Chris Christie update: Press reveals more embarrassing messages

Also: New Jersey's leading paper questions whether a Christie ally is fit to investigate Bridgegate

By Elias Isquith

Published February 28, 2014 1:32PM (EST)

Chris Christie                          (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)
Chris Christie (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)

As Salon's Alex Pareene wrote on Thursday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's plan to get through the Bridgegate scandal "was to simply get past it." But with new emails between disgraced former Christie allies David Wildstein and Bridget Anne Kelly surfacing — emails showing the two joking about harassing yet another New Jerseyan — the chances of that plan working, which were never good, have diminished further still.

Here's the latest on Christie:

  • Newly unveiled texts between Wildstein, Christie's former appointee at the Port Authority, and Kelly, Christie's former top aide, show the two joking about creating traffic problems for Rabbi Mendy Carlebach. Remarkably the two even reprise their "time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" joke, with Kelly texting Wildstein, “We cannot cause traffic problems in front of his house, can we?” As of this writing, it's unclear what the Rabbi did to earn Wildstein and Kelly's wrath, but whatever it was, it was bad enough that Wildstein joked about canceling all flights to Tel Aviv (the Port Authority oversees the region's airports).
  • A piece in the Star-Ledger questions whether former U.S. Attorney Debray Wong Yang, a Christie ally who once described the governor as her "very dear friend" is fit to be on the team he assembled to investigate Bridgegate internally. Perhaps, just maybe, there's a conflict of interest? Crazy thought, we know.
  • Christie was in Massachusetts on Thursday, doing more fundraising for the Republican Governors Association. This time he appeared alongside the man who once considered selecting him as his vice president, Mitt Romney. They raised about $1 million.
  • The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza wonders why Christie hasn't been asked any scandal-related questions during the two town hall meetings he's held since Bridgegate broke. Cillizza thinks the explanation could be one or more of three things: 1. Because New Jerseyans don't actually care about Christie's scandals, 2. Because he's held the town halls in very friendly locales, or 3. Simple luck. Cillizza dismisses the possibility that Christie's team is screening the questions beforehand because Christie's team says that they aren't.

Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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