Minister for Bridges, Simon Bridges, is denying breaching the Cabinet Manual in relation to the bridges policy announced during the recent Northland by-election.
Papers released under the Official Information Act suggest Bridges sought bridge information on several bridge sites in Northland as the National Party attempted to build bridges with an electorate ebbing towards Winston Peters.
Bridges said, “the information on bridges was received in my capacity as Simon Bridges, Minister of Bridges, and not in my National Party role as JohnKeyWannabe.”
The opposition was scathing in its assessment.
“This is a bridge too far from Bridges,” opined Damien O’Conner the Labour Party spokeperson on small to medium river crossings,”National has burnt their bridges in Northland; now Bridges trying to bridge the gap with bridges. ”
Winston Peters was equally critical. “I am the greatest of all time! You know I’m bad. Just last week, I murdered a rock; injured a stone; hospitalised a brick. I’m so mean, I make medicine sick.”
When asked about the Ausitor General looking into his bridges, Bridges said, “we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”