Christie’s Office Blasts ‘Wild-Eyed Conspiracy’ Theories In Bridge Scandal

AP

New Jersey Gov. Christie’s (R) office apparently thinks “left-wing blogs” are to blame for the competing theories about who and what was behind the decision to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge in September.

In a short statement to CNN on Tuesday, Christie spokesman Colin Reed blasted the theories, including those that posit the closures, which tied up traffic for days in Fort Lee, N.J., were to get revenge on rivals or possibly linked to a local real estate development.

“We’re not commenting on every wild-eyed conspiracy theory that’s originating on left-wing blogs,” Reed told the cable news network.

One of the theories that has been floated by New Jersey Democrats is that the shutdown was revenge against a local mayor who declined to endorse Christie’s re-election. Another, first raised by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, is that it was retaliation against a local senator who blocked the governor’s court nominees. A third, raised by MSNBC host Steve Kornacki and former Jersey political reporter Brian Murphy, is that the closures may have been somehow tied to a nearby real estate development.

Christie has denied he had any knowledge of the lane closures. Records obtained through subpoenas sent by a state Assembly committee investigating the incident showed a top Christie aide was involved in the discussions about the order to shut the lanes.

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