Bridgegate beats out Trafficgate

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The media loves a scandal, but before a political controversy becomes part of the national dialogue, it needs a name.

Soon after staffers for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) were caught creating traffic in Fort Lee, names started to get floated in blogs and over Twitter: Bridgegate, Trafficgate, Forkgate, and even Bridgeghazi.

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During a panel discussion on “Fox News Sunday” last weekend, The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward — who exposed the Watergate scandal — used “Trafficgate” to refer to Christie’s congestion woes.

But a review of news articles and the Internet shows Woodward is backing a second-rate -gate.

Trafficgate has been used only 11 times in news reports and attracts only 450,000 hits on Google. Bridgegate, meanwhile, has been referenced 1,281 times in media outlets and is a huge hit on Google with nearly 6 million references.

The numbers for Bridgeghazi are 25 and 357,000, respectively, while Forkgate comes in at 24 and 181,000. 

It should be noted that Woodward isn’t wed to Trafficgate. After mentioning the moniker a few days ago, he said, “… or whatever it is.”