Who will Gov. Christie pick as scapegoats for the George Washington Bridge lane closures?

Matthew says: "A massive traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge was caused by the closure of two toll booths for a 'traffic study,' but neither the head of the Port Authority was told about the closure. An investigation has revealed the closure was ordered by [close aides to] New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to punish Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for not endorsing Christie in his reelection campaign. In spite of repeated denials by Christie, emails released today confirm his involvement."

“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” Bridget Anne Kelly, one of three deputies on Christie’s senior staff, wrote to David Wildstein, a top Christie executive at the Port Authority, on Aug. 13, about three weeks before the closures. Wildstein, the official who ordered the closures and who resigned last month amid the escalating scandal, wrote back: “Got it.”

Kelly will likely be the first Christie deputy that the Governor's office will describe as a rogue operator. There will be more to come.

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  1. mcsnee says:

    President Obama and the ACA, obv.

  2. mcsnee says:

    ... But in a larger sense, haven't we all ordered spurious traffic studies and unnecessary bridge closures to get back at the political opponents who have slighted us?

  3. See, this proves that all bridges and roads must be privatized!

    Then ruthless politicians won't be able to use phony outages to punish people.

    Only their owners will be able to do this, for sound free market reasons.

  4. "An investigation has revealed the closure was ordered by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to punish Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for not endorsing Christie in his reelection campaign. In spite of repeated denials by Christie, emails released today confirm his involvement."

    The above claim is not accurate. The emails demonstrate that close aides to Christie ordered the shut down. None of the emails show Christie himself ordering the lane shutdowns.

    Christie may have indeed ordered the shutdown, but that is not yet demonstrated in the emails released today.

  5. M_Dub says:

    None of the emails show Christie himself ordering the lane shutdowns. Christie may have indeed ordered the shutdown, but that is not yet demonstrated in the emails released today.

    Page 4 of the documents released today mention Governor Christie approving 60k for the "traffic study"--the study Christie claims neither he nor anyone on his staff or campaign was involved:

    "We are ready to do this, can someone call the Mayor of Springfield and tell him that Gov has approved $60k for their traffic study."

    http://www.northjersey.com/news/Documents_GWB_emails_between_Port_Authority_and_Christie_administration.html

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