If you think Chris Christie tried to wreck Bridget Kelly’s life, you can do something about it – send her campaign cash.
Kelly, who depending on your personal point of view was either the instigator or scapegoat of the so-called Bridgegate saga, has found a role for Christie in her campaign to become Bergen County Clerk.
A Facebook post popping up on Kelly’s campaign site today asks this provocative question:
“Do you think Chris Christie scapegoated Bridget Kelly?”
That’s the headline. Further down, the question is more explicit, asking if you think Christie “lied and tried to send her to prison.”
If you answer “yes” to any of the above, the post asks you to donate $50 to Kelly right now. Presumably, the campaign will also accept donations greater than $50.
Kelly probably needs the money. Bergen, which has an ungodly number of municipalities to visit (70), is a tough place to run. It also has become very Democratic, making things challenging for a Republican like Kelly.
So, using Christie to raise money is a creative touch.
In case you forgot, Kelly, who had been a Deputy Chief of Staff in Christie’s gubernatorial office, was convicted for her role in closing two of three lanes connecting Fort Lee to the George Washington Bridge in September of 2013. This tied up traffic in what already is a congested town for almost a week.
Last May, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Kelly and other defendants, saying that no federal crime was committed. But this was no vindication of what happened. In non-legal terms, the court essentially said the stunt was idiotic and juvenile even if it didn’t rise to the level of a federal crime.
Christie was never charged in the scandal, but the taint certainly didn’t help his 2016 presidential campaign.
There is relevance in that.
The post appears as Christie has commented about perhaps seeking the presidency again in 2024.
And it spins things thusly:
It says the former governor just wants attention. It adds that Christie is a bully and pokes fun at him for helping Donald Trump prepare for debates and then saying that he “should be impeached.”
Kelly’s opponent this fall is incumbent Democrat John Hogan.
Some may remember that to shine the spotlight on Kelly, he launched his re-election campaign in a park overlooking the George Washington Bridge. Clever man that Hogan.,
Now Kelly is using the same scandal to raise money herself.
Clearly, the Bridgegate caper gets around.