Christie won’t be defendant in Bridgegate lawsuit

assetContent (2)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two lawsuits filed by people stuck in traffic jams caused by last year’s lane closings at the George Washington Bridge will move forward without Gov. Chris Christie as a defendant. A federal judge this week consolidated the two cases into one. Among the claims in the suits filed earlier this year are… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Former Port Authority chairman Samson tries to head off ethics probe

assetContent (8)TRENTON — David Samson, the former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking to head off a state ethics probe of his work at the bi-state agency. Samson and his law firm sued the New Jersey State Ethics Commission in U.S. District Court, claiming it does… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, David Samson, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

Timeline Shows Christie and Aide Texting About ‘Bridgegate’ Testimony

file photo by Art Gallagher

file photo by Art Gallagher

Telephone records show that Gov. Chris Christie and his current chief of staff, Regina Egea, exchanged a dozen text messages while a legislative committee was holding a Dec. 3, 2013, hearing on the George Washington Bridge lane closures and traffic jams that soon came to be referred to as “Bridgegate.” A timeline constructed by WNYC/NJPR based…

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Posted: December 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Christie bridge scandal probe: U.S. Attorney won’t say if indictments are coming

assetContent (6)NEWARK — New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman today deflected questions about whether his investigation into last year’s traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge would lead to federal indictments next month. During a press conference at his office to announce guilty pleas in a long-running medical device probe, Fishman was asked about an NBC 4… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Republicans on N.J. bridge scandal panel blast Democrats in new report

assetContent (5)TRENTON — The Democratic leaders of the joint legislative committee investigating the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge “ran up exorbitant public costs” and “proved to be some of the most partisan elected officials in modern times,” according to a report released today by the Republican members of the panel. The 119-page “Minority Statement,” issued… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, NJ State Legislature, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Thompson: Bridgegate Indictments Will Be Cover Up Related

Brian ThompsonBrian Thompson, the WNBC 4-NY reporter who broke the story of potential indictments in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandals coming next month, told MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki this morning that the likely federal charges will be related to a coordinated effort to cover up.

“This is what ties it all together as a single unified prosecution, ” Thompson said, “that is they are all involved in this, they all have a finger print or more, somewhere in this, which is, what our sources are saying, all wraps up into a conspiracy to cover up.”

Thompson said that the alleged cover up started “that week of the shut downs” not a month or two months later.  Thompson reiterated that the cover up began on the same week that the lane closures occurred.

Thompson said that at least two of the principals have made a deal, are singing, or are trying to make a deal, with the U.S. Attorney.

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Posted: December 6th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , , , | 9 Comments »

NBC: Bridgegate Indictments Could Be Coming in January

IMG_9512One day after the State Legislative Committee’s report stating that there was no evidence that Governor Chris Christie had prior knowledge of the September 2013 George Washington Bridge lane closures, WNBC-4 New York’s Brian Thompson is reporting that multiple sources say that U. S. Attorney Paul Fishman’s investigation into the scandal could be wrapped up by the end of next month resulting in “at least a half dozen potential indictments.”

Thompson’s report said that those facing potential indictment are former Christie staffers and current and former Port Authority officials.

Posted: December 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Dems’ Christie Probe Comes Up Empty

IMG_9501The Joint Legislative Committee led by Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) and Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) have produced an ‘interim” report that has found no evidence that Governor Chris Christie had any prior knowledge of the George Washington Bridge lane closures in September of 2013.

The report, which was made available to members of the committee yesterday and is scheduled to be made public on Monday, was reviewed by NJ.com who first reported on its contents.

“At present, there is no conclusive evidence as to whether Governor Chris Christie was or was not aware of the lane closures either in advance of their implementation or contemporaneously as they were occurring,” the report states. “Nor is there conclusive evidence as to whether Governor Christie did or did not have involvement in implementing or directing the lane closures.”

As has been widely reported since the “Bridgegate” story broke last January, the report indicates that Christie’s Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Ann Kelly and Port Authority staffer David Wildstein ordered the lane closures.  The Wisniewski/Weinberg investigation has not discovered why Kelly emailed Wildstein in August of 2013 “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”  It has been widely speculated that the lane closures were political retribution aimed at Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for failing to endorse Christie’s reelection.  The report repeats the speculation.

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Posted: December 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Bridgegate, Chris Christie | Tags: , , , , , | 10 Comments »

NBC: No Christie link found in Bridgegate probe

NBC News is quoting anonymous sources stating that the federal investigation into Governor Chris Christie into the George Washington Bridge lane closures last year have found no evidence that the Governor had any involvement in or knowledge of the stunt.

Former federal prosecutor Robert W. Ray said that at this point it is unlikely that Christie will be implicated.

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Posted: September 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie | Tags: , | 13 Comments »

Report: Christie is U.S. Attorney’s target

MMM photo/Art Gallagher

MMM photo/Art Gallagher

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.”

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Posted: June 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, David Samson, Dawn Zimmer, Kim Guadagno, Paul Fishman, U.S. Attorney | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments »