Since Gov. Chris Christie sits on the top of polls for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, the unfolding bridge traffic scandal could hurt him. So far, he has denied being complicit in any kind of political payback scheme aimed against the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, N.J.
The lane closures on the George Washington Bridge back in September were part of a traffic study, according to officials in Christie’s administration. However, email messages obtained by a N.J. newspaper and CBS news suggest otherwise. Right now, the optics are bad. It does appear that overzealous personnel in charge of the Port Authority deliberately created traffic congestion problems. This was done to retaliate against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat, who did not endorse Christie for re-election, according to some of the reports.
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