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Bridget Anne Kelly Has Every Reason To Let Loose The Dogs Of War On Gov. Chris Christie

March 28, 2014

Regardless of the $1 million the taxpayers anted up when paying defense lawyers for Gov. Chris Christie to write a 300-plus page report that ‘exonerates’ his role in ‘Bridge-Gate’ there is no way that the money can buy credibility.  Even for those who are trying everything to find a way to get Christie out from under the mess he finds himself will find the report, and the way it was prepared, to be faulty.  But perhaps the most damming part of the report regards the way they treated Bridget Anne Kelly.

Before I go forward with this post let it be stated I in no way find her a person with any high standing when it comes to ethics.  She was up to her neck in political chicanery (and worse) when it came to this whole sad episode.  But having said that I deeply feel she operated with the knowledge of Christie and in an office culture that festered in a way to allow for these plans to be hatched and carried out.

Still, I would not want (if I were Christie) to further inflame Kelly at this time, given two other investigations are underway.  And I might note, real investigations, as opposed to the political spin machine that operates 24/7 in the Christie political shop.

When I read the following in the New York Times I had to smile as this is not just sexist on the part of Christie, but politically stupid.  There is no way that Christie is not going to regret this attack on Kelly.

Gov. Chris Christie, seeking to stanch the damage the scandal had caused to his political fortunes, fired her as his deputy chief of staff after that, calling her “stupid.” But the report commissioned by Mr. Christie and released Thursday doubles down on a strategy of portraying Ms. Kelly as duplicitous, weeping frequently and dependent on men for approval and stability.

Though the lawyers who wrote the report did not interview her, they explain her conduct in unusually personal terms — she is out of the office attending to a family member who had been hospitalized; a brief relationship “had cooled” at the “behest” of the man, Mr. Christie’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien.

The report raises these details but does not explain how or why they would have prompted her to send the damning email. It simply concludes that “events in her personal life may have had some bearing on her subjective motivations and state of mind.”

The portrayal conflicts with ones offered by others: legislators who worked with Ms. Kelly in her role on Mr. Christie’s staff, who describe her as devoted to her job and assiduous to detail; friends who describe her as tough-minded through the challenges of a divorce and family health problems; her lawyer, who describes her as a 42-year-old single mother trying to make do even with cameras camped outside.

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