NJ Governor Christie "bridge scandal"

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  • Shooter McGavin

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    Anybody been keeping tabs on the whole fiasco? It'll be interesting to see if or how this will affect his run for office in 2016.

    Internal emails released Wednesday strongly suggest that a top aide to New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie orchestrated massive traffic problems in Fort Lee, New Jersey, last fall as an act of political retribution against the city's Democratic mayor. For months, Christie and his administration have denied allegations that road closures in Fort Lee were politically motivated. The emails, released as part of an investigation by Democratic state legislators, could spiral into a major political scandal for Christie, a possible 2016 presidential candidate. Here's what you need to know.
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    READ MORE: A Fort Lee official says the Christie lane closuresslowed the search for a missing 4-year-old child. Tracie Van Auken/ZUMA

    How'd this begin? In mid-September, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey unexpectedly closed two access lanes on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge, which spans the Hudson River and serves as a major commuter route between the two states. A massive, weeklong traffic jam ensued, clogging the streets of nearby Fort Lee.
    Cops and lawmakers in Fort Lee said they were given no warning about the decision to close the lanes, which delayed school buses, first responders, and commuters bound for New York City. The Port Authority justified its decision by saying it was conducting a "traffic study."
    Why is this political? Soon after the traffic jam, rumors emerged that the Port Authority closed the bridge lanes as political retribution against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat who endorsed Gov. Chris Christie's opponent in the 2013 gubernatorial campaign. As news outlets and New Jersey Democrats dug deeper into the circumstances of the bridge incident, they eventually connected the lane closures to two Port Authority officials with close ties to Christie: Bill Baroni, the deputy executive director of the agency, and David Wildstein, its director of interstate capital projects. Baroni and Wildstein have since resigned, and both men have retained criminal defense attorneys.
    All along, the Christie administration had denied any connection to the decision to close the bridge lanes. In September, a Christie spokesman called the retribution claim "crazy." Christietold reporters at a December press conference that the Fort Lee traffic snarl was "absolutely, unequivocally not" a result of political score-settling.
     

    shortround

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    Damn him three times to hell. He is the classic North-Eastern establishment Republican. The fat flucker could not lead a pack of cub scouts on a five mile hike. He is the poster child for do-nuts and ice cream. Hates guns in the hands of free men.
     

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    Damn him three times to hell. He is the classic North-Eastern establishment Republican. The fat flucker could not lead a pack of cub scouts on a five mile hike. He is the poster child for do-nuts and ice cream. Hates guns in the hands of free men.

    Looks to me like he has the making of a good democrat...
     

    Rick858

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    "If you like you bridge access lanes, you can keep them!" Hmmm....heard something like that not to long ago? Guess Christie embraced Odumba in more ways than one!
     

    vmax

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    I hope this ends up putting him out of the running for the presidential primaries

    good riddance you fat turd
     

    dustycorgill

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    I hope this does him in. I cannot stand Chris Christie. He is no better than Bloomberg. He is a gun hater, and a democrat in Republican clothing.
     

    Moonpie

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    EXACTLY!

    The reason it makes no difference is the MSM has anointed C.C. to be the GOP candidate.
    They WANT him in the race against She Who Cannot Be Named.
    He is a RINO worse than your average RINO.
    Some boolshite "scandal" like this traffic thing is small potatoes. I seriously doubt C.C. ordered that. He ain't that stupid.
    If that was a Bush or Reagan doing this the MSM would be screaming for his head on a pike.
    If they like you they keep hands off. Just like Sarah Palin's family. Remember that?

    What is disturbing is the GOP will as usual let it go and play nice.
    The Grand Old Party of Dumbassery should be beating the Dems over the head with O-care and all the other scandals.
    WTF are they?
     
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