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Support for Bridget Kelly Runs High in Ramsey Hometown

Friends of the fired 'Bridgegate' emailer, rallied around their neighbor Thursday after she was dismissed as Christie's deputy chief of staff.

Governor Chris Christie and former Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly tour a fire on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, N.J. on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.  Photo by Tim Larson/Office of the Governor.
Governor Chris Christie and former Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly tour a fire on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, N.J. on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. Photo by Tim Larson/Office of the Governor.
Gov. Chris Christie may have fired a top aide, Bridget Anne Kelly, on Thursday, but she still has a phalanx of supporters in her hometown of Ramsey.

Friends of Christie's former deputy chief of staff who headed Ramsey's Republican Party rallied around her, calling Kelly "a wonderful person" who didn't deserve the treatment she received the past few days.

"Bridget is wonderful. She's a great mother, a wonderful friend," said one supporter who didn't want her name to be used. "She's being scapegoated."

A Facebook supporter, Patty Swanton Synder, was also in Kelly's corner.

"Bridget is a woman of honor, decorum and integrity. I am appalled that she is being made a scapegoat of all this," she said. "I fully support her."

Kelly wrote emails to David Wildstein, a Port Authority director who resigned in December, encouraging lane closures approaching the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee. The resulting traffic clogs were apparently meant as a slap to Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich.

Kelly allegedly wrote Wildstein that it was "time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee," prior to three of four lanes from Fort Lee to the being shut down.

Christie apologized in a Thursday morning press conference and later met with the Fort Lee mayor, who accepted the governor's apology.

"I had no knowledge about this, the planning or execution of it," Christie said.

Kelly's Ramsey friends pulled together to protect their neighbor.

"She's a great person. We know her well. We're not going to talk about her," one friend said. "She knows we support her. This is all personal, between us and Bridget."

Another Ramsey resident said she resented articles about Kelly, because the publicity could adversely affect her four children.

On Ramsey Patch's Facebook page, other friends commented that articles on the day's events were "inappropriate."

Trish Manduley Hurley said that while she doesn't know Kelly personally, she saw articles on Kelly's firing as "trash[ing] a local resident when it is impossible to know exactly who knew what was being done and who told who to do it."

Kelly, a 41-year-old mother of four, was the former head of Ramsey's GOP and had worked as an aide to NJ Assemblyman David Russo.

From there, her efforts in Bergen County helped Christie win his gubernatorial election. She was rewarded with a position as the governor's director of legislative relations in 2010, and then promoted to director of intergovernmental and legislative affairs at a salary of $114,000, according to a report in the New York Times.
e.edmontson January 11, 2014 at 02:47 PM
This woman is an absolute disgrace. To mock children - many of whom are with special needs, handicapped, etc. who depend on timely transport to their destinations is beyond callous. The fact that she identifies as Catholic is yet another black mark on the faith I am proud of. This woman should be imprisoned. I would like to know why they chose Sept. 11 as the date. How many trapped passengers on that bridge were in fear that maybe something sinister was afoot because of the date? Kudos to the poster who is not buying the notion of "support runs high" for this pathetic excuse of a human being. That she was stupid enough to put such an ugly plan in writing for the permanent record is another matter altogether. She deserves EVERY bit of scorn coming her way.
Hank January 11, 2014 at 03:00 PM
Finally some Ramsey news on Patch.
Stu Cozza January 11, 2014 at 03:11 PM
Stuck on school buses in traffic jams? They should have all just left the buses and walked home.
Stu Cozza January 11, 2014 at 03:14 PM
Bridget is a perfect example of the difference between Republican and republican. We need fewer (or none) of the former and more of the latter.
Pete Malvasi January 11, 2014 at 03:56 PM
Indeed finally some Ramsey News on Patch and they get it wrong.
Hank January 11, 2014 at 04:20 PM
Pete your right. But it's better than the "Map of Ramsey residents who don't lock their home" article from a few weeks ago
Deborah Bell (Editor) January 11, 2014 at 04:28 PM
Pete, what is it that you find inaccurate?
Nina January 11, 2014 at 05:16 PM
If she's such a good mother, I hope she's thinking long and hard about taking immunity. Otherwise, she'll be missing out on her children growing up for a while! And frankly, she doesn't sound like much of a "mother" if she could do that to school children.
CJV January 11, 2014 at 05:48 PM
Bridget Kelly will be in prison and think every day she could instead have been working in the White House and living the dream. Every day when she eats the slop is a day she could have been dining with the President. It will BURN.
Amre January 11, 2014 at 06:22 PM
Take it easy cjv ... Seriously ....being that angry isn't healthy
Amre January 11, 2014 at 06:22 PM
Nina ... Off topic .... Why ? No need to be that cruel ....
Nina January 11, 2014 at 06:37 PM
I am not off-topic. Is it cruel? For the children, yes, but it is reality. Really, that was not my intent. But her, and their, fates are in her hands.
Jerry January 11, 2014 at 06:41 PM
Amer- Nina's not off topic! This thread is all about what folks think of Briget. Until she comes out of the closet and defeneds herself this is what people think of her.
Deb Mavrick January 11, 2014 at 07:14 PM
Kelly represents everything that is wrong with politics in this country. Thrown under the bus by her boss one wonders if Christy has a job at a conservative "think" tank lined up for her, or once she has heard the adjective "liar" attached to her name one to many she will finally grow a set of ovaries and tell the truth about her fatty boss.
Amre January 11, 2014 at 09:47 PM
Jerry first of all it's amre !!!!! Not amer .... And this was never and should never be about what you think of her ... You don't know her so how do you base your decisions .... Seriously ....
Nina January 11, 2014 at 09:52 PM
Amre--We are basing her this on her actions and words. What she did to thousands of residents of Fort Lee and others. We think we may know her better than you do! Really, Bridget Kelly is going to have to live with her "reputation" for the rest of her life. Good luck with that.
Christina Marie Esposti January 11, 2014 at 10:44 PM
I found myself in this same position a few years back. However it was Steve Sweeney pulling the strings with his corrupt buddies at the Gloucester County Improvement Authority in West Deptford. Technically it isn't just republicans being shady. It's wether or not you get caught with your pants down. Trust and believe that woman didn't cook it up on her own.
Mrs. Smith January 12, 2014 at 08:07 AM
This type of juvenile behavior usually occurs when someone abuses their power. If Ms. Kelly was completely innocent and following orders, she should have said so by now. So far none of the 900+ documents being reviewed has shown any connection to this scheme being originated by Christie. So far it all leads back to her. Also seems like everyone under her thought it was funny.
CJV January 12, 2014 at 10:37 AM
The Republican ideology is to attack modern civilization and return us to a Dickensian period where the poor know their place and toil in obscurity for crumbs. Ms. Kelly is the prototype for the soulless Republican aparatchik who has never once had a care for the common man or woman. Christie has surrounded himself with frat boy/girl excrement like Kelly and the Assembly must put a halt to all further Christie appointees.
Jerry January 12, 2014 at 11:56 AM
Anyone a little concerned that Bridget may be prosecuted by one of your Governor's appointee's if it goes that far?
Amre January 12, 2014 at 10:00 PM
Get a grip man ... The weather was terrible and she was feeling heartbroken for the community ... Just seriously .... You don't know her from a hole in the wall !!!
Amre January 12, 2014 at 10:04 PM
Everyone on this post ... Should be soooo ashamed of themselves !!!!! So many cruel off topic comments ....You all have no clue of what Bridget is about ..... Not one of you has the truth to the entire story ... I'm tired of commenting and am done now cause at this point it's pathetic .... The truth will be told soon .... I will stand behind her and her family !!!!!! If any of you have ever been a true friend to anyone you would know where I'm coming from ....
Ridgewood Mom January 13, 2014 at 05:52 AM
I look forward to hearing what you are calling "truth" Amre, and Bridget's side of the story. You say we'll hear soon. Since you bring that up, can you fill us in with a little teaser?
Andy Van January 13, 2014 at 10:04 AM
Amre you sound like a loyal friend...similar to the blind cronyism with Christie that got Kelly into this mess in the first place. What Kelly and her political buddies did was a childish, vindictive,and criminal abuse of power. I resent and am offended by the title of this article. The Support for Bridget Kelly does not run "High in Ramsey Hometown".
Pete Malvasi January 14, 2014 at 07:39 AM
The title is inaccurate and has the tone of advocacy whether intended or not citing only favorable comments and completely ignoring the critical ones.
CJV January 14, 2014 at 07:53 AM
The editor can delete my comments as often as she likes, but I'll say again she is either a Republican ideologue or a troll for attention. There is no chance whatsoever "support runs high" for Kelly in Ramsey, or anywhere else.
Art Li January 14, 2014 at 12:14 PM
CIV, you are right.
Ridgewood Mom January 15, 2014 at 06:19 AM
Team! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHH9EYZHoVU
Maxx January 15, 2014 at 07:05 AM
Ms. Kelly broke the law--and now will pay the price. Her career is over. Perhaps a new one, training pit bulls, will suit her.
Hilary January 27, 2014 at 01:58 PM
She’s a total disgrace. How would she feel if her children were in an Ambulance on their to the hospital.

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