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: , , | No Comments »

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 »

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 »

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 »

South Jersey Man Gets 6 Hours In Jail For Shooting Hawks

Robert Losasso

Robert Losasso

Robert Losasso, a 70 year old Somers Point man, was sentenced to 6 hours in jail today on charges that the shot and killed or attempted to kill four species of hawk protected by federal law, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced.

Matthew Reilly, Deputy Public Affairs Officer for Fishman’s office laughed when we asked if Losasso could be released before lunch on good behavior.

Losasso admitted that he fatally shot or attempted to shoot red-tailed, sharp-shinned, red shouldered and Cooper’s hawks on several occasions. These species are among the tens of thousands of birds of prey that migrate every year from Canada along the Atlantic Flyway through New Jersey. Losasso also admitted that he didn’t have any permit to shoot the birds.

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Posted: December 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Paul Fishman, U.S. Attorney | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Large Heroin Trafficking Ring Busted

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman

Fourteen members of a major Jersey shore drug trafficking organization (DTO) were arrested this morning by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The DTO is alleged to be a large-scale supplier of heroin and cocaine in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman joined representatives of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the DEA in announcing the arrests at the Prosecutor’s satellite office in Asbury Park.

A total of 22 defendants were charged in two complaints. 7 remain at large and one has been in custody since September on other charges.

Herve Cadet, a/k/a “Gotti,” a/k/a “Bro,” 29, of Neptune and Sayreville, New Jersey; and Eric Smith, a/k/a “EV,” a/k/a “E,” 42, of Manchester, New Jersey are the alleged leaders of the DTO. Smith is the defendant who has been incarcerated since September.

“The criminal complaints describe drug trafficking operations that have been responsible for sizable quantities of illegal narcotics on the streets of Asbury Park, Neptune Township, and the surrounding towns,” U.S. Attorney Fishman said. “We hope and expect that today’s arrests will make a real difference to the drug trafficking trade in these counties. This is not the last that you will hear from us in this fight.”
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Posted: October 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Heroin, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Prosecutor, New Jersey, Paul Fishman, U.S. Attorney | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 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 »