By Clare Kim
Newly released emails show that an aide to New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie and a Christie appointee at the Port Authority plotted to create a traffic nightmare last September, apparently as political payback. They were directly involved with the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge–explicitly in order to devise “traffic problems in Fort Lee.”
The email exchanges, obtained by The Record newspaper, refute denials Christie had made that the lane closures were politically motivated.
According to the documents, Bridget Anne Kelly, a deputy chief of staff to Christie, ordered Port Authority officials to close the bridge lanes three weeks before the chaotic traffic jams that ensued the week of September 9.
“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” Kelly wrote in an email to David Wildstein, a Christie-appointed executive at the Port Authority, which controls the bridge.
Wildstein, the official who ordered the closures and who resigned in December amid the bridge controversy, replied: “Got it.”