Christie’s Aides Joked of “Traffic Problems” for Rabbi

Picking on the clergy? Not a good look.

Politico reports on the latest mini-scandal afflicting Gov. Chris Christie’s administration—jokes about causing Bridgegate-style “traffic problems” for a New Jersey rabbi:

The text messages were between David Wildstein, whom the Republican governor appointed to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Bridget Kelly, a former deputy chief of staff to the governor.

The unredacted material suggested that the rabbi, identified as Mendy Carlebach by The Record (N.J.) newspaper, had apparently annoyed Wildstein.




“He has officially pissed me off,” Wildstein texted Kelly on Aug. 19, according to the documents released by the Democratic-led state panel investigating the traffic scandal.

“We cannot cause traffic problems in front of his house, can we?” Kelly texted to Wildstein.

Harmless joke? Or indicative of a widespread punishment practice? We're probably going to find out.

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  • Jay Carney

    Don’t think of it as “traffic problems”, think of it as “work-life balance.”