Should Bridgegate Be a Federal Crime?

Traffic on the George Washington Bridge in 2014. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
The important thing in Bridgegate is not that it was prosecuted, but that it was exposed.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he Supreme Court last week, in Kelly v. United States, unanimously tossed the convictions of two former aides to Chris Christie for federal wire fraud and federally funded program fraud arising out of the “Bridgegate” scandal, in which they closed lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge as political payback against a Democratic mayor who declined to endorse Christie’s reelection as governor of New Jersey. The decision is not that interesting politically: The scandal quite deservedly ended with the firing of everyone involved, and with extensive political damage to Christie that killed his presidential campaign before it started. Nothing the


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