WASHINGTON, D.C. – It did not take long for national Democrats to weigh in on today’s revelations of how close the Port Authority lane closure debacle has reached into the governor’s office.
Following the news that top aides in Gov. Chris Christie’s administration were in communication with former Authority higher-ups over the lane closures, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
“The latest news in Chris Christie’s bridge scandal indicates political retribution and raises a host of new questions. What is crystal clear is that the Governor’s office ordered lane closures that were intended to make first responders experience delays, kids sit gridlocked on the first day of school, and commuters hit log jams, to punish the Democratic mayor who didn’t endorse Chris Christie’s re-election bid.
“These revelations are troubling for any public official, but they also indicate what we’ve come to expect from Governor Christie – when people oppose him, he exacts retribution. When people question him, he belittles and snidely jokes. And when anyone dares to look into his Administration, he bullies and attacks.
“For 121 days, Chris Christie disparaged the questioners and later lied saying no one in his office was involved. That was clearly untrue given the discovery of emails that came directly from his own top staff. Time’s up, Governor.”
The emails show that former N.J. appointee David Wildstein was in communication with a staffer in Christie’s office over the lane closures. Christie has consistently denied any personal involvement in the closures.