Podcast: Why Governor Christie should stop bragging about the Mastro report

Governor Chris Christie talks to media before WFAN's Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton True Blue Charity Softball game at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, N.Y. on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Net proceeds from the game will go to benefit fallen officer charities. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

Governor Chris Christie talks to media before WFAN's Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton True Blue Charity Softball game at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, N.Y. on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Net proceeds from the game will go to benefit fallen officer charities. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

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The Mastro Report versus The Fishman Indictments.

Sure, it sounds like a showdown between the two most boring intramural kickball teams ever.

But no.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says the Mastro report, which was commissioned by him, was the last word on the GWB lane closure scandal. And he says the investigation and recent indictments by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman offered nothing new. But New Jersey Public Radio’s Matt Katz joins host David Furst to break down the differences – and to explain why the Mastro Report will become central to the Bridgegate trials.

Also:The State Supreme Court sides with the governor and says he won’t be forced to pay $1.57 billion into the state pension system before the end of the fiscal year – which is mere weeks away. Matt Friedman, reporter for NJ Advance Media joins us to break down a ruling the governor calls “an important victory.”

Plus: We’ll sit-in on a Belmar beatdown for Matt Katz, courtesy of the governor. (He had me at, “you’re good at mischaracterizing what I say.”)

And: Bon Jovi shows his true colors. Christie uses the Jersey rocker’s music at town hall events. They’ve been spotted dining out with their wives. But the bromance may be finished. Word comes this week that Jon Bon Jovi will be hosting a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton.

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