The Chris Christie Bridge Scandal, As Explained By "Game Of Thrones"

Joffrey, Tyrion, and the gang help explain the convoluted Chris Christie scandal surrounding the George Washington Bridge.

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Christie — a Republican — was looking to portray himself as a bipartisan candidate who could appeal to a majority of Americans. He asked Buono's fellow New Jersey Democrats to pledge their allegiance to him.

The George Washington Bridge is considered by the Port Authority to be the busiest bridge in the world. The partial closure created massive gridlock for a week. A vital artery had been severed and it was chaos.

Christie's representatives called the retribution accusations "crazy," and the governor himself ridiculed a reporter for asking him about it, scoffing, "You really are not serious with that question?”

On Aug. 13 — a few weeks before the lane closings — Christie's Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly had this rather unambiguous email exchange Christie's Port Authority aide, David Wildstein:

On Sept. 10, as buses were trapped in traffic, Wildstein exchanged gleeful texts with an unknown person:


Person: "Is it wrong that I'm smiling?"

Wildstein: "No."

Person: "I feel badly for the kids. I guess."

Wildstein: "They are the children of Buono voters."

When the exchanges became public, along with the revelation that a woman may have died as a result of EMS workers being caught in the traffic jam, reaction from the press and public was swift.