A cache of subpoenaed documents released Friday by the New Jersey legislature does not contain any direct link between Gov. Chris Christie and the politically driven closure of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge.
The hundreds of pages of emails and text messages did, however, shed new light on months’ worth of conversations between officials from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who carried out the closures, and the Christie aides who ordered it.
The most explosive revelations contained in the documents were made public earlier this week by the Bergen Record, including the Aug. 13 email from Christie’s Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly to David Wildstein, a high-ranking Christie appointee to the Port Authority. “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” Kelly wrote. “Got it,” Wildstein responded. On Sept. 9, the Port Authority closed two of the three access lanes connecting Fort Lee, N.J., to the George Washington Bridge, backing up traffic that jammed Fort Lee streets, slowed emergency response vehicles and delayed children on their way to the first day of school.
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