Christie Aides Couldn’t Even Get N.J. Mayor’s Ethnicity Right

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Not only did Chris Christie aides bully the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey by closing lanes on the busy George Washington Bridge, he told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, they repeatedly called him by an incorrect name — “Serbia.”

Documents obtained Wednesday by TPM directly implicate Christie aides in the bridge scandal, showing officials speaking about the closures with the agency that oversees the bridge weeks before they ocurred. “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” one wrote in an August email.

“It’s fine. The mayor is an idiot, though,” Christie’s campaign manager Bill Stepien wrote in September after the closures, according to the Journal. “[Win] some, lose some.”

“I had empty boxes ready to take to work today, just in case,” wrote David Wildstein, one of Christie’s appointees to the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, in another email. “It will be a tough November for this little Serbian.”

Mayor Mark Sokolich, a U.S. citizen who is ethnically Croatian, decried the emails as “petty political insanity.”

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