Circumstantial Case Against Chris Christie Is Already Solid

In truth, there never was much chance, since everybody knew the thug factor was going to sink Christie, sooner or later. But now the speculation is whether the NJ governor might be headed to a padded cell—or the less comfy version.
“I am not a bully.”—NJ Governor Chris Christie

"I am not a crook."—President Richard Nixon

How bad was it?

One George Washington Bridge commuter described the Christie gang's strike, launched last September as an act of vengeance against a NJ Democratic Party mayor, this way:

“Other than after the 9/11 attacks, I've never seen such a fiasco of delays at the inbound, upper-level part of the bridge.”

Of course, Christie's thug-terrorists actually launched their attack during the week of the 9/11 memorial.

And the bridge? What’s the big deal about it?

If you listened to Chris Christie, prior to Thursday's long and evasive apology anyway, you might think it was an old wooden bridge over some backwoods creek connecting tiny sheep farms. But, in fact, the George Washington Bridge, and its lanes the Christie gang closed, connect New Jersey to New York City, “making it the world's busiest motor vehicle bridge.”

Yep, that’s right, the bridge the Christie thug-terrorists decided to strike was the vital bridge in the USA.

But why would Governor Christie’s thugs want to do such a heinous thing, to their own citizens?

Well, simply, Christie had put the word out to Democratic Party officials, including New Jersey mayors who happened to be Democrats, that he would really appreciate it if those Dems would endorse him for reelection to New Jersey governor, instead of his Democratic Party opponent, Barbara Buono.

Why was getting Democratic support so important? Because, in addition to the fact it's easier to get blue votes in a blue state that way, Christie was hoping to build his reputation in the GOP and nationally as a presidential candidate with bi-partisan appeal.

So, when Fort Lee, NJ’s Democratic Mayor, Mark Sokolich, refused to endorse Christie, the governor's gang meant to get Sokolich, which meant to get Fort Lee (and thousands of people who had nothing but a commute to do with Fort Lee or Sokolich).

As Chris Christie’s intergovernmental “outreach” enforcer, Bridget Anne Kelly, put it in a now infamous email on August 13, 2013:
“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”
To which David Wildstein, Christie’s man at New York-New Jersey Port Authority, replied:
“Got it.”
Wildstein was positioned at Port Authority (PA) to act as Christie's spy and point man to make sure the PA did what Christie wanted.

While Christie, at his news conference this week, tried to make it seem like he barely knew or ever spoke to Wildstein, and that Wildstein was an independent operator in an agency far, far away, this Bergen County Record article from 2010 quoted Bill Baroni, Christie's top PA appointee until he and Wildstein resigned their posts in December, explaining what Wildstein had been hired to do at PA:
"To [aggressively] pursue New Jersey's and Governor Christie's priorities and to reform this agency. If there are people who have been [at PA] for decades, who don't like the fact that we have a real aggressive approach to getting these projects done, they should get used to it. Our job here is not to make friends."
The Record noted this about the people, other than Baroni, who had agreed to talk with them about Wildstein:
"Eight current and past Port Authority colleagues agreed to speak about Wildstein, but insisted that their identities remain undisclosed because they feared retribution."
One of the informants noted:
"[Wildstein] became the watcher of the entire agency. What he was watching for was strict adherence to the Christie agenda."
Again: "STRICT ADHERENCE TO THE CHRISTIE AGENDA."

Responding to the fact that strictly pushing Christie's agenda at PA was making Wildstein a very unliked person at the agency, Christie's press secretary, Michael Drewniak, said the following:
"If [Wildstein's] not liked for that role, and if he's accused of being zealous in that regard, then we plead guilty."
"WE"=Chris Christie and his gang, in which David Wildstein obviously played a prominent and important role.

And those guys who could do that to thousands of commuters worked for Christie, and knew exactly what the New Jersey governor wanted done—to people.
The idea that Wildstein would have gone off, in some crazy rogue operation that Christie did not explicitly or implicitly approve, is ridiculous. And that is especially the case, given that the go order for making traffic trouble in Fort Lee was given to Wildstein by Christie's deputy for local political policy enforcement, Bridget Kelly.

Kelly was certainly not a person one would choose to give transportation policy directives to Christie's Port Authority crew.She would be chosen to convey political orders from above, orders that were obviously the product of a prior understanding about how Christie could employ PA to do a political hit job. Wildstein, in his brief communication ("Got it") does not challenge Kelly's intention to cause Fort Lee "traffic problems", but well understands what the plan is when Kelly issues the go-ahead for the traffic attack.

Over the last few days, some people have raised questions about whether the target of the attack was really Fort Lee mayor, Mark Sokolich. After all, Christie has insisted he barely knew who Sokolich was, and could not pick him out of a lineup, and also, Christie claims his team just wouldn't try to get revenge on people just because they did not obey Christie's orders, i.e. for Sokolich to give his support to Christie's reelection.

Whatever the exact reason was for Sokolich to run afoul of Christie, there is no question Christie's gang saw Sokolich as an enemy.

Proof?

On the morning the traffic attack first began, September 9, 2013, Wildstein emails Kelly to let her know the Fort Lee mayor is complaining about the huge traffic explosion that is suddenly locking up his town and rendering it an unmovable parking lot. Kelly wants to know if anybody is responding to Sokolich's pleas for help with the severe traffic problems. 

Wildstein replies:
"Radio silence. His name comes right after mayor Fulop."
And what that means is understandable if you know that Mayor Steven Fulop is yet another Democratic Party mayor in New Jersey who rejected Chris Christie's demand that he turn his back on his party's nominee, Buono, and endorse Republican Christie. According to how Wildstein ranked Christie's mayoral enemies, Fulop was number one, and Sokolich was number two.

After Christie made it seem on Thursday like he also barely knew or cared one way or the other about Mayor Fulop, the Jersey City Democrat replied that Christie was a liar. The evidence from Christie gang members indicates Fulop is likely correct about that.

Lastly, let's talk about "the children of Buono voters".

What exactly does this mean?

First off, the phrase comes up in a text exchange between Wildstein and a so far unnamed other person.

On the second day of the plot, the unknown person makes a comment in a text about how they feel badly about the children locked up in school buses in the interminable traffic jam caused by the Christie gang traffic attack. Wildstein dismisses any concern about the children, noting:
"They are the children of Buono voters."
In other words, to confirm the understanding that the attack on Fort Lee and the George Washington Bridge is about electoral politics payback, Wildstein explicitly says that Christie wants to harm Democrats, especially ones who still intend to vote for his Democratic Party opponent, and this policy even extends to harming the children of pro-Buono Democrats.

That is Chris Christie's policy enforcer at Port Authority saying that. And that is the extent to which political vengeance was well understood, by the entire Christie organization, to be a fundamental operational goal, and that is the extent to which dangerous political cronyism had corrupted Port Authority's leadership under the Christie gang's rule.

Yet, when Chris Christie stood up to talk—for two hours—about how badly he felt that his gang's conspiracy had been revealed to the public, only once did he mention these children, and that was when a reporter raised the issue of Wildstein's comment with him, and asked him what his thoughts were about it.

Christie replied:
"It wasn't good. I mean, I think that's why I'm here apologizing. It's—it was—it was an awful, callous, indifferent thing to do. And if it was part of a traffic study, that's one thing. Once it has political overtones, that's an entirely different matter. And that's why I am upset about this."
And that's it. Christie was upset about the "political overtones". Not the children. And not Wildstein for saying what he did. In fact, Christie said he was still open to accepting Wildstein's story that the whole attack was in fact just a very innocent, if badly handled, traffic study.

Or is it simply the case that Chris Christie knows his political ass is owned by David Wildstein, who is actively, publicly, seeking immunity from prosecution so that he can reveal even more of the facts about what happened, and presumably what if any active role Christie played in making it happen or covering it up? In that case, Christie may not want to alienate Wildstein by calling him a pig, especially not when it is quite evident Christie ordered Wildstein to unmercifully enforce Christie-law.

In a fair world, in a reasonable world, a disgusting, ugly-hearted thug like Chris Christie would never achieve anything in life at all. He would clean out grease pits for a living, on an unpaid internship (or a prison gig), and he would be grateful for it.

But somehow, Christie has risen far above his station, to inflict his hateful mean-mindedness on the people he is supposed to be serving. When you possess executive power over an entire state, and you figure "fixing" your political enemies rightly involves harming thousands of human beings, including children, you need to go straight to fucking jail. 

Every moment Chris Christie's enormous arrogance further strains the New Jersey governor's chair is an argument against the just working of American democracy.

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