Christie’s bridge scandal legal tab rises to $7.5M, records show

assetContent (44)TRENTON — The private law firm hired by Gov. Chris Christie in the wake of the George Washington Bridge lane closings billed taxpayers $7.46 million last year, causing total payouts to private law firms by the state Attorney General’s Office to increase for the fourth-straight year. The numbers, released late today to NJ Advance Media in… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie | Tags: , , , , | 15 Comments »

PA chairman’s United flights add to the twists and turns of a wide-ranging investigation

assetContent (8)TRENTON — In a story that has been told only by the slow-drip disclosure of subpoenas, the ongoing investigation into the George Washington Bridge scandal that has engulfed the Christie administration and some of his closest advisers continues to grow. In the latest revelations, United Airlines confirmed today that it has been asked to turn over… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Crime, Crime and Punishment, David Samson, New Jersey, Paul Fishman, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Christie campaign accumulates $800K in bridge scandal debt

assetContent (7)TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie’s 2013 re-election campaign account has accumulated $804,108 in debt from legal bills incurred in the aftermath of the George Washington Bridge scandal, according to its latest campaign finance report. The report, released today by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, shows the campaign owes $505,555 to the law firm Patton… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, NJ GOP | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

John Heyer is no Wally Edge

Vin Gopal. Not Devender Singh or John Heyer.

Vin Gopal. Not Devender Singh or John Heyer.

It took ten years for the identity of “Wally Edge,” founder of PolitickerNJ, to be revealed as David Wildstein, the former Mayor of Livingston, Chris Christie high school classmate and former Port Authority of NY/NJ Director of George Washington Bridge Lane Closures.

It’s taken less than a month to reveal the identity of “John Heyer” the anonymous blogger behind JerseyShoreInsider, if frequent MMM commenter and Neptune Township GOP County Committeeman Jim Granelli is right.

The real Wally Edge was twice the governor of New Jersey and a U.S. Senator.  The real John Heyer was a Monmouth County Freeholder in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, after fighting in the Civil War.

The fake “John Heyer” and JerseyShoreInsider blogger is really Deputy Vice Chairman of the State Democratic Party and Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal, according to Granelli.

Gopal engaged Granelli on facebook as himself, apparently thinking he was signed in to facebook as “Heyer,” according to a copy of the exchange that Granelli sent MMM:

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Posted: January 11th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Monmouth County, Monmouth Democrats, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , , , , , | 18 Comments »

U.S. Attorney issues new subpoenas in Christie investigation

MMM photo by Art Gallagher

MMM photo by Art Gallagher

Federal prosecutors have widened their investigation into the relationship between Governor Chris Christie’s office and his 2013 reelection campaign, according to a report at The Wall Street Journal.

WSJ reports that U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman’s office has subpoenaed documents related to government meetings that Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop claims were canceled after he declined to endorse Christie’s reelection.

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Posted: January 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Paul Fishman, Port Authority, U.S. Attorney | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Ex-Port Authority head ends suit over ethics probe

assetContent (8)TRENTON — The former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has dropped his lawsuit against New Jersey’s state ethics commission. Court documents show David Samson filed paperwork dropping the suit in U.S. District Court on Wednesday. His decision was first reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer. Phone calls to Samson’s lawyers were… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 28th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, New Jersey, News, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

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: , , , , | Comments Off

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 »