Ex-postal worker stole IRS refund checks, feds allege

assetContentNEWARK — A former Monmouth County postal worker was arrested Friday for stealing more than $30,000 in federal tax refund checks through a scheme to steal the identity of others, New Jersey federal prosecutors say. Luis Martin, 24, of Trenton, was charged with stealing government funds when he was arrested by special agents from the IRS’… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County, New Jersey, Paul Fishman | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

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 »

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: , , | Comments Off

Wildstein plea report yet another false alarm

Bill Baroni, Gov Christie and David Wildstein

Bill Baroni, Gov Christie and David Wildstein

It turns out that the Bloomberg Business story that David Wildstein, Governor Chris Christie’s former #2 man at Port Authority of NY/NJ,would plead guilty to an unspecified federal charge associated with the Bridgegate scandal today, is not so.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman’s Public Affairs Office sends an email to the media every morning with a heads up of proceeding that are planned for the day.   There was no proceedings including Wildstein in this morning’s email.   I emailed Matthew Reilly, the Public Information Officer. “Nothing on Wildstein?  Was the Bloomberg leak another false alarm?”   “Nothing on Wildstein,” Reilly responded.

There were going to be Bridgegate indictments announced in December, January and March, according to mainstream press reports.  They never happened.

Leaks out of the Justice Department have not been reliable since Chris Christie was U.S. Attorney.

Posted: April 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, David Wildstein, Justice Department, Paul Fishman, U.S. Attorney | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments »

Federal prosecutors subpoena Port Authority over claims Christie retaliated against Fulop, report says

assetContentTRENTON — Federal prosecutors have issued a new subpoena to the Port Authority seeking records related to claims that Gov. Chris Christie’s administration retaliated against Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. The subpoenas call for records from a number of former officials at the agency regarding interactions with… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Jersey City, Paul Fishman, Steve Fulop | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Correction: U.S. Attorney has not opened new Christie investigation into Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office

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Governor Chris Christie at Long Branch press conference, August , 2014 photo by Art Gallagher

Contrary to published reports, including one here at MMM, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman’s office has not opened a new criminal investigation into Governor Chris Christie’s role, if any, in quashing the prosecution of former Hunterdon County Sheriff Deborah Trout.

The initial inaccurate report was published by International Business Times, a content partner of MMM through repubHub.  MMM published the IBT story after noticing it was being cited by other news outlets.

On Friday, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show published a report that included a denial from the U.S. Attorney’s office that it is investigating Christie over the Trout issue. (h/t SaveJersey)

“Any characterization that we are investigating the Governor about this is just not true … . [W]e talk to people all the time. It doesn’t mean we’re investigating anybody.”

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Posted: February 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Monmouth County, Paul Fishman, U.S. Attorney | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 2 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

Feds Launch Criminal Probe Of Christie Administration

assetContentFederal law enforcement officials have launched a criminal investigation of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and members of his administration, pursuing allegations the governor and his staff broke the law when they quashed grand jury indictments against Christie supporters, International Business Times has learned. Two criminal investigators from the U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday interviewed… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 5th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Paul Fishman, U.S. Attorney | Tags: , , , , , , | 12 Comments »

Federal prosecutors interviewed Chris Christie in bridge scandal probe, report says

assetContent (17)TRENTON — Federal prosecutors interviewed Gov. Chris Christie last month as part of the ongoing investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closure controversy, according to a published report. The governor, who’s weighing a presidential campaign, met with prosecutors and the FBI for more than two hours, according to ABC news. The meeting took place at… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 10th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Paul Fishman, U.S. Attorney | Tags: , , , , , | 5 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 »