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Emails Link Top Christie Allies to GWB Lane Closures

Christie Bags Stafford Appearance as News Spreads About "Bridgegate" Emails

Gov. Christie
Gov. Christie

Written by Joseph M. Gerace

Messages released Wednesday show top officials close to Gov. Christie were involved with the Fort Lee lane closures that some have suggested were payback for the Fort Lee mayor not endorsing Christie's reelection bid.

As news spread Wednesday morning about the emails, Christie canceled an appearance at the Stafford Township Volunteer Fire Company where he was supposed to announce a Superstorm Sandy "housing recovery milestone," according to a statement issued by his office.

The event was supposed to get underway at 11 a.m. at the firehouse at 133 Stafford Ave. An email from the governor's press office sent at about 10:30 a.m. said only that the event would be "postponed to a later date," but offered no reason for the postponement.

The emails between high-level gubernatorial aides and Port Authority officials contradict statements by Christie, who said his staff and campaign had nothing to do with the closure of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge that caused a week worth of traffic jams for North Jersey residents.

Emails obtained by The New York Times and The Record show Bridget Anne Kelly, a deputy chief of staff to the governor, told a Port Authority official close to Christie that it was “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” about two weeks before the lanes were closed.

“Got it,” replied the Port Authority executive, David Wildstein, who resigned last month as national media and incensed local politicians turned up the heat on the scandal.

Some are predicting the fracas could prove troublesome for Christie, who is widely believed to be planning a run for the White House in 2016.

Martin January 08, 2014 at 12:21 PM
Lying, cover-up, firing little Bridget aren't adequate. Time to IMPEACH!
MOONPOOL January 08, 2014 at 05:05 PM
Time for Obama to go I agree with you martin. The dens have to go.
Ri-Brickulous! January 08, 2014 at 05:24 PM
"dens", what a dope.
MOONPOOL January 08, 2014 at 05:43 PM
Spell check boung hole. Even a morn like you got it . ri brickulous
YouSuck January 08, 2014 at 05:50 PM
If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health insurance, you can keep your health insurance. PERIOD...... I hate liars.......
Ken January 08, 2014 at 07:25 PM
Kind of a stupid mistake for the bull in the China store even though I fell he's been doing a good job as a Governor
Ri-Brickulous! January 08, 2014 at 11:12 PM
"morn", what a dope.

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