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  •  Exhibit C (8+ / 0-)

    has part of the traffic study.  It's starts on the 7th page.  Reallocation of toll lanes at the GWB - An early assessment of the benefits of the trial.

    I don't think the study was ever completed because Foye ordered all the lanes re-opened on Sept. 13 before they were finished with the "study."

    Protocol wasn't followed, though, which is why Foye prdered the lanes re-opened.  His email is one of the first things posted in Exhibit B.  

    Also, this is not the same traffic study that was referenced in some of the earlier e-mails that were released.

    That one was for the Township of Springfield.

    Chris Christie bridge scandal: Why is Springfield mentioned in controversial emails?

    The Springfield mention was in reference to a grant from the Port Authority, which gave the township $60,000 to conduct a traffic study relating to the redevelopment of the downtown area along Morris Avenue, according to David Amlen, the township’s Democratic mayor at the time.

    “As it pertained to Springfield, a lack of endorsement didn't have any adverse effect on us getting our funding,” Amlen said.

    [SNIP]

    Though the email was sent in September, Amlen said he wasn’t informed of the approval until November, after Christie had won re-election. But he said the timing wasn’t important to him, so long as the grant was approved.

    •  Very interesting (6+ / 0-)

      Given it is now indisputable that the purpose of the lane closure was some kind of political skulduggery, any "trials" or "studies" of the benefits of toll allocation are obviously intential coverup.  

      That Christie is still sticking to the story of "gee maybe there was a traffic study" is kind of telling.  Was he involved in the coverup plan?  Is why it is so hard for him to let go of it now?

      •  superficial (7+ / 0-)
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        Clinging to the traffic study was the most interesting thing about the news conference, along with his declining to do exit interviews with the two people he fired (so as not to establish a predicate for a subpoena on himself). Whenever Christie mentioned the traffic study - I know this is superficial, but his face took on a blank look and his eyes opened wide. Really the opposite of the old shifty Nixon look, and probably something to do with his experience as trial lawyer. Actually I don't know much time he spent trying cases himself, so I looked on Wikipedia and there's an interesting section about John Ashcroft.

        Christie seems to have been a pioneer in deferring prosecutions against wealthy corporations and appointing pricey monitoring firms instead.

        There's also an interesting section about GW Bush's hit list against U.S. Attorneys - Christie was on it until he went after Democratic senator Menendez, according to Paul Krugman.

      •  I think you're onto something (4+ / 0-)
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        New documents show extensive N.J. coverup

        By Philip Rucker

        New documents related to a traffic jam planned by a member of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) staff show for the first time how furiously Christie’s lieutenants inside the Port Authority worked to orchestrate a cover-up after traffic mayhem swiftly engulfed Fort Lee last year.

        Inside the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Christie’s top appointees neglected furious complaints from Fort Lee’s police chief as well as from angry rush-hour commuters. One woman called asking why the agency was “playing God with people’s jobs.”

        The Republican governor’s appointees instructed subordinates to stonewall reporters who were asking questions. They even ordered up an actual “traffic study” to chronicle the impact and examine whether closing the lanes permanently might improve traffic flow. The study’s conclusion: “TBD.”

        <...>

        http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

        This quote from Chritie's press conference stands out:
        “I don’t know if this was a traffic study that morphed into a political vendetta or a political vendetta that morphed into a traffic study,” he claimed.

        http://thinkprogress.org/...

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