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New Christie Bridge Scandal Email: Cops Forced to Direct Traffic Instead of Responding to Emergencies

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The massive, four-day September traffic jam orchestrated by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's deputy chief of staff as an act of political retribution caused police in Fort Lee, New Jersey to spend their time directing traffic instead of responding to loca

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Alice C (1797)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 8:27 am

. (0)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 8:41 am
I'm so pleased this arrogant man has a reason to sweat.

Brad H (21)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 9:06 am

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 9:22 am
The media sure liked him not that long ago. Lose some weight and you could be president was often a theme used by the media.
I knew something was wrong with this guy the first time I saw him. Never bought into the idea that he would make a good president.

John B (185)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 12:00 pm
Thanks Cal for the link to the article by Ms. Redden. Great article and very informative. Followed the link in the article to the related documents (emails) and they are eye opening. Read and noted.

Ondine J (134)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 1:52 pm
Noted, thanks

Mike H (252)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 2:18 pm
Just another jack ass political jerk

Diane O (194)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 3:04 pm
Christie has not been charged with any wrong doing. Traffic in New Jersey and New York can be hellacious at any time during the day....same here in the DC area. All it would take is a flat tire or a fender bender to snarl traffic. Let us wait and see if the big guy is guilty of wrongdoing....


Jim P (3257)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 3:28 pm
The best coverage on the Christie bridge scandal, listen and view
Rachel Maddow on TV or on the internet here at:

with the Friday, Jan. 11, 2014 edition. Be sure to tune in the following week
as this story continues.

ty, Cal.

. (0)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 4:31 pm
Great article, Cal. Thanks for sharing.

Jason R (67)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 5:31 pm
"Christie has not been charged with any wrong doing."

So it's like the IRS or Benghazi except it's not okay to suspect Christi? Both having evidence exposed? IRS and Benghazi being cleared by evidence and strong evidence of lying by Christi and his obviousness.

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 5:40 pm

Louise D (44)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 5:50 pm
So it does look like Chris Christie will have have to use Plan B - mmm we'll see! NBut then nothing upsets a delicate situation more than a massive detonation. So no Nukes Christie! However, an underling showing initiative is a bad thing in politics these hyper partisan days and the Italians do say that revenge is a dish that people of taste eat cold. Whilst at Governor Christie he likes his revenge from a drive in and hopefully out, it is difficult when the underlings forget the curly fries and Milkshakes and at least be discrete. It looks like after this he will be lucky to eke out a living, letting small children bound up and down on him for 50 cents a go at a funfair. Payback tends to be a bitch particularly when someone screws up the traffic.

pam w (139)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 6:12 pm
I believe the old adage...."The buck stops here" should apply in this incident....yes?

Jim P (3257)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 6:19 pm


Anne F (17)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 9:34 pm
We know that the state erected traffic cones that pinched the traffic. Mr Christie claims that he did not order this or know about the plan.

Past Member (0)
Monday January 13, 2014, 2:02 am
If this is true this guy should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.This was a crude, crass and irresponsible act.

Jason R (67)
Monday January 13, 2014, 10:00 am
One can tell that the liberals don't like right wing, corrupt crooks, John. Christi won't be invoking fear any time soon.
Christi is now being audited for spending Sandy money on purism promotion. To do what, visit a clean up?

Elle B (84)
Monday January 13, 2014, 12:30 pm
Ty Cal . . . Christie is just another GOP political thug bully who thinks he has a superior store front facade and carny act operation going on. . .this is not what democrats do. . .even the misfits, scoundrels and corrupt ones. . .this is another GOP brand specialty. . .and one of their favorite road show lines . . .is to say democrats, et al do the exact same thing en masse. . .only fellow thugsters and those with heads so deep in the sand they greet you with their backsides...would buy that brand of bull. And the G-O-P saga of illusions continues. . .to dismantle all democracy in progress and replace it with Austrian School Oligarchies and One Nation under Marketing Based Management. . .providing inequality, greed, fear and stupidity for all . . ."dollars are votes" is the mantra. . .rallying cry of the day is "guerilla warfare" against the godless, ie. those who don't subscribe to their nutsense dogma, doctrines and ideologies...that is the game of the day. . .what pitiful ploys to witness. . .a disgrace to all creation. . .

“False face must hide what the false heart doth know.” ― William Shakespeare

"It's plain hokum. If you can't convince 'em, confuse 'em. It's an old political trick." ― Harry S. Truman

“In every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor and the exploiter who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the People." ― Eugene Victor Debs

"With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power.” ― Henry A. Wallace

“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does the truth become error because nobody will see it." ―Mohandas K. Gandhi

"I believe that the heaviest blow ever dealt at liberty's head will be dealt by this nation [the United States] in the ultimate failure of its example to the earth." - Charles Dickens


Diane O (194)
Monday January 13, 2014, 3:30 pm
You have your freedom of speech and you have the right to voice your personal opinion. Where Christie is concerned we have to wait and see.

Liberals are doing their due diligence on Christie because they know that his poll numbers are higher than their only hope, Hillary Clinton, to carry the torch towards bankrupting America and drawing us closer and closer to a nanny state America where more than half of Americans are receiving some type of government check. Liberals want socialism. They dream of redistributive wealth in our country and they intend to kill capitalism in America. Hillary is their only hope. It is in the liberal's best interest to kill Christie. However, Christie hasn't been charged with anything. I know that's a downer for the liberals but you have to be very patient the same way the republicans are being patient that the truth will come out about the IRS, Benghazi and Fast & Furious. The truth has a way of coming out.

The American people will vote in November and the ACA led by the Messiah Obama has Americans backing away from him. It was a train wreck. It is a train wreck. It will always be a train wreck. Obama just wasn't smart enough to put it together.

Meanwhile, thousands of Americans are out of the job market and few jobs were created in the latest report. That's at Obama's growth in our country since he took office. That will crucify the democrats in November and seal the deal in 2016. Americans don't want years of unemployment checks they want jobs. Most Americans are proud....they want to be self sufficient and grow in their chosen fields. However, when a government keeps sending checks out year after year for unemployment benefits they create a very different story.


Jason R (67)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 10:17 am
The smoking gun (reason) for Christi's mob style rule…

'16 Acres and a Billion Dollar Deal': A Second Alternate Theory for Christie's 'BridgeGate'
By BRAD FRIEDMAN on 1/13/2014 7:05am PT
Last week, we highlighted the alternate "BridgeGate" scandal theory offered by MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. She reported, with circumstantial but seemingly plausible evidence, that the four-day closure of several Fort Lee, NJ access lanes to the George Washington Bridge last September might have had to do with something other than political payback for a lack of endorsement for Christie's re-election bid by the Democratic Mayor of Fort Lee.

Maddow posited that the timing of the now-infamous "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" email of August 13, 7:34am, as sent by Christie Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Ann Kelly, may have been a direct response to something other than Fort Lee Mayor Mike Sokolich's refusal to endorse Christie. Instead, Maddow said, the still-unexplained closures might have been meant as retaliation to the state Senate's Democratic Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, who has been a particular thorn in the Republican Governor's side for many years. (By way of just one example, see her attempt to pass a bill to limit travel of the NJ Governor following our exclusive release of audio tapes revealing Christie's super-secret appearance at a secret Koch Brothers gathering in Colorado in 2011.)

In support of the theory, Maddow highlighted a late afternoon press conference given by a very angry Christie on August 12th, the night before Kelly's early morning email, concerning a NJ Supreme Court nominee being stalled by Senate Democrats led by Weinberg, who happens to represent part of Fort Lee.

For what it's worth, the Democratic NJ Senate President Assembly leader, as well as several others, have found reason to doubt Maddow's theory.

But, on Sunday, in another smart example of good investigative broadcast journalism on MSNBC's UP with Steve Kornacki, the host, a former New Jersey political reporter and, incidentally, former employee of David Wildstein (the Christie appointee at the NY/NJ Port Authority who ordered the actual shutdown at the agency, according to subpoenaed email and text messages) offered yet another plausible alternate explanation for the shutdown.

This one also sounds like yet another plot straight out of HBO's The Soprano's, as it relates to, in Kornacki's words, "something of enormous economic and political significance"...

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Jason R (67)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 10:21 am
Diane, you are certainly free to be a fox loyalist. The Nazi's were to Hitler.

Your/their account of things, on the other hand, is pure, hitleresque propaganda. Should you be free to be brain washed?That is worse that shouting fire in a theater, isn't it.

By all means, trash Hillary. We don't want her. She is too deeply intertwined in the MIC. Your loyalty to hate might be a favor to us. Just leave Elizabeth Warren alone…lol

Jason R (67)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 10:22 am
Diane, please show us Eric Cantor's jobs bill so we can talk about it.

Diane O (194)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 3:38 pm
Jason, what in the world would you do if you didn't have me to attack? I believe I'm good therapy for you. I am a soft southern woman who hates no one. Know that. I'm a grandmother and I work a full time job and won't retire until I'm 70 years old.

Glad you fessed up about Hillary. That was a pure gift to me. I believe we both want the same outcome from the American people. They need jobs and the government can't make that happen with the exception of the pipeline. However, our small businesses and large corporations can provide jobs if this administration would step forward and offer significant incentives for hires. A payroll tax holiday for businesses would get their attention. Obama shut the job market down with raising taxes and the Obamacare penalty tax....dark cloud, my friend.

I don't have a problem with Elizabeth Warren as long as she understands that to create a nanny state America dumbs down the American people. You mentioned you haven't been able to find a job in several years or more. That's not right in America.

Eric Cantor? Is it his responsibility to get Americans back to work or is it Obama's? Eric isn't the president, pal.

Glad I keep your adrenalin at an all time high. Otherwise, you would be stuck agreeing with the liberals 24 hours a day instead of using your God given common sense on what it takes to jump start an economy. It certainly isn't two to three years of unemployment. Small businesses, Jason. 53% of Americans work for small businesses. Not a peep from Obama.

Diane O (194)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 3:48 pm
This thread is about Chris Christie....didn't respond to the thread title in the post above. I honestly don't give a flip about Christie. If he lied let him go down. That is exactly what the republicans want....the truth. My problem with Christie is that he is too emotional and I cannot picture him in a foreign policy situation because he talks too much IMO. Not my pick. However, if the liberals feel he is a threat to Hillary then they will have to deal with it.

Personally, I want my country to elect a leader. I also do not believe America is ready to elect a female president. The DNC threw Hillary to the curb and a "woman scorned" is not a good thing. Hillary is and will be bad or America. Too much baggage there with her husband and Benghazi. We need to look deeper into our governors who have done a great job for their states. I have a few governors in mind who I think can bring the parties together but I'm not ready to talk about it. Research is a wonderful tool. There are excellent governors on both sides of the aisle who can turn this country around. Obama, to me, was elected simply because he was an African American. Beyond that, he never had a meaningful job in his entire life. Sad but true that he sits in the White House to me. So, let us bide our time and see how the grassroots American people vote in November.

Have you applied for a job at WalMart? just teasing....

Jason R (67)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 7:24 pm
"I am a soft southern woman who hates no one."

Ummm. I'm pretty sure you hate the hell out of all liberals. You are taught to.

Christi is a mob boss wannabe bully who gets in deeper s**t every time they investigate something else.

Diane O (194)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 2:44 am
No, you would be wrong again. I don't hate liberals. I hate no one. Where would the value be in that? To hate someone is to hand over your power. I'm not into that. We are a very divided country in case you haven't noticed. The two parties are very different in their vision of how our country should be led. It isn't about hate. It is all about getting Americans back to work and off the government checks.

I was never "taught" to hate liberals anymore than you were taught to love republicans. I simply disagree with your politics.

I hope you have a good day out there in Oregon and I hope you'll be a job soon. Maybe once we elect a republican you'll be back to work in no time at all! : )

Elle B (84)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 8:39 am
Some of the most vicious, vile acts perpetrated while in human bioforms have taken place in the Grand Ole South [and still do] by those with the ultra-ever-smooth "gentile" southern demeanor. . .

Jason R (67)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 9:10 am
I'm being conned.

Diane O (194)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 2:33 pm
Why, Elle, what a lovely thing to say!

Jae A (316)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 4:32 pm
As one who spent the first 38 years of their life living in 'The South' [Texass] I don't know about what Elle B . said as being ' lovely' but it's very true.

As for your comment Diane O. about ..."Maybe" ..[not too positive about that, which I have more than a few doubts of it becoming true as to you full statement about the job situation also ]...knowing that those like GOP's favorite son during the last election... Romney, who along with many other GOP corporate thugs began outsourcing jobs when Dubya Bush was in office...who are so fond of corporate deregulation and outsourcing ....along with the GOP's tanking of our housing and over all economy during the "Dubya years...I personally feel that if a GOPer were in office things would only get worse job wise; so I can say with positive tone that based on the facts known about all the job loses over the past 12 or so well as the facts current via GOP in Congress stalling any progress that would bring more jobs to people since Obama took way the GOP Corporate lackeys in Congress would do anything but see to it that the job market will pay less and offer less to their employees over all along with continuing amp'ing up their outsourcing promotions...nor would they provide new ones at decent wages much less jobs with any real benefits for all their employees...let alone come up with new jobs..or bring back those already outsourced, for those unemployed at this time.

On the lighter side of the "Christie'' headlines...check out :]

7 Pups React to Chris Christie’s BridgeGate Scandal!

:-)....ya'l come back now, ya hear !

Diane O (194)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 5:34 pm
It's always difficult for me to respond to your comments. Perhaps it is because you have an obsession with an ex president who hasn't been in office over 6 years. Hopefully you'll get beyond that and focus on six years of train wreck Obama.

Elle B (84)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 8:11 pm
Thank-you Jae for your accurate observation. . .my comment was addressing one of the deepest ills of this nation. . . there is nothing lovely about it. . .

Jason R (67)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 10:26 pm
It's like this, Diane. When the people you support and vote for speak, they are speaking for you. I haven't heard any of them say anything that makes them worthy of being americans. They care so much for people that have way more money than they can use and very little about the people of this once great nation. So, when you say, " I hate no one". You've already been spoken for.

Diane O (194)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 3:40 am
Elle, there are bad people in every quadrant in the US. To single out the south is in fact shortsighted on your part.

Jason, I believe in a working America. People would rather have jobs than sit idle and collect unemployment. Are you collecting unemployment? Don't answer. I bet you would rather be working because you have worked to support your family all of your adult life. That was a choice you made. Ask those you support why their administration is trying desperately to create a nanny state. In your vernacular you have been spoken for....see how ridiculous your comment is? Time to grow up. You voted for a president twice who never should've been in the WH. He will be written up in history as the most disrespected president in the history of our country. The American people will vote in November.

Our political beliefs are different. That doesn't make either one of us bad people.

Elle B (84)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 6:36 am
"An empty tin makes a lot of noise.” ―African Proverb, Kenya

Jason R (67)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 7:53 pm
" Ask those you support why their administration is trying desperately to create a nanny state."

There is absolutely no evidence in that ridiculous statement. Bush created the NEED for a massive safety net by running up debt while having two unpaid for wars.

Why do you choose for that to not mean anything?

Jason R (67)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 7:54 pm
"Our political beliefs are different. That doesn't make either one of us bad people."

Yes it does.

Jason R (67)
Friday January 17, 2014, 8:34 am
Your people promote income inequality and poverty. Mine don't. Your people launched a war on democracy by giving corporations power while taking it from the people/workers. Mine don't….

8 Phony GOP Solutions for Poverty That Will Only Bring More Economic Pain

Dave Johnson, AlterNet

The GOP is trying to rebrand itself as "compassionate" toward the poor. So what are its big ideas? READ MORE»

Jason R (67)
Saturday January 18, 2014, 8:35 am
Hoeboken Mayor brings more mob boss charges. Christie holds Sandy money from her recovery for a development project he wants to go to a buddy.

He's looking more and more like John Gotti all the time. I can't wait to hear what his jail term will be.
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