Hey, anyone happen to be following this story?
In a nutshell: “The Bergen Record newspaper published on Wednesday this week emails indicating that high-placed figures within the Christie administration ordered those closures after Ft. Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich declined to endorse the incumbent governor during last year’s election. Traffic on and around the world’s busiest bridge was brought to a standstill as a result of those manufactured traffic jams, and authorities now say one person may have died because emergency personnel couldn’t reach her in time due to the delays.” (FBI and US attorney to probe bridge scandal looming over 2016 …).
Outrageous. Not the fact that a politician is using underhanded tactics against another politician (that’s business as usual as far as I’m concerned), but the fact that he does so with absolutely no regard for the average citizens, many of who may well have voted for him!
Okay, okay. Innocent until proven guilty, right? Governor Christie denies any knowledge of the political payback scheme…even though a number of his top aides are implicated. So, in effect, he’s saying he’s not a petty, vindictive bully; simply a complete dolt who was out of the loop. He was out of the loop when his aides decided to shut down the bridge to inconvenience a political opponent. And he remained out of the loop, completely clueless while, over the course of the four day closure, others complained the closures were politically motivated. Let’s get this straight…
The closures inconvenienced people for days. His political opponents were pointing their fingers at his office, insisting the closures were politically motivated. If you were Governor Christie and were actually oblivious to what YOUR people were doing, wouldn’t you ask one of them if there was any truth to the charges? Are we to assume that, as some point, he did ask – and they all lied to him? Realistically, why the hell would they lie , keeping their boss out of the dark while they CONTINUED to keep the lanes loses for an additional three days? Are we really expected to believe they “went rogue”? That they took these actions on his behalf, didn’t tell him, and then lied to him when he asked about it and continued merrily on their way? Or maybe he never bothered asking? He just wasn’t the least bit curious?
And, oh my, it gets worse…
Governor Christie has taken swift action to
make things right save his political career: “On Thursday, Christie moved to contain the damage from the scandal, firing his deputy chief of staff, cutting ties to one of his chief political advisers and apologizing for the traffic jams. Two Christie appointees at the Port Authority resigned last month as the scandal unfolded.” (New documents show worries about bad publicity in NJ traffic-jam …).
On an unrelated note, I’ve severely reprimanded my dogs after discovering they took it upon themselves to order the NFL Package via my satellite provider. I sincerely apologize for their behavior and would like my $200 back.