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Word is that it was payback for the Democratic Mayor of Fort Lee not endorsing Christie’s re-election or it was payback to NJ Legislative Democrats over the State Supreme Court or a development project in Fort Lee.

Or something else – which may or may not be found out through investigations, hearings or maybe even subpoenas and prosecutions.  And ironically, it was this and not one of the myriad of other things he did over his career that finally has people sitting up and taking notice of how scummy Governor Fleece has been consistently over the course of his career.

But at this point, quite honestly, the big thing here is not why this was done (even though it could lead to other crimes being uncovered and could be a very big deal in its own right), but the mere fact of how many people in Christie’s inner circle were so very intimately involved in the planning and cover up of this – leading to the conclusion that the only way that Christie actually didn’t know about the planning and cover up is if it was perfectly clear by design that Christie was to purposely be kept in the dark about the details.  

Which is (1) not plausible or (2) a sinister culture (a point made many times already) in that these people – people this loyal to him - would not keep Christie in the dark about something this big and this damaging without him wanting to not be told of the details.

In short – this could not credibly have been kept from Christie without he himself letting his inner circle know that he doesn’t want to know about these things.  And not wanting to know how this is being covered up or not pressing to find out why his own high level appointees were resigning is patently absurd to anyone who has followed Christie in any way.

He would never have let his two hand picked people, one a longtime friend and former State Senator, the other who had a position created by Christie for him and was “Christie’s eyes and ears” at the Port Authority – step down and hire attorneys without staunchly defending them and insulting anyone who dared ask why.  

There is no way that his Deputy Chief of Staff would be emailing his “eyes and ears at the Port Authority” for hours during Sept 12 (the day before the lanes reopened) and then be with Christie for hours at Seaside Heights after a fire without him knowing of the events unless he wanted to not be kept in the loop.

There is no way that he met with his Port Authority hand picked Chief David Samson a week before the order was given to shut down the lanes, then meet with him for two hours(!) last week only to say that that Samson had no involvement in the cover up – after emails show that Samson was personally involved in “retaliation”.

There is no way that Christie’s spokesman, Michael Drewniak, met with Wildstein in December about Wildstein’s resignation without Christie knowing why Wildstein was resigning.

There is no way that Christie’s buddy Bill Baroni would have demanded that there “be no discourse” about the closures without that being approved at a higher level.

There is no way that Christie himself would have called Governor Cuomo and asked him to back off investigation the lane closures.

There is no way that “Charlie” (most likely referring to Christie’s chief Counsel) would have been very proud of Baroni’s shutting down the lanes without Christie knowing or willfully not wanting to know.

Over his career, Christie has shown that when he wants to know about something – when he really wants answers on an issue, he will.  not.  stop.  until he gets what he wants.  There has never been a time (except when he was guilty in the past on other similar things) where he has been so disinterested – so willfully ignorant – of something that his inner circle was involved with.

None of these people are low or mid or even moderately high level people.  These are the closest people to Christie and hold positions that Christie appointed them to, sometimes even creating positions for.  This was no accident.

If Christie didn’t know, then it was specifically known that Christie did not want to know.

And that is the same thing as knowing but covering it up.  Knowing about a cover up is covering it up.

Regardless of why it happened in the first place.

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  •  It's not the motive , (6+ / 0-)

    it's not the crime ,
    it's the cover up .

    "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

    by indycam on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 02:42:45 PM PST

  •  Well said, Clammyc. I was just working on a post (9+ / 0-)

    describing the involvement of David Samson, Regina Egea, and Micheal Drewniak but you say it better here.  Here's a link to some articles documenting some of your statements.

    Port Authority Chairmen David Samson is described by David Wildstein as "helping us retaliate," and Wildstein's response to the N.J. legislative investigation included a memo describing a planned meeting between Samson and Christie a week prior to the lane closing on the George Washington bridge.

    New  documents released Friday show the planning of a meeting between New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Port Authority Chairman David Samson a week before one of his key aides sent out an email ordering "traffic problems in Fort Lee."

    This is perhaps the key question on which New Jersey Democrats will press Christie during the ongoing investigation into the September closure of George Washington Bridge lanes.

    David Wildstein, the Former Port Authority Director of Interstate Capital Projects and an ally of Christie, was subpoenaed to provide documents deemed specifically related to the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge.

    Included in the documents is a reference to "what appears to be a meeting" between Christie and Samson, said John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), the chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee.

    "By submitting these documents, Mr. Wildstein is telling us they are related to the lane closures in some way," Wisniewski said.

    "The question that demands answering is, how?"

    http://www.dailyfreeman.com/...
    Associated Press

    TRENTON, N.J. — Thousands of pages of documents released this week by a legislative panel investigating the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge show members of Gov. Chris Christie’s inner circle were well-informed about the apparently politically motived traffic jams the governor said took him by surprise.

    When an executive at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey angrily asserted the lane closures were a threat to public safety — and possibly illegal — the email ended up in the hands of a close Christie adviser that he had planned to promote.

    When a reporter demanded answers about the huge traffic jams, a high-ranking port authority official appointed by Christie didn’t refer it to his agency’s media relations staff. He ordered it sent to the governor’s press secretary.

    And when the lanes were reopened at last, another authority staffer emailed the governor’s now-fired deputy chief of staff to say Christie’s hand-picked agency chairman was helping to “retaliate” against the official who stopped the closures.

    The revelations about how much Christie’s close aides knew about the closures could undermine the governor’s attempts to distance himself from the scandal that threatens to overshadow his inauguration later this month and upend his possible candidacy for president in 2016.

    A Washington Post article this afternoon describes email communications about Foye's complaints being forwarded to Regina Egea, designated to be Christie's future Chief of Staff.
    The day Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye ordered the lanes reopened, he sent an email asserting the lane closings created a public safety hazard and may have violated federal and state laws. That email was forwarded to a senior Christie staffer, Regina Egea.

    Egea is currently the head of Christie’s authorities unit and one of his 10 senior staff members. Before the scandal broke, he had tapped her to be his next chief of staff.

    In one text message exchange, a pair of now-resigned Christie loyalists in the port authority discuss how to handle a reporter’s inquiry about the closures that backed traffic up from the bridge — one of the nation’s busiest — into Fort Lee. The port authority’s own six-person media relations staff isn’t consulted, but Michael Drewniak, who has handled press for the New Jersey governor since he was a United States attorney, is.

    “Jesus,” Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni says in a Sept. 17 text message to fellow Christie appointee David Wildstein about the media inquiry. “Call Drewniak.”

    Drewniak, Christie’s press secretary, did not immediately respond Saturday night to requests for comment on correspondence involving him or Egea.

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 02:59:28 PM PST

    •  I lived in NJ for the majority of my adult life (2+ / 0-)
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      HoundDog, clammyc

      I spent some time involved in local and county level politics.

      None of this - I repeat, none of this - is surprising to me.

      The only thing surprising to me is that Christie got caught playing hardball, even if he wasn't doing the actual knee-capping.  Levels above "street boss" in NJ politics are usually pretty insulated.

      See: Norcross, George.

      It will not get easier before it gets harder. But the harder it gets, the easier it will be.

      by Richard Cranium on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 03:31:18 PM PST

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  •  Ignorance: the art of ignoring. nt (1+ / 0-)
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    a2nite

    "Well, yeah, the Constitution is worth it if you succeed." - Nancy Pelosi, 6/30/07 // "Succeed?" At what?

    by nailbender on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 03:06:56 PM PST

  •  So glad to see you here in comments... (5+ / 0-)

    ...and diaries the past few days.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 03:16:29 PM PST

  •  Like it all excpet this term: Bridgeghazi (2+ / 0-)
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    Ditch Mitch KY, UnionMade

    that implies there is similarity to Benghazi and I don't think there is at all.  I see no reason to link them though obviously conservatives do.

    •  I know....but (2+ / 0-)
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      Ninepatch, side pocket

      ironically, this is not a big deal in terms of the other much bigger much more real things Christie has done.  It shouldn't be a big deal compared to the other things - but it looks like it is going to be.

      Other than the actual cover up (which isn't there with Benghazi), this now seems like a full on cover up going all the way up.

      I hate XXXXXXXXGate, so hopefully something else comes up in terms of what to call it - other than "Christie's downfall"

      •  What makes this different is people can (2+ / 0-)
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        UnionMade, clammyc

        easily wrap their heads around this and imagine it affecting them.  Actually its the cover-up that makes it similar to Watergate and so the term Bridgegate genuinely makes sense.  In the end it was the cover-up that did  Nixon in and here with Christie it may work the same way.  

        The instant it can be proven that he knew about this all along, or even knew about it at the time and did nothing, he's finished.  

        By claiming he knew nothing until this week he's left himself wide open to being shown to be a bald faced liar and that would do him in.

      •  Then please call it Teapot Bridge--or anything but (0+ / 0-)

        what you called it in your headline. Memes have power among the lesser-informed--often they are the only concept of a news event that enters the general consciousness. And you are reinforcing a hurtful meme.

        The suffix you prefer belongs to the very scandal (whether actual or imaginary) the GOP wants to use to sink one our currently most popular candidate.

        You may see distinctions between the GOP fixation on Benghazi, and the liberal fixation on Bridgegate, but the distinctions are totally in the eye of the beholder. To many Americans right now, the reaction to the bridge stuff is foolish, overblown, and a waste of time.

        I like --Gate. It originated with another bully who sweated during press conferences and protested that he wasn't a crook and couldn't sleep nights for worrying that his staff would give him away.

        So I think it's the most appropriate suffix in this case.
         

  •  Wildstein asked bridge engineer Peter Zipf (1+ / 0-)
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    clammyc

    for his advice on the shutdown. Zipf came back with some options, including cutting Fort Lee back to two lanes. Wildstein ordered Zipf to analyze cutting back to one lane, which Zipf did, and Wildstein then ordered.

    No way Christie didn't ask Wildstein or Kelly what was up unless he already knew he didn't want to hear the answers.

    August 28: Port Authority Chief Engineer Peter Zipf emailed Wildstein: "As requested," he attached a plan for reducing the rush hour toll lane allotment for Fort Lee from three lanes to two. "One additional scenario could be a merge down to one lane, if needed," he added.

    August 29: Zipf provided a modified plan for Wildstein, including an option taking Fort Lee down to a single toll lane, "as discussed."

    September 6: Darcy Licorish of the Port Authority Police Department sent an email indicating that Wildstein had instructed Robert Durando, General Manager of the George Washington Bridge, to implement the one-lane plan.

    Chris Christie's People Would've Gotten Away With Bridgegate If They Had Gone With Their Original Plan

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 07:45:52 PM PST

  •  Of course he knew (0+ / 0-)

    Next?

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