New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential aspirations may be in jeopardy as emails from his deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, suggested they wanted a George Washington Bridge gridlock. It should be noted that the drama seems to have emanated from his inner circle. His pal David Wildstein has already been fired and Bob Baroni, who was his top pick at the Port Authority has resigned. In other words, where there’s smoke, there’s a fire.
Bergen Record: “A cache of private messages between Governor’s Christie’s deputy chief of staff and his two top executives at the Port Authority reveal a vindictive effort to create ‘traffic problems in Fort Lee,’ apparent pleasure at the resulting gridlock, and insults used to refer to the borough’s mayor, who had failed to endorse Christie for re-election.”
“The documents obtained by The Record also raise serious doubts about months of claims by the Christie administration that the September closures of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge were part of a traffic study initiated solely by the Port Authority. Instead, they show that one of the governor’s top aides was deeply involved in the decision to choke off the borough’s access to the bridge, and they provide the strongest indication yet that it was part of a politically-motivated vendetta–a notion that Christie has publicly denied.”
Gov. Christie’s political appointees at the Port Authority should be scrutinized for their actions and he should be held accountable for undermining the public safety of the residents of Fort Lee. He also needs to apologize for his role in this mess. If we can’t trust Gov. Chris Christie with something on the local level, how in God’s name can he be trusted running the country? If he’s oblivious to what happened, then it’s time to clean house.