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They knew the George Washington Bridge gridlock could kill someone — and did nothing to stop it.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s top two Port Authority appointees, despite warnings of severely delayed emergency response time, extended the government-sanctioned traffic jams in Fort Lee for three days.

A Sept. 9 email to PA execs Bill Baroni and David Wildstein laid out the life-threatening situation created by the punitive morning rush-hour lane closings at the world’s busiest bridge.

“Wanted you both (to) have a heads-up — Peggy Thomas, Borough Administrator, called me regarding the increased volume and congestion,” wrote PA employee Tina Lado.

“She mentioned there were two incidents that Ft Lee PD and EMS had difficulty responding to: a missing child (later found) and a cardiac arrest … If there is anything you need me to do, let me know.”

The lanes instead remained closed in the Sept. 9-12 Bridgegate scandal that led to the pair’s resignations. Emails showed Wildstein approving the daily extensions of the “road test.”

Florence Genova, a 91-year-old Fort Lee woman, died on Sept. 9, and local officials said it took twice the usual time for first responders to reach her home.

The bi-state agency’s furious executive director, after learning of the bogus four-day traffic study, fired off an email declaring federal, New York and New Jersey laws were broken.

“I pray that no life has been lost,” read PA Executive Director Patrick Foye’s page-long Sept. 13 rant about the so-called “TL-24” test.

“I will get to the bottom of this abusive decision which violates everything this agency stands for,” Foye vowed. “I intend to learn how PA process was wrongfully subverted and the public interest damaged, to say nothing of the credibility of this agency.”

The New York Daily News, "New Emails Show ‘Bridgegate’ Port Authority Appointees Ignored Danger Warnings"

“He’s the kind of leader I can get behind. The kind who says ‘It’s my way, or I shut down your highway!’”

STEPHEN COLBERT, on Chris Christie, The Colbert Report

I said to him ‘Governor,  are we now on your radar?’ And he said something to the effect of, ‘You’ve got your own screen.’

Fort Lee, NJ mayor MARK SOKOLICH, following his meeting with Gov. Chris Christie, during which he accepted Christie’s apology; Christie previously said Sokolich “wasn’t on my radar” when asked if he’d targeted Sokolich for political retribution.

“On the advice of counsel, I assert my right to remain silent.”

Shitbag and Chris Christie appointee DAVID WILDSTEIN, in response to the first four questions asked of him during a hearing into the George Washington Bridge lane closures.

“I think I’m out of the traffic study business.”

NJ Gov. CHRIS CHRISTIE

“I am who I am, but I am not a bully.”

NJ governor CHRIS CHRISTIE.

Yeah.  Only your staffers are, right, gov?

Notes from Chris Christie presser.

  • "I apologize to the people of New Jersey; I apologize to the people of Fort Lee and I apologize to members of the State Leg.  I am embarrassed and humiliated about the conduct of some of the people on my team. …There is no doubt in my mind that the conduct… is completely unacceptable and showed a complete lack of respect for the people who they serve…"
  • "I also need to apologize to them for my failure to understand the true nature of this problem sooner than I did."
  • "This morning I term the employment of Bridget Kelly effective immediately.  I terminated her employment because she lied to me."
  • Says he brought together members of his leadership team four weeks ago and gave them an hour to fess up and Bridget didn’t.
  • Will have “one-on-one” “personal” meetings with members of my staff to find out any “additional information that needs to be disclosed.”
  • Christie says he never would’ve joked about the bridge snafu “if i had an inkling that anyone on my staff would’ve been so stupid” to be involved in this.
  • Calls the emails full of “callous indifference.”  Instructed Bill Stepian to “not place his name in nomination for State Party Chairman” and have instructed him to withdraw his consultancy with the Republican Governors’ Association.”
  • "Ultimately, I am responsible for what happens under my watch."
  • "I was blindsided by this yesterday."
  • (ED. NOTE:  He has referenced the Record's reporting on the matter twice so far. Great job by that newspaper on breaking this story wide open!!!  THIS IS WHY WE NEED NEWSPAPERS!!!)

BVT News Roundup 8 January 2014.

How low can you go? This is insane. It’s the worst example of a petty political vendetta, petty political actions. I’m embarrassed. And congratulations, you’ve just made New Jersey the brunt of every political joke for the next 25 years — again.

… Don’t explain it to me, explain it to the families that were waiting two, three times longer than they had to for first responders to arrive when their loved ones were clutching their chests because they were having either heart attacks or tremendous heart pain. Explain it to the family who was missing a child that the police had to respond to, or explain it to the thousands of families who couldn’t get their kids to school on time on the first day and the ensuing days thereafter. Those are the people that need the explanation, not me.

Fort Lee, NJ mayor MARK SOKOLICH, reacting to news that a senior aide to NJ governor Chris Christie ordered retaliatory traffic disruptions in his town after Sokolich refused to endorse Christie for re-election.

(via The New York Daily News)

This is an email from Chris Christie’s Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Ann Kelly giving the cue to David Wildstein, Governor Christie’s appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, to wreak havoc on traffic patterns at the George Washington Bridge, and in particular in Fort Lee, whose Democratic mayor had refused to endorse Christie for a second term.  
Let’s watch Mr. Christie, a Republican and former U.S. Attorney and who has previously denied — repeatedly — that his administration would never partake in such shenanigans, get out of this one.  Because BUSTED.
(via The Record)

This is an email from Chris Christie’s Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Ann Kelly giving the cue to David Wildstein, Governor Christie’s appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, to wreak havoc on traffic patterns at the George Washington Bridge, and in particular in Fort Lee, whose Democratic mayor had refused to endorse Christie for a second term.  

Let’s watch Mr. Christie, a Republican and former U.S. Attorney and who has previously denied — repeatedly — that his administration would never partake in such shenanigans, get out of this one.  Because BUSTED.

(via The Record)