Four of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's Cabinet officials abruptly cancelled meetings with Steve Fulop, the newly elected mayor of Jersey City, on the same day Fulop's political aides said the mayor would not endorse Christie's bid for re-election, according to newly released emails and texts.
The cancellations, which all took place within an hour of each other, were cited by the chairman of the state panel investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures as evidence that Christie and his top aides had an "enemies list," and that Fulop, the mayor of the state's second largest city, was on it.
"Certainly, that's not the way the governor should be treating the mayor of one of our largest cities," said Assemblyman Wisniewski. "You look at this in a totality, you're looking at essentially an enemies list."
On July 18, 2013, after Fulop, a Democrat, declined to cross party lines and endorse Christie, documents show that four of the five officials scheduled to visit Jersey City on July 23 canceled their visits. Mayor Fulop sent an email asking a Christie aide if it was a "coincidence."
"Prior to that you were always very responsive and I sincerely hope the two issues are not related as it wouldn't be in the PA [Port Authority], Jersey City, or the residents of the state's best interest."