Chris Christie has been accused of inflicting a petty revenge on a New Jersey town to punish its mayor for failing to endorse him.
Two out of three lanes on the bridge approaching the town of Fort Lee were closed for the whole first week of school - a notoriously heavy traffic week - without giving local officials any warning, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports. Locals were furious as their bridge and surrounding streets were turned into a virtual parking lot.
It turned out that the closure was ordered by Christie appointee David Wildstein, Christie's director of interstate capital projects and a friend from high school. Wildstein lacks both a resume and a job description appropriate to his job, for which he was paid $150,000 a year, according to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. Wildstein resigned on Dec 6 after it was revealed that he had ordered the bridge closure.
In other words, MSNBC hosts and Democrats are accusing Christie of appointing his friends to political posts they're not qualified for, paying them over-generously, and allowing them to use those positions to settle the governor's political scores.
The Democratic National Committee has also weighed in with a video, "Chris Christie's Bridge Scandal Explained":
Local Dems are investigating the incident, led by Democratic Assemblyman John Wisnieswki. He recently subpoenaed all correspondence about the closure between Gov. Chris Christie and Port Authority officials.
Via the New Jersey Star-Ledger.