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Old 01-09-2014, 02:36 PM   #1
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Gov Christie - New Jersey Bridge Closure Scandal

...this is crazy... and when the facts come out, it could ruin this dudes career for good.


Chris Christie apologizes, fires staffer over traffic jam scandal - World - CBC News


New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie has fired a top aide who orchestrated lane closures that jammed traffic for days in a local Democratic rival's town last September.

Christie, appearing at a news conference Thursday morning, apologized for the incident and said he has dumped Bridget Kelly as his deputy chief of staff, effective immediately, "because she lied to me."

The governor, long-rumoured to be planning a 2016 presidential run, said it was "stupid and deceitful" for Kelly not to reveal what she knew about the scandal when asked about the traffic tie-ups four weeks ago.


"I am heartbroken that someone I permitted to be in that circle of trust in the last four years has broken that trust," he said. Christie also said he is "embarrassed and humiliated."

The scandal is being called the biggest test of his political career, but Christie said he himself had no knowledge or involvement in the planning or execution of the lane closings.

An email message sent by Kelly last August, calling for the lane closures, was disclosed on Wednesday. It's one of several documents subpoenaed by New Jersey Democratic lawmakers investigating whether the move was made as political retaliation aimed at the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., Mark Sokolich, for not endorsing Christie for re-election last fall.


The closed highway lanes led to traffic jams lasting from Sept. 9 to Sept. 13, between the George Washington Bridge and Fort Lee.

"Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee," Kelly wrote on Aug. 13 in a message to David Wildstein, a top Christie appointee on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who resigned from the agency last month.

"Got it," replied Wildstein, a longtime Christie friend. A few weeks later, Wildstein closed two of three lanes connecting Fort Lee to the heavily travelled bridge, which runs between New Jersey and New York City.

Sokolich, a Democrat, called it "appalling" that the traffic jams appear to have been engineered.

Sokolich said the gridlock put people in danger by holding up emergency vehicles, and he added that those responsible should resign.

Wildstein appeared Thursday afternoon before a legislative committee investigating the scandal, but he refused to answer questions, citing his constitutional right against self-incrimination.
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Thought it was gonna be him VS Clinton for the next election?
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One person died as a result of the traffic tie ups after EMS was unable to navigate the traffic to make it to a call in time.
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Resign isn't good enough, that is downright criminal. There were people that didn't make it to their surgeries, weddings, job interviews, pick up their kids, etc..not to mention the health risk by delaying EMS like mentioned above.
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As disgusting as these allegations are, I couldnt help but be reminded of this
when he mentions "circle of trust"
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Resign isn't good enough, that is downright criminal. There were people that didn't make it to their surgeries, weddings, job interviews, pick up their kids, etc..not to mention the health risk by delaying EMS like mentioned above.
amen, i find it difficult that this individual will go home to his million dollar home and sleep comfortably at night and still gets to go to work the next day.
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Maybe it was an orchestrated move by the Democrat party to discredit Christie prior to the next election. This is his Benghazi.
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those poor souls that were just trying to leave the shit hole that is new jersey

that's like causing a traffic jam for the bridges and tunnel leaving surrey lol
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Maybe it was an orchestrated move by the Democrat party to discredit Christie prior to the next election. This is his Benghazi.
Pretty sure the Zionists are behind it, probably in cahoots with North Korea.
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Actually AlGore used the same tactic to shut down traffic that supported his opponant in the Democratic primary that got him elected VP. They blocked traffic so that his opponant's supporters could not get to vote. The media at the time thought it was just a bit of good clean fun among democrats. The archetect behind the plan is now working for Hillary in her run for Queen in 2016. ...and the mother of the person who died says that the blockage did not cause the death. So much for media fairness.
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Actually AlGore used the same tactic to shut down traffic that supported his opponant in the Democratic primary that got him elected VP. They blocked traffic so that his opponant's supporters could not get to vote. The media at the time thought it was just a bit of good clean fun among democrats. The archetect behind the plan is now working for Hillary in her run for Queen in 2016. ...and the mother of the person who died says that the blockage did not cause the death. So much for media fairness.

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