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N.J. Gov. Chris Christie apologizes for bridge scandal, fires deputy chief of staff - The Washington Post

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(Literally "Water Gate")

Christie spoke a day after the publication of a series of e-mails and text messagess howed that his Kelly and two appointees to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey closed a pair of access lanes from Fort Lee onto the George Washington Bridge into New York, causing days of gridlock and mayhem in the Fort Lee area in September.

Christie’s Port Authority appointees, Bill Baroni and David Wildstein, both close political associates, resigned in December.

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Christie previously said he did not believe his office had any role in the incident, but the e-mails show otherwise — illustrating the lengths to which Christie’s lieutenants went to retaliate against a local politician who would not endorse the governor during a reelection race that was never particularly close.


The disclosures raise legal questions about whether a government agency was directed to take action inciting a public nuisance for a political purpose. Witnesses at the time described the traffic as some of the area’s worst since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Emergency responders were delayed in attending to medical emergencies, including the cardiac arrest of a 91-year-old woman who later died, the Bergen Record reported.

Sokolich reacted angrily to Wednesday’s disclosures, telling the Record: “How dare you schedule a man-made traffic disaster in my community? It’s the example of the pettiest and most venomous side of politics.”

That vindictiveness of the Christie lieutenants is kind of Sopranos-esque.

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