Mon, 13 January 2014
Another plausible-sounding theory of the Christie GW bridge scandal, this time from MSNBC's Steve Kornacki: billion-dollar redevelopment deal may have hinged on ease of traffic access. The theory is summarized in written form by Brian Murphy at TPM. What might that mean? Let the speculation begin! Greg Dworkin joins us to discuss developments, including headlines like, "Is there a way out for Christie?" and "Feds investigate Christie's use of Sandy relief funds." Whatever is ultimately uncovered, it's starting to look like his "bipartisanship" sheen is gone forever. Next, more about the chemical spill in West Virginia, and new worries about some remediation efforts, and the need for independent water quality testing. So, what do we know about the chemical that was spilled? One source says, not much! And certainly not enough. (But by the time the show was over, there was already push-back on that.) Perhaps just as disturbing, we were hearing that Koch-owned companies were supplying this chemical. (But again, push-back: a Koch-owned company does supply a chemical to Freedom Industries, but not necessarily the one spilled.) Finally, some local reporters are supplying our first information about Freedom Industries and the people behind it.