New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's in big trouble, and he knows it. Yesterday morning, it was definitively revealed that his office helped orchestrate a massive traffic jam in Fort Lee, New Jersey leading onto the George Washington Bridge. Emails obtained by North Jersey paper The Record revealed that one of his top deputy chiefs, Bridget Anne Kelly, planned the traffic jam with David Wildstein, a Christie guy in the Port Authority. The whole thing was a harebrained revenge plot to get back at the mayor of Fort Lee for declining to endorse Christie's re-election bid. As an added dose of awful, the traffic jam delayed EMS crews responding to at least four emergency calls; one was an unconscious 91 year-old-woman who later died of cardiac arrest at the hospital.
This Time cover came out a year ago today. Prescient!
It looks bad. Real bad. Possible criminal charges bad, if New Jersey Democrats have anything to do with it; State Senator Ray Lesniak told CNN this morning he's calling for a federal investigation. And, as Christie's crew is almost certainly more worried about, it could harm the governor's carefully crafted image of an affable, reasonable dude who plays well with others and gamely eats doughnuts on late-night talk shows. That could potentially sink any hopes he'd had of becoming president before he even launches a campaign.More »