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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Governor Chris Christie is Responsible for George Washington Bridge Lane Closing

Driving across the world's busiest bridge, the George Washington Bridge, connecting New York City with New Jersey, isn't for the faint hearted. Even the most seasoned drivers shudder at the thought of being caught on the GWBridge in a traffic jam.  

When the traffic jam turns out to be a deliberate act of political retribution by the New Jersey's governor's office, the shudders become cold chills, putting drivers at risk for voter shock. Somebody must politically pay for this story of power run amok and it's going to be New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Christie says he knew nothing about this fiasco. He mocked reporters who asked questions about the incident. Now, it turns out, Christie's staff was involved and directed the bridge lane closure.

New Jersey Chris Christie has a reputation of being a political bully.
This George Washington Bridge retribution story, where his office is clearly involved, is an ugly example of using his power for nefarious purposes.

‘It’s the worst example of a petty political vendetta’: Fort Lee, NJ, Mayor Sokolich on retaliatory George Washington Bridge closings
Emails exchanged between a Governor Chris Christie staffer and appointee shows bridge lanes were shut as punishment for Sokolich not supporting the governor's reelection. ‘How low can you go … congratulations, you’ve just made New Jersey the brunt of every political joke for the next 25 years,’ the Fort Lee mayor added.

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Bombshell Documents Show One Of Chris Christie's Top Aides Ordered George Washington Bridge Lane Closures

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Bombshell documents show that decisions that caused days of traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge — possibly in retaliation against a Democratic mayor who wouldn't endorse Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) for reelection — reached closer to Christie than he has previously acknowledged.

Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie's deputy chief of staff, sent an August 13 email to former Port Authority Director of Interstate Capital Projects David Wildstein, a Christie ally: "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee."

Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich (D) had declined to endorse Christie for re-election, unlike many other Democratic municipal officials in the state.

The Wall Street Journal obtained that email and 21 other pages of emails and text messages, a series that shows coordination between the Christie administration and the Port Authority over the lane closures — and suggests the closures were politically motivated, not part of a "traffic study."

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Clearly Governor Christie has a ton of explaining to do. What did Christie know and when did he know it? Given the fact that Governor Christie's staff initiated this terrible incident, it appears to me, he should resign as Governor of New Jersey.

Governor Christie's staff brought on this traffic retaliation so, therefore, the "boss" had to know what was going on. Governor Christie is responsible for this fiasco.

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