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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.