Rarely do we see Chris Christie's contrite side, but above it's apparent that he knows he's really stepped into it this time. It's the before and after Christie toning down his brash in your face style to hide behind the lectern asking for forgiveness like a naughty boy.
The damage done by the closure of two lanes of traffic on the George Washington Bridge from Ft. Lee, NJ, to NYC just keeps adding up. Cristie's nightmare continues as the environmental and economic costs are revealed.
But here’s an angle most media have missed: The lane closures also caused more pollution. When cars idle in traffic, they burn more fuel per mile traveled. That means more local air pollution, which causes respiratory ailments and tens of thousands of deaths per year. Idling cars also generate more CO2 emissions.First estimates and calculations are showing that the bridge debacle may have economic costs of up to 21 million in lost productivity!
Local environmental activists are criticizing Christie for the environmental impact of the GW Bridge lane closings. “You have to understand when you jam up the streets, the amount of pollution it creates,” says Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “You create six-hour traffic delays for four days, that creates a lot of air pollution.”
How's that bullying turning out for you Christie?