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Emails link Christie to bridge scandal

New emails link a top aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to lane closures that snarled traffic on the George Washington Bridge last year, the clearest connection between the Republican and a growing scandal that threatens his presidential prospects.

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According to emails obtained by the Bergen County Record, Bridget Anne Kelly, a deputy chief of staff to the governor, instructed a Port Authority official appointed by Christie to create “traffic problems” in Fort Lee, the Democratic mayor of which had declined to endorse Christie for reelection.

“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” she emailed David Wildstein, a high-school friend of the governor.

Wildstein emailed back: “Got it.”

Other Christie aides were mentioned or copied on the emails after Wildstein ordered the lanes reopened, including David Samson, the chairman of the Port Authority; Bill Stepien, Christie’s former campaign manager and now New Jersey GOP chairman; and Michael Drewniak, the governor’s spokesman.

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