A bridge too far? Trial reinforces New Jersey's poor image

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Posted: Nov 01, 2016 1:22 AM
A bridge too far? Trial reinforces New Jersey's poor image

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Testimony in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing trial began with descriptions of profane tirades.

It moved swiftly through accounts of physical threats, petty infighting and an often stunning disregard for ethical boundaries.

If the testimony is to be believed, it was just business as usual in New Jersey politics. And it started with Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

The tough-guy posturing often seemed to come straight out of "The Sopranos." But not everyone is laughing at the occasionally crude, often unseemly revelations.

A jury is now weighing the fate of two former allies of Christie who are charged with closing access lanes on the bridge to punish a Democratic mayor who wouldn't endorse him.