Christie’s BridgeGate: Did He or Didn’t Questions Continue
Already, a shadow has been cast on Chris Christie’s second term in office, and that shadow is known by the name of BridgeGate. While he may have had no knowledge of the apparently vindictive lane closure on the George Washington Bridge last September, his reputation as a straight talking politician is already at risk.
Early last month, it came to light that the Republican Governor of New Jersey’s deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, orchestrated an “unscheduled traffic study” to cause jams around the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee to punish the town’s Democratic mayor for not endorsing Christie for re-election. The governor has admitted he failed at a certain level. “I am a very sad person,” Christie said at news conference in Miami in the week preceding his second inauguration. “I’m sad. I’m sad. That’s the predominant emotion I feel right now is sadness, sadness that I was betrayed by a member of my staff, sadness that I had people who I entrusted with important jobs who acted completely inappropriately, sad that that’s led the people of New Jersey to have less confidence in the people that I’ve selected. The emotion that I’ve been displaying in private is sad.” However, the question is whether the Republican Governor of New Jersey was aware of the apparent act of political retribution before it took place. He says he had no idea.
“I had no knowledge of this — of the planning, the execution or anything about it — and that I first found out about it after it was over,” he said at January 9 news conference. “And even then, what I was told was that it was a traffic study.”