The Christie Bridge-gate Scandal, As Explained By “Game Of Thrones”

Joffrey, Tyrion, and the gang help explain the convoluted Chris Christie scandal surrounding the George Washington Bridge.

It was the fall of 2013, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was safely cruising toward reelection, widely expected to retain his seat of power.

The Chris Christie Bridge Scandal, As Explained By "Game Of Thrones"

He was crushing his Democratic opponent, Barbara Buono.

The Chris Christie Bridge Scandal, As Explained By "Game Of Thrones"

But Christie was widely assumed to have much grander ambitions, considered by most pundits to be a likely candidate for president.

The Chris Christie Bridge Scandal, As Explained By "Game Of Thrones"

As such, Christie didn’t want to just defeat Buono…

The Chris Christie Bridge Scandal, As Explained By "Game Of Thrones"

…he wanted to beat her badly and with a large coalition.

The Chris Christie Bridge Scandal, As Explained By "Game Of Thrones"

Christie — a Republican — was looking to portray himself as a bipartisan candidate who could appeal to a majority of Americans. He asked Buono’s fellow New Jersey Democrats to pledge their allegiance to him.

The Chris Christie Bridge Scandal, As Explained By "Game Of Thrones"

But many Democrats rebuffed Christie.

The Chris Christie Bridge Scandal, As Explained By "Game Of Thrones"

One of the Democrats who refused to endorse Christie was the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., Mark Sokolich.

The Chris Christie Bridge Scandal, As Explained By "Game Of Thrones"

New Jersey politics being New Jersey politics, it was expected that Christie would not take this well.

The Chris Christie Bridge Scandal, As Explained By "Game Of Thrones"

And that Sokolich might expect reprisals from the Christie administration.

The Chris Christie Bridge Scandal, As Explained By "Game Of Thrones"

In mid-September 2013, two access lanes to the George Washington Bridge — which connects New Jersey and New York — were unexpectedly shut down for a week.

The Chris Christie Bridge Scandal, As Explained By "Game Of Thrones"

The George Washington Bridge is considered by the Port Authority to be the busiest bridge in the world. The partial closure created massive gridlock for a week. A vital artery had been severed and it was chaos.

The Chris Christie Bridge Scandal, As Explained By "Game Of Thrones"

The city directly in the shadow of the George Washington Bridge, whose first day of school coincidentally fell upon the lane closure and was marred by the massive traffic snarl? Fort Lee.

The Chris Christie Bridge Scandal, As Explained By "Game Of Thrones"

The official reason given by the Port Authority for the mysterious and costly closure was a “traffic study.”

The Chris Christie Bridge Scandal, As Explained By "Game Of Thrones"

Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich and other Democrats immediately cried foul, suggesting the bridge closure was an act of political revenge for not supporting Christie.

The Chris Christie Bridge Scandal, As Explained By "Game Of Thrones"

The Christie administration pushed back hard against the allegation.

The Chris Christie Bridge Scandal, As Explained By "Game Of Thrones"

Christie’s representatives called the retribution accusations “crazy,” and the governor himself ridiculed a reporter for asking him about it, scoffing, “You really are not serious with that question?”

The Chris Christie Bridge Scandal, As Explained By "Game Of Thrones"

Christie cruised to reelection in November, with the “bridge scandal” merely a blip in local media. If he so chose, he could now set his sights on running for president.

The Chris Christie Bridge Scandal, As Explained By "Game Of Thrones"

But this week, following a subpoena by state investigators, private emails and texts between higher-ups in the Christie administration have blown the lid off of this scandal.

The Chris Christie Bridge Scandal, As Explained By "Game Of Thrones"

On Aug. 13 — a few weeks before the lane closings — Christie’s Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly wrote to Christie’s Port Authority aide, David Wildstein: “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” Wildstein’s response: “Got it.”

The Chris Christie Bridge Scandal, As Explained By "Game Of Thrones"

On Sept. 10, as buses were trapped in traffic, Wildstein (W) exchanged gleeful texts with an unknown person (P):

P: “Is it wrong that I’m smiling?”
W: “No.”
P: “I feel badly for the kids. I guess.”
W: “They are the children of Buono voters.”

The Chris Christie Bridge Scandal, As Explained By "Game Of Thrones"

It now seemed that the Christie administration and their denials didn’t have a leg to stand on.

The Chris Christie Bridge Scandal, As Explained By "Game Of Thrones"

When the exchanges became public, along with the revelation that a woman may have died as a result of EMS workers being caught in the traffic jam, reaction from the press and public was swift.

The Chris Christie Bridge Scandal, As Explained By "Game Of Thrones"

Christie was forced to fire Bridget Ann Kelly.

The Chris Christie Bridge Scandal, As Explained By "Game Of Thrones"

And although David Wildstein resigned before the scandal blew up, he is currently being grilled by New Jersey officials for his role in the lane closings.

The Chris Christie Bridge Scandal, As Explained By "Game Of Thrones"

Christie himself denies playing any part in the vendetta, saying he never saw any of the emails or texts.

The Chris Christie Bridge Scandal, As Explained By "Game Of Thrones"

Although he has repeatedly apologized for the bridge plot, and disavowed any knowledge of its planning, it’s unlikely Democrats will let Christie put the scandal behind him.

The Chris Christie Bridge Scandal, As Explained By "Game Of Thrones"

With many in New Jersey demanding a federal investigation, it’s likely Christie will be dragged before investigators and the media once again.

The Chris Christie Bridge Scandal, As Explained By "Game Of Thrones"
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