I love local politics. The angles people are taking are more complicated and the reporting is much better (because it’s done by hard-working middle-class journalists not millionaire corporate shills). Things don’t break down as neatly into liberal versus conservative, and there are a lot of people in both parties who are genuinely interested in helping their communities. On the other hand, it can be depressing, especially the level of corruption and the realization that some of your fellow travelers are irredeemable assholes.
From what I’ve seen with various projects around Rochester, I’d say it’s not unlikely that Bridgegate had something do with the billion-dollar Hudson lights project taking place near the GWB:
One of the top Democrats in New Jersey told TPM on Monday that it’s “absolutely” possible a billion-dollar redevelopment project is at the root of the scandal that has consumed Gov. Chris Christie (R) in recent days.
“Would these developments play a role in this and be sort of a typical Jersey political story? Absolutely,” Weinberg said. “It could have been to show this developer: ‘You want a piece of the action? I want — I’m making something up here — I want to be the traffic consultant, I want to be the attorney who rents out the property,’ or, you know, whatever.”