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This is going to be a shorter diary because the story is breaking now. But The Record is reporting this, and apparently another, even bigger story following this up will break on their site within the hour.

'Top Christie aide linked to GWB tieups' -- read more below the break.

Wow. This. Is. Huge.

A cache of private messages between Governor’s Christie’s deputy chief of staff and his two top executives at the Port Authority reveal a vindictive effort to create “traffic problems in Fort Lee,” apparent pleasure at the resulting gridlock, and insults used to refer to the borough’s mayor, who had failed to endorse Christie for re-election.

Read: Email exchanges between Christie administration and Port Authority executives

The documents obtained by The Record also raise serious doubts about months of claims by the Christie administration that the September closures of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge were part of a traffic study initiated solely by the Port Authority. Instead, they show that one of the governor’s top aides was deeply involved in the decision to choke off the borough’s access to the bridge, and they provide the strongest indication yet that it was part of a politically-motivated vendetta—a notion that Christie has publicly denied.

Update #1: Thanks for helping push this to the rec list! First time!

Update #2: Here's the full court press from The Record...

Fort Lee mayor: GWB emails reveal the 'venomous side of politics'

Lesniak, Buono call for federal investigation into GWB lane closures

Christie cancels Sandy victims event, leaving attendees frustrated

Timeline of events around GWB lane-closure controversy

Documents: GWB emails between Port Authority and Christie administration

N.J.'s incoming Assembly speaker won't commit to extending subpoena power in GWB probe

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