Sunday, January 12, 2014

Bridgegate is already on Wikipedia

All honor to Wikipedia and ongoing fast-moving easily-correctible instant history. 

George Washington Bridge
The Fort Lee lane closure controversy, also known as "Bridgegate," concerns actions taken by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's staff and his Port Authority appointees to create a traffic jam in Fort Lee, New Jersey, as political retribution. Dedicated toll lanes for one of the Fort Lee entrances to the upper level on the George Washington Bridge, which connects to Manhattan, New York, were reduced from three to one from September 9, 2013, to September 13, 2013.
Originally, Port Authority officials claimed that the closure was due to a traffic study evaluating proper number of lanes for Fort Lee traffic.[1] The most frequently cited hypothesis suggested for these actions is that Christie's staff wanted to punish Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat, for not supporting Christie, a Republican, in the 2013 New Jersey gubernatorial election. Another claim is that Christie's staff may have sought to punish New Jersey Senate majority leader, Loretta Weinberg, who represents the New Jersey district containing Fort Lee, as retribution for the Democrats' intentions to block Christie's reappointment of a New Jersey Supreme Court justice. Christie withdrew his reappointment consideration for Helen E. Hoens, a Republican, while referring to New Jersey Senate Democrats as "animals" on August 12, 2013, one day before Christie's deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, sent an e-mail to one of Chritsie's appointees at the Port Authority in which she initiated plans to cause traffic congestion in Fort Lee.[2] Talking Points Memo's Eric Lach spoke with New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney regarding Rachel Maddow's theory in which he replied “That’s a real conspiracy thing, right?” “That can’t be part of that,” he continued. “That can’t be.”

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