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Bridgegate Documents Released

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Fort Lee, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Yesterday Assemblyman John Wisniewski held a press conference to discuss the emails and texts that were released based on the subpoena involving the now infamous bridgegate.

“The documents that have been published are both shocking and outrageous,” Wisniewski said.

Since September, Wisniewski along with Senator Loretta Weinberg have been looking for answers regarding the unannounced closures of the George Washington Bridge ramps in Fort Lee which caused extreme traffic jams in the area. They want to know who ordered the closures, who knew about it and if this was in fact political retribution for the Mayor of Fort Lee not backing Christie’s reelection.

Other people that have been involved in this ongoing debacle have resigned from their positions and now many are waiting to see if the governor’s Chief of Staff, Bridget Kelly, will be the next to step down from her position since she was clearly involved in the whole mess. The documents released show that Kelly sent an email to now former Port Authority official David Wildstein saying: “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee”.

So far Governor Christie has admitted no involvement in these lane closures and originally said that they were part of a “traffic study”. In a statement released yesterday, Christie said: “What I’ve seen today for the first time is unacceptable. I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn that not only was I misled by a member of my staff, but this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made without my knowledge. One thing is clear, this type of behavior is unacceptable and I will not tolerate it because the people of New Jersey deserve better. This behavior is not representative of me or my administration in any way, and people will be held responsible for their actions.”

The Fort Lee Mayor, Mark Sokolich, was the man at the center of this controversy and he just wants answers.

“I always wanted to be the bigger person about this. I wanted to demonstrate what an elected official should do under these types of circumstances and that is: don’t join the political fray solely for adding salt to wounds, but now reading what I read, for me not to comment on this and express on behalf of our community our total disgust for these actions would be an abdication of my responsibility as mayor,” Sokolich said.

There is no doubt in his mind now that this was in fact an act of political retribution and payback against him and the people of Fort Lee.

In one of the emails that were released, David Wildstein refers to Sokolich as a “littler Serbian”. “That was, don’t be naive here. That was a slur. The way they used it was done in a condescending way, if I were of that background I would be highly offended by it,” Sokolich said.

Political Expert with SaveJersey.com, Matt Rooney, chimed in on the latest developments in this ongoing debacle.

“The one thing I would agree with him (Christie) on is that we need to ask questions. What we found out from looking at the emails is that somebody in the front office knew something about the lane closures, closures that the governor said were, at the very least, improperly executed,” he said.

The question remains is Christie’s staff lying to him or is he lying to the people of New Jersey?

“Is it possible somebody else in the office knew what was going on and this goes further up the chain? That is what we need to find out. But it’s also possible that one person got a little cavalier and made a huge mistake,” Rooney said.

Also mentioned in the emails was Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop. He issued a statement simply saying: “The emails shed an unfortunate light on Trenton politics.”

Shawn Boburg with NorthJersey.com discussed how Christie moves forward from this whole ordeal.

“The first thing the governor has to do is square his previous comments saying that he believed no one on his staff or campaign was involved in the bridge lane closures, with what we now know from these emails. After that he is going to have to explain if he didn’t know about this, why he didn’t know and what he will do going forward. Some people are calling for federal investigations, there is speculation that someone at that high level in his office would not make this decision independently, so the question going forward will be who knew what, when, and for Christie, the challenge is going to be explaining his past comments on this,” he said.

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