Obama’s NYC trip to impact Seastreak riders

file photo by Art Gallagher

file photo by Art Gallagher

President Obama will be visiting Lehman College in the Bronx today for the launch of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, a non-profit spin off of a White House initiative intended to help men of color finish high school or find jobs.

Your Spouse’s commute could be impacted by the President’s travel.

Seastreak announced this afternoon that ferry delays and temporary closures of Pier 11 are expected between 2:45-3:45 this afternoon and again this evening between 9 and 10.

 

Posted: May 4th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Barack Obama, Seastreak Ferry | Tags: , , , , | 4 Comments »

Christie has a credibility problem

IMG_3433Only 23 % of New Jersey residents think Governor Chris Christie has been completely honest regarding his involvement in and knowledge of the Bridgegate affair, according to a Monmouth University Poll released this morning.  69%, including 52% of New Jersey Republicans, think Christie is being less than completely honest.

“The governor has maintained that he was not involved in the lane closures nor did he know about them as they were happening. Most New Jerseyans don’t buy it,” said Patrick Murray, Executive Director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Half of New Jersey residents, 52% of registered voters, think Christie was personally involved in the George Washington Bridge Lane closures during his reelection campaign in September of 2013.  Only 34% think he was not personally involved.

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Posted: May 4th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Monmouth University Poll, Patrick Murray | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Guadagno Cleared Of Hoboken Mayor’s Charges

Lt. Gov Kim Guadagno, center with former Monmouth County Clerk M. Claire French, right and Sui Allex, a Marlboro GOP Council candidate, at the launch of the We Care About NJ PAC

Lt. Gov Kim Guadagno, center, with former Monmouth County Clerk M. Claire French, right and Sui Allex, a Marlboro GOP Council candidate, at the launch of the We Care About NJ PAC on Tuesday evening.

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno has been cleared by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman in the allegations against her made by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, according to a report at NJ.com.

After months of praising the Christie Administration after Superstorm Sandy, Zimmer used the media frenzy when the Bridgegate story broke in January of 2014 to become famous by alleging that Guadagno shook her down seven months earlier.

The mayor said that Guadagno told her, on behalf of Governor Christie, that Hoboken’s Sandy recovery aide was tied to Zimmer pushing through a development application for the Rockefeller Group.  The shakedown allegedly happened at a supermarket ribbon cutting ceremony in May of 2013.  Zimmer suddenly remembered the shakedown in January of 2014 when the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal was dominating the news.

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Posted: May 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Dawn Zimmer, Hoboken, Kim Guadagno, Monmouth County, Paul Fishman, U.S. Attorney | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

Bridget Ann Kelly: David Wildstein is a liar

Bridget Ann KellyA poised and confident Bridget Ann Kelly ended 16 months of silence today to answer the charges against her related to the Bridgegate scandal.

Governor Christie’s former Deputy Chief of Staff who was indicted for her alleged role in Bridgegate, asserted her innocence and declared that David Wildstein, the former Director of Capital Projects who pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges for his role in Bridgegate, is a liar.

Kelly and her attorney, Michael Critchley, address the press at his office following the press conference held by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman this afternoon.

Critchley said with certainty that Kelly will be found innocent of the charges against her.  He pledged to exposed what really happened regarding the George Washington Bridge lane closure at trail.

A video of Kelly’s press conference, courtesy of NJTV, appears below the fold.

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Posted: May 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Lucas gets five years in federal prision

 

andrew lucasFormer Manalapan Mayor Andrew Lucas was sentenced to five years in federal prison this afternoon for his convictions related to his acquisition of the Burke Farm in the township.

Lucas will have to forfeit the farm he acquired with funds obtained via loans granted based on fraudulent documents, but will not have to forfeit the $417,000 profit he made by selling the development rights to the property to New Jersey’s Farmland Preservation program.

Lucas, 37, was convicted on September 18, 2014 by a federal jury on all 11 counts of an indictment charging him with wire fraud, an illegal monetary transaction, loan application fraud, false statements to the IRS, aggravated identity theft, obstruction of a grand jury investigation and falsification of records in a federal investigation. Lucas was convicted following a two-week trial before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson, who imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.

Following the completion of his time in prison, Lucas will be on probation for three years.

Jeremy Baratta contributed to this report

Posted: May 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Andrew Lucas | Tags: , | 1 Comment »

7 notable Paul Fishman quotes from the Bridgegate press conference

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman

NEWARK — In between variations of ‘no comment,’ U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Paul J. Fishman made a handful of notable comments during the Friday afternoon Bridgegate press conference. On Friday, former Port Authority director of interstate projects David Wildstein pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy. Indictments were then unsealed against another former Port Authority… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Paul Fishman, U.S. Attorney | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Fishman’s Bridgegate Press Conference

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Wildstein’s Attorney: Christie knew of the lane closures while they were occurring

WildsteinAlan Zegas, David Wildstein’s attorney, told the press today that Governor Chris Christie knew of the September 2013 George Washington Bridge Lane closures that have become known as Bridgegate while they were occurring.

“Mr. Christie know of the lane closures while they were occurring.  Evidence exists to establish that,” Zegas said.

Christie has steadfastly denied any knowledge of or involvement in the lane closures which Wildstein confessed today were designed as political retribution against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich , a Democrat, for refusing to endorse Republican Christie’s reelection.

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Posted: May 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, David Wildstein | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments »

Bridgegate charges will be filed today

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman

There will be a proceeding of interest in a criminal matter related to the George Washington Bridge lane closures this morning at 11 a.m. in federal court in Newark and U. S. Attorney Paul Fishman will hold a press conference on the matter this afternoon at 1 PM, according to Fishman’s Public Information Office.

The U. S. Attorney’s Office did not announce who would be charged today or for what crimes.

NJ.com is reporting that a white SUV left the home of David Wildstein traveling at high speeds at 5 a.m. this morning. Bloomberg reported that Wildstein was to have pleaded guilty to charges yesterday.  They later amended their report to say he would enter a guilty plea today.

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Posted: May 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Ocean Township Police Seek Help In Located Missing 17 Year Old Girl

user33386-1430405227-media1_9ea4a2_218_240_PrsMe_The Ocean Township Police Department is seeking public support in locating Ariel Warren, 17.

Warren has been missing since April 8.  She is know to frequent Asbury Park and Neptune Township.

Anyone with information about Warren’s whereabouts is urged to call the police.

Case Detective: Michael Melody 732-531-1428
OTPD Main #: 732-531-1800
Anonymous Crime Tips: 732-531-3323
or direct message on FB/Twitter.

www.facebook.com/OceanTwpPolice
www.twitter.com/OceantwpPolice

Posted: April 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »