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(CNN) – Did you hear the one about the rabbi, a top aide to the governor, and the airport? Well, it's actually no laughing matter, at least not for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Newly released documents show that David Wildstein, who at the time was a top executive at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, sent Bridget Anne Kelly, then a top aide to Christie, a photo last August that included a rabbi, saying: "he has officially pissed me off."
Kelly responded: "clearly," and "we cannot cause traffic problems in front of his house can we?"
Wildstein's reply: "Flights to Tel Aviv all mysteriously delayed."
Documents: Christie appointees joke about rabbi and traffic problems
It is not clear why the officials were upset with Rabbi Mendy Carlebach. Wildstein and Kelly, who no longer work for Christie, were the same two aides who exchanged text messages last September agreeing that it was "time to cause some traffic problems in Fort Lee," the town at the foot of the George Washington Bridge.
Two of the three access lanes to the bridge were closed for nearly a week back in September, turning parts of North Jersey into a parking lot. The move was alleged retribution against the Fort Lee mayor, who refused to endorse Christie.
It's now know that it was Kelly who wrote: "I feel badly about the kids" on school buses, and Wildstein who said" "They are the children of Buono voters." Democrat Barbara Buono ran against Christie.
Christie still says he didn't know about the scheme until after it ended. In a radio interview Thursday, he seemed to dismiss the scandal as a distraction.
"You folks are the only people at the moment who are asking me about this. I've been to two townhall meetings in the last two weeks, with 28 questions there haven't been any on this. Not one. I will be damned if I let any of this stuff get in the way of doing my real job," Christie said.
Wildstein resigned in December, after claiming the gridlock was caused by a traffic study. Kelly was fired in January.
The investigation continues.
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