Family of NJ Woman Doesn't Blame Traffic for Her Death
Daughter says it was 'her time,' won't fault slower ambulances
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2014 4:08 PM CST
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during his news conference.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Newser) – It's not hard to find Christie-is-doomed stories today in the wake of his traffic scandal, but the New York Times reports some good news for the New Jersey governor: The family of a 91-year-old woman who died the morning of the gridlock isn't blaming slow ambulances for her death. "I honestly believe it was just her time," says Vilma Oleri of mom Florence Genova. "We want to stay out of it. It's not political." Her husband adds that the "traffic didn't make any difference." That seems to contradict the view of Fort Lee EMS chief Paul Favia, who wrote a letter to the mayor complaining that the traffic jam caused "unnecessary delays" for emergency crews and cited the Genova case in particular. Among other things, paramedics unable to get to her house had to meet her ambulance en route to the hospital instead of at the scene. The family, though, isn't going to make an issue of it.

As for all those Christie-is-doomed stories, take them with a heavy dose of skepticism, writes David Graham at the Atlantic. "Perhaps this will be the end of Christie's career, but it's hard to see how anyone can tell at this point, and there are several reasonable, and equally speculative, reasons this may blow over," he writes. He sums up the bridge controversy in the eyes of non-locals thusly: "He closed down a few but not all lanes of a bridge that (is) managed by a bi-state agency? Huh?" And, sure, Christie is a bully, but everyone already knew that, adds Graham. "Most important of all, there are almost exactly two years until the Iowa caucuses."

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James Barringer
Jan 10, 2014 12:07 AM CST
The motive for this was that the mayor of Fort Lee did not support Christie for re-election. But the mayor of Fort Lee himself said - publicly, today - that Christie never asked him to support him. So . . . why would Christie be angry at this guy? If Christie asked, and the mayor turned him down . . . maybe, but even that's pretty weak . . . but if he didn't even ask. . . It just doesn't make any sense. The whole bullying theory doesn't make any sense if they've never even met. But Christie did hire a couple of idiots, and he should be held accountable for hiring idiots. The real story against Christie is how he rigged it so his buddy got all the post-Sandy NJ advertising budget. That was creepy, unethical, but the motivations made sense. But this thing just doesn't make sense - except he had a couple of numbskulls working for him.
cornelison
Jan 9, 2014 8:55 PM CST
This is more serious than what the writer of this article would have us believe. On a second level here's a governor who's a bully with a petty attitude. He rules with a tight fist and that's why it's hard to believe that he knew nothing about the bridge decision. Most Americans didn't know who Christie was and if they're watching the news, they know now. The governor is living his worse nightmare. If he knew about the bridge he's in trouble. If he didn't know about the bridge, it tells Americans that he's incompetent. This is not presidential material.
gomer99
Jan 9, 2014 6:19 PM CST
Obama said he didn't know anything about the obamacare website problems, ....the press yawned. Obama said he didn't know anything about the IRS scandal, .... the press yawned. Obama said he didn't know anything about the AP Phone Records Scandal, ....the press yawned. Obama said he didn't know anything about the Fast and Furious, ...the press yawned. Obama said he didn't know anything about the Petraus Investigation, ... the press yawned. Obama said he didn't know anything about NSA spying on 35 foreign leaders, ....the press yawned. Christie said he didn't know anything about the bridge closure AND FIRED TWO OF THE PEOPLE IN CHARGE, .....the press is jumping through their assessess in anticipation of a scandal they can write about, talk about, whine about, beat their breasts about....for months and months, and months.... Liberal media ? Nah.....who would even think such a thing ?