GWB Lane Closure Scandal Brought To Life With Marshmallow Peeps
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The controversy over the George Washington Bridge lane closures and the ensuing scandal has been immortalized using the Easter treat Peeps.
The Washington Post holds an annual diorama contest that must feature the sugar-coated, animal-shaped marshmallow treats.
George Washington University political science professor Sarah Binder and her daughter created a diorama titled “Time For Some Traffic In Fort Peep,” a reference to an email from a former top Christie aide to a Christie-appointed official at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
The diorama depicts gridlock at the GWB, with Gov. Peep Christie overlooking the problem on the Peep Authority-controlled span.
A rabbi who was also referenced in emails between fired aide Bridget Anne Kelly and former Port Authority executive David Wildstein is also depicted as a Rabbi(t) in the Peeps diorama.
Two of three approach lanes to the bridge in Fort Lee were closed for four days in early September, creating big traffic jams. A state legislative panel is looking into the lane closures to see if political retribution was at play.
Fort Lee’s Democratic mayor did not endorse Christie, a Republican, for re-election last year.
Several state officials have been forced out or have resigned in the wake of the scandal, and dozens of officials have been subpoenaed to appear before the investigative panel.
Gov. Christie has stood firm that he was not involved in the lane closures and said he was told it was part of a traffic study.
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