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Christie Faces Scandal on Traffic Jam Aides Ordered *updated* (related link at bottom)

The mystery of who closed two lanes onto the George Washington Bridge — turning the borough of Fort Lee, N.J., into a parking lot for four days in September — exploded into a full-bore political scandal for Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday. Emails and texts revealed that a top aide had ordered the closings to punish the town’s mayor after he did not endorse the governor for re-election.

“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” Bridget Anne Kelly, a deputy chief of staff to Mr. Christie, emailed David Wildstein, a high school friend of the governor who worked at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the bridge.

Later text messages mocked concerns that school buses filled with students were stuck in gridlock: “They are the children of Buono voters,” Mr. Wildstein wrote, referring to Mr. Christie’s opponent Barbara Buono.

The emails are striking in their political maneuvering, showing Christie aides gleeful about some of the chaos that resulted. Emergency vehicles were delayed in responding to three people with heart problems and a missing toddler, and commuters were left fuming. One of the governor’s associates refers to the mayor of Fort Lee as “this little Serbian,” and Ms. Kelly exchanges messages about the plan while she is in line to pay her respects at a wake.

Mr. Christie denied knowledge of the emails and said his staff was to blame. The growing scandal threatens to tarnish him at the moment he assumes an even larger position on the national stage, as chairman of the Republican Governors Association and an all-but-certain candidate for his party’s presidential nomination in 2016.

While the emails do not establish that the governor himself called for the lane closings, they show his staff was intimately involved, contrary to Mr. Christie’s repeated avowals that no one in his office or campaign knew about them. In fact, the emails show, several staff members and appointees worked to cover up the scheme under the ruse that it was a traffic study.

The disclosing of the emails will probably intensify an investigation into the lane closing by the Port Authority Inspector General’s office, which opened a formal inquiry in December. At that time, the deputy inspector general, Michael Nestor, confirmed the investigation, and another official said the office was seeking to determine whether there was any abuse of authority or gross mismanagement.

The emails could represent evidence that government resources were used for political purposes, a potential crime. Mr. Nestor did not respond to a telephone message on Wednesday seeking comment.

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There had to be tons of people complaining ...

... about the shutdowns. Hard to believe he never heard about any complaints, never heard about his own people doing it, or didn't do anything to investigate it before it made the news.

Possible, just a little hard to believe for a guy who claims to be on top of things like no other.

Also, who leaked the emails? Insiders or did somebody at NSA get ahold of them and leak? Someone opposed to Christie must have leaked.

Great to see the so-called "frontrunner" of a corrupt political party get caught up in a corruption scandal.

I would bet the house this

I would bet the house this staffer that was fired has connections to the Clinton clan.

There is no Left or Right -- there is only freedom or tyranny. Everything else is an illusion, an obfuscation to keep you confused and silent as the world burns around you." - Philip Brennan

"Invest only in things that you can stand in front of and pr

Revenge without being

able to give the villain speech seems a pointless waste of clout. It sounds like his staffers were mad with power and making a Sim City game of it. Or it's the Establishment showing politicians they don't even have to be involved for it to get dirt on them.

Defend Liberty!

(End of Act 1)

Curtain rises on Act II of 'Establishment Front Runner': Enter Jeb Bush....

Subtitled: 'Anyone But Rand Paul'

I wonder how many clowns the GOP will field this time, just to dilute Paul's time for debate, as they try to keep their distance from him, no matter how popular his views are, should he run, of course.

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass

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The star of the red carpet, of course,

is Hillary.

All smiles.

Christie caught in a lie at his presser

He said he had lost sleep for days over this. Later he said he only found out yesterday at 8:50am. I was surprised a reporter actually caught it and asked him about it. However the reporter said "was that a mistake" and Christie immediately said yes.

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NJ is neck deep in corruption.

...emails obtained by The Hill and other publications on Wednesday raised significant questions about that explanation. They showed a top Christie aide, deputy chief of staff Bridget Ann Kelly, appearing to collude with David Wildstein, a Christie appointee at the Port Authority, to create traffic in the town.

“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” Kelly emailed to Wildstein after the mayor failed to back Christie.

“Got it,” Wildstein emailed back.

Too bad Christie has no neck

Too bad Christie has no neck

No Surprise

We all know (D) Chris Christie has been using government resources for political [weight] gain for a while now. This just adds to the "cake" (no pun intended).


You did so intend a pun.

Well. Well thought out

Well. Well thought out scandal. It was broken probably three weeks ago, around Christmas. Very convenient and very clever: puts tons of dirt for republican candidate and takes the heat from white house and other real violations. Please remember, closure took place in September 2013.

We should also assume, that three letter agencies were involved, since they are using emails and text messages between the private parties. So the question has to be raised how exactly evidence became public.

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Clearly this was the mentality he brought into office with him

How do they say it in Greece? The fish rots from the head.

What a pig!

What a pig!

No kidding

Did you read the related link I posted under the story?

What the Hell Is...

..."a potential crime"?

"Mr. Christie denied knowledge of the emails and said his staff was to blame...."
Just like Obama....remember Fatso and Obama hangin' together at the
Jersey Shore?
Barry must've given Fatso some tips on how to:
"throw people under the bus"
Although he seems quite proficient at this without Barry's assistance.

" disclosing of the emails will probably intensify an investigation.."
....just a bunch of words, put out by Public Relations.

......It's gettin' deep...put on your boots everyone!

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

"A potential crime" is one that they haven't found a judge for

yet! Who in the judiciary in the whole State of NJ, or even in Federal District Court, would effectively try Chris Christie on what is clearly criminal behavior by those too close to him for plausible deniability to cover his stink? Is Christie too big to fail, jail, or run-outta-town on a rail?

Could this be the beginning of Christie's Giuliani-dive from the heights of GOP popularity, only to be remembered for his flash in the pan, former "favorite-of-the-day" status?

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass

Guess Where Gov Christie's Career Went?

After today.. it went...........
......."Under the Boardwalk"


"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!