NJ Gov. Chris Christie fires top aide over “bridge closing” scandal

Via the New York Times:

Saying that he was “embarrassed and humiliated” by revelations that a top aide and other close associates ordered lane closings on the George Washington Bridge to exact revenge on a political foe, Gov. Chris Christie fired that aide, Bridget Anne Kelly, a deputy chief of staff, whom he called “stupid” and “deceitful.”

The revelations became public on Wednesday, when a series of emails and texts showed that members of his administration and others were deeply involved, contradicting the governor’s own earlier public statements on the matter.

“I am heartbroken that someone I permitted to be in that circle of trust for the past five years betrayed that trust,” he said, speaking at a news conference at the State House where he took questions for over an hour.

The United States attorney for New Jersey, Paul J. Fishman, opened an inquiry after the matter was referred to the office by the inspector general for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridge.

More at the New York Times

NJ: Chris Christie uses state helicopter to attend half of his son’s baseball game

From Washington Monthly: NJ Gov. Chris Christie arrived at his son’s baseball game this afternoon aboard a State Police helicopter.

Right before the lineup cards were being exchanged on the field, a noise from above distracted the spectators as the 55-foot long helicopter buzzed over trees in left field, circled the outfield and landed in an adjacent football field.

Christie not only used a state helicopter to catch a high school baseball game, he also had a car waiting for him to drive him 100 yards to the field.

I suppose one could make the argument that the governor really enjoys high school baseball and wants to show support for his son, so Christie went above and beyond to be there. Of course, that would be a little more compelling if the governor didn’t leave half-way through the game.

During the 5th inning, Christie and First Lady Mary Pat Christie got into the car, rode back to the helicopter and left the game. During a pitching change, play was stopped for a couple of minutes while the helicopter took off.

Christie left because he had a meeting with a bunch of wealthy Iowans who were in town to tell the governor how much they love him and want him to run for president.

As for the chopper, it’s one of two $12.5 million helicopters purchased for the state police. The intention was to use them for “homeland security duties and transporting critically injured patients.”

Christie, it appears, has added a new purpose for the aircraft.

The good news is Christie is really looking out for the people of NJ by cutting the education budget. Don’t want to be wasting any money, you know…