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Christie Met With Port Authority Chief Days Before 'Time For Some Traffic Problems in Fort Lee' Email

Just days before the infamous 'time for some traffic problems' email was sent. Christie met with Port Authority Chairman David Samson (center).

One thing that jumped out at me in looking over the stories of the newly released 900 pages of documents was this little nugget from Assemblyman Wisniewski, who is leading the investigation (emphasis mine):

Secondly, the documents submitted by David Wildstein and his attorney are documents they deemed specifically related to the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge as per our subpoena request. Included in these documents is a reference to what appears to be a meeting between Port Authority Chairman David Samson and the governor one week before Bridget Kelly issued the order to cause 'traffic problems' in Fort Lee. By submitting these documents, Mr. Wildstein is telling us they are related to the lane closures in some way. The question that demands answering is how?

In and of itself, this would be a pretty important factoid and some curious timing, given that Christie said yesterday that he doesn't really know what all 65,000+ state employees are doing.  But in doing his damage control, Christie had this to say about Samson:  

Christie did say that he met for two hours with Samson, the former state attorney general whom he appointed as Port Authority chairman, and that he was confident that Samson had no involvement in the Bridgegate scandal.

There is some very curious timing in the meeting between Christie and the Port Authority Chief he appointed and the email from Christie's Deputy Chief of Staff ordering the lane closures.  And now Christie is saying that Samson was not involved.

If they met just days before the lane closures were ordered and neither of them had any involvement in the lane closures, and there is no traffic study, what went on at that meeting?

Keep in mind Samson blasted the Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye, a New York appointee, for leaking information about the lane closures to the press, which documents reveal Christie's appointees tried to keep quiet.

“Scott: I just read it and it confirms evidence of Foye’s being the leak, stirring up trouble,” Samson said in an email to Vice Chairman Scott Rechler. “This is yet another example of a story, we’ve seen it before, where [Foye] distances himself from an issue in the press and rides in on a white horse to save the day. (If you need prior examples I will provide)–in this case he’s playing in traffic, made a big mistake.”

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