In addition to causing traffic problems in Fort Lee and possibly killing an old lady, the Chris Christie Bridge Scandal/Controversy/Gate/Ghazi may have violated the New Jersey's Open Public Records Act, the Bergen County Record reported tonight.
On December 17, the Record requested emails sent from former Christie staffer David Wildstein to Michael Drewniak, Christie's spokesman. Ten days later, Christie's office told the paper it could not find "any records that are responsive to your request."
But one of the emails released today under subpoena was from Wildstein's personal account to Drewniak's official account and to the personal account of Bridget Anne Kelly, a.k.a. the sender of the now-infamous "time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" email. That email was not released to the Record as part of its request, and the Record's lawyer, Jennifer Borg, says it should have been.
Though the email between Wildstein, Drewniak and Kelly was innocuous enough, Borg argues that the fact Kelly that was a recipient at all might have tipped the Record's reporters off that something was up. As it was, no one knew that Kelly was involved until today.
The penalty for "knowingly and willfully" violating the Open Public Records Act is a fine of $1,000 for the first offense and "appropriate disciplinary proceedings."
Borg said the paper is still "considering its legal options." As, most likely, are a lot of other people.
Also mulling their options right now? The people who design New York's tabloid covers, on how best to make this whole scandal into a fat joke.
New York Post.