Chris Christie's Bad Week

Donald Trump isn't the only one having a bad week. Chris Christie's aide today testified he knew of the lane closure plan a month ahead of time.

Talking Points Memo has the details of Bridget Kelly's testimony.

In bombshell testimony Friday, Bridget Anne Kelly said that she told New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie that access lanes to the George Washington Bridge would be closed for a traffic study a month before the plan actually was carried out in September 2013.

The former deputy chief of staff testified that the governor approved the study, which prosecutors allege actually was cover-up for a revenge plot against a local Democratic mayor.

Christie picked the wrong horse to ride with Trump. When Trump doesn't get elected, he'll be left in the dust.

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    Christie would have a mess (5.00 / 2) (#2)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Oct 21, 2016 at 08:26:10 PM EST
    to deal with regardless of whether he hitched his wagon to Trump or not.

    personally, my sense (none / 0) (#1)
    by linea on Fri Oct 21, 2016 at 08:18:31 PM EST
    is that Bridget Kelly is no different than the Wells Fargo employees who capitulated^ to doing an illegal act to keep their jobs (for family and for survival). they are the victims of powerful corporations and powerful men.

    ^ capitulate: cease to resist an opponent or an unwelcome demand; surrender.

    First of all, Bridget Anne Kelly was hardly a low-level bank clerk with little leverage, so the comparison is inappropriate. When you've risen to become the deputy chief of staff to a governor of a large state like New Jersey, the logical and given assumption is that you're an experienced and consummate professional who knows what you're doing.

    Yes, if one believes her testimony, Ms. Kelly was likely bullied occasionally by her boss. But if she took exception to the way Gov. Christie addressed and treated her, then why didn't she just quietly serve him notice and leave? It's not like she wouldn't have had any other opportunities if she departed on good terms. When I left the Speaker's office at the state legislature, I had plenty of very good to great job prospects thrown my way -- and we're one-seventh New Jersey's size.

    More likely, Kelly got duped -- or perhaps, duped herself -- into believing that she could trust a man who subsequently hung her out to dry in order to protect himself. He established an aggressive and intimidating tone in his office which encouraged her and others to emulate it and do his bidding, while he carved out enough space between himself and his staff to create plausible deniability, and then invoked that claim when everything went south and the bridge scheme unraveled.

    Bridget Anne Kelly is a fool, and Chris Christie is a coward.


    well, i have a sense (none / 0) (#4)
    by linea on Fri Oct 21, 2016 at 09:53:01 PM EST
    from the npr report on this issue that she was intimidated. i feel pressured all the time and chained in a basement shoudnt be the criteria for empathy. you your self say:

    "He established an aggressive and intimidating tone in his office which [caused others to capitulate] and do his bidding."


    Then Kelly should have quit ... (none / 0) (#6)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Oct 22, 2016 at 11:23:31 AM EST
    ... the day he allegedly threw that water bottle at her. That Christie established an aggressive tone in his office is not a "Get Out of Jail Free" card for the politically-motivated crap that she and his other immediate subordinates inflicted on Ft. Lee and elsewhere.

    So, I'm sorry, but I don't buy this "I was a weak and helpless woman" crap that Kelly's peddling on the stand in her own defense. Yeah, Christie is a bad actor. So what? She had choices. She chose badly. That she may have been deceived by her boss and David Wildman at some point, it merely means that her behavior may not rise to the level of criminality. But it doesn't excuse what she admittedly did.



    Jeralyn, Peter, other attnys (none / 0) (#5)
    by smott on Sat Oct 22, 2016 at 08:18:04 AM EST
    Is there a realistic chance that Christie goes to jail over this ?

    Absolutely none (none / 0) (#7)
    by Peter G on Sat Oct 22, 2016 at 04:54:16 PM EST
    unless he is charged with a crime, and then convicted.