Christie Throws Aid Under the Bus, On the George Washington Bridge

Traffic at the toll on the G.W. Bridge on Sept. 12 (Amy Newman / The Bergen Record) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (Justin Lane / EPA)

Traffic at the toll on the G.W. Bridge on Sept. 12 (Amy Newman / The Bergen Record)

Talk about your dirty, old school politics… This is ugly, just plain ugly:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie denied knowing about a scheme orchestrated by his administration to bully a local political rival, calling the reported actions of a top aide “unacceptable.” He vowed to hold members of his administration accountable.

Christie said he was previously unaware of apparent actions taken by his deputy chief of staff to orchestrate the controversial closure of local access lanes to the congested George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, N.J., in the midst of a re-election campaign. The action prompted massive traffic gridlock in the city on its first day of school.

Christie is claiming to have no prior knowledge of the scheme, thus throwing his aid under the bus, in the wake of the news that “one of the governor’s top aides was deeply involved in the decision to choke off the borough’s access to the bridge.”

This is pretty damning in my opinion:

Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” Bridget Anne Kelly, one of three deputies on Christie’s senior staff, wrote to David Wildstein, a top Christie executive at the Port Authority, on Aug. 13, about three weeks before the closures. Wildstein, the official who ordered the closures and who resigned last month amid the escalating scandal, wrote back: “Got it.”

I find it very difficult to believe Christie didn’t know about this. Very difficult. It’s hard to say at this point, if it will keep Christie from a presidential run in 2016. Time will tell…

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