Media talk up new fed. investigation of Christie. Problem? There’s no investigation

Media talk up new fed. investigation of Christie. Problem? There’s no investigation

[Ed. – I was going to say “Hate it when that happens” — but the MSM don’t hate it; it’s just SOP to smear Republicans with innuendo about non-investigations.  Emphasis added.]

The latest tantalizing morsel of controversy emanating from the Christie administration involved a brand new federal investigation, which some suggested could finally and for all time bury the New Jersey governor’s presidential aspirations.

The latest alleged scandal involves former Hunterdon County Assistant Prosecutor Bennett Barlyn, who was terminated in 2010 after he claimed that he objected to the governor’s office dismissing indictments against Christie’s political allies. He asserted that he spoke with the U.S. Attorney’s office in New Jersey about the matter and “provided the investigators with names of people I thought could furnish firsthand information.” …

“How many investigations does it take before a popular governor is no longer treated like a viable presidential candidate?” New York Magazine’s Margaret Hartmann rushed to judgment. …

Perhaps least surprisingly, Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC program has been all over this, as well as a slew of other conspiratorial allegations involving misconduct out of the Christie administration. …

“We talk to people all of the time,” a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office told Maddow’s producers. “It doesn’t mean we’re investigating anybody. Any characterization that we are investigating the governor about this is just not true.”

That’s right. There is no federal investigation.

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