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Update: January 19, 2014: Now, the Democrat mayor of Hoboken claims that Christie held the federal relief money for Hurricane Sandy victims as hostage, unless she agreed t support a pork project he wanted.
Update: January 10, 2014: The Feds are looking into whether Governor Christie and his staff broke federal law prohibiting the use of government resources for political purposes, the Post reports. Also, civil suits have been filed by people caught in the bridge traffic jam. Governor Christie has more to worry about than just his approval ratings. He might join a long list of elected New Jersey officials who are in prison.
Update: January 8, 2014: National news is reporting that emails show that Christie’s staff ordered the shutdown, directly contradicting Christie’s comments that his staff were not involved.
December 24th, 2013- The NYT gave Governor Christie a Christmas present with, “….fate suffered by others in disagreements with Mr. Christie: a former governor who was stripped of police security at public events; a Rutgers professor who lost state financing for cherished programs; a state senator whose candidate for a judgeship suddenly stalled; another senator who was disinvited from an event with the governor in his own district.
In almost every case, Mr. Christie waved off any suggestion that he had meted out retribution. But to many, the incidents have left that impression, and it has been just as powerful in scaring off others who might dare to cross him.
Now, the governor is dogged by another accusation of petty political revenge. Two close political allies ordered the abrupt shutdown of two local access lanes on the George Washington Bridge in September, gridlocking the borough of Fort Lee for four days. The borough’s mayor said it was punitive because he had declined to endorse the governor’s re-election.”