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Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee," Christie a... Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee," Christie aide Bridget Anne Kelly wrote to David Wildstein, a top political appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the George Washington Bridge connecting New Jersey and New York City. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Evidence that lane closures on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge this past September were politically motivated landed today in the form of communications between New Jersey Governor Chris Christies's office and officials loyal to him at The Port Authority.

According to the The New York Times, emails and text messages surfaced suggesting political retaliation was behind the closing of three lanes on the busy bridge. The lane closures caused four days of gridlock in the town of Fort Lee whose mayor, Mark Sokolich, had recently refused to endorse Christie's bid for another term.

The lane closures snarled traffic and caused dangerous gridlock throughout the city. School children were late for their first day of school. NorthJersey.com reported the traffic jam delayed emergency vehicles and police responding to calls. The mess ended after Pat Foye, the Port Authority's executive director, lifted the lane closures. He called the actions taken by The Port Authority abusive and potentially illegal.

Christie's office claimed the lane closures were for a traffic study, according to The New York Daily News. Emails between Christie's chief of staff Bridget Ann Kelly and Christie's appointee to the Port Authority and old friend David Wildstein, however, told a different story.

"Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" Kelly wrote in an email to Wildstein on August 13. The Port Authority's chairman, also picked by Christie, described in later emails his efforts to retaliate against officials who sought to ease the gridlock. Wildstein and another Port Authority director have resigned due to the scandal.



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      • 1 Year Ago
      As far as these people are concerned, the end justifies the means. AND: Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts ABSOLUTELY. Lessons for all politicians need to be learned from this.
      roxyfelix2
      • 1 Year Ago
      Everyone is so corrupt nowadays it's hard to tell the good guys from the bad. I am sure there will be a lot of finger pointing. The fact remains that several people needed medical care that day and did not receive it in a timely manner. That is unacceptable, to say the least. Criminal charges should be brought against those responsible however I think this fiasco will drag on entirely too long.
      Drew
      • 1 Year Ago
      Christie is screwed no matter how you look at it......either he was complicit in the conspiracy, or he will be seen as a poor leader who can't control his top aides...
      • 1 Year Ago
      Obama must have his hand in this mess. There are lane closures all over the world and not one gets hurt.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The New Jersey state officials who are responsible for this should be immediately fired. They should be financially responsible for every penny these delays cost. Every person delayed by this closure should file a small claims suit againt every one of them. Were there any accidents caused by this? Did any one die because an ambulance could not get through? I hope they realize their lives are never going to be the same again. They may as well file bankruptcy now before all the lawsuits hit them. I hope they never work in government again. How many Republicans did these officials harm?
        • 1 Year Ago
        Apparently one 90 year old woman who collapsed during this time later died. No info regarding whether or not it was due to medics not being able to arrive in time. Seems to me that the sooner one can get assistance when needed the better off you would be.
      stevieb4444
      • 1 Year Ago
      i cannot believe that there has been this much coverage of the GW bridge fiasco. Where are the answers to....1) why the obamacare website was so screwed up and why did the president not know....or perhaps he did. 2) where is the IRS probe...has anyone heard anything about that....? did the president know...?" 3) where is the follow up on our genius gun running policy to mexico...? did the president not know anything about this...? 4) and i hope we have not heard the last of the benghazi story. did the president know about that...? i think 4 american lives from benghazi should have a lot more precedent than a traffic jam. but i could be wrong....
      • 1 Year Ago
      no way c christy did this he orders take out every hour do you think they want his food to be late l think not
      H.Fleasklausner
      • 1 Year Ago
      Christie is vindictive, he is a treue pit bull. Ask what he did to the PBA because they didn't support him.