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Letter: ‘Bridgegate’ could just be the tip of the iceberg for Gov. Chris Christie


I read, with many a chuckle, Mr. Richard Viall’s recent letter in which he pondered the question of “why the left (is) spending so much time, effort and money attacking Gov. Chris Christie.” He calls it a “discredit program” typical of progressives.

Unfortunately, Christie’s “problems” are not the invented machinations of the left. “Bridgegate” has turned out to be a very similar situation to a little burglary that occurred in June 1972 at the Watergate office building in Washington, D.C. Who knew, when five men were arrested for that burglary, it would lead to the downfall of the first sitting president to be implicated in a criminal cover-up and his subsequent resignation from the highest office in the land?

New Jersey legislators have been trying to get answers to the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge since the incident occurred back in Sept. 2013. The recent disclosure of emails from Gov. Christie’s deputy chief of staff to his appointee at the Port Authority have been explosive. The lane closures have been definitely linked to the governor’s office, his high ranking staff, and, it may be revealed, to Christie himself.

“So what?” you might wonder. “A traffic jam that occurred on the busiest bridge in the world — what is the big deal?” But like Watergate, it seems that the bridge debacle is just the tip of the iceberg. Like many a scandal, once the can of worms has been opened, it’s tough to get those slimy creatures back into the dark vessel from which they emerged.

Christie’s staff has been well-trained. Any trace of non-compliance with Christie’s wishes is dealt with swift retribution. But for the bridge problem, there would not have been further revelations of doling out Superstorm Sandy money in return for approvals for Christie’s pet projects — a federal criminal act.

To place blame for Gov. Christie’s predicament on a mythical “discredit program” is naïve at best. At worst, it is a denial that serious crimes might have been committed by an individual entrusted with the stewardship of his of his state’s affairs and the taxpayers’ money.

Joanne Bobin