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Another theory for Bridge-gate: Lane closures designed to derail development deal

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MSNBC host Steve Kornacki proposed another rationale explaining why the administration of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie chose to close lanes to the George Washington Bridge in September, beyond the obvious charge of political payback after the mayor of Fort Lee withheld an endorsement.

Christie’s team wanted to damage negotiations around the development of prime real estate at the foot of the bridge, some of the last undeveloped land in New Jersey within sight of New York City.

The 16 acres of undeveloped land at the edge of the George Washington bridge are to become a billion-dollar mixed-use retail area under a development plan that Fort Lee Mayor “has made his defining mission as mayor,” Kornacki said. “It is his legacy.”

However, at the time of the lane closures, one $216 million segment of the development hadn’t yet announced investment funding. The three lanes closed on the George Washington Bridge also happen to be the lanes that would have served the redevelopment area. “Thanks to those local access lanes, the town wouldn’t have to worry about a glut of new traffic, and the developers and tenants could sell investors and tenants on the easy ride to New York City.”

Developers announced funding for the project segment on the third day of the closures.

Watch a video describing the project and the closures below.

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‘White woman problems’: Twitter stomps ‘lifestyle guru’ after she goes berserk over checkout glitch at Target

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A self-described "lifestyle guru" and TV host is coming under fire after she raged on Twitter about problems purchasing items at Target.

In a tweet on Saturday, Meaghan Mooney demanded Target "make good" after she was not able to immediately purchase a cart filled with goods.

"I just filled my l cart w/ hundreds of $ of merch I need TODAY, but REGISTERS ARE DOWN GLOBALLY???" Mooney wrote. "And NOW after I begging your staff to put my items on hold, I only have till EOD?? 1 inconvenience after the next. How will you be making good w us consumers?!"

Hey @Target — I just filled my l cart w/ hundreds of $ of merch I need TODAY, but REGISTERS ARE DOWN GLOBALLY??? And NOW after I begging your staff to put my items on hold, I only have till EOD?? 1 inconvenience after the next. How will you be making good w us consumers?! #Target pic.twitter.com/4KQTtdNv0M

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MSNBC guest ridicules Trump-fan Steve Cortes as possible Sarah Sanders replacement: ‘He’s a nut — have you seen him on TV?’

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Discussing the departure of Donald Trump's spokesperson Sarah Sanders from the White House, an MSNBC panel surveyed her possible replacements with one ridiculed for his appearances on TV defending the president.

Speaking with "AM Joy" fill-in host Jonathan Capehart, The Beat DC editor Tiffany Cross shot former Trump associate Stever Cortes -- a regular on CNN -- down as a possible candidate.

"There are names that are out there," Capehart suggested. "[Meliania Trump spokesperson] Stephanie Grisham and Hogan Gidley and Steve Cortes."

Pointing out that Grisham is the most likely contender, and the Trump would probably prefer a woman, Cross called out Cortes for his TV appearances.

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Can at least half the 2020 Democrats please quit right now?

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OK, Democrats — you’ve had your fun. You grew up being told that everybody could run for president, and then everybody did. Except that this mad anthill scramble of presidential candidates, which resembles a bunch of kindergarteners descending on not enough cookies, really hasn’t been fun so far. All you’ve managed to do is put the fear of God — or the fear of the other guy, more like — into the voters, provoking widespread PTSD flashbacks to November 2016.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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