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My own take on this is that there's no evidence Christie knew about or ordered the bridge closure. I can't believe he'd be that stupid or that his pals would be that stupid to involve him directly. But it's looking pretty clear that Baroni and Wildstein did do this as payback to the Mayor of Fort Lee (immediately across the river from New York City) after he refused to endorse Christie, as many other New Jersey Democrats ending up doing. Their claims about some 'traffic study' no one had ever heard of and for which there is apparently zero documentation simply doesn't pass the laugh test. That's pretty amazing even for Jersey politics, which is notoriously sleazy and cartoonish.