That was an email from Bridget Anne Kelly, Deputy Chief of Staff in Chris Christie’s office, to David Wildstein, Christie’s Port Authority patronage appointee, two weeks before Wildstein gridlocked Ft. Lee traffic for the first four days of the school year by shutting down two of the three access lanes from Ft. Lee to the George Washington Bridge.

Perhaps the most chilling exchange in the trove of emails someone handed to reporters is this one:

Wildstein: Is it wrong that I am smiling?

Kelly: No

W: I feel badly about the kids 

K: They are the children of Buono voters 

So tell me, Gov. Soprano: Is it wrong that I am smiling now?

Footnote My friend Stuart Levine emails: “The Republican field for 2016 just got materially lighter.”

Update More here, implicating more Christie cronies. Probability the Gov was out of the loop: epsilon. Both the Times nor the Bergen Record conceal the provenance of the emails behind the Mysterious Passive Voice: the records were “obtained by” both outlets, apparently immaculately. Anyone know the back-story here? [Updated update Apprently this is Wildstein’s redacted version of records he produced under subpoena.]

Second update As far as Memeorandum can find, there doesn’t seem to be anyone standing up for Christie. And the usual collection of “It’s-all-liberal-nonsense-and-what-about-Benghazi” comment trolls seems to be on vacation. (Maybe that’s because most of the trolls are Teahadis who hate Christie almost as much as they hate Obama.)

[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]

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Mark Kleiman

Mark Kleiman is a professor of public policy at the New York University Marron Institute.