New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is being skewered on social networking sites in the wake of emails that seem to show his staffers orchestrated massive traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge to New York to get back at a mayor who failed to endorse his successful re-election bid.
Christie, widely considered to be a Republican presidential contender for 2016, on Thursday fired his deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly who sent an email saying "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee." The New Jersey governor made the announcement at a news conference in which he said he was “humiliated” by the episode
, and The New York Times reported Thursday that the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey has opened a probe
into the matter to determine if the conspiracy violated federal laws.
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A 91-year-old woman suffering a heart attack died after bridge traffic delayed medics.
Reaction to bridge-gate on Twitter was vicious.
While Christie has come under fire from many Republicans, other conservatives are coming to his defense.
The George Washington Bridge connects northern New Jersey to Manhattan and it was effectively shut down for nearly a week in the town of Fort Lee when local access lanes were blocked. The closings came without warning and after the town’s Democratic mayor, Mark Sokolich, refused to endorse the governor’s re-election bid. Officials from the governor’s office and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey claimed the closures were part of a traffic study.
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