Three years before the intentional traffic jams that crippled his small New Jersey town, Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich sat down with Governor Chris Christie for a lunch of beef tenderloin in a cream sauce with a salad.
The moonscape highways around Fort Lee, New Jersey, have left cracked axles, bent rims and chunks of tire strewn across the lot at George Washington Bridge Towing. While the traffic jams Governor Chris Christie’s crew engineered here are gone, these broken vehicle parts show that the consequences of their boss’s economic choices endure.
Chris Christie told a fiscal summit in Washington last week that the traffic scandal dogging his administration will be a career “footnote.” New Jersey’s governor may be right, as revenue shortfalls, credit downgrades and rising pension costs threaten to define his legacy.
Chris Christie, making his first appearance on late-night television since a traffic-jam scandal erupted this year, joked that he “hypothetically” could defeat Hillary Clinton, at least on the dance floor.
David Samson, former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, refused to hand over more documents to state lawmakers probing the George Washington Bridge lane closings, citing his constitutional right against self-incrimination.
A New Jersey judge questioned an attorney for state lawmakers about why two ex-aides to Governor Chris Christie must comply with subpoenas seeking documents related to the George Washington Bridge traffic jams.
Lawmakers canceled a news conference on restructuring the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, operator of the bridge at the center of investigations into Governor Chris Christie’s administration.