January 12th, 2014
Christie’s Bridge: There’s More Going on Down Below
Until very recently, I knew only a few things about Fort Lee, New Jersey:
1. One of my sisters lived there briefly. Somebody down the block broke into the house and stole stuff for drug money. They caught the thief.
2. I once blew a tire in a Christie-size pothole, coming back from the Meadowlands. The Port Authority truck guys changed my tire, free of charge. Months later, the PA’s insurance paid for a new tire.
3. I associate the George Washington Bridge with some of the most unpleasant hours in my working career – hours stuck in traffic coming back from mind-numbing Sunday football games, fans drunk and aggressive.
4. How frustrated I felt, going nowhere, watching the last exit ramp, tantalizingly empty, headed toward the mysterious bottomlands of Fort Lee. What was down there?
Now we know so much more about the GWB – beyond the big man making jokes about manning the cones himself.
Now we know that political types were playing with the lives of thousands of people for some vicious purpose. But what was it?
The other day, the journalist Laura Vecsey – who once nicknamed Alex Rodriguez Pay-Rod when he was fleeing Seattle and she was a sports columnist there – delved into the real-estate angle to the lane closings. In a piece for Zillow.com, Vecsey wrote about the development down below by another Sokolich.
On Sunday, Steve Kornacki, who knows where all the bodies are buried in New Jersey (that’s a figure of speech, a joke), delved into the real-estate angle on MSNBC:
Later, Laura Vecsey got back to the subject:
Who knew? That dark space in the New Jersey night is the center of the universe. It’s time to descend into the lower depths of Fort Lee to explore the sulfurous source of Bridgegate.
1/13/2014 10:42:30 am
In today’s world of super high speed communication, truth eventually arrives, even at a snail’s pace. It is often assisted by political enemies and the arrogance of an ill-conceived cover-up.
Thor A. Larsen
1/13/2014 12:23:35 pm
1/13/2014 12:20:46 pm
OK, Christie is not a saint. In fact, he's gross. But what on earth makes him unique in today's cesspool of politics? Why should he be a unique distraction when her majesty, H. Clinton, plays politics with soldiers' lives on the campaign trail, as documented by Sec. Gates? Why not criticize our President given the pretty damn clear Academy award winning documentary, Inside Job, and the Pulitzer Prize winning author's wonderful book, Confidence Men, that details far more important stuff than fatso's playing NJ boss? I believe in perspective, and I believe we are misleading ourselves to even consider that this is a problem of one political party. I'll give this group four words to consider: Rahm Emanuel, Larry Summers. Our economy is likely to go to hell in a hand basket this year, and those four words are in my opinion key as to why.
1/13/2014 03:01:54 pm
It seems that more dots are falling into place!!
1/13/2014 03:26:13 pm
guys, check out the links from L. Vecsey and Steve Kornacki.
Thor A. Larsen
1/14/2014 12:17:22 am
1/14/2014 12:52:48 am
Thor, better see if this governor, or whoever replaces him, will permit people from Fort Lee to have access to the bridge.
1/14/2014 08:29:14 am
Steve Kornachi was the reporter I had referred to. He and Laura are on target in that there are many layers to this.
1/14/2014 09:28:02 am
Thor A. Larsen
1/15/2014 01:28:10 am
Thank you Alan for your input on my comments in regards to Fort Lee. I was initially attracted to Fort Lee based on the article provided by Laura Vecsey. The closeness to downtown Manhattan, good schools and house prices that seemed lower (and lower taxes) versus Westchester were some of the attractions. In addition, Fort Lee being close to many parks and easy access to Upstate New York via the Thruway were other attributes.
1/15/2014 02:54:09 am
I suspect it has a great view -- when you're there.
1/15/2014 03:57:41 am
Just saw this link in a comment on Commonweal’s blog. As the comment’s author put it, “Another NJ voice heard from: Bruce Springsteen serenades his governor.”
1/15/2014 05:44:16 am
well, the big man wanted to be noticed by The Boss.
thor a. larsen
1/15/2014 04:09:39 am
1/15/2014 07:42:50 am
My Brooklyn-based son and my Colorado-based number two son, had a commute to enjoy Bahn Mi, Pho, grilled pork chop with Opa egg, homemade Spring and egg rolls for lunch. We had to cross the E. Venice Ave bridge across the Intracoastal Waterway (about 100 yards), ending a tiring five minute trip. Tell Tom Freidman that the world economy has reached small city Venice, FL. PS.-- the bridge is toll-free.
1/15/2014 08:03:18 am
Ed, stop it.
1/15/2014 05:33:02 pm
From "Christie and Springsteen: A Tale of Devotion, and a Very Public Snub:"
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“I don’t think people understand how Covid affects older Americans,” Mr. Caretti said with frustration. “In 2020, there was this all-in-this-together vibe, and it’s been annihilated. People just need to care about other people, man. That’s my soapbox.”
---Vic Caretti, 47, whose father recently died of Covid at 85.
---From an article by Paula Span, who covers old age for the NYT, which currently has 2646 comments, the majority criticizing the American public – and public officials – for acting as if the pandemic is “over.”
Classic wishful thinking, at a lethal level.