If you haven't heard about the bridge lane closing scandal involving New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's most trusted office personnel......then read my post from December 21. And then read this from NJ.com. Here's a portion....
“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” Christie’s deputy chief of staff wrote to David Wildstein, a top Christie appointee at the Port Authority.
Wildstein answered, “Got it.”
It was simply understood. When Christie's deputy chief of staff texted "time for some traffic problems in Ft.Lee".....Christie's high school buddy, David Wildstein, already knew what to do. His response "got it" means that the closing of the George Washington Bridge to one lane the first week of September, (the first week of school) was a pre-planned conspiracy.
The Democratic Ft Lee mayor refused to endorse Christie in his re-election bid. Christie not only wanted a blowout in his re-election but also the endorsements of as many Democratic leaders in his state as possible. The idea being that if the Republican Christie could gain the support of Democratic leaders in New Jersey, he could ride that bipartisan love to a presidential win in a couple of years.
This exchange makes it clear that the reason for the lane closings was pure political payback.....
At one point, Wildstein received a text message from an unknown sender -- the emails are partially redacted -- saying, "Is it wrong that I'm smiling."
"No," replied Wildstein. When the other person added, "I feel badly about the kids. I guess," Wildstein reminded them that their parents are probably Democrats anyway.
"They are the children of Buono voters," said Wildstein, referring to Democrat Barbara Buono, who unsuccessfully challenged Christie in the Nov. 5 gubernatorial election.
The conspiracy to endanger Ft Lee citizens for 4 straight days last September is now becoming more widely understood after e-mails from Christie's office were made public yesterday....
These e-mails show that Christie’s deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, was directly involved in the planning of this massive gridlock and got periodic updates. She knew his executives at the Port Authority were ignoring the (Ft Lee) mayor’s frantic efforts to get a reason behind the lane closures, as emergency responders and school buses full of children got ensnared in the mess for up to four hours. This went on for four days.
Already there is evidence of delayed emergency teams during those four days of bridge traffic snarling. I am certainly not a lawyer, but reckless endangerment, I think, is still a crime. Moreso, I would think, a conspiracy to recklessly endanger.
In my December blog post on this story, I mentioned "plausible deniability" as the New Jersey governor's escape hatch. Here's Christie's statement after "learning" of the e-mails.....
“What I've seen today for the first time is unacceptable. 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. One thing is clear: this type of behavior is unacceptable and I will not tolerate it because the people of New Jersey deserve better. This behavior is not representative of me or my Administration in any way, and people will be held responsible for their actions.”
No doubt the corporate media powers that be will rush to defend the governor and assist in minimizing any potential damage to the authoritarian Republican. The short AP account in the Beacon today serves as a template for defenders of the New Jersey bully boy.
But I'm not so sure that even the Village media can save Christie on this one. Here is an account of how Christie recently responded to the Ft. Lee lane closings.....
Christie has said that after checking with his staff, he determined that no one from his office was involved in these lane closings. He scoffed at the very idea that it was political retribution against the Fort Lee mayor for refusing to endorse his re-election, and joked that he had moved the traffic cones himself.
His attempts to laugh this off now appear to be dishonest, though we can't yet be sure that he personally knew about the correspondence of one of his top aides. Still, Christie bears responsibility either way. If it turns out he did know, he is obviously lying and unfit for office -- let alone a 2016 presidential run.
And even if he did not, his officials are liars. If Christie can't control them, how can we trust him as a potential future leader of our country?
Indeed. Why would we even want to take the chance?
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