Thursday, January 9, 2014

Chris Christie Bridge Scandal

Rachel Maddow had been reporting for weeks that Republican Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie may have closed down a section of the George Washington Bridge as political payback aimed at the democratic mayor of Fort Lee, Mark Sokolich, who didn’t endorse Christie for re-election. The bridge was closed for 4 days creating major traffic problems for the residents of Fort Lee. Supposedly the official reason for the bridge shut-down was a “traffic study” but there was no evidence of any traffic study. The story broke wide open yesterday when emails sent by Christie’s administration were released  proving the speculation to be true. One email said “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” Chris Hayes even discussed the damning emails with Mayor Sokolich.  Every major news organization jumped on the story except Fox of course. It took them hours to even report the news of the emails and when they finally did it barely got a mention and they actually told their audience to just “google it.” Pundits hilariously dubbed the scandal “Bridgeghazi.” Christie held a press conference today to address the damning emails and it was so delicious. I watched it while following my liberal pundits' twitter feeds and was cracking up the whole time as Christie denied any wrongdoing. Christie claimed he didn’t even know Mayor Sokolich and that he wasn’t even “on his radar.” I actually laughed out loud when research director for Media Matters then tweeted “I didn't even know Ft. Lee had a mayor” in jest. Even people who don't care about news should really care about this scandal, especially if Christie plans to run for President in 2016.