By now you’ve probably heard about the scandal surrounding New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s administration, in what the media has characterized as a political vendetta that created intentional traffic jams on the George Washington Bridge. Incriminating documents reveal that Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Ann Kelly arranged the traffic jam to allegedly punish Mayor Mark Sokolich for his refusal to endorse the Governor’s reelection. What remains unclear is Christie’s involvement in the scandal, as he maintains his obliviousness to the entire affair.
The media is calling the controversial traffic jam incident “Bridgegate,” and many are torn as to weather Christie was actually involved somehow. Christie fired Kelly immediately after the incriminating documents surfaced, and has publicly called the incident a “betrayal” on the part of his aides. Still, it’s in the best interest of the Governor to maintain his innocence, as becoming implicated in the scheme would threaten his political career. Legal analysts, reporters, and policymakers have been weighing in on the scandal as new developments are being made, but there is still no concrete evidence that Christie was aware of Kelly’s plan.
“So far no evidence has indicated that he might have been implicated, but until Bridget Kelly is heard from, she would be the one person who could definitively clear him. Other than that he’s simply going to be in a position of saying self-serving things,” legal analyst Kendall Coffey recently explained to Rachel Maddow on her MSNBC show. Coffey also mentioned how suspect it is that Christie maintains having zero knowledge about the traffic jams. Both Maddow and Coffey commented on the amount of power that Christie and his closest aides possess, calling it downright “frightening.”
And what would the political ramifications be if Christie were ever connected to the “Bridgegate” scandal? As New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski recently explained to NBC News, “Using the George Washington Bridge, a public resource, to exact a political vendetta, is a crime. Having people use their official position to have a political game is a crime. So if those tie back to the governor in any way, it clearly becomes an impeachable offense.” Indeed, if evidence surfaces that Governor Christie were somehow involved with the scandal, his career would most certainly be in jeopardy.
Do you think Governor Christie is wholly innocent in “Bridgegate?”