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UPDATE: Christie Cancels Manahawkin Visit In Wake Of Growing Scandal

Faced with a growing political scandal, Gov. Chris Christie canceled an appearance at the Stafford Township Volunteer Fire Company Wednesday morning where he was supposed to announce a Superstorm Sandy "housing recovery milestone."

The event was supposed to get underway at 11 a.m. at the firehouse at 133 Stafford Avenue. But the governor reversed course after news reports showed top officials close to Christie were possibly involved in the growing scandal.

An email from the governor's press office sent at about 10:30 a.m. said only that the event would be "postponed to a later date," but offered no reason for the postponement.

Messages released Wednesday show that top officials close to Christie were involved in Fort Lee lane closures that some have suggested were payback for the Fort Lee mayor not endorsing Christie's reelection bid.

The emails between high-level gubernatorial aides and Port Authority officials contradict statements by Christie, who said his staff and campaign had nothing to do with the closure of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge that caused a week worth of traffic jams for North Jersey residents.

Emails obtained by The New York Times and The Record show Bridget Anne Kelly, a deputy chief of staff to the governor, told a Port Authority official close to Christie that it was “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” about two weeks before the lanes were closed.

“Got it,” replied the Port Authority executive, David Wildstein, who resigned last month as national media and incensed local politicians turned up the heat on the scandal.

Some are predicting the fracas could prove troublesome for Christie, who is widely believed to be planning a run for the White House in 2016.

Robert Yates January 08, 2014 at 02:11 PM
Everyone will forget about this in 2 weeks, but the incident -if true- reveals a petty and vindictive man who is willing to make citizens miserable for the sake of his own childish payback.
DevilsFan609 January 08, 2014 at 06:00 PM
We're concerned about a weeks worth of traffic when our president is forcing healthcare on ppl when most ppl, even within his party dont want anything to do with it. Also traffic vs. State tuition for illegals. Or traffic vs. A miserable economy. Priorities...
Chris L January 08, 2014 at 07:02 PM
oh shut up devils fan. This is a problem because this could have killed people. This stopped emergency workers from getting where they need to know because the governer is petty
DevilsFan609 January 08, 2014 at 07:55 PM
Oh, ok. Thanks for that informative and mature rebuttal. Its governor by the way.
Robert Yates January 09, 2014 at 08:32 AM
@Devilsfan609: there is no doubt that the President's healthcare plan is an unmitigated disaster as well blatantly unconstitutional (notwithstanding John Roberts' asinine justification). The other topics you mentioned are also a problem, but none of this takes away from the fact that Christie is a petty establishment puppet, who will do nothing to improve the country should he be elected President. Just look at NJ. Have your property taxes gone down? Has the miserable state of NJ bureaucracy receded at all? Not really.

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