Documents supplied by David Wildstein, a Christie man at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, as part of an investigation by the New Jersey Legislature, revealed that several weeks before they orchestrated the four-day traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge, Wildstein himself and Governor Christie’s deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly, were having a great time fantasizing what kinds of havoc they could reek on what kind of innocent victims.
According to the NY Times, in the Aug. 19 dated documents those two pranksters jokingly discussed engineering traffic problems at the home of a rabbi.
“We cannot cause traffic problems in front of his house, can we?” wrote Kelly, who no longer works for the governor.
Wildstein joined in, suggesting even the sky wasn’t the limit to how much abuse of power they could play with.
“Flights to Tel Aviv all mysteriously delayed,” Wildstein wrote.
Sure, he was kidding. Is anyone at HS reading this? Quick, a white guy to be probed in room five.
Six days earlier, Kelly wrote that it was “time for some traffic problems” in Fort Lee — one of those carefree, spirit of the moment thing that inspired these public officials to turn the lives of thousands of motorists on the George Washington Bridge into a living hell Jersey style.
The Times reports that this particular fun period started with a picture of Rabbi Mendy Carlebach of South Brunswick Township, posing with House speaker, John A. Boehner.
“I think this qualifies as some sort of stalking,” Kelly wrote. “You are too much.”
“He is Jewish Cid Wilson,” Wildstein wrote back, meaning that the rabbi gets too many photo ops for Wildstein’s taste—like local Jersey politician Cid Wilson.
Then Wildstein commented that Rabbi Carlebach “has officially pissed me off.”
And then Kelly wrote why not start a traffic jam outside the rabbi’s home, which was a joke of course, the kind of joke bullies make when they compare their various victims, in this case comparing Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, the man who got on their nerves first and would soon receive the traffic jam punishment.
I think we must bring back public flogging just for these two birds, Kelly and Wildstein. And I’m officially putting in a bid for the peanuts and popcorn concession.
According to the Times, these two powerful political demigods were so angry at Rabbi Carlebach for the same reason they loathed the mayor of Fort Lee: both men dared not endorse the governor. It’s very big in Jersey, apparently.
And then he had the tenacity to have his picture taken with Speaker Boehner, when everybody knows Christie hates Boehner.
But Rabbi Mendy Carlebach has served as a Christie appointee on the New Jersey-Israel Commission, and was part of a group that traveled with the governor to Israel on an “economic mission” in 2012, says the Times.
State Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski, a Democrat, chairman of the committee investigating the lane closings, told the Times that Wildstein’s and Kelly’s exchange showed “a juvenile attitude toward responsibility.”
Oh, that’s a very forgiving attitude, very un-Jersey like. I would still go with the flogging.Yori Yanover
About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.
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