Will the political scandal ignited by Bridget Kelly over the four day gridlock- causing closure of two traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge to punish Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich end up wrecking Chris Christie’s chances of making it to the White House in 2016? it could very well be.
The two most compelling signs that this scandal may be collapsing Christie’s bridge to the presidency are the town of Fort Lee, New Jersey, named after Charles Lee a Revolutionary War general; and the George Washington Bridge, named after our first President and Commander-in-Chief…who Charles Lee hated and despised to his dying day.
GENERAL CHARLES LEE
Charles Lee was a distinguished British soldier and officer who bravely fought in the Seven Years War and joined the rebel cause in 1775 bent on becoming Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army for which he believed he was preeminently qualified. But to Lee’s mortification the Continental Congress gave the honor to George Washington, while Lee bitterly was made second in command. Unwilling to accept Washington as Commander-in-Chief Lee lobbied Congress behind his back writing letter after letter criticizing his chief’s running of the war and urging that he be put in charge. This went on until Lee was court martialed and stripped of his command for disobeying Washington’s orders in the Battle of Monmouth (see).
Could it be that Charles Lee is emblematic of Chris Christy’s political fortunes? That Bridgegate will not be going away? That new revelations will implicate him in the scandal? And that like disgraced General Lee Christy will be discredited and will never become Commander-in-Chief? I’m not wishing this on the man. But we must be prepared for the worst.
Chris Christie was born September 6, 1962 just 8 days after the lower level of the George Washington Bridge was first opened to traffic (August 29, 1962, see). Bridget Kelly’s 8 word email signaling to David Wildstein in August* (the 8th month) that he cause traffic problems for Fort Lee (he closed 2 of the 8 lanes of the GWB’s upper deck) was made public on January 8, the 8th day of the year. Election Day 2016 when Christy is hoping to become president falls on the 8th day of November. Call me superstitious, but it appears that 8 is not an auspicious number for the governor.
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