Richard Cohen: a local traffic jam may cost Chris Christie the presidency

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Interesting theory regarding the four day-long traffic jam on George Washington Bridge (which connects New Jersey to New York) two months ago and how it applies to Gov. Chris Christie‘s (R) chances in 2016, brought to us by Washington Post eccentricity coumnist Richard Cohen:

The New Jersey governor has asserted that he had nothing to do with the totally capricious lane closings. As for his aides who instigated the mayhem, they insisted they were not — as alleged — getting even with the mayor of Fort Lee, the Democrat Mark Sokolich, who had failed to endorse the Republican Christie’s reelection, as some 60 other Democratic officials had prudently done. They said the lane closings — which lasted four days — were imposed to conduct a traffic study that, oddly enough, no one knows anything about and, furthermore, cannot find. It might prove that if you close lanes, traffic will back up. …

Still, [Christie] would not be so reckless as to clog up a bridge but his aides … might be a different story. The facts remain that the lanes were indeed closed, no credible reason has been given and two Christie appointees left high-paying patronage posts for which their chief qualification apparently was friendship with the governor. This does not look good. It is, to say the least, not presidential.