Burning Bridges

An obscure, months-old traffic jam in northern New Jersey is emerging as a speed bump for Chris Christie's national ambitions. Back in September, a local transportation official close to the governor shut down access lanes to the George Washington Bridge, snarling traffic on and around the nation's busiest span. Christie's political opponents claim the move was a ploy to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, who had declined to endorse Christie's re-election campaign. The traffic backups lasted several days and coincided with the start of the school year, infuriating drivers and local residents. The governor says he had no knowledge...

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