Bridgegate prosecutors want to keep secret 1.5 M pages of documents

assetContent (14)NEWARK —Federal prosecutors are trying to keep secret more than 1.5 million pages of documents connected to the investigation into the George Washington Bridge scandal, which led to criminal charges earlier this month against two former associates of Gov. Chris Christie. Defense attorneys, however, argue that there is no justification for such a broad request, and… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

GWB probe: Trial of two former Christie aides delayed until November

Bridget Ann Kelly, texting, with Governor Chris Christie and Michelle Brown at Seaside Park fire, September 12, 2013

Bridget Ann Kelly, texting, with Governor Chris Christie and Michelle Brown at Seaside Park fire, September 12, 2013

HACKENSACK, N.J. — The trial of two former aides to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie accused of using the George Washington Bridge in a political retribution scheme has been pushed back until November. The timing of the case against Christie’s previous deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly and former Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 19th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Bridgegate scandal: Kelly, Baroni enter not guilty pleas in federal court

Bridget Ann Kelly, texting, with Governor Chris Christie and Michelle Brown at Seaside Park fire, September 12, 2013

Bridget Ann Kelly, texting, with Governor Chris Christie and Michelle Brown at Seaside Park fire, September 12, 2013

NEWARK — Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni — central figures in the Bridgegate scandal that has dogged the Christie Administration — pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that they conspired to create traffic jams in Fort Lee on the first day of the 2013 school year. Kelly, a former Christie deputy chief of staff and… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 4th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate | Tags: , , | Comments Off

Bridgegate: Bill Baroni, Bridget Kelly indicted on 9 counts

Bridget Ann Kelly, texting, with Governor Chris Christie and Michelle Brown at Seaside Park fire, September 12, 2013

Bridget Ann Kelly, texting, with Governor Chris Christie and Michelle Brown at Seaside Park fire, September 12, 2013.  Photo credit: Phil Stilton, OCSignal.com

NEWARK — Two key figures in the Bridgegate scandal — Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly — were each indicted on nine counts, according to court documents unsealed Friday. Baroni, the former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Kelly, a former deputy chief of staff of Gov. Chris… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Christie ally David Wildstein pleads guilty, says Bridgegate closures were retribution

assetContentNEWARK — Former Port Authority executive David Wildstein has pleaded guilty for his role in the closure of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge. He admitted conspiring with Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly to “punish” Fort Lee mayor Mark Sokolich for not endorsing Gov. Chris Christie in his re-election bid. Wildstein will be… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, David Wildstein, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

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 »

Bridgegate’s 30 Pivotal Hours: How Kevin O’Dowd Missed The Signs

Bridgegate’s 30 Pivotal Hours: How Kevin O’Dowd Missed The Signs (via NJSpotlight)

Kevin O’Dowd, Christie’s chief of staff, entered Drumthwacket, the governor’s mansion in Princeton, as usual by the side entrance, filing through the kitchen and the dining room, where he was surprised to see Gov. Chris Christie sitting huddled…

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Posted: June 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off

New bridge scandal e-mails include Christie chief strategist Mike DuHaime

New bridge scandal e-mails include Christie chief strategist Mike DuHaime (via NJ.com)

TRENTON — New e-mails released today by the legislative panel investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closings link Gov. Chris Christie’s chief political strategist, Mike DuHaime, to discussions about the scandal and show more intimate involvement…

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Posted: March 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Port Authority officials: Battle over toll hikes was all for show

Port Authority officials: Battle over toll hikes was all for show (via NJ.com)

On Aug. 5, 2011, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey issued a jaw-dropping proposal to immediately raise bridge and tunnel tolls by $4 for E-ZPass subscribers and $7 for cash customers, followed by another increase in 2014. The proposed hikes…

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Posted: March 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Andrew Cuomo, Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Bridgegate: Emails tie Christie’s staff to George Washington Bridge lane closures

 

Governor Chris Christie and Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Kelly. Photo via facebook

Governor Chris Christie and Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Kelly. Photo via facebook

Emails and text messages published by NorthJersey.com  appear to implicate Governor Chris Christie’s Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Ann Kelly in the planning of the George Washington Bridge lane closures that disrupted traffic in Fort Lee for a week last September.  The documents support contentions by Democrats in the legislature and media reports that the lane closures were executed as political retribution against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for failing to endorse Christie’s reelection.

NorthJersey.com’s extensive coverage can be found here.

Prior to today’s revelations, the Christie Administration’s official story was that the lane closures were order by Christie’s top appointees to the Port Authority of NY/NJ, David Wildstein and Bill Baroni, as a traffic study regarding the appropriateness of Fort Lee having three dedicated toll lanes to the George Washington Bridge.

The documents show that Christie’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, and the Governor’s chief spokesperson, Michael Drewniak, participated in conversations on how to respond to media inquiries about the lane closures.   Stepien was named Christie’s choice to replace Sam Raia as Chairman of the NJ GOP yesterday. The documents also indicate that Baroni was very concerned about how Christie’s staff evaluated his testimony before the Assembly Transportation Committee on the lane closures in November.

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Posted: January 8th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »