U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman is leaning on former Port Authority officials David Samson, Bill Baroni and David Wildstein and Charles McKenna, Governor Chris Christie’s former Chief Counsel, to”filp” on Christie, according to a report published on Esquire today.
Esquire’s two anonymous sources “with intimate knowledge” of Fishman’s investigation into “Bridgegate” said that Samson, Baroni and Wildstein each face “near-certain” indictment.
Esquire says that Baroni and Wildstein have implicated Samson and that “if Sampson doesn’t give Fishman Christie, Sampson is toast.”
“The clearest, quickest road to Christie, both sources agree, runs through David Samson, a former Attorney General of New Jersey who’s 74 years old and reportedly suffers from Parkinson’s disease. So: Will Samson flip?
“They’ve got him cold,” says one source. “He got sloppy, arrogant, and greedy. Samson will want a deal. This way, he’d get one or two years. He’d have a future on the other side. He won’t want to die in jail.” “
The federal prosecutor’s investigation is focusing on charges of securities fraud, for Port Authority bonding to fund non-Port Authority projects, interference with interstate commerce for the George Washington Bridge lane closures last September, obstruction of justice for the cover up around the lane closures, and charges derived from Samson’s numerous conflicts regarding real estate deals his law firm was involved with while he served as Port Authority’s Chairman. The report says the stalled Rockefeller Group development in Hoboken made famous by Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s allegation that Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno delivered a Sandy funds for project approval quid-pro-quo demand to Zimmer on Christie’s behalf could result in charges of extortion under the federal Hobbs Act and charges of official misconduct and corruption being brought in New York by the Manhattan District Attorney.
Esquire said that Fishman’s timetable is unclear but quickening. The U.S. Attorney, an Obama appointee, wants the case completed prior to the end of the President’s term.
Matthew Reilly, Deputy Public Affairs Officer of the New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the veracity of the Esquire article. “We never comment on an investigation while it’s ongoing,” Reilly said.
Neither Michael Drewniak nor Kevin Roberts from Christie’s office responded to an email for comment. They were unavailable when MMM called.