New Jersey Bridge Scandal - Damning Emails

  • Aired:  01/09/14
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Emails reveal that Chris Christie's staffers intentionally held up traffic on the George Washington Bridge. (3:53)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: WELCOME TO THE

REPORTED, EVERYBODY, THANKYOU FOR JOINING US.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, LADIESAND GENTLEMEN.

IT IS GOOD TO HAVE YOU HERETONIGHT.

OH, LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE.

LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE'SVOICES.

CALLING OUT TO ME.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)IF EVERY --

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)IF EVERY --

>> STEPHEN, STEPHEN,STEPHEN!

STEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHEN!

STEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHEN!

THANK YOU, LADIES ANDGENTLEMEN.

LET'S GET TO THE BIG STORY.

EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT IT,NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR AND

FUTURE FORMER REPUBLICANFRONT-RUNNER CHRIS CHRISTIE

IS EMBROILED IN A SCANDALWITH A SIDE OF IMBROGLIO,

RECENTLY RELEASED E-MAILSREVEAL HIGH LEVEL CHRISTIE

STAFFERS DELIBERATELYSNARLED TRAFFIC LAST

SEPTEMBER ON THE BUSIESTBRIDGE IN THE WORLD, THE

GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE,NAMED OF COURSE, FOR ONE OF

OUR FOUNDING FATHERS, GEORGEW BRIDGE.

PORT AUTHORITY OFFICIALSSHUT DOWN TWO OF THE THREE

ACCESS LANES IN THE TOWN OFFORT LEE, NEW JERSEY,

CLAIMING IT WAS A A TRAFFICSTUDY BUT IN FACT IT WAS

POLITICAL PAYBACK AGAINSTTHE TOWN'S MAYOR WHO REFUSED

TO ENDORSE CHRISTIE'SRE-ELECTION BID.

CRITICS ARE BLASTING THEMOVE AS PETTY AND

UNPRESIDENTIAL.

>> WITHOUT DOES STUFF LIKETHIS.

>> IT CERTAINLY SEEMS PETTY.

>> IT SEEMS TO PETTY, SOPETTY.

>> I DO THINK THAT ALL OFTHAT MAKES HIM LOOK SMALLER.

>> AND THAT IS THE FIRSTTIME ANYONE HAS EVER SAID

THAT ABOUT CHRIS CHRISTIE.

(APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: THIS AFTER JUST

LAST MONTH THE GOVERNORINSISTED THE GRIDLOCK WAS

THE RESULT OF A TRAFFICSTUDY AND LAUGHED OFF ANY

ACCUSATIONS.

>> I WORKED THE CONE,ACTUALLY, ON THAT, UNBENOENS

TO EVERYBODY I WAS THE GUYOUT THERE I WAS IN OVERALLS

IN A HAT SO I WAS-- BUT IACTUALLY WAS THE GUY WORKING

THE CONES OUT THERE.

>> YOU REALLY ARE NOTSERIOUS WITH THAT QUESTION.

>> Stephen: YEAH, YOU CANNOTBE SERIOUS WITH THAT IN

RETROSPECT, EXTREMELYSERIOUS QUESTION.

BECAUSE BACK THEN IT WASRIDICULOUS.

ALMOST RIDICULOUS AS THENAME OF THE POLICE OFFICER

WHO ACTUALLY CONED OFF THELANES, CAPTAIN LICORICE.

(LAUGHTER)>> Stephen: I BELIEVE WE

HAVE A PHOTO OF THE CAPTAIN.

(LAUGHTER)AND FOLKS, THERE IS

ABSOLUTELY NO CONNECTIONBETWEEN HIM AND CHRIS

CHRISTIE, THEY HAVE NEVEREVEN BEEN SEEN IN THE SAME

ROOM TOGETHER.

BUT NATION, EVEN CAPTAINLICORICE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO

SAVE THE GOVERNOR FROM NEWREVELATIONS OF DAMNING

E-MAILS.

FOR MORE ON THE E-MAILS WETURN TO THE COLBERT REPORT'S

SENIOR CNN ANCHOR JAKETAPPER, JAKE.

>> THERE IS ONE SENT A FEWWEEKS BEFORE THE LANE

CLOSEURE FROM BRIDGETTE ANNEKELLY, A DEPUTY CHIEF OF

STAFF FOR GOVERNOR CHRISTIETO DAVID WILDSTEIN THE

POLITICAL APPOINTEE AT THEPORT AUTHORITY IN CHARGE OF

THE BRIDGES, BRIDGET ANNEKELLY SAYS TIME FOR SOME

TRAFFIC PROBLEMS IN FORTLEE.

AND DAVID WILDSTEIN RESPONDS,GOT IT.

THE MAYOR OF FORT LEEREACHED OUT TO WILDSTEIN

SAYING HELP, PLEASE, IT ISMADDENING, UNQUOTE.

WILDSTEIN FORWARDED THE PLEATO SOMEONE WHOSE NAME HAS

BEEN REDACTED IN THESEE-MAILS, IN FACT.

IS IT WRONG THAT I AMSMILING, THE PERSON ASKED.

NO, WILDSTEIN REPLIED.

>> Stephen: NO, IT'S NOTWRONG TO BE SMILING, IT'S

WRONG TO HAVE SAVED THE TEXTABOUT YOU SMILING.