New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie May Have Punished NJ State Senator, Not Mayor, With Bridge Closure (Video)

| by Michael Allen

On her MSNBC show last night, host Rachel Maddow suggested that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie did not close down lanes on the George Washington Bridge in September 2013 to punish the mayor of Fort Lee, NJ, but rather as an act of revenge against State Senator Loretta Weinberg who represents Fort Lee.

According to RawStory.com, Maddow noted the date of the George Washington Bridge closure order from Gov. Christie's top aide Bridget Anne Kelly was sent to a Christie appointee, David Wildstein of the Port Authority, on the morning of Aug. 13, 2013 (video below).

Kelly’s email to Wildstein was sent less than 24 hours after Gov. Christie called the Democratic State Senate “animals” because they were going to block his re-election nomination for State Justice Helen Hoens, a re-election nomination which he withdrew on Aug. 12, 2013.

“The leader of the Senate Democrats represents Fort Lee,” said Maddow. “Roughly 12 hours after Governor Christie blows up at the Senate Democrats and torpedoes the career of a [state] Supreme Court justice who he likes because he says the Senate Democrats are ‘animals,’ and he is not going to let that justice lose to those animals, the leader of those ‘animals’ sees her district get the order of destruction from Governor Christie’s deputy chief of staff."

Former New Jersey Gov. Richard Codey (D) told Salon.com yesterday that “there’s been a coverup” in the bridge closure scandal.

“There’s a lot of crimes committed here,” added Codey, who is currently a state senator.

Codey said that Gov. Christie should “take responsibility” for a “reign of terror” that led his staff taking revenge on Fort Lee, N.J.

As far as Gov. Christie's two-hour press conference yesterday, Codey called it “phony” and stated, “Come on, you knew this was bulls---.”

“This has been an ongoing part of the administration,” stated Codey. “The way they attack anybody who doesn’t agree with them, on policy or anything else.”

Sources: RawStory.com and Salon.com