WHOA! New Jersey' Chris Christie alleged to have ordered George Washington Bridge shutdown in petty retaliation
Governor's White House aspiration takes major hit, as millions are inconvenienced
Fort Lee Mayor Sokolich didn't support the reelection of Chris Christie for New Jersey Governor. It is now alleged that Chris Christie shut down the George Washington Bridge in retaliation. That action inconvenienced millions - and emergency responders were unable to aid an unconscious 91-year-old woman who later died at a local hospital. On Thursday, Christie, who many tout as the GOP's biggest presidential contender in 2016, fired the staff member and publicly apologized, stating he was completely unaware of the action and was appalled by it.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has since taken responsibility for the lane closures, but denied knowledge of the action or that he planned it.
"How low can you go, congratulations, you've just made New Jersey the brunt of every political joke for the next 25 years," Sokolich said.
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Christie has since taken responsibility for the lane closures, but denied knowledge of the action or that he planned it.
An email with the line "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee," made in August 13 went public this week. "Got it," the Garden State governor's high school buddy, David Wildstein said in a message from Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie's deputy chief of staff for legislative and intergovernmental affairs.
Sokolich said he was appalled by the orchestrated gridlock in September.
"How low can you go?" he asked. "This is insane. It's the worst example of a petty political vendetta . I'm embarrassed. And congratulations, you've just made New Jersey the brunt of every political joke for the next 25 years - again."
Several Christie aides and appointees are implicated in the emails and texts. "Shame on you," Sokolich said on TV. He added he fears retribution and wants a criminal probe.
Sokolich later explained to reporters that the governor needs to address the people his staff put in danger during four days of madness. "Don't explain it to me, explain it to the families that were waiting two, three times longer than they had to for first responders to arrive when their loved ones were clutching their chests because they were having either heart attacks or tremendous heart pain," he said.
"Explain it to the family who was missing a child that the police had to respond to, or explain it to the thousands of families who couldn't get their kids to school on time on the first day and the ensuing days thereafter," Sokolich railed.
Christie said he first learned of the emails this week. "What I've seen today for the first time is unacceptable," he said in a written statement. "I am outraged and deeply saddened that not only was I misled by a member of my staff, but this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made without my knowledge."
The governor said "people will be held responsible for their actions."
Comedian Jon Stewart put a humorous spin on the whole shameful incident. "Clearly, somebody is getting thrown under the bus here," the Jersey-born funnyman said on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." "Fortunately for them, the bus isn't moving. It's stuck in terrible traffic."
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