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Christie Faces Scandal on Traffic Jam Aides Ordered
NY Times ^

Posted on 01/09/2014 2:59:30 AM PST by bryan999

The mystery of who closed two lanes onto the George Washington Bridge — turning the borough of Fort Lee, N.J., into a parking lot for four days in September — exploded into a full-bore political scandal for Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday. Emails and texts revealed that a top aide had ordered the closings to punish the town’s mayor after he did not endorse the governor for re-election.

“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” Bridget Anne Kelly, a deputy chief of staff to Mr. Christie, emailed David Wildstein, a high school friend of the governor who worked at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the bridge.

Later text messages mocked concerns that school buses filled with students were stuck in gridlock: “They are the children of Buono voters,” Mr. Wildstein wrote, referring to Mr. Christie’s opponent Barbara Buono.

The emails are striking in their political maneuvering, showing Christie aides gleeful about some of the chaos that resulted. Emergency vehicles were delayed in responding to three people with heart problems and a missing toddler, and commuters were left fuming. One of the governor’s associates refers to the mayor of Fort Lee as “this little Serbian,” and Ms. Kelly exchanges messages about the plan while she is in line to pay her respects at a wake.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: bridgegate; chrischristie; christie
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1 posted on 01/09/2014 2:59:30 AM PST by bryan999
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To: bryan999

Well, I guess Christie needs to switch to Democrat and all will be forgotten?


2 posted on 01/09/2014 3:06:54 AM PST by SMGFan (Sarah Michelle Gellar is now on twitter @RealSMG)
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To: bryan999
IIRC, in the run-up to the 2006 elections, the media found a lot of Republican "scandals" involving people who were not (necessarily) running for office. But it created a period of a year or so in which the entire country could think "those Republicans are stupid/corrupt/mean/incompetent". When the 2006 elections actually came, the ground was set for big Democrat victories in many locations.

2014 ought to be shaping up as a bad year for Democrats. So, obviously, it's time to start rolling out a long list of bad news events for various Republicans. Set the stage. Try to recover 2014 for the Democrats. The media is on the case.

3 posted on 01/09/2014 3:10:08 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: SMGFan

Poll: Do you think Gov. Christie ordered political retaliation against the Fort Lee mayor?

http://www.nj.com/hudson/voices/index.ssf/2014/01/poll_do_you_believe_gov_christ.html#incart_river

I think he did. Why would someone support Buono?


4 posted on 01/09/2014 3:10:57 AM PST by SMGFan (Sarah Michelle Gellar is now on twitter @RealSMG)
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To: bryan999

if you think Christie was unaware then you probably buy obammy’s bull crap too


5 posted on 01/09/2014 3:12:23 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: SMGFan

Yeah, a little late for that...!

It’s amazing though reading the rejoicing liberal comments in the NY Slimes article. They really have no clue that Christie is not a conservative whatsoever and that this nasty behavior is SOP for their corrupt side. Stupid liberals only know how to play checkers when they really need to learn chess. And they see only labels.

I don’t think they realize that this scandal will probably trash Krispy Kreme’s aspirations for 2016, which will in turn allow the RNC a real chance to run an actual conservative.


6 posted on 01/09/2014 3:17:11 AM PST by bryan999
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To: bryan999

This smells of Arkancide. Just sayin’.


7 posted on 01/09/2014 3:17:19 AM PST by duckman (I'm part of the group pulling the wagon!)
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To: SMGFan
Yes 77.78% (35 votes)

No 22.22% (10 votes)

Total Votes: 45

8 posted on 01/09/2014 3:20:06 AM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: duckman

Bingo. This is Hilliary’s minons and the media already hard at work destroying those they view as potential contenders against Hilliary. I bet they have a list 10-15 people deep that their polling and inside info tell them are the ones who would run against Hilliary and Christie is just the first. That is also the reason that although Christie is Democrat lite, he must be put down because he qualifies as a threat from the left no less.


9 posted on 01/09/2014 3:24:13 AM PST by Duke of Milan
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To: bryan999

“The comments section is closed.”

Freaking NY Slimes has gone and closed their comment section on the article. Drudge links, comments closed. That seems to be the trend these days.

Buncha liberal weenie cowards! They should re-open that comments sections so they can be schooled on what a RINO is...


10 posted on 01/09/2014 3:26:48 AM PST by bryan999
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To: bryan999

Hey Christie,just tell them can’t comment,there is an ongoing investigation,or just keep saying I don’t know anything about it,deny it,and if all else fails,blame it on a video,or take the fifth


11 posted on 01/09/2014 3:31:06 AM PST by ballplayer
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To: bryan999

If this scandal removes Christie from the choice of the uninformed Republican primary voters, then they will surely turn to Jebbie waiting in the wings.


12 posted on 01/09/2014 3:37:48 AM PST by Theodore R. (People in TX in 2014 cheer: Cornball and George P.!)
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To: bryan999

Hey maybe this is a stupid question but how the heck did the press get their paws on a pile of personal emails and text messages?? Anyone know?

I haven’t found any reference to that in any of the articles I’ve been reading...


13 posted on 01/09/2014 3:39:54 AM PST by bryan999
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To: bryan999

IMO, there is no way Christie did not know about this! He was involved from the get-go. Absolutely!
He needs to resign immediately. He is finished and deservedly so!
I dislike him and his bullying ways.


14 posted on 01/09/2014 3:43:18 AM PST by rawhide
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To: bryan999

Well whaddaya know? No one is madder about this than Chris Christie! He just found out about it and is furious! (That sounds awfully familiar.)

As contemptible as this whole situation is, I would much rather spend an hour stuck in traffic on the George Washington Bridge than be audited by the IRS. If we’re going to start blaming chief executives for the crimes of those working under them then we must take another look at what the IRS has been up to lately and who is ultimately responsible for that.


15 posted on 01/09/2014 3:49:03 AM PST by Junk Silver
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To: bryan999
“how the heck did the press get their paws on a pile of personal emails and text messages?? Anyone know?”

From the article:

“The documents were obtained by The New York Times and other news outlets Wednesday. They are heavily redacted by Mr. Wildstein, who turned them over under a subpoena from Democratic legislators investigating the lane closing”

16 posted on 01/09/2014 3:49:16 AM PST by detective
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To: bryan999

This fat dim-o-drone has a vast history of revenge and anger at those that oppose him. He is a pos progressive and his love affair with obama and his helping to throw the election in 2012 are proof that it was payback for being passed over at the convention... which BTW was the worst republican convention in my lifetime. Clint was the only thing that allowed me to watch it.


17 posted on 01/09/2014 3:49:22 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

In this case... this so called republican deserves the spotlight.


18 posted on 01/09/2014 3:50:08 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: ballplayer

BLAME BUSH!


19 posted on 01/09/2014 3:51:52 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: Theodore R.

He has his own problems.


20 posted on 01/09/2014 3:52:27 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: bryan999

Not defending Christie, but where was the press when Obama paid workers to close a lane near Mount Rushmore and generally cause as much pain as possible during the partial shutdown?


21 posted on 01/09/2014 3:59:12 AM PST by BinaryBoy (Socialism is slavery.)
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To: bryan999

Hillary’s army - vicious, petty, stupid, cruel and vindictive.

And also treacherous - hey Christie, you know she set you up, right?


22 posted on 01/09/2014 3:59:53 AM PST by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Junk Silver
As contemptible as this whole situation is, I would much rather spend an hour stuck in traffic on the George Washington Bridge than be audited by the IRS.

Or shot with a "Fast and Furious" gun. (Didn't Obama promote the people responsible for that disaster?) Christie isn't in the same league as Obama when it comes to corruption and viciousness.

Christie's aides should have just shut down the WW2 memorial, put traffic cones around scenic outlooks, or closed the National Cancer Institute....

23 posted on 01/09/2014 4:01:53 AM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Talisker

“Hillary’s army - vicious, petty, stupid, cruel and vindictive.”

Yet Hillary’s army was useless against Obama. He out-Clintoned” and defeated Hillary in the primaries.


24 posted on 01/09/2014 4:04:16 AM PST by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on behalf of animals would do so on behalf of the unborn.)
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To: detective

Yeah, right.. but HOW? It would be good to have some more info...

Democrat “legislators” (who?) issued a court order to search these two individuals’ private emails...?


25 posted on 01/09/2014 4:07:05 AM PST by bryan999
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To: Talisker
And also treacherous - hey Christie, you know she set you up, right?

If it was Hillary's minions, my hat's off to her for once.

Now all we need is a candidate with the charisma of Reagan who's even more Machiavellian than Hillary. Any ideas?

26 posted on 01/09/2014 4:07:31 AM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: LottieDah

“Yet Hillary’s army was useless against Obama. He out-Clintoned” and defeated Hillary in the primaries.”

She beat him handily in the primaries (where votes are counted); he won in caucuses (where “enthusiasm” counts). The strangest thing is how many of her supporters ended up voting for him anyway after that fiasco.


27 posted on 01/09/2014 4:07:42 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: ballplayer

Or say, what difference does it make - now?


28 posted on 01/09/2014 4:08:26 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: bryan999

This is a non-story, to keep insinuations of a misbehaving Republican in the news as a smokescreen for the unfolding disaster that is now this country. It will never touch Christie, who had no need for such petty BS.


29 posted on 01/09/2014 4:09:34 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: bryan999

Spoiled 5 year olds fighting and now they have a cost one person her life.


30 posted on 01/09/2014 4:51:37 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: bryan999

Hey Gov, Tell them there was a video out there besmirching folks who cross the GW Bridge and besides, what difference does it make?
Freegards
LEX


31 posted on 01/09/2014 4:52:45 AM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: bryan999

Christie isn’t very conservative and I hope he does not win the GOP nomination. I am sure most on this forum prefer Cruz, Paul, Walker, etc....as do I. That being said, he is the best governor my state has ever had and is not capable of doing something so stupid and petty. I know him and he would not do something like this. First, he is too smart. Second, he was cruising to re- election and wouldn’t pull a Watergate type blunder. Lastly, creating havoc on purpose just isn’t in him.


32 posted on 01/09/2014 4:54:32 AM PST by MattinNJ (It's over Johnny. The America you knew is gone. Denial serves no purpose.)
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To: bryan999

I don’t like Christie but I’d rather be stuck in a traffic jam than have a dagger shoved up my butt and kill me because my own leadership didn’t care about my safety in a dangerous, foreign country.


33 posted on 01/09/2014 5:01:22 AM PST by mikey_hates_everything
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To: bryan999

To me the greater damage is done to the Republican brand by the fact the heartless emails (”They’re Buona children”) were flying back and forth between Republicans. Karl Rove and all his cronies should be screaming about how that doesn’t represent the Republican party.

But then again,,perhaps it does now. It shouldn’t...but those emails will be used to paint every conservative as a republican and every republican as cold, calculating and heartless. Whether or not it touches Christie now, it WILL if he does not fire the people involved.

The stupid cruelty and arrogance of those punks shutting down traffic for purposes of retaliation should be completely rejected by the party elite. I am not holding my breath on it.


34 posted on 01/09/2014 5:05:05 AM PST by austinaero
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To: ClearCase_guy

agreed- complain all you want about Christie but this is the criminal liberal media at its best:

4 Americans die in Libya due to obama’s incompetence? nothing to see here....

obama uses a Federal agency (IRS) to purposely target Americans for political purposes??? nothing to see here...

Christie causes traffic jams??? the horror- the horror!!!


35 posted on 01/09/2014 5:05:45 AM PST by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: austinaero

I have been carefully watching the series The Wire that is set in Baltimore. Similar petty actions are a theme.

It is not Republican, it is Yankee behavior. It is tit for tat corruption having nothing to do with party. It is North East Europa misbehavior.

One can only wonder if Tony Soprano supports Christe


36 posted on 01/09/2014 5:12:15 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: freekitty

Criminal charges to follow?


37 posted on 01/09/2014 5:27:00 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: God luvs America

Bingo - spot on.

The use of the federal Govt to cause a “traffic jam” for TEA Party/Conservative groups for political purposes is somehow different and certainly wasn’t the lead story on the NBC national news as this mamby-pamby story was last night.


38 posted on 01/09/2014 5:32:42 AM PST by USNA74
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To: bryan999

Normally I’d be screaming about the double standard (bridge lane closed vs Benghazi, IRS, Obamacare, Fast & Furious etc). But I am loving this. The Obama-hugging RINO is done.


39 posted on 01/09/2014 6:16:01 AM PST by nhwingut (This tagline is for lease)
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To: bert

“It is not Republican, it is Yankee behavior.”

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Baltimore isn’t the Northeast and the N.E. cities and states’ behavior is hardly worse than Chicago,Detroit,L.A. and New Orleans.

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40 posted on 01/09/2014 6:36:29 AM PST by Mears
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Hundreds if not a few thousand politically connected people in the NJ region knew McGreevey has a fag who cruised Manhattan for partyboys, yet no one in politics, the media, his social and professional circles, said anything for at least a decade after he first ran for office above that of mayor of his hometown.

As for this current mental problem displayed by the fatarse, Almost immediately, hundreds of politically connected people in the GOP and MTA knew that Gov Fatarse personally ordered this vindictive act. That’s why the NYC newspapers spent so many lines of ink with hard rumors about this. They had hard proof within 4 days of the second closing.

Christie just f’ed with the wrong people, the several hundred thousand people who commute from NJ to NYC each day who are in the top 3% income brackets, are the most powerful financial block in the country. Christie used their lives, measured in minutes times hundreds of thousands of lives, millions and millions of man hours of the wealthiest and most powerful men and women in the country, as collateral damage in a petty sociopathic act of sabotage against New Jersey’s breadwinners.

The governor is truly f’ed.


41 posted on 01/09/2014 6:37:32 AM PST by JerseyHighlander
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So we are supposed to replace a Chicago democrat thug with a New Jersey rino thug ....NOT.....seems as though fat a$$ has a thing about punishing his enemies.....now who have I heard of doing that....hummmm!


42 posted on 01/09/2014 6:47:27 AM PST by ontap
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To: nhwingut

I still say if this pushes Christie out of the nomination, his backers will be pushing for Jebbie once more. And Land Commissioner George P. can be the campaign manager.


43 posted on 01/09/2014 6:59:45 AM PST by Theodore R. (People in TX in 2014 cheer: Cornball and George P.!)
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To: nhwingut

Wish I could agree that he was “done” - but this will only be the first charge. No hard evidence will get all the way back to him, anyone stupid enough to have documented any vindictive action that eventually took place will be fired (and ultimately rewarded with a nice job by a private sector friend of Christie), and he will claim he’s cleaned house, how much he won’t tolerate ... blah blah blah.

As much as the media focused on this while ignoring “Benghazi, IRS...” they will have to come up with more, show a pattern of actions by his minions that can support the charge of corruption at the top. Too bad they don’t apply that standard to Zero, but then there’s just too many actions to keep up on that front.


44 posted on 01/09/2014 7:07:12 AM PST by LibertyOh
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To: bryan999

What in the hell were these guys doing sending emails for pete’s sake. You just know someone’s going to get their hands on them. A phone call or better yet a personal conversation would have been the way to do it.

NEVER put that kind of stuff in writing.


45 posted on 01/09/2014 7:25:15 AM PST by technically right
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To: bryan999

IMO, Bridget Anne Kelly needs to be indicted & put into prison.


46 posted on 01/09/2014 7:29:57 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: bryan999

Christie is a tad bent.


47 posted on 01/09/2014 8:24:18 AM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: LibLieSlayer
BLAME BUSH!

Indeed. It was GWB's fault.

48 posted on 01/09/2014 10:11:36 AM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: Ken H

Always is!


49 posted on 01/09/2014 1:10:31 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: bryan999

NSA? or Edward Snowden?


50 posted on 01/09/2014 1:16:07 PM PST by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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