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Chris Christie's officials lied about GWB scandal. Did the governor? (Pres ambitions dying...)
Newark Star Ledger ^ | 1/8/2014

Posted on 01/08/2014 11:37:53 AM PST by dead

Emails released today revealed two political bombshells: Gov. Chris Christie's office had advance knowledge of the traffic nightmare at the George Washington Bridge that crippled Fort Lee in September. And his top officials at the Port Authority did indeed close the lanes as a form of retribution against the town's mayor.

"Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee," Christie's deputy chief of staff wrote to David Wildstein, a top Christie appointee at the Port Authority. Wildstein answered, "Got it."

Which confirms what critics have suspected all along: This was an outrageous misuse of public resources, a reckless endangerment of the public, and apparently a massive lie.

But by whom?

The official line from Christie's lieutenants at the Port Authority has been that this was all part of a secret "traffic study"; that they were simply curious to see what sort of mayhem would ensue if two of Fort Lee's three access lanes to the bridge were cut off, suddenly and unannounced...

Still, Christie bears responsibility either way. If it turns out he did know, he is obviously lying and unfit for office -- let alone a 2016 presidential run.

And even if he did not, his officials are liars. If Christie can't control them, how can we trust him as a potential future leader of our country?...

"Is it wrong that I'm smiling?" an unidentified text message to Wildstein reads, in response to news that buses of children are trapped in traffic on the first day of the school year.

"No," Wildstein wrote back.

(Excerpt) Read more at blog.nj.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: bridgegate; chrischristie; christie; christielies; gwb; gwbridge; newjersey; randsconcerntrolls
If it turns out there's an email with him endorsing or even joking about the lane closures, his presidential ambitions are over and the rest of his governorship will suffer.

Such are the different standards for Republicans. Good. I like having higher standards for my politicians.

As I wrote in the Star Ledger comments page.

First of all, let me say that if Chris Christie had fore knowledge of any plan to screw with commuters for political reasons, I support removing him from office, or at least will celebrate the death of his presidential ambitions.

That said, seeing the Star Ledger EB and staff, plus its leftwing readership screaming for investigation and removal is both funny and pathetic. We’re talking about lane closures here!

Bob Torricelli was a round-the-clock mobster, milking the public treasuries for decades while the Star Ledger pathetically pretended not to notice. Every single reporter and editor at the SL knew that McGreevey appointed his thoroughly unqualified foreign boytoy as Homeland Security head, but they all pretended to be shocked when McGreevey tossed out his “gay American” speech in a successful attempt to derail a federal corruption investigation. Jon Corzine still jets around the globe despite stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from his clients.

And then there’s the sad history of the (twice-endorsed by the SL) Obama Administration. Hundreds of Mexicans killed by Obama-supplied guns to drug cartels. It’s a non-story to the SL. The FBI targeting journalists unfriendly to the Administration. The SL shrugs. The IRS specifically targeting conservative organizations, asking unconstitutional questions about their donor lists and even how they pray, before denying them exempt status on political grounds. Token coverage from the SL, trumpeting the disingenuous smoke screens thrown up by the Administration and its legion of protectors. Four dead in Benghazi, NSA intercepted phone calls, spying on foreign leaders and congress. All of little concern to the Star Ledger and its leftwing hacks.

But somebody in the Christie Administration closed some traffic lanes! Now, finally, the SL is on the case. What, besides party affiliation, has changed.

I say bring it on, get justice for those inconvenienced by the jerks who snarled up Fort Lee one morning. Then, with that out of the way, maybe the SL will find some time to try to figure out why nobody has been held responsible for three hundred dead innocents in Mexico. And we’ll go from there.

1 posted on 01/08/2014 11:37:53 AM PST by dead
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2 posted on 01/08/2014 11:41:06 AM PST by Oliviaforever
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To: dead
Christie;

Just another hack pol not interested in keeping the gov't out of the way for regular peeps to do their own thing.

3 posted on 01/08/2014 11:42:40 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: dead

I am surprised that the media did not sit on this story until AFTER the liberals got the GOP nomination for Christie.


4 posted on 01/08/2014 11:43:20 AM PST by forgotten man
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To: forgotten man
It was too juicy to keep a lid on. Besides, there are alot of bent-nosed union people in NJ who really hate him and want him out of the governship.

Denying him the presidency is not enough for some.

5 posted on 01/08/2014 11:47:02 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: forgotten man

Well, I’m sure the communist entertainment/news media propaganda complex will report just as fervently on the same crap done daily by the regime in the White Hut.

Oh, wait....

Anyway, I’m not a fan of Christie, but because he has the “R” next to his name he’s still going to be played the fool by the two-faced commies in the propaganda business.


6 posted on 01/08/2014 11:51:34 AM PST by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: dead
If it turns out he did know, he is obviously lying and unfit for office

"If you like your health care plan, you can keep it." "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor."

7 posted on 01/08/2014 11:53:23 AM PST by Salvey
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To: dead

Worst headline ever. Like we ever could have guessed that in an article about presidential ambition, “GWB” referred to the George Washington bridge, and not George W Bush.


8 posted on 01/08/2014 11:53:56 AM PST by dangus
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To: dead

Outstanding response. With a few edits, that could apply to every “msm” outlet there is.

Should be cut and pasted and edited, forwarded to the hypocrites everywhere


9 posted on 01/08/2014 11:55:11 AM PST by A_Former_Democrat ("Four dead in Benghazi")
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To: dead

Excellent letter.


10 posted on 01/08/2014 11:55:35 AM PST by dangus
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Like we ever could have guessed that in an article about presidential ambition, “GWB” referred to the George Washington bridge, and not George W Bush.

It's a NJ paper, and around here GWB (the bridge) has been called that since before GWB (the president) was even born.

11 posted on 01/08/2014 11:58:05 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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Sir;
That is an excellent letter. I would agree 110% but that is impossible, so I agree 100%.


12 posted on 01/08/2014 12:00:19 PM PST by Tupelo (I am feeling more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: dead

If it gets rid of that anti-gun lard hog it was worth it!


13 posted on 01/08/2014 12:04:19 PM PST by Beagle8U (Unions are Affirmative Action for Slackers! .)
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To: dead

Were the lanes closed when there were any protests by the tea parties or other right wing groups going on? Something is stirring my memory banks but I can’t remember what it is....


14 posted on 01/08/2014 12:05:44 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: dead

It’s also possible that this was orchestrated to make sure he isn’t a candidate.


15 posted on 01/08/2014 12:16:28 PM PST by sarasota
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To: dead

Bravo, dead. Bravo!


16 posted on 01/08/2014 12:20:08 PM PST by mort56
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Sorry, but I’m a LIer. It’s “the GW.”


17 posted on 01/08/2014 12:22:19 PM PST by dangus
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What Christy did is nothing compared to Obozo making the govt shutdown as painful as possible. Same for the unions who when they get a minor budget cut makes sure it effects the most needed services instead of some dork in a back room playing tetris all day.


18 posted on 01/08/2014 12:48:59 PM PST by Brooklyn Attitude (Things are only going to get worse.)
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"NSA spying on your email..."

Gov Christie in support of NSA spying on Americans:
"...this strain of libertarianism that’s going through both parties right now and making big headlines, I think, is a very dangerous thought,"

So, it now BITES HIM IN THE ASS!

19 posted on 01/08/2014 1:11:07 PM PST by LibFreeUSA
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To: dead

Big deal. Democrats do this crap too. Nobody ever goes after them for it.


20 posted on 01/08/2014 1:55:18 PM PST by virgil
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Statement this afternoon from Christie:

Gov. Chris Christie has released a statement strongly rebuking Bridget Anne Kelly, one of his deputy chiefs of staffs, for her role in the controversial closure of lanes to the George Washington Bridge:

“What I've seen today for the first time is unacceptable. I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn that not only was I misled by a member of my staff, but this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made without my knowledge. One thing is clear: this type of behavior is unacceptable and I will not tolerate it because the people of New Jersey deserve better. This behavior is not representative of me or my Administration in any way, and people will be held responsible for their actions.”

So, maybe he's telling the truth and fires those who lied to him. If they take it, and don't claim he knew all along, he'll be OK as governor. I'm guessing he didn't know, since it was an idiotic petty move and he's too calculating to make such a stupid mistake.

Either way, this put a nice dent in the his presidential plans.

21 posted on 01/08/2014 2:04:34 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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‘Worst headline ever.....“GWB” referred to the George Washington bridge, and not George W Bush.’

“GWB” caused me to look twice. Anyone know if this newspaper leans liberal? I’ve become so cynical that I believe something like this is done purposefully. Attach “GWB” to the word ‘scandal’.


22 posted on 01/08/2014 2:07:45 PM PST by 4integrity
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This paper doesn't "lean" liberal. It "falls over and starts burying itself in the ground" liberal. It is a 100% leftist rag.

That said, "GWB" means George Washington Bridge in Northern New Jersey, where this newspaper is based. And this story has been in the news around here for a few days. Nobody in NJ would ever read anything but George Washington Bridge in "GWB Scandal".

23 posted on 01/08/2014 2:31:06 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dangus

I also thought that the “GWB” in the headline referred to the former president.


24 posted on 01/08/2014 3:30:28 PM PST by Bigg Red (Let the lying lips be dumb, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.--Ps3)
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To: dead

Thanks for the info. I hadn’t heard about this until yesterday. As I mentioned, these days, my cynicism is running rampant. I’m close to wearing a tin foil hat. :-(


25 posted on 01/08/2014 6:20:55 PM PST by 4integrity
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To: forgotten man

My thoughts as well. Has the MSM found someone even worse?


26 posted on 01/09/2014 8:05:54 AM PST by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: dead

Please please please tell me this got printed for millions of leftists to see.


27 posted on 01/09/2014 8:07:35 AM PST by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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I doubt that. The MSM - an adjunct of the Democrat Party - has been pushing Christie as the frontrunner since the day after the 2012 election:

Election 2016: Chris Cillizza’s 13 front-runners

28 posted on 01/09/2014 8:09:43 AM PST by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: dead

Whether he knew it or not, he’s surrounded himself by evil people who are happy to plot dangerous infrastructure sabotage for personal, vindictive reasons.

He’d probably drag the same vile staffers to his WH run if this hadn’t broke. So thanks, evil staffers, you saved the TEA party a whole bunch of trouble.


29 posted on 01/09/2014 8:19:12 AM PST by txhurl
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Watch live: Gov. Chris Christie holds news conference on GWB bridge scandal

He's handling the press pretty well. But winning the nomination for him just went from a struggle to near impossible.

I doubt he'll even run now. Just stay on as governor for a while.

30 posted on 01/09/2014 8:26:35 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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Great job dead!


31 posted on 01/09/2014 10:03:17 AM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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