Rachel Maddow Has an Alternate Theory of Christie’s “Bridgegate” Scandal

Maybe it wasn’t the mayor’s endorsement that triggered the traffic problems, after all.

Rachel Maddow has a humdinger of a conspiracy theory about what really caused Chris Christie’s “Bridgegate” scandal:




Huffington Post sums up Maddow, who suggests that the traffic shutdown may have been payback against Democrats who were blocking Christie's nominations to the New Jersey Supreme Court.

By last August, Supreme Court Justice Helen Hoens, a Republican, was up for renomination. When state Senate Democrats signaled they would challenge Christie's nomination, the governor said he wouldn't renominate Hoens.

"I simply could not be party to the destruction of Helen Hoens’s professional reputation," Christie said during an August press conference. "I was not going to let her loose to the animals."

As Maddow pointed out, the press conference was the evening before Christie's deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, sent an email requesting "traffic problems in Fort Lee" to David Wildstein, one of Christie's top aides at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the bridge.

What's more, Fort Lee is represented by Sen. Loretta Weinberg, the state Senate Democratic leader.

"Roughly 12 hours after Gov. Christie blows up at the Senate Democrats and torpedoes the career of a Supreme Court justice who he likes ... the leader of those 'animals' in the Senate sees her district get the order of destruction from Gov. Christie's deputy chief of staff," Maddow concluded.

If this theory pans out, does it make Bridgegate worse? Or is it already bad enough for Christie?

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  • DTurner

    That would make more sense at least. Frankly, it would almost make the scandal better, in that at least Christie’s (or his staff’s) vindictive behavior was a little more rational than targeting democrats who did not support his reelection.

  • Stein

    I blame Governor Corbett for the Lane restrictions on 76 and 422. He must be pissed off at the King of Prussia Mall for not having a sale.

  • JofreyRice

    hmmm. Well thought out and presented, but this kind of retribution is only useful if the target has some understanding of what it’s all about, right? is Weinberg really going to feel the pain of a traffic jam? Or is she well-connected enough to her constituents to hear about it, and have it as a major issue?

    • Jane Yavis

      Maybe he was afraid the same thing would happen to him that happened to Romney in ’12. Remember when local Wing Nuts predicted their landside Romney victory would come from he Delaware Valley. Ya never know.

  • Joe_D

    Maddow is credited for puppeting a theory that was put forth yesterday
    afternoon on the Rush Limbaugh show. I didn’t know Maddow used Limbaugh for her show prep.