position speaking for the governor, Drewniak is part of Christie’s inner circle of aides and advisers.
As CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown reported, Drewniak, known for his temper and foul mouth, remained very calm during testimony. The spokesman portrayed the governor as a man betrayed by trusted aides.