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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.

Republicannibals must Go January 07, 2014 at 08:54 PM
wonder what the Milestone is???Did more people get screwed out of their homes and FEMA money here than got screwed over in Katrina??
Lincoln Osiris January 07, 2014 at 09:00 PM
There is no milestone. Christie has been taking BS lessons from Stafford mayor John Spodofora on how to lie your*ss off to make people like you. It might be working. Spodofora has been lying to people around here for a very long time. Almost everything he says is a lie. www.johnspodofora.com http://lincolnosiris1969.wix.com/mayor-john-spodofora
beach Haven West January 08, 2014 at 06:48 AM
Why not come on a weekend when people are off form work. What a joke
Josh Duyal January 08, 2014 at 11:03 AM
Wasn't good. Both him and Obama should be embarrassed.
Susan Mondie January 08, 2014 at 11:06 AM
Christie is a phoney I called his office and State Attorney General to get help with the Target Credit breach..they were rude and knew nothing. Other states Attorney Generals are filing suits against Target and helping their citizens. The entire Sandy tragedy has been a political toy for Christie from the very beginning. BUT he got re-elected and will run for President and never be in NJ during is campaign which has already begun. We need to make a lot of noise about his failures.
Republicannibals must Go January 08, 2014 at 11:28 AM
Just heard he pull out of coming to Stafford today I heard he has to circle his wagons ...seems the dynasty is falling apart. Wonder if the red cross is ever going to give out any of the 280 million fema gave them for home destroyed by sandy ..did christie wife give out any of the money she took in?
Jon Q. Public January 08, 2014 at 11:29 AM
I still don't understand how this lud got re-elected. Buy my house now so I can get out of this cesspool.
Sue January 08, 2014 at 11:30 AM
Skipping out on his public appearance... The big bully is a coward. Christie is in CRISIS mode now... Desperately making up more excuses for his political shenanigans at the bridge. Good riddance! Despite lap-band surgery, he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Tsk, tsk.
Mortimer Snerd January 08, 2014 at 11:40 AM
At least today's sudden cancellation in Ocean County spares us from more of his post-Sandy BS. He smells stronger than the storm!
Dominick Lodispoto January 08, 2014 at 12:30 PM
Well I am not surprised a no show.Been waiting 10 months to a response I left for him on Facebook.I appreciate that I drove down to a no show.Next time Stafford should Have TWINKEES.The Fat GUY will always show up for a twinkee...Good Luck with your weight loss you will never loose it where it counts "FATHEAD".He is nothing but a grandstanding BULLSHIT artist...that loves a good photo opp.Thanks for nothing again...Good luck with the Washington run...I believe that is LITTLE DEBBIE territory Maybe you will show up there.Cant wait for the warm weather to come back so I can drown in that tv commercial and that brain shattering song ...Remember SANDY she was stronger than the SHORE
patterson379 January 08, 2014 at 01:25 PM
Great Governor soon to be a great president thanks gov great job keep it up
chester bojarski January 08, 2014 at 02:12 PM
Does anyone remember any politician with a platform of anti corruption? You have to admit our elected politicians are very corrupt, at all levels of government,getting more corrupt after each re election ..very Sad and Shameful..too bad there is nothing we can do about it..
anonymous January 08, 2014 at 02:22 PM
If he ordered any retaliation on the mayor of Fort Lee and wound up hurting everyday commuters he should be replaced immediately That would be pure old evil corruption at its best and if proven to be true we should not stand for it. I am hoping they do a full investigation and leave nothing out. anonymous
Southern Golfer January 08, 2014 at 02:50 PM
You morons think HE is going to respond to your posts on facebook or help you with the "Target Credit Breach"? Why not try contacting your credit card company or Target?
John B Taxpayer January 08, 2014 at 07:16 PM
He needs to get as far away from Ft Lee as possible! He and Obama perfect together ebony and Ivory LIARS! They day is approaching when these bureaucrats will all be dragged out of the cocktail parties and get the justice they deserve!
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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