Governor Chris Christie is going to be on the debate stage at tonight’s Republican presidential debate.
His mind might be elsewhere.
That’s because a whole bunch of New Jersey news organizations are fighting in federal court to get some Bridgegate documents unsealed.
What’s in those documents? The names of the unindicted co-conspirators, whom the federal government (the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark) has identified in sealed (so the public can’t see) documents it filed with federal court judge Susan Wigenton.
Those documents were filed by the lawyers for the indicted former state senator Bill Baroni and former Christie assistant Bridget Anne Kelly, both of whom worked for or were appointed by Christie in the years leading up to the September 2013 lane closures. Baroni and Kelly are fighting their criminal charges, but former Christie appointee to the Port Authority, David Wildstein, already pleaded guilty to various felony charges last year.
Those names might reveal just how close the Bridgegate scandal has come to Christie’s desk personally.
Those names might reveal how likely it was that Christie himself knew, or planned, or helped cover up, the bridge lane closings.
Those names might become future cooperating witnesses. Deal? Or, no deal?
Or it might help Christie prove that, in fact, he didn’t know about the closings.