Texts, e-mails suggest political vendetta in NJ bridge controversy
January 8th, 2014
12:43 PM ET
9 months ago

Texts, e-mails suggest political vendetta in NJ bridge controversy

(CNN) - E-mails emerged on Wednesday purportedly from top aides to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie that bolster the case that access lane closures to the George Washington Bridge were borne from a political vendetta against opponents of the governor, and were not the result of an incompetent traffic study as his administration claimed.

"Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee," Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie's deputy chief of staff for legislative and intergovernmental affairs, e-mailed David Wildstein, then the highest-level political appointee representing the state at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

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  1. Gurgyl

    This dude will never win even primary. He is a silly guy.

    January 8, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    "They are the children of Buono voters."
    -------------------------------------–
    That quote right there makes it sound like political retribution. These guys are busted red handed. I'm sure this came from the very top.

    January 8, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Hehe...just a reminder to the rest of the GOP/Teatroll 2016 hopefuls: See your doctor if it lasts more than 4 hours.

    January 8, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    ""It will be a tough November for this little Serbian," an apparent reference to Mayor Sokolich."

    Who is not Serbian, but Croatian.

    January 8, 2014 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. Pam from Iowa

    typical GOP antics!!!

    January 8, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Blinded by the republican lie

    Guess we know what he is bringing with him when he attempts to run for Prez...Anybody that doesn't check as to why Mittsy looked him over and now this needs to get their heat examined..

    January 8, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Sheila

    He's the only one that I would vote for, if he runs in 2016....He means what he says, and says what he means...he's also a trooper, and probably is the most bi-partisan candidate there is, or will be

    January 8, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. Marty, FL

    Not presidential material for Christie administration.
    And sadly for good people of NJ affected by his bullying nonsense, not governor material either ...

    Needs to resign.

    January 8, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    ""They are the children of Buono voters."
    -------------–
    That quote right there makes it sound like political retribution. These guys are busted red handed. I'm sure this came from the very top."

    The level of callousness that statement evidences is pretty insane. Wildstein's going to plead the 5th and then face prosecution.

    Anyone have any idea what the recall procedures are for NJ governors?

    BTW, just want to give a shout out to all you NJ "Christie Democrats/Liberals"...you derped real good last November.

    January 8, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. wendel

    jersey politics at its best come on repos get real. The fat boy doesn't stand a chance even with the bypass.

    January 8, 2014 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "probably is the most bi-partisan candidate there is"

    Nothing says "bipartisan" like "they are the children of Buono voters."

    January 8, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    From the article:

    "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee," Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie's deputy chief of staff for legislative and intergovernmental affairs"

    and

    "Someone needs to tell me that the recent traffic debacle was not punitive in nature. The last four reporters that contacted me suggest that the people they are speaking with absolutely believe it to be punishment. Try as I may to dispel these rumors I am having a tough time."

    Oops.

    January 8, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. jinx9to88

    Where is Issa? O thats right he is to busy planning more witch hunts on the Obama Admin. GOP hypocrites!!

    January 8, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. rs

    Whoops! Well, I think tat Christie should be nominated for the liar of the year.

    January 8, 2014 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Nothing says "bipartisan" like "they are the children of Buono voters."

    Ha. You beat me to it.

    [ Co-sign ]

    January 8, 2014 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Don't worry, folks. This show ain't over until the fat lady sings. There's more dirt to follow. No one ever investigated why is it that when Christie left the District Attorney's office to become Governor that there we dozens and dozens of unprosecuted cases against elected officials, most of who were Republicans. It's almost like he had a "binder full of slander" against his political opponents. Within a few months of Christie leaving, the new D.A. had charged more than 60 politicians with all sorts of crimes, usually bribery of one form or another.

    January 8, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. Smitty

    Way to go Big fella, do what the Obammy admin does, lie, cheat and steal. Does anyone real expect any of these political baffoons to tell the truth ????

    January 8, 2014 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. Tom

    This is one of the problems of being considered a frontrunner for a Presidential campaign that's still two years away. Christie (and Hillary Clinton) are going to be constant targets for political sniping. I think the key question in this case is whether this particular issue will last all the way to the Presidential primaries and general election? Unless there is a lot more to the story yet to come, I doubt it. That said, there is a side of Christie that seems arrogant and mean and this sort of story adds credence to that line of attack.

    January 8, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. Stephen

    Genesis 2:24 "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." This one verse makes it literally IMPOSSIBLE for "gays" to have a valid "marriage" in any state, regardless of what the courts say.

    January 8, 2014 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee"

    "Got it"

    If that's all that needed to be said, sounds like they already had a plan in place, just waiting for the right time
    to unleash it.

    January 8, 2014 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. Romney is STILL NOT My Hero

    Another shining example of leadership from Christie Creme. Where is the outrage over this from the tea chuggers? Kiss 2016 goodbye!

    January 8, 2014 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Omg!
    I'm so not shocked.
    We keep telling you tht he couldn't get past the vetting for vp, but some of you gop desperadoes keep seeing him in the WH.
    Okay. Whatever.
    ROFLMAO.

    January 8, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda/Minnesota

    "Nothing says "bipartisan" like "they are the children of Buono voters."

    Ha. You beat me to it.

    [ Co-sign ]
    -------------------------------------------------
    Co-signed and witnessed.

    January 8, 2014 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. Lisa P.

    If the new train tunnel under the Hudson had been built maybe there wouldn't have been such a traffic problem in Fort Lee. Oops! Governor Traffic Jam strikes again!

    January 8, 2014 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote out the Repub/tea bag majority

    Can you imagine this pettiness playing out on the national or international stage?

    Me, neither. Uh-buh-bye, Christie.

    January 8, 2014 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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