New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) defense is that he knew nothing about this bridge closing conspiracy within his administration and immediately fired the people responsible.
I’m almost inclined to believe Christie on this point simply because closing down a bridge as part of a petty vengeance scheme is so stupid I can’t imagine anyone with two working brain cells would support it.
That said even if Christie didn’t know about this particular plot, none of these facts adds up at all. If someone had slighted my boss my reaction wouldn’t be to gather several of my co-workers to create an elaborate multi-agency criminal revenge plan that I wouldn’t tell her about.
It is incredibly strange that some many of Christie’s people would take part in such a scheme over something so minor without telling Christie. This kind of extreme behavior does not normally just emerge, it is usually the product of a culture that actively encourage similar behaviors.
Christie may not have know about this but it does make me wonder what Christie has done or ask his staff to do that would have given them the impression that was an acceptable behavior. It is hard to believe the first and only act of corrupt political vengeance in the Christie administration was this giant conspiracy to punish a mayor over a completely unnecessary endorsement.