A Timeline of Governor Christie’s Unfolding Scandals
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, 51, is facing scrutiny over his staff’s involvement in the closing of traffic lanes to the George Washington Bridge, which connects the state with Manhattan. The September closings caused miles of backups in Fort Lee, New Jersey, a town of 37,500 just before the bridge. Fort Lee’s Democratic mayor didn’t endorse Republican Christie in his re-election bid. Christie has denied knowledge of his staff’s involvement, which threatens his possible presidential ambitions. The following is a timeline of events.
contrary to what the governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference” on January 9.
Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, whose town is at the center of the traffic-jam controversy, attended President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech in Washington as a guest of U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, a New Jersey Democrat whose district includes Fort Lee.
A national poll by Quinnipiac University finds the traffic scandal taking a toll on Christie's 2016 presidential prospects. Christie trailed Democrat Hillary Clinton 46 percent to 38 percent in the survey. That compares with a Dec. 11 poll showing Christie at 42 percent and Clinton at 41 percent.
EDITORIAL: Elise Young
GRAPHIC: Chloe Whiteaker, photos compiled by Kenneth Hughes
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