A day after a former top Port Authority official claimed "evidence exists" proving Gov. Chris Christie knew about the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, Christie has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing in the ongoing Bridgegate scandal. "Mr. [David] Wildstein's lawyer confirms what the Governor has said all along—he had absolutely no prior knowledge of the lane closures before they happened and whatever Mr. Wildstein's motivations were for closing them to begin with," Christie said in a statement. "The Governor denies Mr. Wildstein's lawyer's other assertions."
What Chris Christie woke up to this morning. pic.twitter.com/HvkMpxjcxe
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) February 1, 2014
While local newspapers pushed Super Bowl coverage aside to focus on the latest twist in the scandal (see above), Christie had no interest in discussing the allegations while attending Howard Stern's 60th birthday party at Hammerstein Ballroom last night. "Happy birthday, Howard. I'm here to bring all praise from New Jersey to Howard Stern," Christie said on stage. He then introduced "one of New Jersey's favorite sons, one of my good friends, and a great artist," Jon Bon Jovi, who performed "Wanted Dead Or Alive."
— Stern Show (@sternshow) January 31, 2014
Christie only stayed at the event for about 30 minutes before leaving. Stern defended Christie before the event: "I happen to be a Chris Christie fan, and I think he's been very good for New Jersey, so I would be upset to see him get into that kind of trouble, because...it's one of these things like Watergate, it shouldn't happen, it's chickenshit. But he's a great governor, so I'd like to see him succeed."