January 12, 2014 6:30 am -

140109131633-03-christie-scandal-0109-horizontal-galleryThe “Bridgegate” scandal worsened for Governor Chris Christie on Saturday. First, Ryan Lizza’s detective work into texts from the Tuesday and Friday document dumps determined that the mystery person who texted “They are the children of Buono voters” was Bridget Anne Kelly.

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And on Saturday afternoon, a major player in New Jersey politics floated the “I” word on MSNBC:

The chairman of a New Jersey legislative panel investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures said Gov. Chris Christie’s top aides had engaged in a “cover-up” and the governor could be impeached if it is determined he was aware of efforts to use the bridge for political purposes.

“Using the George Washington Bridge, a public resource, to exact a political vendetta, is a crime,” New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who is spearheading the bridge probe, told NBC News on Saturday. “Having people use their official position to have a political game is a crime. So if those tie back to the governor in any way, it clearly becomes an impeachable offense.”

In a news conference on Thursday, Christie denied any prior knowledge of plans to use lane closures on the bridge as political payback against the Mayor of Fort Lee for refusing to endorse his re-election. He said he was “stunned by the abject stupidity that was shown here.”

But Wisniewski said he does not find the governor’s denials credible given the number of his top aides and appointees shown to have knowledge of the matter in thousands of pages of emails and text messages his committee has obtained.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.