The conservative noise machine has been quiet so far, but Chris Christie's old pals might rally to his side now:
Federal prosecutors in New Jersey will begin a preliminary inquiry into the lane closures in Fort Lee, according to a law enforcement source.You know how this will be spun on the right, don't you? Eric Holder's Justice Department is now investigating Christie after refusing to investigate blah blah blah blah blah. Now the right has a liberal enemy in this matter. Game on.
A source with knowledge of the plans said that the United States attorney for New Jersey, Paul J. Fishman, would announce the investigation on Thursday morning.
Fishman is an Obama appointee who once (cue sinister music) worked for Holder in Washington. He was expected to get the U.S. attorney's position in 2001 if Al Gore (boo! hiss!) had become president (George W. Bush chose Christie instead). Wikipedia says he's a registered Democrat. The Montclair Times says he's done outreach to Arab and Muslim families and argued that "We're never going to arrest our way out of" our violent crime problem.
Appalled yet? If you were a wingnut, you would be.
And I'm sure that's just skimming the surface. I'm sure we'll find out whether Fishman has granite countertops by the end of the day.
UPDATE: as promised (via Daily Caller):
AND... Here's the same story at CNN.