“People don’t do what they believe in, they just do what’s most convenient, then they repent.”
The surprise, to me at least, is that Bridget Kelly is no monster.
For three years, I thought she was the culprit who pulled the trigger on all this with her infamous email “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”
But this trial shook that up. Kelly swore that she was just relaying the governor’s instructions that day. She was asked to get his sign-off on the plan to close those lanes, and that’s what she did before giving the go-ahead.
She knew nothing about traffic studies, real or fake. She was just the contact person at the governor’s office for the Port Authority. She was no mastermind, she swore; she was just a messenger.
“I was scared,” she said. “This was a Port Authority project.”
On that core point, my guess is that jurors believed her, as did most people I talked to who attended the trial — the press, the lawyers and politicians who came to watch, even the curious retirees.
Possibly convincing until you get to the question….
Why did Chris Christie and his operatives hire this non-moster for a job that was essentially to arm-twist/bribe politicians?
This leads to questions about how other people get to populate the political dystopia that is New Jersey government where we have:
- elected official with no relevant financial experience making decisions based on the say-so of their campaign donors,
- rubber-stampers masquerading as board members (and judges), and
- enforcers in positions to keep both of the above groups in line.
The answers are that you don’t:
- get elected without the money from special interests looking to pervert democracy for personal gain,
- put on a board (or bench) unless you understand your role as facilitator, or
- hired by Christie and his ilk unless you can play the game.