Of course, he will say it isn't so. He has already done so. Adamantly. Angrily. Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, a front runner for Republican efforts to regain the White House, has filled his conversation with loud denials of responsibility for the now infamous traffic jam on the George Washington bridge approach near Fort Lee, New Jersey last September.
The truth is now known about the four day traffic mess that caused school kids to be delayed several hours from their first days of school, emergency medical patients to be delayed getting to hospitals, and all other motorists using that thoroughfare to be terribly inconvenienced. For four days. Turns out it was all staged on purpose by aides to Christie who wanted to teach a lesson to the mayor of Fort Lee who they incorrectly referred to in emails as "that little Serbian" (he is Croation). He is Mayor Mark Sokolich of Fort Lee, their target as punishment for his not having paid tribute--as he was pressured to do--to Chris Christie in Christie's campaign for reelection as Governor. Apparently, the pressure was part of Christie's campaign plan to get all local Democratic officials to endorse Christie so they could pitch to national Republicans the picture of Christie's bi-partisan support, which would in turn put Christie in positive light for eventual presidential nomination.
Jeez, I know politics can be a dirty business, but really? The person behind the traffic scheme is apparently Christie's Deputy Chief of Staff, Bridget Anne Kelly. It was her plan to snarl traffic big time to make the Fort Lee mayor look bad. She has spent most of her career in New Jersey politics and close aide to the Governor for the past three years. And she is the one who wrote the initial email to a high ranking Christie appointee at the Port Authority which controls the George Washington Bridge. Her email said "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee." Apparently that is all it took to set in motion a massively inconvenient, even dangerous, plan to embarrass Sokolich.
Here's what I'm askin': what else has she done in that capacity to stir up trouble for those not in love with the Governor?
That's another conversation, apparently. We've got our hands full just sorting this one out. But most of all, I'm, interested in the conversations that go on between CHristie and his aides that they would even think this kind of thing is a smart thing to do. Christie may deny his involvement in this scheme, but if you believe as I do that the leader sets the tone at the top, he can't talk his way out of this one.