Emails and text messages published by NorthJersey.com appear to implicate Governor Chris Christie’s Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Ann Kelly in the planning of the George Washington Bridge lane closures that disrupted traffic in Fort Lee for a week last September. The documents support contentions by Democrats in the legislature and media reports that the lane closures were executed as political retribution against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for failing to endorse Christie’s reelection.
NorthJersey.com’s extensive coverage can be found here.
Prior to today’s revelations, the Christie Administration’s official story was that the lane closures were order by Christie’s top appointees to the Port Authority of NY/NJ, David Wildstein and Bill Baroni, as a traffic study regarding the appropriateness of Fort Lee having three dedicated toll lanes to the George Washington Bridge.
The documents show that Christie’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, and the Governor’s chief spokesperson, Michael Drewniak, participated in conversations on how to respond to media inquiries about the lane closures. Stepien was named Christie’s choice to replace Sam Raia as Chairman of the NJ GOP yesterday. The documents also indicate that Baroni was very concerned about how Christie’s staff evaluated his testimony before the Assembly Transportation Committee on the lane closures in November.Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Port Authority | Tags: Assembly Transportation Committee, Bill Baroni, Bill Stepien, Bridgegate, Bridget Ann Kelly, Chris Christie, David Wildstein, George Washington Bridge, Loretta Weinberg, Mark Sokolich, NorthJersey.com, Port Authority of NY/NJ, Steve Fulop | 1 Comment »