David Wildstein, the central figure in the Bridgegate scandal, was sentenced to three years probation today, according to a statement by Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Bridgegate, New Jersey | Tags: Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick, Bill Baroni, Bridgeate, Bridget Ann Kelly, David Wildstein, New Jersey | 2 Comments »
David Samson, the former Chairman of the Port Authority of NY/NJ and a former New Jersey Attorney General was sentenced to one year of home confinement, four years probation and fined $100,000 for using his official authority to pressure the parent company of United Airlines Inc to institute a non-stop flight from Newark to South Carolina so that he could visit his second home on weekends.
Samson pleaded guilty to one count of bribery last year. The sentence was imposed today by U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares in Newark federal court.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Bridgegate, David Samson, New Jersey | Tags: Bribery, Bridgegate, David Samson, Jamie Fox, New Jersey, United Airlines | 2 Comments »
NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in August 2013 approved of a traffic study to be conducted by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey at the George Washington Bridge, according to testimony in federal court here Friday from Bridget Anne Kelly, a former aide to the governor who is charged in… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: October 21st, 2016 | Author: admin | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Monmouth County News | Tags: Bridgegate trial, Bridget Ann Kelly, Chris Christie, New Jersey | Comments Off on Defendant in Bridgegate trial testifies Christie knew more than he’s saying
Governor Chris Christie’s job approval and favorability ratings hit a new low in a FDU Public Mind Poll released this morning.
Only 21% of New Jersey’s registered voters approved on the governor’s job performance and only 29% of those voters have a favorable opinion of him, according to the poll. A majority of Republicans, 52%, disapprove of Christie’s performance. 90% of Democrats and 68% of Independents also disapprove.
“Apparently we’ve not yet found the floor for the governor’s approval among voters in the state. The recent gas tax increase that the governor supported no doubt caused some in his party to turn against him, even though he sought to reduce taxes in other areas in order to offset the increase at the pump,” said Krista Jenkins, professor of political science and director of PublicMind.admin | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie | Tags: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, FDU Public Mind Poll, Krista Jenkins, Lawless Matt Doherty, New Jersey | 2 Comments »
TRENTON — A judge has allowed an official misconduct complaint against Gov. Chris Christie over his role in the Bridgegate scandal to proceed, but top criminal defense attorneys and former prosecutors say it’s tough to predict what happens next because those who handle such matters have been appointed by the governor. “This is a mess, because… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: October 14th, 2016 | Author: admin | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, New Jersey | Tags: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, New Jersey, Official Misconduct | Comments Off on Bridgegate misconduct complaint against Christie: What happens next?
A judge in Fort Lee, N.J., has found probable cause that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie committed official misconduct as part of the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal. Christie said through a spokesman he is appealing the ruling by Judge Roy F. McGeady immediately. For years Christie has denied any knowledge of the plot to close… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: October 13th, 2016 | Author: admin | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie | Tags: Bill Brennan, Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Judge Roy F. McGeady, Official Misconduct | Comments Off on Judge finds probable cause in complaint against Christie over GWB lane closures
That day that Freeholder John Curley called Governor Christie a mother f’er, and other Bridgegate news
NEWARK– The governor’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs was supposed to be an outreach office–a one-stop shop for mayors, local officials and civic leaders seeking assistance from the state. But as Gov. Chris Christie’s 2013 re-election campaign ramped up, the agency took on another role. It became a virtual arm of the campaign, using public resources to… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: October 5th, 2016 | Author: admin | Filed under: Bridgegate, John Curley, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: Bridgegate, Christopher Stark, Freeholder John P. Curley, Governor Chris Christie, John Curley, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | 1 Comment »
Governor Chris Christie yesterday called on the New Jersey Press Corps and law enforcement agencies to deploy the same aggressiveness towards Senator Loretta Weinberg and Assemblyman John Wisniewski, the co-Chairs of the Legislative Committee that investigated the George Washington Bridge scandal, that they have applied to him .Art Gallagher | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie | Tags: American Bridge 21st Century, Assemblyman John Wisniewski, Bridgegate, Caroline Casagrande, Chris Christie, Democratic National Committee, Mary Pat Angelini, Senator Loretta Weinberg, Susan McCue, WikiLeaks | Comments Off on Christie Calls For Investigation Into Bridgegate Committee Leaders, Says Press Is Not Doing Its Job
Former New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox was charged by federal officials for his role in the bribery scheme that former Port Authority Chairman David Samson pleaded guilty to today, according to a statement by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.
Additionally, United Airlines has agreed to a pay a $2.5 million penalty and to make compliance reforms for its role in the scheme in which it established a non-stop route between Newark-Liberty Airport and Columbia Metropolitan Airport in South Carolina for Samson to fly to his vacation home in Aiken, SC. In exchange Samson allowed the Port Authority Commission to approve a lease of three acres at the airport for United to build a maintenance hanger.
Fox, in his role as a $7,500 per month consultant to United, is accused of shaking down United employees, on Samson’s behalf, to get the route to South Carolina established.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Bridgegate, David Samson, New Jersey, News, Port Authority | Tags: Chris Christie, David Samson, Jamie Fox, New Jersey News, Port Authority of NY/NJ, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman | Comments Off on Former NJ DOT Commissioner Jamie Fox Charged in Samson’s United Airlines Bribery Scheme
NEWARK–David Samson–the embattled former chairman of the powerful Port Authority of New York and New Jersey–pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon to using his considerable clout to coerce one of the nation’s largest airlines to accommodate his desire for a regularly scheduled, non-stop flight to a South Carolina summer home. Samson, 76, a well-connected lawyer and one-time New… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: July 14th, 2016 | Author: admin | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Christie Administration, David Samson, New Jersey, Port Authority | Tags: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, David Samson, New Jersey, Port Authority of NY/NJ, United Airlines | Comments Off on David Samson, close confidant of Christie, pleads guilty in airline shakedown