January 10th, 2014
09:23 AM ET
8 months ago

Legal woes lurk for Christie over bridge traffic jam scandal

(CNN) - This may turn into much more than just a political scandal.

It may have seemed like a teenage prank at the time, but the blockage of bridge traffic as a possible act of partisan political revenge has put New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the middle of a serious legal stew.

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  1. Gurgyl

    Is this guy running for president from GOP garbage pile....

    January 10, 2014 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    Let this be a "lessons learned" moment for the voters of New Jersey. They were deceived by a straight talking macho man who turned out to be nothing more than a common schoolyard bully.

    January 10, 2014 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. A Kickin' Donkey

    I'll be so glad when reporters/ journalists realize that . . . "Responsibility" comes with Consequences. Don't laud him about taking responsibility without asking him what consequences he accepts or anticipates as a part of "taking responsibility",

    Christie is a bully; always has been, always will be. In 2010, he claimed he was lied to by his education chief; putting on a convincing show, UNTIL the so-called liar released a paper trial that showed, he had told Christie EVERYTHING.

    There were additional costs to the citizens of NJ and Fort Lee because of this bridge vendetta. Christie should pay for that.
    Ambulances were delayed putting peoples lives at risk and an old woman died who might not have. Christie contributed marginally to added health risk for Fort Lee residents even if the old woman would have died anyway. That is not acceptable and Christie should pay. Interstate commerce between NY & NJ was adversely impacted by the bridge vendetta; Christie should pay for that. All of these are regardless of whether he in the dark until January 9th.

    As a former prosecutor though, I'll willing to bet that this incident which surfaced in December was researched and revealed to the Sopranos-style manager, Chris Christie, well before January 9th.

    January 10, 2014 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  4. jpmichigan

    It is just amazing how the left media pounces on any Republican who openly admits to making a mistake but handled it professionally by firing those individuals who caused the problem. When the Liberal Democrats make errors in judgment, they sent donors into to correct (LOL) the problem. ( IRS scandal).

    January 10, 2014 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. The Elephant in The Room

    Kudos to the Rachel Maddow Show for surfacing this story early on. I am continually impressed by her, her research staff, and the quality of the journalistic HOMEWORK that they do.

    January 10, 2014 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. Really?

    Still waiting for the full explanation on using the IRS to bully Americans for election purposes or coverup on Benghazi from Obama. What an interesting comparison. At least Christie is showing accountability and leadership. Nice distraction from the failure of Obamacare, the Gates book and miserable jobs report as well. follow the jingling keys little sheep.

    January 10, 2014 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. TONE

    @jpmichigan
    It is just amazing how the left media pounces on any Republican who openly admits to making a mistake but handled it professionally by firing those individuals who caused the problem. When the Liberal Democrats make errors in judgment, they sent donors into to correct (LOL) the problem. ( IRS scandal).

    What left leaning media are you talking about we have none, it's all right wing media stinking up the airwaves with their lying,and bigoted comments.

    January 10, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. TONE

    @Really?
    Still waiting for the full explanation on using the IRS to bully Americans for election purposes or coverup on Benghazi from Obama. What an interesting comparison. At least Christie is showing accountability and leadership. Nice distraction from the failure of Obamacare, the Gates book and miserable jobs report as well. follow the jingling keys little sheep

    REALLY?

    January 10, 2014 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Really?

    Well, kudos to you for NOT being distracted in your continual and dare I say nonstop toe the line Republican talking point rhetoric. I'm impressed you've kept going this long. A true GOPer ... through and through.

    January 10, 2014 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    -Really?

    Still waiting for the full explanation on using the IRS to bully Americans for election purposes or coverup on Benghazi from Obama. What an interesting comparison. At least Christie is showing accountability and leadership. Nice distraction from the failure of Obamacare, the Gates book and miserable jobs report as well. follow the jingling keys little sheep.
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    Accountability and leadership? Really? He had a staff that was out of control and that he let get out of control, and it took a subpoena to bring this to light. At least the Democrats in the NJ Legislature got results, which is more than Issa and his Inquisition has done. Christie has no management capabilites beyond hectoring teachers and producing one of the worst job creation rates in the country. Maybe he is the best the GOP has, since the other members of the clown care boast similar credentials, if not worse..

    January 10, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    And ya'll thought this story was gonna get brushed under the rug, huh? The criminal investigation is coming. Just watch!

    January 10, 2014 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. Malory Archer

    Really?

    Still waiting for the full explanation on using the IRS to bully Americans for election purposes or coverup on Benghazi from Obama. What an interesting comparison. At least Christie is showing accountability and leadership. Nice distraction from the failure of Obamacare, the Gates book and miserable jobs report as well. follow the jingling keys little sheep.

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    Kudos on your impressive recitation of the standard rightwing talking points. The IRS/Benghazi so-called "scandals" dreamed up by the rightwing have been investigated throughly by issa and his rightwing congressional witch hunt committee, and after months and months of looking under rocks and creating their own narratives, they were unable to come up with even a whiff of impropriety on the part of President Obama or his staff. The ACA is sailing right along, and the gates book paints the rightwing congress in an incredibly unfavorable light, but thanks for playing!

    January 10, 2014 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. ST

    Christie has already destroyed his political career. The bridge to somewhere is going to take him to nowhere. He didn't handle the whole issue as one could had expected from the man who touted himself: "Washington has to look at New Jersey as a good example of what we do". Should anyone look at closing down bridge lanes for nothing? Is that good example of what people in New Jersey do? It also has taken him so long as if he didn't care what happened, coming up yesterday and said am sorry and I take full responsibility after making a joke about it doesn't make any sense at all. To me Christie is a pretender and he is not what other people think he is.

    January 10, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    jpmichigan wrote:

    It is just amazing how the left media pounces on any Republican who openly admits to making a mistake but handled it professionally by firing those individuals who caused the problem.
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    I missed the part where Christie "openly admitting to making a mistake." He apologized for incoveniences, but made no admission of having made a mistake. It stretches credibility that someone in his innermost circle, a "member of his family," would pursue such a misguided course of action if the mindset and culture was already present.

    I've said many times before that how a candidate runs their campaign will reflect how that politician would conduct themselves in office. The candidate is the leader, the captain of the ship. The actions of the crew reflect the leadership of the captain.

    January 10, 2014 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. Jules

    drip ... drip .... drip – more details being released today. Christie was "misled' by his staff. Is that anything like being brainwashed?

    January 10, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. Jules

    jpmichigan – it is not the Dems who will bring down Christie, Christie will bring down Christie because there is no way on God's green earth that if he ran the kind of administration he claims to have run would a top aide and a political appointee thought it was okay to do this.

    January 10, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. Really?

    It is time for us to hold politicians accountable. As one once said "If you like your health insurance then you can keep your health insurance". More Americans over this entire country were impacted by that statement then the closing of a couple of lanes on a bridge. An apology with no fix doesn't help.

    January 10, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. Sniffit

    "Still waiting for the full explanation on using the IRS to bully Americans for election purposes or coverup on Benghazi from Obama."

    No, you're still waiting for evidence that confirms the prejudgments you made prior to the collection of any evidence. Thousands and thousands of documents have been produced, umpteen hearings have been held, numerous witnesses have testified both publicly and "secretly" (because lord knows Issa likes holding it all in the shadows and only leaking the tidbits he likes), and NONE of the GOP/Teatrolls' accusations that those things were politically motivated have been proven true. NONE. Christie and his administration are in a remarkably bad position because the first thing that happened here was that the Port Authority actually produced documents proving that it was all politically motivated. That's an extremely important and glaring difference and no amount of screaming that there are magic elephants hiding in Obama's strawberry patch changes it. The absence of evidence is not proof of a cover up.

    January 10, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  19. Really?

    Oh, and a video started the attack in Benghazi. Can't say i know one you tube watcher that has a rocket launcher in their closet for just such an occasion.

    January 10, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  20. Malory Archer

    Really?

    It is time for us to hold politicians accountable. As one once said "If you like your health insurance then you can keep your health insurance". More Americans over this entire country were impacted by that statement then the closing of a couple of lanes on a bridge. An apology with no fix doesn't help.

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    Yeah, except in it HAS been fixed. You can keep your crappy policy for another year if you want to. IMO, since it won't cover ANYTHING you should be required to pay cash up front when you go to the ER – we ALL need medical care at one point or another – or the hospital should be able to turn you away so you don't stick responsible Americans with YOUR medical bills.

    January 10, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  21. Sniffit

    "Still waiting for the full explanation on using the IRS to bully Americans for election purposes or coverup on Benghazi from Obama."

    No, what you're waiting for is evidence that confirms the prejudgments you made prior to the collection of any evidence. Thousands and thousands of documents have been produced, umpteen hearings have been held, numerous witnesses have testified both publicly and "secretly" (because lord knows Issa likes holding it all in the shadows and only leaking the tidbits he likes), and NONE of the GOP/Teatrolls' accusations that those things were politically motivated have been proven true. NONE.

    Christie and his administration are in a remarkably bad position because the first thing that happened here was that the Port Authority produced documents proving that it was all politically motivated. Those documents don't yet trace back directly to Christie, so he's not directly on the hook yet, but they do prove something that hasn't been proven with respect to the accusations against Obama: the political nature of it. That's an extremely important and glaring difference and no amount of screaming that there are magic elephants hiding in Obama's strawberry patch changes it. The absence of evidence is not proof of a cover up.

    January 10, 2014 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  22. Malory Archer

    Really?

    Oh, and a video started the attack in Benghazi. Can't say i know one you tube watcher that has a rocket launcher in their closet for just such an occasion.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The attack in Benghazi occured at the same time protests were happening ALL OVER THE WORLD at which protesters stated clearly that they were protesting the video. Funny how the so-called "liberal media" never mentions that little tidbit.

    January 10, 2014 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  23. Gurgyl

    I don't give darn hoot at Benghazi nor your Robert Gate's Iraq. GOP foolish drama. Yes, on Hillary16.

    January 10, 2014 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Really?

    It is time for us to hold politicians accountable. As one once said "If you like your health insurance then you can keep your health insurance". More Americans over this entire country were impacted by that statement then the closing of a couple of lanes on a bridge. An apology with no fix doesn't help.
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    Are you sure about that?

    An estimated 3.5 million people commute into Manhattan to work on your average weekday. Now multiply that times four for each day that the cones were up and you get a cool 14 million people. I'm not saying that many people cross the bridge every day but the closures adveresely affected most of the other routes into Manhattan because people were looking for alternate routes. The closures had ripple effects in the northern and western suburbs, which affected people not even headed into the city, adding even more affected people to the total.

    January 10, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  25. ProudDem

    Really?

    Still waiting for the full explanation on using the IRS to bully Americans for election purposes or coverup on Benghazi from Obama. What an interesting comparison. At least Christie is showing accountability and leadership. Nice distraction from the failure of Obamacare, the Gates book and miserable jobs report as well. follow the jingling keys little sheep.
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    What are you waiting on exactly? Asked and answered. There was no IRS scandal...testimony in front of congress proved that it wasn't a partisan attack. Testimony by a Republican IRS supervisor I might add. It's done. There was no Benghazi scandal either. There was no cover up. Facts have proven so. Talk about sheep....following the FoxNews talking points in opposition to every fact that is out there...that's a sheep

    January 10, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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