Chris Christy for Prez? Maybe Not

January 8, 2014 at 12:42 PM Leave a comment

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Have you heard about the early-September, 2013 Fort Lee, New Jersey, George Washington gridge blockade controversy engulfing N.J. Governor Chris Christie?  Allegations have been flying for months that Christie’s cronies ordered lane closures on the G.W. bridge to create commuter chaos in order to punish Fort Lee mayor, Mark Sokolich, a Democrat, who did not endorse Christie in the run-up to the November election.

Here’s a time line, which includes Governor Christie’s repeated denials.

This morning, emails from Christie’s associates leaked, showing they orchestrated the closure, yes, to punish Fort Lee’s mayor:

To this point, Chris Christie has treated the George Washington Bridge closure story as a joke, and national reporters have regarded it as a minor irritation. The public release of e-mails among his staff changes all that. The e-mails prove that Christie’s loyalists closed the bridge deliberately as political retribution, not as a “traffic study” as claimed. They display an almost comical venality bordering on outright sociopathy. And they will probably destroy Christie’s chances in 2016.

The bridge story itself, while small in nature, reveals a political culture around Christie of people who have no business holding power. Bridget Anne Kelly, a deputy on Christie’s senior staff, e-mailed David Wildstein, a Christie appointee on the Port Authority, which runs the George Washington Bridge, instructing, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” The resulting hours-long traffic jams worried public officials and created a safety hazard. Wildstein proceeded to gloat over the punishment.

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Several things come together to make this scandal especially devastating to Christie. One is that it’s very easy for voters to understand: He punished a town because its mayor endorsed his rival. There are no complex financial transfers or legal maneuverings to parse. Second, it fits into a broader pattern of behavior, documented by the New York Times, of taking retribution against politicians who cross him in any way.

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Christie comes off like an immature, petty bully.  Not only that, he was wining handily in the polls.  He didn’t need the mayor’s endorsement when he did this.  I can only wonder what he’d do if he was sitting in the White House and he felt really, really threatened.  I mean, do we want to turn control of the NSA over to this guy?

The messages are replete with references and insults to Fort Lee’s mayor, who had failed to endorse Christie for re-election and they chronicle how local officials tried to reach the Port Authority in a vain effort to eliminate the paralyzing gridlock that overwhelmed his town of 35,000, which sits in the shadow of the bridge, the world’s busiest.

The documents obtained by The Record raise serious doubts about months of claims by the Christie administration that the September closures of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge were part of a traffic study initiated solely by the Port Authority. Instead, they show that one of the governor’s top aides was deeply involved in the decision to choke off the borough’s access to the bridge, and they provide the strongest indication yet that it was part of a politically-motivated vendetta—a notion that Christie has publicly denied.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/christie_kelly_bridge_lane_closures_emails.html#sthash.GPithdQO.dpuf

Mark Sokolich
As soon as motorists were stuck in massive traffic jams – blockages that forced Fort Lee and surrounding towns into gridlock for days – many questioned why. The public was told that local lanes leading up to the George Washington Bridge were closed as part of a traffic study by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Since then, lawmakers have held hearings, subpoenaed witnesses and documents, and two top appointees have resigned. Governor Christie has faced months of questions about the incident. Here is a timeline of events based on emails, text messages and other documents obtained by The Record, as well as public statements by Christie and others. – See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/Timeline_of_events_around_GWB_lane-closure_controversy.html#sthash.aMMiVlbJ.dpuf
As soon as motorists were stuck in massive traffic jams – blockages that forced Fort Lee and surrounding towns into gridlock for days – many questioned why. The public was told that local lanes leading up to the George Washington Bridge were closed as part of a traffic study by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Since then, lawmakers have held hearings, subpoenaed witnesses and documents, and two top appointees have resigned. Governor Christie has faced months of questions about the incident. Here is a timeline of events based on emails, text messages and other documents obtained by The Record, as well as public statements by Christie and others. – See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/Timeline_of_events_around_GWB_lane-closure_controversy.html#sthash.aMMiVlbJ.dpuf
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