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UPDATE: Christie Cancels Manahawkin Visit In Wake Of Growing Scandal

Faced with a growing political scandal, Gov. Chris Christie canceled an appearance at the Stafford Township Volunteer Fire Company Wednesday morning where he was supposed to announce a Superstorm Sandy "housing recovery milestone."

The event was supposed to get underway at 11 a.m. at the firehouse at 133 Stafford Avenue. But the governor reversed course after news reports showed top officials close to Christie were possibly involved in the growing scandal.

An email from the governor's press office sent at about 10:30 a.m. said only that the event would be "postponed to a later date," but offered no reason for the postponement.

Messages released Wednesday show that top officials close to Christie were involved in Fort Lee lane closures that some have suggested were payback for the Fort Lee mayor not endorsing Christie's reelection bid.

The emails between high-level gubernatorial aides and Port Authority officials contradict statements by Christie, who said his staff and campaign had nothing to do with the closure of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge that caused a week worth of traffic jams for North Jersey residents.

Emails obtained by The New York Times and The Record show Bridget Anne Kelly, a deputy chief of staff to the governor, told a Port Authority official close to Christie that it was “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” about two weeks before the lanes were closed.

“Got it,” replied the Port Authority executive, David Wildstein, who resigned last month as national media and incensed local politicians turned up the heat on the scandal.

Some are predicting the fracas could prove troublesome for Christie, who is widely believed to be planning a run for the White House in 2016.

Mike Mazzucca January 09, 2014 at 07:45 AM
Chester there is something you can do about it. It's called VOTE. Same with our local officials. What has your mayor done for you? Same thing, vote them out. Get involved. And Anonymous, really a full investigation? Great use of tax payer dollars. Here is something to fight if your looking for something to do. How about fighting the Pinelands pipeline they are trying to get put in. Right through the pinelands. Folks you can't fight every single battle that comes down the pike. Fight the ones that have substance. Abuse of power has been around since the beginning of time.
anonymous January 09, 2014 at 08:14 AM
Hey corruption is a fine cause. I think I will stick with it.
Mike Mazzucca January 09, 2014 at 09:37 AM
And I guess for people like you, it's a fine line as well.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOgNqHsVGUY
anonymous January 09, 2014 at 01:24 PM
Cool vid thank you I am very pleased with my gov today --- In my eyes he did exactly what he should have and I will now put my pitchfork down. anonymous
emptybeachchair January 12, 2014 at 11:28 PM
hahaha What a joke - I am still waiting for some action on my home in BHW - he should try homeless living with relatives out of boxes. Last news maybe will be done by end of summer. SHeeeesh he has no clue about milestones -

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