A cache of private messages between Governor’s Christie’s deputy chief of staff and his two top executives at the Port Authority reveal a vindictive effort to create “traffic problems in Fort Lee,” apparent pleasure at the resulting gridlock, and insults used to refer to the borough’s mayor, who had failed to endorse Christie for re-election.
Oh my my my. Christie has explicitly denied that this came from his office. And if it came from one of his closest deputies, conveyed to a couple of his closest political chums, can Christie (aka the Luckiest Man in America) dodge this bullet. This has gone further than I could have expected to expose the vindictive, bullying Christie for the self-centered and brutal political operative he is.
I’m going to continue to assume that his loyal henchmen will fall on proverbial swords to protect him, but who the hell knows with such dimwitted meat puppets. Kelly is so close to Christie and the e-mails are so petty, and even worse, so dismissive of the concerns of the public they’re supposed to be serving, that I expect this will have very long legs.
The explosive documents, supplied by Wildstein in response to a subpoena issued by a panel of state lawmakers, don’t spell out the precise reason for the apparent retribution. But they lay bare a disdain for the mayor and an apparent indifference to the hardships suffered by Bergen County residents who sat in four-hour backups. Wildstein has been called to testify about the documents under oath before the panel tomorrow.