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Our map to the George Washington Bridge

By Laurie Bennett

January 15, 2014 at 12:51pm

Expect this network to become more complicated in coming weeks.

The interactive Muckety map below shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s connections to the developing George Washington Bridge scandal.

Central to the partial narrative told so far is Bridget Anne Kelly, the deputy chief of staff fired by Christie last week. It was Kelly who sent the oft-quoted email to David Wildstein, then an exec at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Chris Christie
Chris Christie

“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” she wrote.

In a lengthy press conference, Christie said Kelly had lied to him about her role in the September 2013 closing of traffic lanes on the bridge.

The closures led to massive traffic jams in Fort Lee, NJ, at the western end of the bridge.

City Mayor Mark Sokolich just happened to decline to endorse Christie’s re-election last year.

Many question, however, whether Sokolich’s inaction was the reason for what appears to be political retaliation from the governor’s office, if not from the governor himself.

Wildstein and Bill Baroni, another Port Authority exec with ties to Christie, have since resigned.

Wildstein’s route to the GWB passed through the Livingston (NJ) High School, where Christie was a classmate.

During his marathon press conference, Christie took pains to distance himself: “David and I were not friends in high school. We were not even acquaintances in high school,” he said. “…I was the class president and athlete. I don’t know what David was doing during that period of time.”

Wildstein and Christie aren’t the only well-known names to have attended the school. The Muckety map below shows a few others:

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  • #1.   Sidney Sisk 05.30.2016

    I read a reference to Muckety in a recent NY Times and have just begun to look at your data and DIAGRAMS. It is a wonderful method of producing data. Wonderful. Actually in my field (Architecture / Eco-Design / Site Development) I have been doing something similar for 50 years esp. for presentation to zoning boards and various govt. entities. For a visual person it has always seemed to me to be an obvious method. But you have refined the system and made it into a fine tool.
    Thank you. You are terrific!

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