from the NYTimes linked page
It appears to be playing well with viewers: For the week of Jan. 6, when the story began to gain national attention, Rachel Maddow, who had pursued the story for more than a month, scored a rare weekly win, beating the perennial ratings leader Fox News among the coveted 25 to 54 viewer category. It was the first time Ms. Maddow, the network’s star host, had won a ratings week in more than a year; the momentum continued last week, though final numbers are not available.
The network started featuring the story in early December, when Ms. Maddow introduced what she called a tale “just too crazy to believe.” Her colleagues joined her, and, once damning emails from Mr. Christie’s aides became public, they were ready to pounce: Lawrence O’Donnell created a hypothetical campaign commercial that could be used to skewer Mr. Christie over the matter. “You can do this at home” he declared, seemingly urging Christie foes to attack the governor. “It’s easy.”
more from Rachel
“The question of why matters,” Maddow said. “Governor Christie’s office has tried to shame people for asking what the reason might plausibly have been. But they have offered zero explanation of their own.”
“Yes, it is pure speculation,” Maddow acknowledged. “It has always been presented as such by us, and by me. We presented that theory as a way to get at the most important and, as yet, totally unexplained question still at the center of this unfolding scandal which is, Why? What is the plausible explanation for this? Why did whoever ordered those lanes closed order those lanes closed?”
and if you hold to an irrational hatred of a very intelligent person, you can always read NewsMax - Poll: Most New Jersey Voters Believe Christie Knew About Lane Closures, Should Resign if Proven