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Chris Christie Now Offering Traffic Advice For the Super Bowl

@denschaal

Jan 18, 2014 9:00 am

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Apart from the ironies in Governor Chris Christie’s indirect involvement in a traffic website, this Super Bowl traffic website sucks. The interactive map looks like Web 1.0, it is difficult to get directions, and the FAQ is about important and relevant things such as which government department oversees insurance companies. Lousy effort, New Jersey.

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The George Washington Bridge toll booths are pictured in Fort Lee, New Jersey January 9, 2014. Carlo Allegri / Reuters


New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who’s had a few traffic-related problems of late, is now offering traffic advice for the Super Bowl.

Actually it is the New Jersey State Police that has just launched a Getting to the Game website that will feature an interactive map (that’s not particularly interactive), and updates about traffic delays from the Port Authority, and rail and bus services for people trying to get around the New York area in the week-long run-up to the February 2 Super Bowl in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The website homepage features a link to Governor Chris Christie at the top, and readers can see a video and read a transcript about a Christie Hurricane Sandy-related event this week, and the speech in which he pledges, “I will meet whatever test is put in front of me.”

In addition to the BridgeGate scandal, in which top Christie lieutenants have been fired for allegedly being involved in the September closure of local lanes to the George Washington Bridge, which snarled traffic for days, the governor is also under fire for starring in a tourism ad that used Sandy relief funds.

The Super Bowl traffic website “gives visitors to New Jersey and residents a one-stop shop for the most important information they would need to get around on the week leading up to the Super Bowl and during game day.”

Here’s a tip for out-of-towners: Given recent history, avoid the George Washington Bridge.

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