In a story that concerns the upcoming presidential campaign, emails show that top aides to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie purposely closed lanes to the George Washington Bridge in an effort to hurt the mayor of Fort Lee for not endorsing Christie.


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In a story that concerns the 2016 presidential campaign, emails show that top aides to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie purposely closed lanes to the George Washington Bridge in an effort to hurt the mayor of Fort Lee for not endorsing Christie.

Private messages between Governor’s Christie’s deputy chief of staff and two of his top executives at the Port Authority reveal a vindictive effort to create “traffic problems in Fort Lee” by shutting lanes to the George Washington Bridge and apparent pleasure at the resulting gridlock. The messages are replete with references and insults to Fort Lee’s mayor, who had failed to endorse Christie for re-election and they chronicle how local officials tried to reach the Port Authority in a vain effort to eliminate the paralyzing gridlock that overwhelmed his town of 35,000, which sits in the shadow of the bridge, the world’s busiest.

Read it all. The emails are ugly, and exhibit a gleeful nonchalance towards the problems the lane closures were causing.

Politics can be a dirty game, but for a politician or his aides to do such a thing is despicable. The actions did more harm to the citizens trapped in unnecessary traffic jams than it did to the mayor of Fort Lee. Based on this evidence I am far more reluctant to support Christie for President.

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  • Cotour

    Politics “can” be the dirtiest game?

    Politics is “THEE” dirtiest game bar none, but the lie and cover up is what will take you down and Christie, knowingly or unknowingly is now a participant in it. Thats not good for Christie in the long term.

  • Garry

    No wonder Christie and Obama are such good buds; they have similar vindictive streaks

  • Cotour

    And to fully flesh out the dirtiest game, right across the river the new mayor of NYC is about to also have a bad day. The horse and carriage issue appear not to be about concern for the horses but, wait for it BIG, BIG REAL ESTATE MONEY which desires the property where the stables now occupy.

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/01/07/could-this-be-the-real-reason-the-new-nyc-mayor-vowed-to-ban-horse-carriages-in-nyc/

  • Edward

    Now it makes sense. No wonder no one was complaining about the health and safety of the horses, there is no problem there.

    Of course, in the good old days when someone wanted some property in Salem, they would just declare that the owner was a witch. It seems that it isn’t that simple, these days, but a little bribery — er — campaign contribution goes a long way.

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