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Chris Christie Aide Is The Latest To Use Private Emails

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gestures during a news conference Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. Christie has fired a top aide who engineered political payback against a town mayor, saying she lied. Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly is the latest casualty in a widening scandal that threatens to upend Christie's second term and likely run for president in 2016. Documents show she arranged traffic jams to punish the mayor, who didn't endorse Christie for re-elect | ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Those personal emails at the center of the brewing scandal for Chris Christie may have remained secret — had the public and press relied solely on New Jersey's open records law.

The emails show a top aide to the Republican governor asking the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to close three lanes on the George Washington Bridge. That resulted in September's major backups.

Those emails were leaked last week, even though one newspaper requested them nearly a month ago, only to be told they didn't exist.

The use of private emails adds Christie to the list of administrations that use private email accounts and other digital services for official business.

In turn, state and federal officials have sidestepped public records laws meant to keep government activities transparent.

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