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.
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His new book is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects