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A series of controversialtext messages and emailsbetween top staff members of Gov. Chris Christie’s office discussing the closing of two lanes on the George Washington Bridge, a major artery for commuters in Fort Lee, N.J., surfaced last week, providing support for the accusation that Christie's office caused the four-day gridlock as retribution against the town’s mayor.

The governor apologized for what he described as unknowingly betraying the public in a press conferenceThursday."Someone I permitted to be in that circle of trust for the past five years betrayed that trust," he said,The New York Times reported.

The messages, published byThe Bergen Recordand several other outlets, strongly implied that the four-day gridlock was initiated to retaliate against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for supporting Christie’s Democratic opponent, Barbara Buono, duringlast year’s gubernatorial race, which Christie won by 22 points.

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