St. Petersburg, Florida -- The first of what will likely be many investigations into the so-called "bridge-gate" scandal involving New Jersey governor Chris Christie was released last week.
The report from Randy Mastro of the New York law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher exonerated Christie of any wrongdoing--blaming a top aide of the governor and a senior official from the Port Authority for coming up with a scheme to close part of the George Washington Bridge in September 2013 as a political payback for officials in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
Christie's critics were quick to point out that the report was commissioned by the governor and paid for with taxpayer dollars.
Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, a supporter of Christie, was asked on NBC's "Meet the Press" whether the findings vindicated Christie. "I think this is a pretty strong report," said Giuliani. "It is not conclusive. No one claims it is, but it's a good step in the right direction."
Fact checkers at PunditFact went back to the record and found two people who say it WAS conclusive. The first was Chris Christie himself who said in a news conference the report was thorough and exhaustive. The second was Randy Mastro, the lawyer who authored the study. Mastro said they found no evidence of anyone knowing about it.
"Basically the way this report goes, it's vindicating the governor but a lot of people don't buy it or believe it," said PunditFact editor Aaron Sharockman. "So Rudy Giuliani was trying to walk that tight line between the two but got out of bounds with what the other people, especially Chris Christie is saying himself."
Since Giuliani said "no one" claims the report is conclusive, PunditFact rated his claim MOSTLY FALSE.
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