Even the lawyers now have lawyers at the embattled Port Authority

The Port Authority’s top lawyer, his deputy and at least one staff attorney are among 15 people whose legal bills are being paid by the agency in connection with investigations that have surfaced in the wake of the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal. “The Port Authority today confirmed that it is providing legal counsel to… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 6th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Even the lawyers now have lawyers at the embattled Port Authority

Wildstein makes new accusations against Christie

IMG_3507David 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.

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Posted: June 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, David Wildstein, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

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 on Bridgegate: Bill Baroni, Bridget Kelly indicted on 9 counts

Wildstein’s Attorney: Christie knew of the lane closures while they were occurring

WildsteinAlan Zegas, David Wildstein’s attorney, told the press today that Governor Chris Christie knew of the September 2013 George Washington Bridge Lane closures that have become known as Bridgegate while they were occurring.

“Mr. Christie know of the lane closures while they were occurring.  Evidence exists to establish that,” Zegas said.

Christie has steadfastly denied any knowledge of or involvement in the lane closures which Wildstein confessed today were designed as political retribution against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich , a Democrat, for refusing to endorse Republican Christie’s reelection.

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Posted: May 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, David Wildstein | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments »

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

Bridgegate charges will be filed today

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman

There will be a proceeding of interest in a criminal matter related to the George Washington Bridge lane closures this morning at 11 a.m. in federal court in Newark and U. S. Attorney Paul Fishman will hold a press conference on the matter this afternoon at 1 PM, according to Fishman’s Public Information Office.

The U. S. Attorney’s Office did not announce who would be charged today or for what crimes.

NJ.com is reporting that a white SUV left the home of David Wildstein traveling at high speeds at 5 a.m. this morning. Bloomberg reported that Wildstein was to have pleaded guilty to charges yesterday.  They later amended their report to say he would enter a guilty plea today.

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Posted: May 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

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 »

Report: David Wildstein will take Bridgegate plea

Wildstein fifth amendmentDavid Wildstein, the founder of PolitickerNJ under the pseudonym Wally Edge, former Mayor of Livingston, former high school chum of Governor Chris Christie and Christie’s number 2 man at the Port Authority of NY/NJ until he resigned under pressure over the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal know as Bridgegate, is set to plead guilty to so far unspecified charges in federal court tomorrow, according to a report at Bloomberg Business.

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Posted: April 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, David Wildstein, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Bridgegate Fall Guy Was Inside Man

The political operative who helped mastermind the notorious lane closures at the George Washington Bridge — and is now cooperating with a federal investigation of the Bridgegate scandal — had more extensive contact with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s inner circle than the governor has acknowledged. That is the conclusion of a WNYC examination of calendars… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 13th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Monmouth Freeholders Step Up After Port Authority Reneges On Park Funding

Freeholder Lillian Burry, Open Space Champion

Freeholder Lillian Burry, Open Space Champion

Monmouth County will have a new 250 acre park in Aberdeen and Marlboro Townships, despite the fact that Port Authority of NY/NJ backed out of a commitment to fund $5 million to purchase 87.8 acres of the open space from a developer who had approvals to build 250 homes on the property.

Today, the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders approved funding the entire $10.6 million land purchase from Aberdeen/Wilson Associates, LLC through the County’s Open Space Trust Fund.

“The Port Authority appears to be unwilling to honor its commitment of sharing to fund a project that will preserve significant portions of the Matawan Creek watershed and eventually provide a 250-acre park,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the County Park System. “The Port Authority’s offer to help move this deal forward appears to have been withdrawn.  Fortunately, Monmouth County has an invaluable Open Space Trust Fund to finance the entire purchase.”

State Senator Joe Kyrillos praised the Freeholder Board, the NY/NJ Baykeeper and Aberdeen Township for making the park a reality and slammed Port Authority for backing out of the deal.

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Posted: February 26th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County Park System | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »