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Obtained messages suggest Gov. Christie aide planned traffic jams

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Recent emails and text messages obtained by the Associated Press suggest Gov. Chris Christie's top aides engineered traffic jams in a New Jersey city.

Why? To punish Fort Lee's mayor because he didn't endorse the Republican for re-election.

Christie, a well-known New Jersey politician who is expected to run for president, said he was misled by his aide, and he was uninvolved.

The Associated Press says the messages don't directly implicate Christie in the shutdown, but they do contradict his claims that his staff had nothing to do with it.

‘‘Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,'' Christie's deputy chief of staff wrote in August in a message to a top Christie appointee on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

‘‘Got it,'' the appointee responded.

Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich said the apparent planned shutdown was ‘‘appalling."

Fort Lee Councilwoman Ila Kasofsky said one woman was unable to cross the bridge to be with her husband who was in surgery. She said she also knows someone who couldn't get to New York to be with her son as he went through kidney dialysis.

She also said the resulting heavy traffic hampered the search for a missing child.

"I think this is 10 times worse than Watergate," Kasofsky said. "Because this affected so many more lives and their health and safety."

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