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January 8, 2014 - 3:59 pm

New Jersey Democrats went after Gov. Chris Christie (R) today with allegations that his staff closed lanes of a major bridge in September because the mayor in Fort Lee did not support Christie’s re-election bid.

Documents released Wednesday showed Christie’s deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, emailing longtime Christie friend David Wildstein over at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey about two weeks before the closure, writing “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”

Other communications around the time of the major traffic jams show a person whose name is redacted asking, “Is it wrong that I’m smiling?”

“No,” Wildstein responds. “I feel badly about the kids,” the unknown person writes, “I guess.” Wildstein responds, “They are the children of Buono voters.”

Barbara Buono, Christie’s Democratic opponent in the November gubernatorial election, told Salon, “There’s not even a scintilla of doubt that Christie is behind this.”

“What I’ve seen today for the first time is unacceptable,” Christie said in a written statement after cancelling a planned press conference.

“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. One thing is clear: this type of behavior is unacceptable and I will not tolerate it because the people of New Jersey deserve better. This behavior is not representative of me or my administration in any way, and people will be held responsible for their actions.”

Christie has previously said his office was not behind the lane closures and traffic backup.

Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, who’s convinced it was political payback for his lack of support, told CNN “this is absolutely the lowest level of political venom you could possibly even make up.”

Assembly Deputy Speaker and Transportation Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee Chair John Wisniewski (D) told CNN “this is an administration that runs a very tight ship, and there are almost no decisions that are made of any consequence that do not run directly through the front office.”

He acknowledged he didn’t have any emails with the governor’s name on it, “but I find it hard to believe that this administration wasn’t directly involved in orchestrating this.”

Wisniewski is holding a hearing on the matter tomorrow with Wildstein expected to testify.

“It’s not about the traffic. The traffic was the consequence,” he said. “But it really is about an abuse of power. It’s about an administration that does not take no for an answer, an administration that feels very comfortable in exacting political retribution. And we have seen here two very high-placed officials in the Christie administration abusing the authority that they were given to wreak havoc in a municipality, make children late for school, delay a police response to a missing child, delay a heart attack response.”

“That’s not the kind of leadership that New Jersey needs and it’s certainly not the kind of leadership the nation needs,” he added, highlighting how Democrats would be happy to derail any 2016 Christie bid.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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So PJM without Roger Simon at the helm is against petty retaliation.

Interesting.

Ever since a posting debate against Rick Moran ensued, I have had serially removed posted comments, many of which were the top rated ones.

Either you are against retaliation for political reasons or you are not. Lip service does not trump proven hypocrisy.
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Christie's a jerk. He's part of the problem, not the solution.
41 weeks ago
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True or not (and I suspect Christie was neck deep in it) he is finished. It appears Christie is just another petty thug like the President.
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It would be interesting if Crispy learned a lesson from his former allies trying to nuke his career. Maybe he wouldn't be so eager to hug a communist next time a storm hits his state.

But he won't learn. Brains like his are drunk on power. There isn't any room for a rational thought.
40 weeks ago
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I'm waiting for Christie to blame it all on the office in Cincinnati...
41 weeks ago
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When is he going to blame a video, or say “what difference does it make
at this point?”, or say he first heard about it in the news, or claim that it must have been some low level rogue employees? Why doesn't he say that no one is more outraged than he is and he will get to the bottom of it and then a few months from now say it's a phony scandal?

Cristie and Obama sure are BROTHERS-FROM-ANOTHER-MOTHER!

Christie would be a perfect successor to Obama for those who love liars and power abusers.
41 weeks ago
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Rush is right: all this circus around Christie is orchestrated by the media to divert attention from Gates' book that damages Obama and Biden severely.
41 weeks ago
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No, I think they are taking out the one "Republican" who would almost certainly beat them in the next Presidential election.

If this cretin gets the nomination, we've lost.

So, please, MSM, do your usual hatchet job on this creep.

This is one that actually deserves it.
40 weeks ago
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So PJM without Roger Simon at the helm is against petty retaliation.

Interesting.

Ever since a posting debate against Rick Moran ensued, I have had serially removed posted comments, many of which were the top rated ones.

Either you are against retaliation for political reasons or you are not. Lip service does not trump proven hypocrisy.
41 weeks ago
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Why is cfbleacher's comment blacklisted? If this is indeed some petty chicken-sh!t reason, then PJ Media is worthless.
41 weeks ago
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The comment by cfbleachers, a long time PJM participant, is not spam. Please read it.

Interesting that his comment was reported as such, AND also followed by untruthful allegation by some random account.
41 weeks ago
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Same account below that reported cfbleachers tried to crap on Belmont Club today as well. It's ridiculous that the lazy PJM code allows one troll with an account to censor someone at will.
41 weeks ago
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All reported abuses are reviewed. I have seen many comments hidden as "Reported as abuse", and then show up the next day.

Unfortunately, it only takes ONE reader to hid a comment as "Abuse".
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power really does go to people's head. problem is, they get to thinking its their right to pull stunts like the i.r.s. corruption thing. hey, if there are no consequences, there is no incentive for it to stop. taking our country back starts w/ putting a stop to this type of behavior, on both sides. our oh so gay blade has not only shown no remorse for his many despicable crimes, he rubs America's face in it, and just keeps pushing. cheap commie d ouche bag all the way.
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Christie's a jerk. He's part of the problem, not the solution.
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