Gov. Chris Christie’s former mentor is coming to the Republican’s aide after New Jersey’s joint legislative committee investigating Bridgegate left the door open regarding the governor’s involvement with its interim report findings, which were leaked to the public Thursday night.
Former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean, also a Republican, joined other conservatives in the state legislature in blasting the Democrat-dominated committee for its impartiality, saying he thinks the investigation should have ended “a long time ago.”
“I know something about nonpartisan investigations, this isn’t one,” Kean told CNN earlier today. “I’m disappointed.”
Kean’s latest comments on the subject, notably, seem to place the former governor opposite of where he stood on the issue earlier this year, when the controversy surrounding the closure of commuter lanes at the George Washington Bridge first broke. Kean hesitated then when asked whether he’d back Christie as a potential 2016 presidential candidate, and even openly questioned the outspoken Republican’s leadership style in the wake of the scandal.
Senate President Steve Sweeney, for his part, praised the work of the committee earlier today.
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