David Wildstein, the former Port Authority Official who ordered the September 2013 lane closures on the George Washington Bridge that have come to be know as Bridgegate, claims that
he has evidence exists that Governor Chris Christie knew about the lane closures as they were happening, according to a report in the New York Times.
In a letter released by his lawyer, the official, David Wildstein, a high school friend of Mr. Christie’s who was appointed with the governor’s blessing at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridge, described the order to close the lanes as “the Christie administration’s order” and said “evidence exists as well tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference” three weeks ago.
“Mr. Wildstein contests the accuracy of various statements that the governor made about him and he can prove the inaccuracy of some,” the letter added.
The letter from Wildstein’s attorney, Alan L. Zegas, can be read here.
Christie’s two hour press conference wherein he denied any prior knowledge of the lane closures and announced the termination of his Deputy Chief of Staff, Bridget Ann Kelly, and his top political adviser, Bill Stepien, can be viewed by clicking here.
Christie press spokesman, Michael Drewniak, has not responded to a phone call and an email requesting comment on Wildstein’s allegations.
Posted: January 31st, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Port Authority | Tags: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, David Wildstein, George Washington Bridge, Michael Drewniak, Port Authority of NY/NJ | 2 Comments »
The real estate developer at the heart of Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s allegations against the Christie Administration has fired it’s law firm, Wolf and Samson, according to a report in the New York Times.
The law firm is led by Port Authority of NY/NJ Chairman David Samson, a former NJ Attorney General. Samson, who has been subpoenaed by the legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures that have dominated the state and national political news this month and put Governor Christie’s presidential prospects in jeopardy, appears to be a central figure in both the Hoboken and George Washington Bridge controversies.
Posted: January 30th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Dawn Zimmer, Hoboken | Tags: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, David Samson, Dawn Zimmer, George Washington Bridge, Hoboken, Port Authority of NY/NJ | No Comments »
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Posted: January 23rd, 2014 | Author: admin | Filed under: Chris Christie, John Wisniewski, Law Enforcement, NJ State Legislature, Paul Fishman, Port Authority, U.S. Attorney | Tags: Bridgegate, Chris Chrsitie, George Washington Bridge, John Wisniewski, Paul Fishman, U.S. Attorney's Office | 5 Comments »
PolitickerNJ is reporting that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has issued subpoenas for documents to the Christie for Governor reelection campaign and the New Jersey State Republican Committee.
“Patton Boggs has been retained to represent the Christie for Governor re-election campaign and the New Jersey Republican State Committee in connection with investigations being conducted by the US Attorney’s Office and the legislative committee,” said Patton Boggs attorney, Mark Sheridan.
“We can confirm that the Christie for Governor re-election campaign and the New Jersey Republican State Committee received subpoenas for documents from the U.S. Attorney’s office, in addition to the subpoena the campaign previously received from the state legislative committee. All three subpoenas focus on the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge. The campaign and the state party intend to cooperate with the U.S. Attorney’s office and the state legislative committee and will respond to the subpoenas accordingly.”
Posted: January 23rd, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Christie, Port Authority, U.S. Attorney | Tags: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, George Washington Bridge, Mark Sheridan, Patton Boggs, Subpoena, U.S. Attorney | No Comments »
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Posted: January 12th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Port Authority | Tags: Assembly Transportation Committee, Bridgegate, Bridget Ann Kelly, Charles McKenna, Chris Christe, David Samson, George Washington Bridge, John Wisniewski, Kevin O'Dowd, Michael Drewniak, Port Authority of NY/NJ, Ray Lesniak | 15 Comments »
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Posted: January 11th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Port Authority | Tags: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Facebook, George Washington Bridge, Humor, Port Authority of NY/NJ, Social Media, Twitter | No Comments »
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Former Governor Tom Kean, Sr dealt a body blow to his former protégé today in an interview published by The Washington Post.
Governor Chris Christie and former Governor Tom Kean Sr celebrate the first annual Livingston Day, April 11, 2013. Photo by Tim Larsen/Governor’s Office
“On the one hand, I think he’s got a lot to offer. I think he’s the most able politician since Bill Clinton,” Kean (R) said in an interview with The Washington Post. “On the other hand, you look at these other qualities and ask, do you really want that in your president?”
Kean’s comments come as the current governor is beset by controversy over revelations that officials loyal to Christie engineered closure of part of the George Washington Bridge in September, inconveniencing tens of thousands of state residents in an apparent act of vindictiveness against a local mayor.
There is no evidence that Christie knew of the actions of his subordinates and appointees, some of whom he has since fired. But Kean — who has known Christie since the current governor was a teenager — faulted Christie for establishing a culture in his tight inner circle in which no one “will ever say no to him, and that is dangerous.”
He also said that Christie’s approach to governing is overly aggressive and his agenda is personal.
In a press conference last month, Christie said he had not talked to Kean Sr since the attempt to oust Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr from his leadership post. Kean Sr has characterized Christie’s ill-fated attempt to replace Kean Jr with State Senator Kevin O’Toole as a personal betrayal.
Christie’s got some fence mending to do.
Posted: January 11th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Christie Administration, NJ GOP, Tom Kean JR, Tom Kean Sr | Tags: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, George Washington Bridge, Port Authority of NY/NJ, Tom Kean JR, Tom Kean SR | 9 Comments »
A Rasmussen Poll taken Thursday evening after Governor Chris Christie’s marathon press conference apologizing for the September George Washington Bridge lane closures indicates that 60% of likely New Jersey voters approve of the job that Christie is doing and 55% hold a favorable opinion of him.
Yet, New Jerseyans are skeptical of Christie’s claims that he had no prior knowledge of the Bridgegate closures or his staff’s involvement.
54% of Likely New Jersey Voters believe it’s at least somewhat likely that Christie was aware that traffic lanes onto the George Washington Bridge were being closed as retaliation for the mayor of Fort Lee’s refusal to support the governor’s reelection. 36% think it’s unlikely Christie was aware beforehand.
56% say Christie should resign if it is proven that he knew the lane closures were an act of political retribution.
Posted: January 11th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Christie, Port Authority | Tags: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, George Washington Bridge, Port Authority of NY/NJ, Rasmussen Reports | 8 Comments »
UPDATE: Is you missed the show, listen to the recording here. Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik called in after my segment:
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MMM publisher Art Gallagher will be a guest on the blogtalkradio show, The Final Say with Brett and Jon Rappaport, between 3 and 4 this afternoon.
We’ll be discussing Bridgegate, Governor Christie’s press conference and the impact the scandal might have on the 2016 presidential race.
Access the show here. The call in number is 347-945-7895
Posted: January 9th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Blogtalkradio, Bridgegate, Chris Christie, George Washington Bridge | 1 Comment »