Uh oh: E-mails link top Christie aide to GWB lane-closing controversy

posted at 11:21 am on January 8, 2014 by Allahpundit

I … did not expect the first 2016-related scandal of the year to involve lane closings on a bridge, but that’s blogging for you. Some days it’s the president and secretary of state opposing a key military operation for nakedly self-interested political reasons, other days it’s staffers for the (very) early GOP frontrunner trying to screw a political opponent by sticking him with traffic problems. Spice of life, my friends.

This is a rare scandal story in that, I suspect, it’ll unite lefties and tea partiers in outrage in the name of taking down a common opponent. Only temporarily, though: If the big guy goes on to win the nomination, partisan loyalties will turn this into a nothingburger on the right overnight.

“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” Bridget Anne Kelly, one of three deputies on Christie’s senior staff, wrote to David Wildstein, a top Christie executive at the Port Authority, on Aug. 13, about three weeks before the closures. Wildstein, the official who ordered the closures and who resigned last month amid the escalating scandal, wrote back: “Got it.”

Other top Christie associates mentioned in or copied on the email chain, all after the top New York appointee at the authority ordered the lanes reopened, include David Samson, the chairman of the agency; Bill Stepien, Christie’s re-election campaign manager and the newly appointed state GOP chairman; and Michael Drewniak, Christie’s spokesman.

The theory, which isn’t clearly confirmed by the e-mails, is that Christie’s office ordered the lane closings as retaliation against the mayor of Fort Lee for refusing to endorse him. Once the lanes closed, traffic in Fort Lee would back up — for hours at a time — and the mayor would be under siege from the locals. Why Christie would have cared about anyone’s endorsement when he was consistently up 20+ points in the governor’s race at the time, I have no idea. But if you’re looking for evidence that the guy, or at least his staff, enjoys bullying people even when there’s little to be gained by it, there you go.

This bit simply must be excerpted:

In one exchange of text messages on the second day of the lane closures, Wildstein alludes to messages the Fort Lee mayor had left complaining that school buses were having trouble getting through the traffic.

“Is it wrong that I’m smiling,” the recipient of the text message responded to Wildstein. The person’s identity is not clear because the documents are partially redacted for unknown reasons.

“No,” Wildstein wrote in response.

“I feel badly about the kids,” the person replied to Wildstein. “I guess.”

“They are the children of Buono voters,” Wildstein wrote, making a reference to Barbara Buono, the Democratic candidate for governor, who lost to Christie in a landslide in November.

Wildstein resigned from the Port Authority last month after reporters first started sniffing around the lane closings. He’s the source of these e-mails, apparently, having handed them over when he was subpoenaed by a state panel that’s investigating, whereupon some Christie enemy on the panel presumably handed them over to the papers. The next step will be for Kelly to resign (as well as everyone cc’d on her messages?) followed by the requisite Christie statement of ignorance and disappointment. Then we move to phase two, in which the media tries to prove that Christie himself knew all along or even ordered the lane closings. Hard to believe a scandal this petty could become big news with legs, but evidence of the governor having had a direct role in it would keep it going. There’s much truth to this:

After an hour of Twittergazing, I see that camps are already forming. Christie fans think any “scandal” involving something as trivial as lane closings is DOA and that this is politics as usual in the tri-state area. Compared to some of Obama’s sins, it’s less than nothing. Before much longer, some will inevitably adopt this line and argue that Christie’s willingness to screw an opponent for crossing him is exactly what Washington needs to Get Things Done. Christie haters think this is a legit scandal because it demonstrates the smallness of the man and how little it takes to get him to abuse his power. If, after the IRS scandal and shutdown theater, you worry about having someone in charge who’d punish innocent people to make life harder for his political enemies, why would you want to elect a guy capable of this sort of vindictiveness? E.g.:

I think the whole thing will fade within a week unless proof emerges that Christie had a bigger role in it. In which case, second look at Marco Rubio?


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Looking forward to alleged Christie fan nonpartisan furiously denying all claims of wrongdoing.

Chuck Schick on January 8, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Wow, that’s a tiny squirrel.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Hillary: Benghazi Embassy lost. Ambassador Killed. 2 Americans killed. Lied about it.

Christie: Closed a few lanes on a bridge.

Hillary 16!!/

portlandon on January 8, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Oh my, I certainly hope that this doesn’t imperil obama’s plan to have Christie chosen as the 2016 GOP nominee.

Pork-Chop on January 8, 2014 at 11:25 AM

And what would we see after we look at Rubio a second time? The same guy who lied to us the first time.

Fred 2 on January 8, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Is this a scandal if CRISTie knew about it and/or ordered it? Of course. Will it cost him dearly in 2016? I think so. Does it compare to the crimes committed by the Obama regime? No way in hell.

Doughboy on January 8, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Wow, that’s a tiny squirrel.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Heh

WisRich on January 8, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Christie fans think any “scandal” involving something as trivial as lane closings is DOA and that this is politics as usual in the tri-state area

As someone from the North East I would agree with this but this is also why it is idiotic to vote for them, of either party, unless you absolutely have to. The people in office in the North east are almost universally disgusting. As they all agree on most issues, regardless of party, they are left with crap like this. They should be barred from high office outside of the North east.

Rocks on January 8, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Only temporarily, though: If the big guy goes on to win the nomination, partisan loyalties will turn this into a nothingburger on the right overnight.

LOL – “partisan loyalties?”

Hear me and hear me well: I will never EVER vote for Chris Christie.
As far as I’m concerned, I would just as soon see Hillary in the White House.

If Christie needs my vote to win in 2016, he will lose – because I will vote Libertarian.

DRayRaven on January 8, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Why Christie would have cared about anyone’s endorsement when he was consistently up 20+ points in the governor’s race at the time, I have no idea.

This is indeed the question, and until it is answered this is a nothingburger. It’s entirely possible that this was some sort of personal retaliation by the guy at the Port Authority and Christie himself knew nothing about it. He resigned pretty quickly when all this started coming out.

The Port Authority has been a cesspool of petty corruption for years and years.

rockmom on January 8, 2014 at 11:29 AM

And what would we see after we look at Rubio a second time? The same guy who lied to us the first time.

Fred 2 on January 8, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Narcotics use.

Its the worst kept secret in Washington DC apparently.

Defenestratus on January 8, 2014 at 11:29 AM

GWB

Bush’s fault!

Shy Guy on January 8, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Oh my, I certainly hope that this doesn’t imperil obama’s plan to have Christie chosen as the 2016 GOP nominee.

Pork-Chop on January 8, 2014 at 11:25 AM

If that’s the plan then it’s pretty curious that this is front page news at the New York Times today.

rockmom on January 8, 2014 at 11:31 AM

At this point, what…difference…does it make why the lanes were closed…

JetBoy on January 8, 2014 at 11:31 AM

This is hardball New Jersey Politics.

Come on, let them play Ref!

portlandon on January 8, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Why Christie would have cared about anyone’s endorsement when he was consistently up 20+ points in the governor’s race at the time, I have no idea.

That doesn’t exonerate CRISTie. Nixon was on his way to a 49-state landslide win when Watergate happened.

Doughboy on January 8, 2014 at 11:33 AM

I think the whole thing will fade within a week unless proof emerges that Christie had a bigger role in it. In which case, second look at Marco Rubio?

Fat boy just proving to Dems that he is up to the job of VP on their ticket.

Christie and Rubio both have burned way too many bridges to be able to unite the conservative part of the GOP with whatever the hell they stand for (outside blind ambition at all costs).

Happy Nomad on January 8, 2014 at 11:33 AM

unless proof emerges that Christie had a bigger role

HEY YOU SAID CHRISTIE AND BIGGER IN THE SAME SENTENCE!
DOG WHISTLE!
AND YOU SAID ROLE, WHICH SOUNDS LIKE ROLL, LIKE CINNAMON ROLL!
DOUBLE DOG WHISTLE!!!

Marcola on January 8, 2014 at 11:35 AM

..when we last checked in on the
Round Mound of Sound….

(second helping of this post)

ToddPA on January 8, 2014 at 11:35 AM

If he had anything to do with this, which it looks like he did, he deserves to lose before he even had a chance to win. You should have known better, Gov.

GOPRanknFile on January 8, 2014 at 11:37 AM

OT: Another entry in the Eric Holder file

The wide-ranging series of guidelines issued Wednesday in essence tells schools that they must adhere to the principle of fairness and equity in student discipline or face strong action if they don’t. The American Civil Liberties Union called the recommendations “ground-breaking.

That means its unconstitutional, but because DOJ uses the term “equity”, its all good.

“A routine school disciplinary infraction should land a student in the principal’s office, not in a police precinct,” Attorney General Eric Holder said.

Finger guns, TEA Party T-shirts and hugging in kindergarten are not routine infractions, btw. Having sex during class, smoking dope or beating your teacher are rather mundane infractions.

Holder said the problem often stems from well intentioned “zero-tolerance” policies that too often inject the criminal justice system into the resolution of problems. Zero tolerance policies, a tool that became popular in the 1990s, often spell out uniform and swift punishment for offenses such as truancy, smoking or carrying a weapon. Violators can lose classroom time or become saddled with a criminal record.

Policies put in place by the liberals, btw. Part of the Village Theory.

BobMbx on January 8, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Nixon was on his way to a 49-state landslide win when Watergate happened.

Doughboy on January 8, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Cute but you forget an important parallel with the 1972 elections. Dems thought they would ultimately win because the voting age was lowered to 18. I see the GOP making the same assumption that pushing amnesty for illegals will boost GOP support.

Happy Nomad on January 8, 2014 at 11:38 AM

When your panties bunch, the hanging fruit drops closest to the loom. Can you hear me, Jennifer Rubin?

cbenoistd on January 8, 2014 at 11:38 AM

In which case, second look at Marco Rubio?

The first look at Rubio was his run against Crist, when he claimed that “earned path to citizenship” was amnesty.

The second look at Rubio was when he lied to every conservative radio talk show host that mistook genuflection for serious questioning.

The third look at Rubio occurred when he refused to walk away from a bill that he knew was being orchestrated by the WH, when he knew that WH operatives had an office in the Senate building, and like every other Democrat, he went along obediently.

Three and you’re out. NO RUBIO.

EastofEden on January 8, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Bush’s fault!

Shy Guy on January 8, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Seriously. My first reaction was: Dubya closed a bridge; WTF?

gh on January 8, 2014 at 11:40 AM

In the other thread, we were accused of believing any negative MSM story about the Fatman. Well, yeah. Basically, we want him to crash and burn. The sooner the better.

Listen up Christie fluffers–the Christie-Obama bromance happened. We have pictures and video and stuff. You can’t wish it away, and what has been seen can’t be unseen.

ElectricPhase on January 8, 2014 at 11:40 AM

That doesn’t exonerate CRISTie. Nixon was on his way to a 49-state landslide win when Watergate happened.

Doughboy on January 8, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Nixon had no idea that CREEP was doing this. After it was exposed, he tried to make it go away using the power of his office.

Thats what he got hung for. Funny, though…the current President has no qualms about ignoring the duties and responsibilities of office, and uses his power on a whim. And the WAPO couldn’t be less interested in his abuse of power.

BobMbx on January 8, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Just establishing bonafides for when Hillary calls.

rogerb on January 8, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Cute but you forget an important parallel with the 1972 elections. Dems thought they would ultimately win because the voting age was lowered to 18. I see the GOP making the same assumption that pushing amnesty for illegals will boost GOP support.

Happy Nomad on January 8, 2014 at 11:38 AM

What’s pathetic is that even amnesty’s biggest champion, Juan McCain, admits that amnesty could result in zero additional votes for Republicans. Yet they’re still hellbent on ramming it through. Which means those special interests and fatcat donors must have a stranglehold over the party.

Doughboy on January 8, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Then we move to phase two, in which the media tries to prove that Christie himself knew all along or even ordered the lane closings.

First they’ve got to drag him thru to primary victory. Then they’ll sacrifice him on the alter of fascistic, journolistic integrity.

onomo on January 8, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Krispy’s staff deputy Kelly requests traffic problems in Ft Lee and we don’t know if he was involved?! Of course he was. A fat petty little pig that one is.

tim c on January 8, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Dunno if Christie knew or not…it’s not inconceivable that overzealous aides would do this on their own .

To Cooke’s point about Rahm Emmanuel and how cons would react if he did something similar, who here believes he hasn’t? I assume this sort of thing is commonplace, regardless of party or level of gov’t. In most cases, we don’t have emails and texts confirming it, but you’re naive if you think this doesn’t happen every day, everywhere.

changer1701 on January 8, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Nixon had no idea that CREEP was doing this. After it was exposed, he tried to make it go away using the power of his office.

Thats what he got hung for. Funny, though…the current President has no qualms about ignoring the duties and responsibilities of office, and uses his power on a whim. And the WAPO couldn’t be less interested in his abuse of power.

BobMbx on January 8, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Yup.

GOPRanknFile on January 8, 2014 at 11:45 AM

If that’s the plan then it’s pretty curious that this is front page news at the New York Times today.

rockmom on January 8, 2014 at 11:31 AM

They’re just trying to throw people off the scent.

Pork-Chop on January 8, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Why, this is almost as bad as having the IRS audit political opponents. Or the EPA and the EEOC crawl all over business operations of Romney donors.

Oh wait….

MTF on January 8, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Funny, though…the current President has no qualms about ignoring the duties and responsibilities of office, and uses his power on a whim. And the WAPO couldn’t be less interested in his abuse of power.

BobMbx on January 8, 2014 at 11:41 AM

This is why I hope this CRISTie story blows up. Not to derail his 2016 candidacy(although that would be a nice bonus), but to highlight yet again the sheer hypocrisy and journalistic malpractice on display from the drive-bys. After the slew of scandals and Constitutional violations from this White House that were either downplayed or ignored, they’re gonna try to make this into the story of the year?

Doughboy on January 8, 2014 at 11:46 AM

The Port Authority has been a cesspool of petty corruption for years and years.

rockmom on January 8, 2014 at 11:29 AM

And those holding the job of NJ Governor have not been corrupt?

Jim McGreevy and John Corzine ring some bells? I’m sure that fat boy knew about this.

Happy Nomad on January 8, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Gates, the weasel, releases his book.

The NYT front pages tiny lane squirrel…

Hillary’s cankles are bigger than this squirrel.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Christie will just pass homo marriage in NJ to get the Liberal Media on-side again.

sentinelrules on January 8, 2014 at 11:48 AM

I don’t hate Christie. He’s not my first choice for GOP candidate for President, but I don’t hate the guy and believe he is about the best that conservatives can hope for (currently) in NJ.

But, anyone who surrounds themselves with the type of people who would do this sort of thing should not be supported by conservatives.

We are for small gov’t and individual rights. Having people who see no problem using gov’t to screw over the ordinary citizen simply to give someone they don’t like a headache? that’s no better than Obama and his cronies.

I don’t want any part of it. It’s one thing to play “hard ball” and fight the left tooth and nail. that isn’t what this is. this is using their gov’t power to cause ordinary citizens inconvenience and even potential suffering for petty reasons. that is just sad and wrong and shows a profound lack of good character.

Monkeytoe on January 8, 2014 at 11:49 AM

I don’t like Christie anyway, he’s loudmouth, arrogant, and likes to throw his weight around. heh. Not what we need in 2016. Maybe Gates will consider a run!

scalleywag on January 8, 2014 at 11:49 AM

This is simply how statists operate. Use the power of the state for any and every purpose – for public benefit, personal benefit, political benefit, punishing enemies, etc. And because of this, they want this power at their fingertips, and they are always looking to further and expand the power of the state and crush the people’s individual liberty.

besser tot als rot on January 8, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Actually, this is the sort of scandal/kerfuffle that does grown legs because ordinary people can get their minds around it and understand it. They can readily picture the harm happening to themselves.

Jocon307 on January 8, 2014 at 11:49 AM

A vindictive SOB. Big surprise.

That “beach walk” now looks like “two birds of a feather flocking together”.

Carnac on January 8, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Christie is a thug that likes to ‘punish his enemies’ just like Obama.

Wigglesworth on January 8, 2014 at 11:50 AM

I don’t hate Christie. He’s not my first choice for GOP candidate for President, but I don’t hate the guy and believe he is about the best that conservatives can hope for (currently) in NJ.

Monkeytoe on January 8, 2014 at 11:49 AM

I won’t even consider supporting Christie for President, but I wouldn’t hesitate to support him for a statewide office in NJ. We need to stop going with the best we can hope for in NJ or MA as a national candidate. That is just ridiculous and counterproductive.

besser tot als rot on January 8, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Good let’s aid the media who aided CodeName Jpisey Buddah into forcing him out ideally….

If Chrispy Chreme had been content to be Joisey Buddah rather than being the “goto” guy for MSLSD soundbites on screwing the GOP national narrative I’d be more sympathetic but since he is not I will happily help him learn “the media was NEVER REALLY THAT INTO YOU FAT BOY.”

harlekwin15 on January 8, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Narcotics use.

Its the worst kept secret in Washington DC apparently.

Defenestratus on January 8, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Current or past? Any links supporting this contention?

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on January 8, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Hillary: Benghazi Embassy lost. Ambassador Killed. 2 Americans killed. Lied about it.

Christie: Closed a few lanes on a bridge.

Hillary 16!!/

portlandon on January 8, 2014 at 11:24 AM

…yep!…I say…close the thread!…I won’t vote for him…but that Benghazi shit has to be POUNDED ON!

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2014 at 11:54 AM

portlandon on January 8, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Cyanide is looking pretty tasty at this point.

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Marcola on January 8, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Heh.

This is probably the tip of the iceberg (more dogwhistling!) for Christie corruption, though. And if that’s the case I’d prefer he be taken out early.

It’s interesting that the NYT is bird dogging this – I’m assuming because it’s a local story as well as a 2016 story. But maybe they really are afraid of Christie the candidate.

Missy on January 8, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Hillary: Benghazi Embassy lost. Ambassador Killed. 2 Americans killed. Lied about it.

Christie: Closed a few lanes on a bridge.

Hillary 16!!/

portlandon on January 8, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Exactly. Blog about this instead.

22044 on January 8, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Christie haters think this is a legit scandal because it demonstrates the smallness of the man

Heh.

steebo77 on January 8, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Trolls are getting their talking points to soften this small squirrel.
They really want the battle of the fatties in ’16.

AllahsNippleHair on January 8, 2014 at 12:00 PM

steebo77 on January 8, 2014 at 11:58 AM

The one place you don’t want him to defined as small……

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Who cares?

I would like to believe that Christie passing his version of the Dream Act in NJ and implying anybody that in opposition is a racist would have been a bigger story.

Christie’s become the Republican version of Barack Obama.

Marcus Traianus on January 8, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Is this a scandal if CRISTie knew about it and/or ordered it? Of course. Will it cost him dearly in 2016? I think so. Does it compare to the crimes committed by the Obama regime? No way in hell.

Doughboy on January 8, 2014 at 11:27 AM

I love how the guys on our side will pull out the moral relativism card when convenient. Makes ya look like a liberal.

Walter L. Newton on January 8, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Oh AP…..trust me when I say that “lane closings” won’t be the only scandal for your guy Christie.
Here’s hoping that all of Christie’s emails will be read.

tencole on January 8, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Christie is DOA………………

GarandFan on January 8, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Oh my, I certainly hope that this doesn’t imperil obama’s plan to have Christie chosen as the 2016 GOP nominee.

Pork-Chop on January 8, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Lol.
I think it’s AP’s plan also ;)

tencole on January 8, 2014 at 12:04 PM

I love how the guys on our side will pull out the moral relativism card when convenient. Makes ya look like a liberal.

Walter L. Newton on January 8, 2014 at 12:01 PM

I’m not defending CRISTie. I’m just saying that it’s indefensible if there’s a media-feeding frenzy over this when they did everything they could to downplay the Obama scandals. This is bad, but it’s not even in the same ballpark as what Obama and his surrogates have done.

Doughboy on January 8, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Doughboy on January 8, 2014 at 11:41 AM

The GOP donor class was outraged that they gave all that money to Republicans and got nothing in return because Romney lost. They think it was because Romney ran a far right campaign which of course isn’t true, but these billionaires don’t understand politics except the pay to play aspect of the game. My guess is they gave the GOP an ultimatum that they want a return on their 2012 political investment even though Republicans lost and don’t have majority control of the federal government. That payback is immigration reform.

Wigglesworth on January 8, 2014 at 12:05 PM

If the big guy goes on to win the nomination

Not going to happen. I like CC but I wouldn’t vote for him for Prez. His virtues are well suited to NJ.

MJBrutus on January 8, 2014 at 12:07 PM

This is just a flesh wound. He won’t even notice.

kcewa on January 8, 2014 at 12:08 PM

In and of itself, it’s disqualification, in my not so humble opinion.

In context with Obama, it’s nothing, but it’s STILL a disqualification for people who want leaders they can trust.

But, it’s like Barney Fife said in his folksy manner when asked what the Sunday sermon was about: “sin”.

/sin is the currency of the left

williampeck1958 on January 8, 2014 at 12:10 PM

… he is about the best that conservatives can hope for (currently) in NJ.

Monkeytoe on January 8, 2014 at 11:49 AM

I doubt that there are any conservatives who are wasting time hoping that a Republican can win NJ in 2016, as NJ is a solid blue state. Christie was re-elected governor because he is a raging liberal (who, by his own admission, agrees with Andrew Cuomo “on 98% of the issues”), but, as a Republican presidential candidate, he would never be able to carry his own state. Christie has zero support from conservatives.

Pork-Chop on January 8, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Why, this is almost as bad as having the IRS audit political opponents. Or the EPA and the EEOC crawl all over business operations of Romney donors.

Oh wait….

MTF on January 8, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Teacher Teacher, his spit ball was bigger than mine, so it doesn’t count right?

MontanaMmmm on January 8, 2014 at 12:11 PM

O/T Did y’all see that Jeff Jacoby’s son is missing? Prayers for his safe return home.

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2014 at 12:12 PM

In which case, second look at Marco Rubio?

First look at Ted Cruz.

First look at Rand.

Hell, even a first look at Scott Walker for grins and giggles (mainly to see Special Ed Schlitz have a cerebral hemorrhage on live television).

We do not have a Hobson’s Choice this time.

Myron Falwell on January 8, 2014 at 12:13 PM

tencole on January 8, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Oh yes. AP is a big establishment guy. He loves Christie, Ryan, Rubio and the rest of the RINO herd. Every once in a while he throws HA conservatives a bone by using words like ‘Grahamnesty’ or ‘RINO’ in his blog posts.

Wigglesworth on January 8, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Hard to believe a scandal this petty could become big news with legs, but evidence of the governor having had a direct role in it would keep it going.

It’s only hard to believe until you realize he’s supposed to be a republican. An evil, heartless republican.

The liberal press hates them like Indiana Jones hates Nazis.

trigon on January 8, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Don’t care. Wont vote for Christie. I held my nose and voted for McLame and Romulan. I wont vote for a RINO a 3rd time. Yes even if that means a Dem wins.

neyney on January 8, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Trivial story, unless you lost a loved one because emergency first responders were held up at the bridge.

Rancher on January 8, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Rancher on January 8, 2014 at 12:19 PM

That’s a good point.

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2014 at 12:24 PM

If we say that the party hacks take their cue from oboobi before acting independently – here’s looking at you Lois Lerner – then the same could be said about Crispy Kreme. They were merely acting out their inner progressive to punish enemies by any means necessary. No he is unfit to lead New Jersey, let alone the US.

I will not vote for any RINO ever again.

AH_C on January 8, 2014 at 12:24 PM

… he is about the best that conservatives can hope for (currently) in NJ.

Monkeytoe on January 8, 2014 at 11:49 AM

I doubt that there are any conservatives who are wasting time hoping that a Republican can win NJ in 2016, as NJ is a solid blue state. Christie was re-elected governor because he is a raging liberal (who, by his own admission, agrees with Andrew Cuomo “on 98% of the issues”), but, as a Republican presidential candidate, he would never be able to carry his own state. Christie has zero support from conservatives.

Pork-Chop on January 8, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Kristie Kreme also benefitted from a Democrat Party that pooled all of their resources into Terry McAwful’s campaign, thereby leaving Kristie’s Dem opponent – whatshername – with no money or infrastructure whatsoever.

If there are any conservatives that live in NJ, they gave up on Kristie a long time ago.

Myron Falwell on January 8, 2014 at 12:27 PM

It’s only hard to believe until you realize he’s supposed to be a republican. An evil, heartless republican.

The liberal press hates them like Indiana Jones hates Nazis.

trigon on January 8, 2014 at 12:14 PM

New Jerseyites are so inured to scandal and corruption it will not stick they will simply dispirit the NJ GOP grass roots who are pleading the GOP is a better more ethical less invasive principled opposition.

Joisey Buddah is like the man who ate both Roosevelts he ran as a reformer law and order candidate and as such he SHOULD have been smart enough not to leave a trail if he was going to play FDR’s games.

He REALLY thought the media loved him and he was gonna the BWM Obama.

It’s almost like a New England based gender switched Carrie.

At any rate it would be better for the NJ GOP grassroots to have the National GOP force him out IMHO so as not to soil the brand ethically.

harlekwin15 on January 8, 2014 at 12:29 PM

I think the whole thing will fade within a week unless proof emerges that Christie had a bigger role in it. In which case, second look at Marco Rubio?

Allahpundit, I can always count on you to troll for comments, and in a way that makes me laugh. That is some seriously funny stuff right there.

Unless you were serious, of course, in which case PUT. DOWN. THE KNIFE.

Physics Geek on January 8, 2014 at 12:31 PM

I am not Tea Party – I support gun control, background checks, abortion – but I consider myself a republican. Christie helped Obama in 2012, and he hurt Romney. He could have helped Cuccinelli in 2013 and opted not to. I can’t muster support for this guy. He isn’t there when you need him. He said the most important thing was to get Lindsay Graham reelected. Lindsay Graham is Harry Reid. Why are republicans supporting Lindsay Graham who gives away power when Republicans are in the majority and gets faced when Harry Reid does away with the filibuster.

We got bad judges being appointed because of Christie and Graham. I would rather become an independent than vote for either of these two. Protest vote would have more effect than voting for republicans who endorse democrats.

TAARP on January 8, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Oh yes. AP is a big establishment guy. He loves Christie, Ryan, Rubio and the rest of the RINO herd. Every once in a while he throws HA conservatives a bone by using words like ‘Grahamnesty’ or ‘RINO’ in his blog posts.

Wigglesworth on January 8, 2014 at 12:13 PM

AP is at least tolerable to read in comparison to Jazz and Guy. And compared to those two, he’s the reincarnation of Rasputin… which unfortunately says a lot.

Myron Falwell on January 8, 2014 at 12:31 PM

After an hour of Twittergazing

Back away from the Twitter.

whatcat on January 8, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Trivial story, unless you lost a loved one because emergency first responders were held up at the bridge.

Rancher on January 8, 2014 at 12:19 PM

You know there was a story a while back that I had that
exact same thought….funny that our media viewed it as
TRIVIAL…..that story? Benghazi.

ToddPA on January 8, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Trivial story, unless you lost a loved one because emergency first responders were held up at the bridge.

Rancher on January 8, 2014 at 12:19 PM

I actually could be very educational. Assuming for a minute that the fat bastard really didn’t know that his staff was giddy over making kids late for school; what does Governor Christie do about the corruption within his own administration? So far he’s let one of them to skulk out of office without harm but does he get to the bottom of it or does he ignore it. So far, all he’s done is cancel a press conference so he doesn’t have to answer questions about the issue (which I am sure he thought would die with the one resignation).

This is one of those moments where Christie’s character is under scrutiny even if he was unaware about the vindictiveness coming out of his own office. Does he take the moral high ground or do we get another example of the despicable partisan hack we saw bro-hugging and endorsing Obama days ahead of the election?

Happy Nomad on January 8, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Hey, I’m still hoping that Marco is teachable but I don’t think I will be convinced by 2016. I still don’t think the Northeast Moderate tactic that is suppose to be the Southern tactic is a good way to go.

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2014 at 12:42 PM

For being such a big man, he’s an awfully small man.

Ward Cleaver on January 8, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Christy Cream Christy was just doing what the mob fixer demanded.

The loud mouth fat ass ugly RINO talk is just icing on the cake.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 8, 2014 at 1:06 PM

I don’t like Christie anyway, he’s loudmouth, arrogant, and likes to throw his weight around. heh. Not what we need in 2016.

scalleywag on January 8, 2014 at 11:49 AM

You must take a liking to a smooth talking Hilary who will subtly jam it to you and you’ll like it just because she did it with a smile…right?

timberline on January 8, 2014 at 1:41 PM

I may not be sold on Christie, but how can anything be worst than Hillary’s Benghazi?

steveracer on January 8, 2014 at 1:53 PM

When asked to show their support of Christie, Romney and Cuccinelli were too busy with other important issues to give any words of encouragement.

TAARP on January 8, 2014 at 2:02 PM

steveracer on January 8, 2014 at 1:53 PM

That someone we voted for could do the same thing. While closing lanes or a bridge can’t be compared, I worry about people who can be this petty and Christie has been consistently petty.

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2014 at 2:25 PM

I will not ever vote for Christie. Period. Tubby RINO squish who acts like a 5 year old.

Minnfidel on January 8, 2014 at 2:32 PM

When presented with undeniable (but vague) proof of a scandal that has been relentlessly pursued by Rachel Maddow of all people..

Hot Air had 3 options: 1, ignore it. 2, deny it. 3, deal with reality.

I came in here expecting #1, but I got #3.

Good on you, AP.

triple on January 8, 2014 at 3:02 PM

I don’t like Christie at all…but…

This is a non-story. It sort of offends me considering all things Obama has done, and the Clintons for that matter, and the media is getting all excited about a stupid bridge?

Note – Another reason for me to hate the media: That are making me have to defend fat boy.

William Eaton on January 8, 2014 at 3:03 PM

I begin by confessing that in spite of Glenn Becks adoration of Christie, I have never liked him as a GOP representative. From the beginning it was clear he was awful.

This? Is evil stuff. Screwing with people for petty reasons simply because you can is Obama-land nonsense. I am thoroughly sick of all of these two year olds.

BrideOfRove on January 8, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Just explain in clear and understandable terms how the Ports Authority closing bridge lanes that have nothing to do with the mayor at all could hurt the mayor.

Also, if the object were to hurt the mayor or the town, doesn’t the Governor have much better ways than causing a traffic jam that affects mostly people who don’t live in the mayor’s town?

If it is in any way true, everyone involved should be fired. But it just doesn’t make sense.

Unless The Hill is throwing out a bright shiny squirrel to be chased.

Adjoran on January 8, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Even I’m yawning at this…..

libfreeordie on January 8, 2014 at 4:48 PM

It shows the contempt elected officials and their staff have for the masses.

lonestar1 on January 8, 2014 at 5:03 PM

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