By Jeff Simpson
"Today we must make a pact with each other to end this reckless conduct with the people's government." New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.In case you have not seen, New Jersey republican Governor Chris Christie is knee deep in a scandal!
The George Washington Bridge is among the world's busiest, carrying some 300,000 vehicles on a typical day. The abrupt and unexpected lane closures, which lasted four days in September, badly snarled traffic in the borough of Fort Lee at the New Jersey end of the bridge.
Critics say the shutdown was retribution against the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, who did not endorse the governor's re-election efforts. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees the bridge, said it was the result of a last-minute traffic study.
The problem for Christie? As the emails clearly show from Christie's top staffers. the facts say it was shut down for retribution and there was no "traffic study":
"Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee," his aide, Bridget Anne Kelly, wrote to a Port Authority executive in August.
The executive, David Wildstein, replied in an email: "Got it."
The emails do not give a specific reason for the closings, which left furious commuters trapped in traffic jams for hours. The closings began on the first day of school in Fort Lee.
In another message sent amid the gridlock, an unidentified author wrote: "Is it wrong that I'm smiling," and Wildstein responded: "No."
As we say here, but wait there's more! Is it wrong that your smiling? well someone actually died because of your political maneuver, so yes it actually is!
Well whats a few deaths if it means advancing his political career right?
A local New Jersey paper reported that, as a result of the lane closures, emergency responders were delayed in attending to four medical situations. One involved an unconscious 91-year-old woman who later died of cardiac arrest and another a car accident in which four people were injured.
What does the tough talking Governor have to say? Exactly what you thought he would say.
It wasn't him.
“What I've seen today for the first time is unacceptable," Christie said. "I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn that not only was I misled by a member of my staff, but this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made without my knowledge."
Now where have I heard that before?
The Republican strategy seems to be, anything at all good that happens in the state is their accomplishment and anything bad that happens within their office - Instant Sgt. Schultz!
Today, Chris Christie will hold a press conference where he will parade some staffers out to throw under the bus, then he will turn his attention on the real problem with America and yell at a female teacher to do her job! Then he will hop on the state run helicopter to head to his son's baseball game!
On the bright side, his good friend can offer him suggestions on some good criminal defense law firms! Uppity Wisconsin explains why this story matters to Wisconsinites!