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"Traffic Problems" At Newark Airport -- It Eventually Happened

On Thursday morning the New Jersey Legislature committee investigating Bridgegate issued its latest batch of documents: Unredacted emails from Gov. Christie appointee David Wildstein to key figures in the lane-closing scheme. The only real news to come out of the new docs was this exchange from last August, before the lane closures, between Christie Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Kelly and Wildstein. They are apparently joking about traffic-inflicted revenge on another one of their foes. 

Wildstein: [Rabbi Mendy Carlebach] has officially pissed me off.

Kelly: Clearly. We cannot cause traffic problems in front of his house, can we?

Wildstein: Flights to Tel Aviv all mysteriously delayed.

Kelly: Perfect.

Shortly after the emails were released on Thursday, as it happens, a group of New Jersey legislators left for a trip to Tel Aviv sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Metrowest in North Jersey. Who is on this trip? Six members of the Bridgegate investigative committee -- two Republicans and four Democrats, including the two co-chairs of the committee, Assemblyman John Wisniewski and Sen. Loretta Weinberg.

And wouldn't you know it? Their flight to Tel Aviv was, indeed, mysteriously delayed. Two hours on the tarmac at Newark Airport, which is operated by the Port Authority.

Matt Katz is a reporter for New Jersey Public Radio/WNYC covering state politics. NJ Spotlight, in partnership with NJPR, is hosting his blog and running in-depth stories.

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