Coverage of bridgegate continues on MSNBC — and NBC, where a Savannah Guthrie, Joe Scarborough interview was simulcast on “Today” and “Morning Joe.” Following MSNBC’s interview Saturday with Mayor Dawn Zimmer of Hoboken, NJ who alleged New Jersey’s lieutenant governor used strong-arm tactics over Hurricane Sandy funds, the Governor fired back, calling MSNBC a “partisan network.” (His lieutenant governor said this morning the mayor’s story is “false and illogical,” and Zimmer has already responded to that claim).
Meanwhile, the coverage of the coverage continues. The New York Times has a story about how MSNBC’s reporting on the governor has changed since the story broke. MSNBC’s “on-air romance” with the governor was “forged over chummy strolls along the Jersey Shore and heart-to-hearts in the studio about everything from overeating to education,” the Times writes. Over the years, Christie also developed close ties to MSNBC anchors including Mika Brzezinski. He even showed up at her recent book signing. And this:
Immediately after Mr. Christie concluded his apologetic news conference about the controversy last week, he spent 15 minutes on the phone with Ms. Brzezinski as he prepared to face Fort Lee, the small community crippled by gridlock from the lane closures, she said. On Sunday, Ms. Brzezinski still spoke fondly of Mr. Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, “whom I have the biggest admiration for,” she said.