It seems as if the political “thug” mentality is not just limited to the Obama administration and its supporters, as New Jersey Governor Chris Christies’s deputy chief of staff has been busted suggesting retaliatory lane blockages on the George Washington Bridge against Fort Lee, N.J. Mark Mark Sokolich, who did not endorse Christie during his 2012 re-election campaign.
Newly published emails reportedly suggest New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s office was involved in controversial lane closures in anorth Jerseytown last fall, giving fresh ammunition to Democrats who claim the closures were political retribution against the local mayor.
Though he repeatedly has denied involvement, Christie has faced criticism for months over the bizarre incident in September, when lanes at theGeorge Washington Bridgefrom Fort Lee, N.J., were closed for four days. He faced accusations that the lanes were blocked in retaliation over Mayor Mark Sokolich’s refusal to endorse him for re-election last November.
The New York Timesreported Wednesday that emails indeed show his deputychief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, suggested closures to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey two weeks before the incident.
“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” she wrote to Christie confidant David Wildstein, according to the Times. At the time, Wildstein was on thePort Authority; he has since resigned.
The GeorgeWashington Bridge, which connects New Jersey and New York City, is one of the most heavily traveled commuter routes in the country, handling nearly 300,000 vehicles a day. The closures in September caused massive gridlock, leaving commuters stuck in traffic for hours.