Three Christie cronies took the fall and you can see NJTV breaking coverage here:
But after reading the indictment there was one stunning revelation that I fear will not even be noted elsewhere:
From page 4:
J. ChristopherJ, Christie was the Governor of the State of New Jersey and a candidate for reelection in the New Jersey gubernatorial election conducted on November 5, 2013 (“Governor Christie”).
K. IGA was a component of the Governor’s Office that monitored and facilitated the relationships between the Governor’s Office and New Jersey state and local officials. IGA employed regional directors, each of whom was responsible for communicating with local officials, including mayors, in a particular region in New Jersey. Prior to November 5, 2013, certain IGA employees, including defendant KELLY, also played a role in seeking endorsements of Governor Christie’s reelection from elected officials in New Jersey. To that end, IGA’s regional directors were instructed at times to invite New Jersey local officials who might endorse, or might be persuaded to endorse, Governor Christie’s reelection to functions associated with Governor Christie. These included sporting and entertainment events to which Governor Christie had access to tickets and events at Governor Christie’s official state residence. One of the officials whose endorsement IGA employees sought was Mayor Sokolich, who received invitations to some of those functions.
and later on page 7:
10. Prior to on or about August 12, 2013, defendant KELLY expressed disappointment to Wildstein that Mayor Sokolich was not likely to endorse Governor Christie, despite IGA employees’ efforts to obtain that endorsement. In response, Wildstein told defendant KELLY that they could use the Local Access Lanes to cause traffic problems in Fort Lee whenever it would be advantageous to do so.
11. On August 12, 2013, defendant KELLY telephoned an employee of Governor Christie’s reelection campaign who previously, as an IGA employee, had sought Mayor Sokolich’s endorsement (the “Campaign Employee”). Defendant KELLY asked the Campaign Employee to confirm that Mayor Sokolich would not be endorsing Governor Christie. After the Campaign Employee confirmed that information, defendant KELLY responded that it was all she needed to know.
Forget about three stooges* misusing their powers for political purposes. The real scandal, and it will be interesting to see if there is any media focus on it, is that there is a department (at least one we now know of) within New Jersey state government whose duties encompass brazen electioneering.
* I do not exaggerate here. The indictment itself reads like an adaptation of Malice in the Palace.