Christie won’t be defendant in Bridgegate lawsuit

assetContent (2)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two lawsuits filed by people stuck in traffic jams caused by last year’s lane closings at the George Washington Bridge will move forward without Gov. Chris Christie as a defendant. A federal judge this week consolidated the two cases into one. Among the claims in the suits filed earlier this year are… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Former Port Authority chairman Samson tries to head off ethics probe

assetContent (8)TRENTON — David Samson, the former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking to head off a state ethics probe of his work at the bi-state agency. Samson and his law firm sued the New Jersey State Ethics Commission in U.S. District Court, claiming it does… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, David Samson, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

Republicans on N.J. bridge scandal panel blast Democrats in new report

assetContent (5)TRENTON — The Democratic leaders of the joint legislative committee investigating the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge “ran up exorbitant public costs” and “proved to be some of the most partisan elected officials in modern times,” according to a report released today by the Republican members of the panel. The 119-page “Minority Statement,” issued… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, NJ State Legislature, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Thompson: Bridgegate Indictments Will Be Cover Up Related

Brian ThompsonBrian Thompson, the WNBC 4-NY reporter who broke the story of potential indictments in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandals coming next month, told MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki this morning that the likely federal charges will be related to a coordinated effort to cover up.

“This is what ties it all together as a single unified prosecution, ” Thompson said, “that is they are all involved in this, they all have a finger print or more, somewhere in this, which is, what our sources are saying, all wraps up into a conspiracy to cover up.”

Thompson said that the alleged cover up started “that week of the shut downs” not a month or two months later.  Thompson reiterated that the cover up began on the same week that the lane closures occurred.

Thompson said that at least two of the principals have made a deal, are singing, or are trying to make a deal, with the U.S. Attorney.

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Posted: December 6th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , , , | 9 Comments »

NBC: Bridgegate Indictments Could Be Coming in January

IMG_9512One day after the State Legislative Committee’s report stating that there was no evidence that Governor Chris Christie had prior knowledge of the September 2013 George Washington Bridge lane closures, WNBC-4 New York’s Brian Thompson is reporting that multiple sources say that U. S. Attorney Paul Fishman’s investigation into the scandal could be wrapped up by the end of next month resulting in “at least a half dozen potential indictments.”

Thompson’s report said that those facing potential indictment are former Christie staffers and current and former Port Authority officials.

Posted: December 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Manhattan DA probes secret settlement between Port Authority, seaport company

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Posted: August 27th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, New York, News, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Handlin Wants SCI To Investigate Allegations That Fulop Planned Traffic Jams At Holland Tunnel and Port Jersey

Jersey City Police Chief Robert Cowan has responded to his announced demotion by Mayor Steve Fulop by alleging that the mayor order traffic jams at Port Jersey and the Holland Tunnel.   That Cowan objected and interfered is the reason he is being demoted, he says, according to reports in the Jersey Journal.

Fulop announced plans to sue the Port Authority of NY/NJ for $400 million. Cowan’s attorney said Fulop’s plan was “designed solely to create havoc for the Port Authority.”

Assemblywoman Amy Handlin

Assemblywoman Amy Handlin

Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (R-Middletown) wants the joint legislative committee that is investigating the September 2013 George Washington Bridge lane closures to investigate the allegations against Fulop as well.

In a letter dated today to Senator Loretta Weinberg and Assemblyman John Wisniewski, Co-Chairs of the New Jersey Select Committee on Investigation,of which Handlin is a member, the assemblywoman asked that the committee immediately issue subpoenas to Fulop and Cowan

As you know, the mission of the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation is to “investigate all aspects of the finances, operations, and management of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and any other matter raising concerns about abuse of government power or an attempt to conceal an abuse of government power including, but not limited to, the reassignment of access lanes in Fort Lee, New Jersey to the George Washington Bridge.”

Because the allegations against Mayor Fulop raise significant concerns about the repeated abuse of government power directly related to the Port Authority, I respectfully ask the committee to investigate this matter including the immediate issuance of subpoenas to Mayor Fulop and Chief Cowan.

Handlin’s letter can be found here.

Fulop is widely considered to be a contender for the Democratic nomination for Governor in 2017, or sooner if Governor Chris Christie does not complete his term.

Posted: July 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Amy Handlin, Chris Christie, Jersey City, New Jersey, News, NJ State Legislature, Port Authority, Steve Fulop | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 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

Port Authority business model is broken, report says

Port Authority business model is broken, report says (via NJ.com)

NEWARK — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is broken, according to a report issued yesterday, and unless its mission is drastically reshaped, the bi-state agency’s fortunes are more dubious than a ride on the Pulaski Skyway. The George…

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Posted: April 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: | 1 Comment »

Breaking Up PA Would Solve Christie’s Transportation Trust Fund Problem

Breaking Up PA Would Solve Christie’s Transportation Trust Fund Problem (via NJSpotlight)

Gov. Chris Christie’s proposal to dismantle the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in order to give each state control more than $1.3 billion in annual tolls would solve his biggest fiscal headache: where to find $1.6 billion a year in state…

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Posted: March 31st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Port Authority | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off