Essential Reading


The scandal involving New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the George Washington Bridge is a complicated one. It has a long list of characters and a lot of moving parts. We’ve come up with some simple guides to help you navigate it.

For one, we’ve just published an updated list of the cast involved in the scandal. From Christie’s inner circle to some Jersey Democrats digging into it, these are the people who are making the governor’s life hell right now.

Earlier today, we also published a list of the four big questions that remain, including: What did Christie know and when did he know it?

And last week, we published a timeline of the scandal for those of you just tuning into it.


Nick Martin is an associate editor at TPM in New York City. He came to the site in 2011 as a reporter for TPMMuckraker. Previously, he worked in Arizona, first as a staff reporter for a local newspaper and later as a freelance journalist. He also ran the news blog Heat City. Contact him at