Concord – The fallout from Governor Chris Christie’s bridge scandal is spreading far beyond New Jersey’s borders. In New Hampshire, voters are being introduced to Christie through his former aide Matt Mowers’s – now the NHGOP’s top staffer – involvement in seeking political retribution against the city of Fort Lee by shutting down lanes on the busiest bridge in the world.
Close to a week after news broke about top Christie aide’s scheme to block access to the George Washington Bridge and put people’s safety at risk for political revenge, Granite Staters are still seeking answers. When did Mowers hear about the plan to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge to punish Fort Lee, and was he involved in concocting it? What contact, if any, did Mowers have with employees of the Port Authority, and did others within the Christie campaign have contact with Port Authority employees? And when was the last time Mowers talked to Bridget Kelly and Bill Sepien, his two former bosses who have been forced to resign, and did they discuss the bridge scandal?
“The New Hampshire Republican Party chairwoman stood by her recently-hired 24-year-old party executive director Monday after he was named as a player in the prologue to the “Bridgegate” scandal plaguing his old boss, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie….New Hampshire GOP chair Horn would not address whether Mowers had approached Sokolich regarding a Christie endorsement. Nor would she say what she knows about his role in the matter.”
“Could the executive director of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee be stuck in the middle of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s bridge scandal?…Will Christie interview him? During a two-hour press conference, Christie said he would speak with all senior and campaign staff members with connection to Kelly about their knowledge of the matter.”
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that New Hampshire Republican State Committee Executive Director Matt Mowers was the one who asked Fort Lee, New Jersey Mayor Mark Sokolich about endorsing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie….The issue of whether Sokolich was ever asked to endorse Christie has become a key piece of the so-called “Bridgegate” controversy following the revelation that members of Christie’s staff apparently forced traffic jams in retaliation for the Fort Lee mayor’s refusal to endorse the governor.”
“As abuses of power go, this one deserves to be a unanimous, first-ballot Political Hall of Shame inductee. If it were the plot of disaster movie, you would dismiss it as too outrageous….Adding to the outrage was the unbridled self- satisfaction and delight exhibited by Christie staffers who were clearly infatuated with their handiwork. Among themselves, they sent text messages mocking Sokolich’s pleas for help in getting students trapped on buses to their schools.”