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On an evening which has seen New Jersey governor Chris Christie field harsh criticism over his perceived role in a George Washington Bridge lane closure, on Wednesday evening "Piers Morgan Live" welcomed an expert panel tasked with offering their informed insight and political perspective.
Joining Piers Morgan live, Ryan Lizza suggested that if he ends up linked to the incident, the so-called "bridge-gate" could yield long-term ramifications:
"It's very serious. I think it could threaten his presidential ambitions if he is directly tied to this scandal, which he hasn't yet been. He denied that his staff had anything to do with this, and we now know that that's not true. And in a statement today he has said that he was misled," explained CNN's political commentator and the Washington correspondent for "The New Yorker." "But he has to deal with the fact that he wasn't honest when he said that his staff wasn't involved."
Amid rumors suggesting that Wednesday's traffic incident was a direct move by Christie to punish the mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey for not supporting the incumbent governor in the state's recent election, Amy Holmes noted that not only might such a tactic be dangerous, but also represent poor partisan strategy:
"It's not only vindictive, politically it's stupid. How did these folks think that Fort Lee residents were going to be blaming their mayor and not the governor for sitting in traffic for three to four hours and the governor not interceding on their behalf," wondered the anchor of theblaze.com's "Hot List" program. "That doesn't even make sense politically."
As for the insinuation that Christie's staff orchestrated the closure unbeknownst to the governor, Marc Lamont Hill found such a prospect to be entirely implausible:
"Everyone who knows Chris Christie, anyone close to his administration knows that he is a notorious micro-manager. He runs that place with an iron fist. It's hardly imaginable that anything could happen without him knowing about it," said the host of "HuffPost Live." "For me this is a mark on his character, even if it doesn't go all the way to him in terms of a smoking gun. Questions will be raised throughout the next two years, it will hurt him as he supports candidates around the country in 2014, and it will certainly hurt him if he decides to run for president in 2016."
Watch the clip for more of Morgan's segment on Christ Christie and the George Washington Bridge lane closure, and for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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