(CNN) – Fort Lee, New Jersey, Mayor Mark Sokolich on Wednesday questioned Gov. Chris Christie's involvement in the New Jersey bridge scandal, calling the closing of access lanes connecting his town to the George Washington Bridge a "venomous form of political retaliation."
After emails emerged tying a top Christie aide to the lane closures, Christie said in a statement that, "what I've seen today is unacceptable," and that he knew nothing about what had transpired. But Sokolich told CNN in an interview on "The Situation Room" that the emails revealed Wednesday suggesting political motives behind the closures has led him to believe the Christie is more clued in to the controversy than he's admitting.
"As this story continues and as things begin to unravel, with emails, the actions of counterparts, resignations, engagement of defense counsel, that position becomes more and more difficult to understand, more and more difficult to comprehend, and quite frankly more and more difficult to believe," the mayor told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
"I'm actually rooting that the highest elected official in the state of New Jersey isn't involved in this but I will tell you, I'm beginning to question my judgment,” he added.
Christie, considered a likely candidate for president in 2016, initially said the closures were a part of a mishandled traffic study and denied the action was a form of payback against the Democratic mayor, whose town holds the traffic lanes feeding into the nation's busiest bridge, which crosses the Hudson River.
Emails between Christie’s top aides obtained by CNN and other news outlets indicate officials in Christie’s administration intentionally closed access lanes in Fort Lee on the first day of school last year. If the emails prove to be accurate, they would bolster Democrats' suspicions that the closures were politically driven and an act of retribution against Sokolich for his failure to endorse Christie's reelection.
"This is absolutely the lowest level of political venom that you could possibly even make up. It's a surreal experience," Sokolich said, adding that there should be a federal investigation into the issue over the closure's effect on interstate commerce.
The emails, the mayor said, prompted him to get involved in the fight, saying his biggest concern is more political retribution when the media stops covering this issue. He also predicted resignations as a result of the emails.
"Now not to speak is an abdication of my responsibility to the folks who put me in office. I'm actually ashamed."
"It's not even remotely acceptable to do what you did. It is the lowest, more venomous form of political retaliation and this in a time when New Jersey needs this like we need a hole in the head," he said.
Sokolich said Christie has yet to reach out to him to apologize, though he insists Christie's efforts should go towards the people of Fort Lee who were affected by the closures.
“Don’t call me, but call the families who were waiting three, four times longer for emergency services when their loved ones were having heart palpitations or when their loved ones had extreme chest pains and were waiting or our ambulance corps to arrive," he said.
"Do me a favor, call and apologize to thousands of families whose kids were late for the first day of school and the three or four days that ensued thereafter. Call our police department. Call our administrators in the school system that had to deal with this. Call the folks that h ad to deal with traffic Armageddon that week. Don’t call me.”
The mayor said that if Christie didn't know of his aides actions then he questions the governor's judgment to put these "reckless" people in his administration. And while he couldn't assess the potential damage this would have on Christie's possible presidential aspirations but "it certainly can't be good."