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E-mails suggest Christie aides jammed traffic as political revenge

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A series of e-mails and text messages disclosed Wednesday show that a senior aide and appointees of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie forced days of traffic jams as apparent political retribution against a Democratic mayor, throwing a cloud of scandal over the Republican Party’s leading 2016 presidential hopeful.

The communications show that Christie’s deputy chief of staff and two of his top appointees at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey closed a pair of access lanes from Fort Lee, N.J., onto the George Washington Bridge into New York, causing days of gridlock and mayhem in the Fort Lee area in September.

Christie previously said he did not believe his office had any role in the incident, but the e-mails show otherwise — illustrating the lengths to which Christie’s lieutenants went to retaliate against a local politician who would not endorse the governor during a reelection race that was never particularly close.

The e-mails, however, do not show whether Christie was involved in the lanes closure, and the governor denied knowledge of the scheme in a statement late Wednesday.

“I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn that not only was I misled by a member of my staff, but this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made without my knowledge,” Christie said. “One thing is clear: this type of behavior is unacceptable and I will not tolerate it because the people of New Jersey deserve better.”

....For weeks, Democrats have alleged that Christie’s appointees caused the traffic jam as an act of retaliation against Fort Lee’s mayor, Mark Sokolich, a Democrat who did not endorse Christie for reelection.

At first, Port Authority officials claimed the lanes were closed as part of a traffic study, and Christie mocked reporters and legislators who asked questions about the incident. “I was in overalls and a hat,” Christie joked Dec. 2. “I was the guy working the cones.”

But by mid-December, Christie took it more seriously, holding an hour-long news conference in which he denied any wrongdoing. Christie’s top two appointees at the Port Authority, Bill Baroni and David Wildstein, both close political associates, resigned in the uproar.

Among the communications made public Wednesday was an e-mail to Wildstein from Bridget Anne Kelly, a deputy chief of staff in the governor’s office: “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”

Wildstein, a close friend of Christie’s from high school, responded: “Got it.”

Kelly and Wildstein communicated mostly through personal e-mail accounts rather than their official government accounts.


The communications reveal that Christie’s staff and appointees took a gleeful approach to the access lane closures of the George Washington Bridge, the world’s most heavily trafficked span, which began Sept. 9 and continued for four days, including the first day of school.

The morning of Sept. 10, Sokolich texted Baroni to express concern about children getting to classes on time. “Help please,” Sokolich wrote. “It’s maddening.”

Then an unidentified person referenced that text message and wrote, “Is it wrong that I am smiling?”


“No,” another unidentified person replied.

“I feel badly about the kids . . . I guess,” the first person wrote.

“They are the children of Buono voters,” responded the second person, referring to state Sen. Barbara Buono, Christie’s Democratic opponent in the 2013 governor’s race.
It's irrelevant whether Christie knew his appointees were doing this...He is guilty of hiring people into the government that would do this, and never getting to the bottom of this and letting it linger for four months...It's under his watch...

And that's IF he didn't know about it...MUCH worse if he did...
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I don't get what exactly they were trying to accomplish, this is an admittedly strange form of "revenge".
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I don't get what exactly they were trying to accomplish, this is an admittedly strange form of "revenge".
LIne One of the article, "Republican Party leading Presidential hopeful" is a misnomer, Christie won't play well in Peoria because of his fawning public support over President Obama in the Hurricane Sandy storm situation. Although not as bright, Christie is a Rockefeller-type Republican, who has no position in the Conservative base of the GOP, and will never get the nomination any more than Nelson Rockefeller, who ran three times for the Presidency, and was totally qualified for the job, got the nomination.

Tying up traffic in or out of NYC at anytime, because the traffic flow there, for political purposes? Horrible idea. Criminal in my mind. How many fire trucks, ambulances and police were delayed because of this stupid stunt?

Back to the political end, the last New Jersey politician who won the Presidency was Woodrow Wilson, President of Princeton University. Christie comes off publicly as a longshoreman union dock Tony Soprano, not a chance at the GOP nomination. The key Republican frontrunners for the nomination are Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House of Representatives; Jeb Bush, former two term Governor of Florida (his nomination gives Texas and Florida to the GOP); and Condi Rice, former National Security adviser and Secretary of State under President George w. Bush, Jr. Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio would be a Vice Presidential choice in any GOP team of the above three. Christie will be an also ran, poor fourth in that race.......STFAN
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Hmm... Christie finds out about it, makes a full disclosure then fires the people responsible. Yep, Christie should have known but look at his reaction, he sent a clear message to others in his administration. Of course the same media uninterested in the IRS official rewarded for refusing to testify before Congress is rewarded with a full pension and the Bengazhi bureaucrats given new assignments like the F&F scapegoats, now dissolves into a hysterical lynch mob at the prospect of smearing Hillary's potential opponent.
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Christie is history.
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Hmm... Christie finds out about it, makes a full disclosure then fires the people responsible. Yep, Christie should have known but look at his reaction, he sent a clear message to others in his administration. Of course the same media uninterested in the IRS official rewarded for refusing to testify before Congress is rewarded with a full pension and the Bengazhi bureaucrats given new assignments like the F&F scapegoats, now dissolves into a hysterical lynch mob at the prospect of smearing Hillary's potential opponent.
Hillary Clinton might get the Democratic nomination, but she won't get elected, too old, doesn't look good enough to garner the vote, she might have made it in 2008, but not 8-years later. The only reason a Sarah Palin remains in the political eye is because she looks good for her age, keeps her a media star, Hillary no longer does, it has an impact with voters.

Plus, if she is the Democratic nominee, the Republican's are going to hang the Benghazi cover-up and her screaming rant on tape to Congress about "what does it matter now" over and over and over.

It mattered than - it matters now - it will still matter in 2016 because four American's are dead, who shouldn't be, and Obama and Clinton are responsible, failed to act, and covered it up with lies. Plus, both pushed the lie onto Susan Rice, UN Ambassador, later rewarded with National Security Advisor to the President for taking the fall on Benghazi.

NSA; IRS; Benghazi, all will be major "talking points" in the next election, and the Democrat's have no defense for any of their actions. Obama isn't popular, and the Republican's will run Christie's bearhugs and speeches praising the President, over and over. No chance at the GOP nomination, there are others much more qualified than he is for the office in the Republican Party, as I pointed out earlier.

Gingrich has major staying power. The only person with that type of media and political staying power in recent times is Bill Clinton, but even he couldn't get his wife the nomination in 2008, he might help her in 2016, but he won't get her the White House, Hillary has too much baggage now.

Jeb Bush, the highly popular, two term Governor of Florida, and the best of the Bush family at politics, is a major force with Republican's. He owns the Conservative base of that party right now, and if he heads the GOP ticket, they automatically win Florida and Texas in the election. That will be hard for the GOP to ignore. He is likeable, an excellent campaigner and highly experienced for the position.

Condi Rice? Here is the major Republican wild card, and if she appears anywhere on that GOP ticket, she neutralizes Hillary Clinton automatically - intelligent; former National Security Advisor to the President (during war time); former Secretary of State, she drew the most applause and respect at the Republican National convention in Tampa. Had Romney stuck her on his ticket, he would have beat Obama hand's down.

Marco Rubio? Republican Hispanic Senator from Florida, good man, but it isn't his time. He would be the logical Vice President candidate for any of the three listed above.

By the time the campaign rolls around, with Hillary the only frontrunner and candidate for the Dems to put up, most people will be tired of here before they even go to the polls. She would have Bill Clinton to boost her campaign with the voters, but she would be a fool to call on Obama for assistance or support. She will distance herself from him by a wife margin, while still running on her Senatorial and former Secretary of State laurels, which are now highly tarnished.......STFAN
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Christie appointee pleads the Fifth before state committee in bridge fiasco - U.S. News
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Chris Christie Said He Learned About ‘Bridge-Gate’ Yesterday…Or Did He? | TheBlaze.com

Interesting.

Off-topic, but did anyone catch the funniest part of the article?

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I'm not a Christie fan, but the way he handled this was done the right way. He dug in and found the problem and immediately dealt with her by firing her ass. I expect more firings to come as he roots out the cancer in his staff. He also apologized for what happened and made it clear that he wasn't involved and did not approve the action nor approve of it. He accepted the responsibility that it came from his staff and as such he took the measure of responsibility for what happened that a good leader should take.
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I'm not a Christie fan, but the way he handled this was done the right way. He dug in and found the problem and immediately dealt with her by firing her ass. I expect more firings to come as he roots out the cancer in his staff. He also apologized for what happened and made it clear that he wasn't involved and did not approve the action nor approve of it. He accepted the responsibility that it came from his staff and as such he took the measure of responsibility for what happened that a good leader should take.
A good leader doesn't appoint idiots who come up with ideas like delaying inbound traffic to New York City for political purposes. Also, a good leader is cognizant of every detail of his staff's operations and actions as they relate to political matters. If members of his staff didn't have the unqualified support, and freedom to make decisions on the Governor's behalf, they wouldn't have ever tried such a stupid stunt. Not saying that the Governor is to blame, however, he is because he is the Governor, but, decisions like this don't get made by underlings, without consulting the boss. I seriously doubt Governor Christie's account that he didn't know about, approve of and authorize that action, despite the fact he has "accepted" responsibility. Case of having your cake and eating it too. Doesn't flow both ways. Would suggest the Governor read Woodward and Bernstein's "All The President's Men" before he considers any more political activity that he thinks might put him in the good graces of the Republican Party for a White House run. He has no chance at the nomination anyways, because he has no conservative base in that party anyway. If he switched parties and became a Democrat before the primaries, he would be Hillary Clinton's obvious choice for Vice President - if she gets that nomination. That is a more logical move than the GOP actually nominating Governor Christie. If the GOP really wants Christie, they should push for a run and nomination of the former New Jersey Governor, Christie Todd Whitman, better choice for Republican's.....STFAN
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