Christie’s Word Blur

I like “word blur,” a term I’d never heard before, and the writer’s explanation in Missing from Christie’s proof of innocence claim: the proof.

The lawyer, Randy Mastro of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, released a statement Tuesday, saying, “The governor’s office is fully cooperating with the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s investigation, and in that regard, has not publicly released accounts of interviews conducted in connection with the Gibson Dunn investigation.”

Note, carefully, the phrase “in that regard.”

This is a word blur, with a resemblance to actual English, though not its substance. It sounds as if Mr. Christie can’t release the interviews done by his own lawyer, proving his innocence, because the federal prosecutors don’t want him to.

Is that how we are supposed to take this statement? That the feds have hushed Mr. Christie?

When those questions were put to the governor’s office, his spokesman refused to answer.

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