Traffic-Gate: Messages Link NJ Governor’s Aide to Traffic Snarling Lane Closures

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Among the unattributed texts from Christie aides and appointees is one commenting on Sokolich’s pleas that reads, “Is it wrong that I’m smiling.”

Among the communications, some of which are redacted, is an email from Wildstein to Kelly on Sept. 7, two days before the lane closings started. He said he’d call her “to let you know how Fort Lee goes.”

Four days later, on the day Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye, an appointee of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, learned of the closings and reopened the lanes, Wildstein emailed Kelly: “We are appropriately going nuts. Samson helping us to retaliate,” referring to Port Authority Chairman David Samson, who was appointed by Christie.

Most of the emails were sent using private addresses, rather than their government email accounts, the content of which would be subject to open records laws and therefore public.

Later, as questions began surfacing about what prompted the lane closure, Christie campaign manager Bill Stepien, one of the governor’s most trusted advisers, discussed the controversy with Wildstein.

Sent a copy of an article about the closings by Wildstein, Stepien replied: “It’s fine. The mayor is an idiot, though. (Win) some, lose some.”

(AP Photo: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie applauds during a gathering in Union City, N.J., Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.)

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