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Weeks before a manufactured traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge overtook Fort Lee, N.J., at the behest of aides to Gov. Chris Christie, two people central to the scheme jokingly discussed engineering traffic problems at a less prominent site: the home of a local rabbi.
“We cannot cause traffic problems in front of his house, can we?” wrote Bridget Anne Kelly, then a deputy chief of staff for Christie.
David Wildstein, a Christie ally at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, suggested that they should think bigger.
“Flights to Tel Aviv all mysteriously delayed,” Wildstein wrote. (Again, he appeared to be kidding.)