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February 27th, 2014
08:52 PM ET

Documents: Christie staff jokes about causing rabbi traffic problems

Newly released documents are raising more questions about the scandal surrounding New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's administration.

According to the previously redacted documents, David Wildstein, then a top executive at the Port Authority, sent a photo of a New Jersey rabbi to Bridget Anne Kelley, then a top aide to Christie.

Documents: Christie appointees joke about rabbi and traffic problems

Along with the photo, he sent her a note that read, "he has officially pissed me off."

Kelly responded: "clearly," and "we cannot cause traffic problems in front of his house can we?"

Wildstein: "Flights to Tel Aviv all mysteriously delayed."

Six days earlier, Kelly sent the now-infamous email to Wildstein saying:

"Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee"

And that's what apparently set the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge and this scandal in motion.

OutFront: Political Analyst Steve Adubato.


Filed under: Bridge Scandal • Chris Christie • News
February 26th, 2014
10:44 PM ET

Christie Christie: "I have no problem with my poll numbers"

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is answering new questions about the bridge scandal engulfing his administration.

He appeared on a New Jersey radio segment 'Ask the Governor'.

Radio Host: You have political capital to advance second term agenda?
Christie: Sure. I have no problem with my poll numbers - still better than most people in my state.

It's an interesting comment in light of Christie's quip earlier Wednesday that pollsters are always wrong, just like weathermen, he said.

Christie also noted that no one asked him about the scandal during a town hall meeting - same as his last town hall.

But he did not note that both forums were held in very Christie friendly areas of the state.

Outfront tonight: Newsday Columnist Ellis Henican and Political Analyst​ Steve Adubato.


Filed under: Bridge Scandal • Chris Christie • News • Politics
February 19th, 2014
08:02 PM ET

Chris Christie appointee "sorry" for lane closures

A bridgegate apology?

The chairman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, David Samson says he is sorry for the September George Washington Bridge lane closures.

"On behalf of the board of commissioners, we are deeply sorry for the inconvenience caused to our travelers." Samson said in a statement at the start of today's meeting of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners.

Samson is a Christie appointee and hasn't spoken publicly since the scandal broke.

CNN's Chris Frates has the latest OutFront.


Filed under: Bridge Scandal • Chris Christie • News
February 13th, 2014
08:54 PM ET

New Republic: N.J. Gov. Chris Christie's career "built on a rotten foundation"

"Chris Christie's Entire Career Reeks: It's not just the bridge."

That's the title of a new cover story in a new issue of the New Republic, which suggests Bridgegate is just the tip of the iceberg and Christie's entire career "reeks."

"What Bridgegate has laid bare is the skill and audacity with which Christie constructed his public image. “It’s almost like people were in a trance,” Buono told me. Christie may have been misunderstood for so long because his transactionalism diverted from the standard New Jersey model. He wasn’t out to line his own pockets, or build a business empire. He wasn’t even seeking to advance a partisan agenda. And yet it was transactionalism all the same. Christie used a corrupt system to expand his own power and burnish his own image, and he did it so artfully that he nearly came within striking distance of the White House. When he got cozy with Democratic bosses, people only saw a man willing to work across the aisle. When he bullied his opponents, they only saw a truth-teller. It was one of the most effective optical illusions in American politics—until it wasn’t."

The author of the article, Alec MacGillis, is OutFront with CNN contributor Reihan Salam.


Filed under: Bridge Scandal • Chris Christie • News • Politics
February 11th, 2014
10:40 PM ET

N.J. Police: Gov. Christie did not fly over traffic during bridge lane closings

Is the Chris Christie investigation a massive witch hunt?

The New Jersey State Police now say the three helicopter flights Governor Christie took during the week of the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge did not go over or near the bridge.

That's crucial, because it means the governor didn't actually see the traffic.

Christie: Investigations won't 'curtail' agenda

Democrats in New Jersey investigating the governor's role were hoping for a different outcome, as they hunt for a smoking gun to bring the governor down.

Meanwhile Christie is in Chicago fundraising and attempting to go about business as usual.

OutFront: CNN's Dana Bash, Bill Kristol is Editor of The Weekly Standard and Chris Kofinis is a Democratic Strategist.


Filed under: Bridge Scandal • Chris Christie • News • Politics
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