What the New Bridgegate Emails Teach Us

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A sign directing New Jersey traffic toward the George Washington bridge. A sign directing New Jersey traffic toward the George Washington bridge. (Natalie Fertig/WNYC)

The circle of people around Chris Christie who knew about the "traffic problems in Fort Lee" is growing -- though there is still no evidence directly linking the Governor to the plan. Matt Katz, reporter for New Jersey Public Radio and WNYC, explains what the newly-released Bridgegate emails suggest about the Christie administration's involvement. See all WNYC's Bridgegate coverage on The Christie Tracker.



Matt Katz

Comments [26]

B. Ella from Montclair,NJ

It would be good if you could look into the funds that private people donated after Sandy, and what happened to that money. I have a recollection of hearing that Christie put his wife "in charge" of these funds. Has there been any accounting for them? Does anyone know how much was donated and what they were used for?

Mar. 20 2014 08:18 AM
Sal Roselli from Cherry Hill

Chritie is a meglomaniacal micro manager! Nothing goes on in that Statehouse without him knowing it. He prides himself on being "large and in charge" and that's what he is. Bridgette Kelly would never make a move like that without his knowledge and his approval.

Mar. 19 2014 02:08 PM

Maybe he didn't order the lane closures, but Christie clearly has something (likely a lot) to hide. And if he can't keep a clean enough email trail to get through this without constantly blocking investigations, how can he really expect to survive the vetting that comes with a presidential election?

Mar. 19 2014 01:58 PM
NJ person from NJ

I'm a Democratic type of NJ guy and did not vote for of Christie. I also find his aide's and the political people in the Port Authority capable of pulling this sort of mean, stupid action at the G-Dub.

However, why it is just assumed Christie had to know and had to do something to stop it remains unclear to me. It was a Port Authority matter. It may, indeed, turn out that Christie knew and/or that his associates were guilty of a serious misuse of public power. But I have trouble with the 'investigative' work of WNYC reporters, include "network-star" Matt Katz (as if that is a big deal, Brian By the way, I certainly recognize you were just having some fun along those lines.). There a self-congratulatory, echo-chamber kind of thing going on that loves to draw the worst conclusions (A knows B who knows C who knows D who used to be A's lawyer, so we gotcha). Some of WNYC's reporting just seems to be quoting The Record or The Star-Ledger.

There probably is a lot here but there is too much hype of the stuff dribbling out. Meanwhile, how about a comprehensive look sat the PA's budget, contracts, projects, etc. There has been some look at that but hardly enough.

Mar. 19 2014 10:51 AM
art525 from Park Slope

It would be great if Matt could track down some rabid right wingers who were caught in the GWB traffic jam for four hours and hear their take on Christie and his machinations. And I wish that those people here who dismiss what Christie's minions perpetrated were also caught in that traffice jam. That includes Chuzzle and Brenda.

Mar. 19 2014 10:37 AM
art525 from park Slope

Dear Mr Chuzzletwit- No we can't talk about Lois Lerner here. You know why? Because it has nothing to do with Christie and his sleazy thuggish corrupt behavior. You do know that every time you put up a post it gives you less credibility. You just come across as another deluded Faux News sheep. I am so tired of this right wing tactic that when confronted by corrupt behavior by right wing pols you try to change the subject to supposed Democratic violations. You right wingers aren't looking for the truth just trying to score cheap political points. And that is one thing you have in common with Christie.

Mar. 19 2014 10:29 AM
Amy from Manhattan

What happened to emails' never going away because they were on all the servers btwn. the sender & the recipient? Is there a runaround that everyone trying to hide their actions is using now?

Mar. 19 2014 10:25 AM
Richard from Queens

In the Hound of the Baskervilles, the clue was the dog that did not bark.
Considering David Samson's law firm's involvement in so many development progects: Is it possible that Gov. Christie cancelled the Hudon River train tunnel because Samson's law firm was NOT hired to represent a prime contractor? Is there any correlation here? Kudos to Matt Katz.

Mar. 19 2014 10:23 AM
john from office

Matt will sleep with the fishes soon, it is New Jersey folks!!!

Mar. 19 2014 10:22 AM
Kate from Hamilton Heights

Come on - Christie's Republican Natl Convention speech should have put to rest any notion that he is not a rabid Republican

Mar. 19 2014 10:22 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

I hope for the Governor's sake, that he is telling the truth but it's hard for me to believe - Mr. Christie just accepted at face value from his underlings, that the chaos caused by closing down lanes to one of the world's busiest bridge - 4 DAYS IN A ROW, was due to a "traffic study." It just does not sound right. At best - it's sheer incompetence.

I wanted the Gov. to run for president but I no longer feel comfortable with him having our country's nuclear codes.

Mar. 19 2014 10:21 AM
art525 from Park Slope

A caller just asked about PA commissioners not living in the PA area is covered in today's Daily News focusing on one in particular Jeffrey Lynford who was registered to vote in Westchester and just changed his voting registration to NYC to conform to PA rules.

Mar. 19 2014 10:21 AM
Seth Pecksniff

I agree with Martin. Let's get Lois Lerner on the show. We all know that the 501(c)'s, both Rep and Dem, are a big scams. They are not doing social service; they are political money arms. She did not penalize these new "not-for-profit" Org's nearly enough, and Martin and I want to know why!

Mar. 19 2014 10:21 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

I'M HILLARY CLINTON - and I approve this message.

Mar. 19 2014 10:19 AM
john from office

Looks like operatives are being sent out to confuse things, note the comments,not on point, in this board. Lots of money being spread around here.!

Mar. 19 2014 10:19 AM

What?!? Is MC the only bridge troll out there? Benghazi!! ObamaCare!! Crimea!! Anyone? Anyone?

The new emails show that Stepien knew *during* and it thus strains credulity about Christie not knowing. No proof yet, just circumstantial evidence. A reasonable person *could* believe CC is a lying PoS. An equally reasonable person *could* believe that the governor is being hounded by 'liberal media' with a score to settle. Not enough to convict but certainly enough to dead end his Presidential hopes.


Mar. 19 2014 10:18 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Can we talk about Lois Lerner taking the 5th again two weeks ago?

Mar. 19 2014 10:16 AM

I agree with Brenda, because everytime someone complains about losing their coverage, digging deeper we always find that their new obamacare will actaully be cheaper. Good for you, Brenda, lower your costs.

Mar. 19 2014 10:15 AM
john from office

The "Bad Actors" here will tie this up in Court for years. That is part of the plan.

These guys are thugs, Putin could learn from NJ politics. Be glad they don't control gas lines!!

Mar. 19 2014 10:11 AM


Brian Lehrer aims to please.

You have to admit that Bridge Gate is a compelling, riveting, and electrifying scandal. Chris Christie is either incompetent, corrupt or a combination of the two.

Mar. 19 2014 10:10 AM

What's Bill Stepien up to nowadays?

Mar. 19 2014 10:09 AM
Brenda from Manhattan

I wish so much time was spent analyzing the real downsides of Obamacare (I lost my coverage), or the wars, or other major issues. yawnfest...

Mar. 19 2014 10:09 AM
Seth Pecksniff

And Martin, we missed you on sports day, yesterday. No coaching for you? But glad to have you back. You're like political wallpaper - very present, but no attention paid.

Mar. 19 2014 10:08 AM
J from nj

I'm confused... If these emails can remain buried by "pleading the fifth", why can't EVERY criminal use the fifth plea to keep evidence out of the courts? Can anyone explain?

Mar. 19 2014 10:08 AM
John S from Manhattan

I have not heard anyone make the argument that any and all emails and documents produced by NJ State employees are the property of NJ State....not the writer. Shouldn't that negate any 5th Amendment defense to not produce them?

Mar. 19 2014 10:04 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Thanks, Brian, I was beginning to have withdrawal symptoms from a lack of BLS's "all-kerfuffle-all-the-time" obsession with the Big Guy in Jersey.

Please go back to the “every morning Bridgegate lead segment” format of those misty earlier months – I so hate being bothered by real news.

Mar. 19 2014 07:45 AM

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