The New Jersey Assembly Committee found the former Port Authority of New York and Christie BFF David Wildstein in contempt this afternoon. In spite of New Jersey's very own Gríma Wormtongue asserting his Fifth Amendment right, the committee decided to go ahead and slap him with this misdemeanor charge, despite his lawyer not liking it one little bit.
Before the committee voted, Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D), the chairman of the Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee, said that David Wildstein's decision to refuse to answer questions from the committee "places him in contempt of this committee, which is a misdemeanor."
Wildstein asserted his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent at the start of the hearing, and his lawyer later argued that the committee would not be acting appropriately if it did find Wildstein in contempt.
"I would submit that the rules that the chair just cited are at variance with the United States and New Jersey constitutions," Wildstein's lawyer, Alan Zegas, said.
Oh lighten up, Mr. Zegas. Just think of this little misdemeanor as stretching out before an uphill 10K marathon. Come to think of it, Governor Christie might do some leg stretches too.
All of this popcorn is making me feel thirsty.