Bridgegate lawyer seeks more names of more public officials

assetContent (69)NEWARK — A lawyer for a former aide to Gov. Chris Christie is asking a federal court to order prosecutors to reveal the names of individuals who knew about the plan to cause havoc by closing off lanes to the George Washington Bridge, saying the information could be vital to her defense. Attorney Michael Critchley, representing… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 2nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Bridgegate lawyer seeks more names of more public officials

Feds fight news media request to unseal Bridgegate records

NEWARK — The U.S. Attorney’s Office is asking a federal judge to maintain the seal and redactions on certain records the government gathered in the George Washington Bridge lane closure criminal case, court records filed Tuesday night show. In particular, the brief filed by U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman’s office states that news outlets covering the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 17th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Feds fight news media request to unseal Bridgegate records

Bridgegate Defendants Can Subpoena Christie’s Documents

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

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

NEWARK–A federal judge gave the green light to lawyers for defendants in the George Washington bridge scandal to subpoena documents from the law firm hired by Gov. Chris Christie’s office to investigate the lane closures in 2013. During a hearing over pretrial motions Friday in federal court, U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton rejected a defense request… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 5th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

Bridgegate scandal defendants ask judge to throw out case

assetContent (55)NEWARK — The lawyers for Bridgegate defendants Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni urged a federal judge Monday to throw out the cases against the former allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, saying federal prosecutors stretched the law too far. In court papers filed late Monday, the lawyers argued impeding traffic flow is not a… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 2nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments »

Bridgegate co-conspirators to be ID’ed in sealed list

assetContentAs the Bridgegate case works its way toward a trial date later in 2016, defendants Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly will begin the new year by learning who the government claims helped them cause mayhem in Fort Lee. In court papers filed last week, attorneys for Baroni, the former deputy executive director of the Port… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 31st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Bridgegate co-conspirators to be ID’ed in sealed list

Year in review: May 2015

Christine Giordano Hanlon dropped the “Acting” from her title and became Monmouth County Clerk when the NJ Senate unanimously confirmed her nomination to replace M.Claire French.  Hanlon was elected to her own five year term on November 3.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman cleared Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno in the allegations lodged at her by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer. Zimmer alleged that Guadagno delivered a message from Governor Chris Christie threatening to withhold Sandy relief funds if Hoboken did not approve a development application by the Rockefeller Group.

andrew lucasFormer Manalapan Mayor Andrew Lucas was sentenced to five years in federal prison for his convictions related to his acquisition of Burke Farm.

David Wildstein pleaded guilty in the Bridgegate scandal, claiming that the George Washington Bridge lane closures in September of 2013 were political retribution against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for failing to endorse Governor Chris Christie’s reelection. Bridget Ann Kelly and Bill Baroni were indicted in the matter. Wildstein’s attorney claimed that Christie knew about the lane closures while they were occurring. Christie claimed that U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman’s indictment announcement cleared the governor of any wrong doing in the matter.

Posted: December 28th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Year in review: May 2015

Federal Judge: Christie’s Bridgegate Lawyers Hid Investigation Content

IMG_6905 (765x1024)The federal judge presiding over the trial of Governor Chris Christie’s former Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Ann Kelly and former Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni in the George Washington Bridge lane closures ruled yesterday that Christie’s taxpayer funded lawyers used a clever, calculated tactic that had “the same effect” as deleting and shredding documents at the center of the so called independent investigation into the matter which purportedly exonerated Christie.

“The taxpayers of the State of New Jersey paid GDC (Gibson Dunn & Crutcher) to conduct a transparent and thorough investigation. What they got instead was opacity and gamesmanship. They deserve better,” wrote Judge Susan D. Wigenton.

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Posted: December 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Federal Judge: Christie’s Bridgegate Lawyers Hid Investigation Content

Christie’s Bridgegate legal tab climbs to $8 million

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 by Phil Stilton

TRENTON — Taxpayers have picked up an $8 million tab for the private law firm hired by Gov. Chris Christie in the wake of the Bridgegate scandal, according the latest billing vouchers through August. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher billed the state $53,824 in May, $27,930 in June, $67,706 in July and $52,925 in August, according to… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 12th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Bridgegate scandal defendants say critical evidence being withheld

assetContent (12)NEWARK–In the first defense motions challenging the evidence in the George Washington Bridge scandal, lawyers for two former allies of Gov. Chris Christie late Tuesday complained the government failed to produce “critical facts essential to their ability to prepare for trial.” They also said that the mountain of documents produced by the government against Bill Baroni,… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: November 11th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie | Tags: , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Tangled web surrounds United’s aborted Atlantic City routes

assetContent (70)NEW YORK — Desperate to draw visitors to Atlantic City, New Jersey officials gave United Airlines more than $100,000 in incentives to fly to the seaside resort for at least a year. Then, when United abruptly canceled the money-losing routes eight months later, the officials appointed by Gov. Chris Christie decided not to enforce a contract… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: September 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Atlantic City, NJ DOT, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »