For the second consecutive week an anonymously sourced national media report has suggested that Governor Chris Christie could be prosecuted for conduct involving the Port Authority of NY/NJ.
A New York Times report published on the Gray Lady’s website last evening and in the print edition this morning suggests that Christie could be prosecuted by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and the Security Exchange Commission for pushing the Port Authority to fund $1.8 billion in repairs to the Pulaski Skyway. The NYTimes report relies heavily on dozens of memos and emails that investigators reviewed and the NYTimes obtained. Most of the documents mentioned in the story involve Bill Baroni, the former State Senator and Christie’s point man at the Port Authority until his resignation last December.
Last week, Esquire.com cited anonymous sources in reporting that four “Christie cronies” including Barnoni were close to being indicted and that Christie was the target of U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman’s investigation in the Bridgegate and other Port Authority related matters.
Perhaps coincidentally, if you believe in coincidences, both reports closely followed Christie stepping out on the national stage. The Esquire report came five days after Christie’s dancing on The Tonight Show. The NYTimes story was published hours after Christie donned shorts and played in a celebrity softball game at Yankee Stadium to raise money for charity.