David Wildstein, the former Port Authority official who has pleaded guilty in the Bridgegate scandal, accused Governor Chris Christie of revealing secret Grand Jury testimony during a 2010 meeting about Port Authority Police leadership, a violation of federal law, according to a report in The New York Times.
In answering Interrogatories in a civil case unrelated to the George Washington Bridge closure, Wildstein swore that in June of 2010 Christie directed Port Authority to fire Arthur Cifelli, the agency’s Police Deputy Superintendent and to hire Jerry Speziale, then the Passaic County Sheriff to fill the post.
Wildstein alleged that Christie told those in the meeting that Cifelli had perjured himself in Grand Jury proceedings related to former Senate President John Lynch while Christie was U. S. Attorney.
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 »
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 »
Only 23 % of New Jersey residents think Governor Chris Christie has been completely honest regarding his involvement in and knowledge of the Bridgegate affair, according to a Monmouth University Poll released this morning. 69%, including 52% of New Jersey Republicans, think Christie is being less than completely honest.
“The governor has maintained that he was not involved in the lane closures nor did he know about them as they were happening. Most New Jerseyans don’t buy it,” said Patrick Murray, Executive Director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.
Half of New Jersey residents, 52% of registered voters, think Christie was personally involved in the George Washington Bridge Lane closures during his reelection campaign in September of 2013. Only 34% think he was not personally involved.
Bridget Anne Kelly A former high-ranking member of Gov. Chris Christie’s administration and a former top official he sent to the Port Authority are scheduled to be arraigned in federal court this morning, but it’s unlikely any resolution to the George Washington Bridge lane–closure scandal will come from today’s events. That’s because right now, there are… Read the rest of this entry »
A poised and confident Bridget Ann Kelly ended 16 months of silence today to answer the charges against her related to the Bridgegate scandal.
Governor Christie’s former Deputy Chief of Staff who was indicted for her alleged role in Bridgegate, asserted her innocence and declared that David Wildstein, the former Director of Capital Projects who pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges for his role in Bridgegate, is a liar.
Kelly and her attorney, Michael Critchley, address the press at his office following the press conference held by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman this afternoon.
Critchley said with certainty that Kelly will be found innocent of the charges against her. He pledged to exposed what really happened regarding the George Washington Bridge lane closure at trail.
A video of Kelly’s press conference, courtesy of NJTV, appears below the fold.
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 »
U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman: Based On The Evidence That Is Currently Available To Us, We’re Not Going To Charge Anybody Else In This Scheme
Photo by Paul Scharff
Governor Chris Christie’s Office released the following statement in response to today’s guilty plea by David Wildstein, the indictments of former Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni and Bridget Ann Kelly, Christie’s former Deputy Chief of Staff, as well as U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman’s press conference:
Governor Christie has said from day one that he had no knowledge or involvement in the planning, motivation, authorization or execution of the decision to realign lanes on the George Washington Bridge. After fifteen months and three independent investigations, including those conducted by a partisan, Democratic-led joint committee and an outside law firm, that conclusion remains unchanged.
The key facts that came to light in the first quarter of 2014 have not changed in any material way, more than a year later. The individuals alleged to be responsible and facing charges today are David Wildstein, Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly, and they were all separated from the Port Authority and the Governor’s Office more than 15 months ago.
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 »