Communications Director Mo Elleithee sent an email to supporters urging them to hold Governor Chris Christie accountable in the George Washington Bridge scandal, and how this scandal is troublesome for a future presidential run. Here's what he had to say:
This news about Chris Christie is going to sound like something you might see on House of Cards, but keep in mind that this really happened, and that Chris Christie is one of the GOP's top choices for a 2016 presidential candidate. So stick with me for a second.
In September, New Jersey officials closed lanes on the George Washington Bridge, causing massive gridlock that left thousands of commuters -- including school buses and first responders -- stranded near the town of Fort Lee.
Christie insisted -- over and over again! -- that no one on his staff was involved in the closure, and that the decision wasn't political retribution for the Fort Lee mayor's failure to endorse Christie for re-election.
Literally none of that appears to be true. His staff was directly involved, and their motivation appeared to be straight-up political retribution.
Yesterday, subpoenaed emails revealed that the order to close the lanes came directly from one of Christie's top aides and went directly to a high school pal Christie had appointed to the Port Authority. Her exact instructions? "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee."
If that's enough to make you want to elect more Democrats, then I hope you'll chip in to support our candidates up and down the ticket. Republicans do a lot of outrageous things, but this story matters more than most.
It seems pretty likely that Chris Christie will spend the next couple years gearing up to run for President of the United States, which means we need to start paying attention to this guy now.
This may have started as a local news story about a traffic jam, but it's so much more -- it's about who Chris Christie is, and the kind of spiteful, costly, and damaging failures of leadership Americans can expect from him.
Before the next campaign starts, we need to make sure that Americans across the country know the real Chris Christie, and that Democrats have the resources to keep him out of national office. Chip in $10 to make sure we can:
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