http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/09/ny...s.html?hp&_r=2A series of newly obtained emails and text messages shows that Gov. Chris Christie’s office was closely involved with lane closings on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge in September, and that officials closed the lanes as retribution against the mayor whose town was gridlocked as a result.
Mr. Christie has insisted that his staff and his campaign office had nothing to do with the local lane closings, and said that they were done as part of a traffic study. The bridge scandal highlights one of his biggest vulnerabilities as Mr. Christie steps out onto the national stage as a potential presidential candidate: the accusation that he is a bully who retaliates against the smallest slights.
The emails show that Bridget Anne Kelly, a deputy chief of staff in Mr. Christie’s office, gave a signal to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to close the lanes about two weeks before the closings occurred.
Not a good look for Christie, who already has a reputation for this kind of needless and vindictive bug smashing. Not a disqualifying kind of story in and of itself, but this is the kind of thing that can gain it's own momentum if he's found to have done other things like this in the past and continues doing things with a similar mindset on the campaign trail. Should be interesting to see what he does when the first round of negative ads come out. That first debate, in particular, will be a huge test for him.