Christie's former deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly and
David Wildstein, an ally to the governor at the Port Authority of
New York and New Jersey, lost their jobs over their involvement in
the "Bridgegate" scandal last September that is threatening
Christie's White House aspirations.
Documents released by Wildstein to a state legislative committee
probing the incident, in which lanes were shut near the busy George
Washington Bridge, causing a huge traffic jam, reveal that on August
19 he and Kelly discussed another traffic scheme.
"We cannot cause traffic problems in front of his house, can we?"
Kelly wrote in a message to Wildstein.
"Flights to Tel Aviv all mysteriously delayed," Wildstein wrote in
Kelly and Wildstein appear to be joking.
"This is part of the drip, drip, drip of bad news for Christie,"
said Lee Miringoff, a political observer and a pollster with Marist
The Star-Ledger newspaper has identified the rabbi as Mendy
Carlebach of the Chabad of North and South Brunswick who was also a
chaplain for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police
"He has officially pissed me off," Wildstein wrote.
In a statement issued Thursday evening, Carlebach said: "As a Chabad
Rabbi, I have served the people of our great state in times of need
and otherwise for more than a decade.
"In this capacity, I have worked with a number of governors and
their administrations. My work has always been apolitical, and I
have no knowledge nor understanding of why my name was mentioned in
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Attorneys for Wildstein and Kelly did not immediately respond to a
request for comment.
The exchange also makes a vague reference to Cid Wilson, a New
Jersey Democrat from Bergen County.
In a message posted on his Facebook page, Wilson wrote he was
"deeply shocked and appalled" to learn his name had come up and that
he had never met Wildstein or Kelly.
"It's quite clear that David Wildstein is a psychopath and deeply
troubled," the statement said. "He is Gov. Chris Christie's
appointee, and I view this as a reflection of the kind of bully
politics you can expect from Gov. Christie's political appointees."
Christie, a favored Republican candidate to run for the White House
in 2016, has described himself as blindsided by Kelly and
Wildstein's roles in the September lane closures, which came just
months before Christie's resounding re-election win and appear to
have been orchestrated to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee.
But the incident, which is being investigated by federal prosecutors
and the special legislative committee, has eroded the popularity of
the Republican presidential hopeful.
(Additional reporting by Barbara Goldberg and Hilary Russ; Editing
by Scott Malone, Gunna Dickson and Ken Wills)
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