Colleague Says Fort Lee Mayor Considered Endorsing Christie For ‘Maybe’ Two Minutes


Fort Lee, N.J. Mayor Mark Sokolich (D) didn’t need much time to mull over an endorsement request from Gov. Chris Christie (R).

Sokolich, according to a colleague, only briefly discussed the proposition last summer before ruling out the cross-party support.

“The whole conversation was maybe a two-minute conversation,” Fort Lee Councilman Joseph L. Cervieri Jr. told the Washington Post.

Sokolich’s decision to not endorse Christie has been at the forefront of the ongoing George Washington Bridge scandal. But the theory that Christie officials caused a massive traffic jam on the bridge to get back at Sokolich for not endorsing the governor has lost steam, although the actual motivation remains a mystery.

Sokolich said this week that he remembers a Christie official reaching out for an endorsement after previously saying he didn’t recall such a request.


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