New Jersey won’t pay legal bills for Bridget Anne Kelly in GWB case

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 Stilon, Ocean County Signal

TRENTON, N.J.—New Jersey won’t pay for Bridget Anne Kelly’s legal bills. That decision followed a months-long fight by her attorney who argued she was being treated differently from other state employees who, like her, all believed it was a traffic study that caused the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge in September 2013. The details… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 12th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on New Jersey won’t pay legal bills for Bridget Anne Kelly in GWB case

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 »

Port Authority won’t say if auto braking system is operational on PATH

assetContent (10)JERSEY CITY — The Port Authority says only that it “has made progress” over the past 15 months equipping PATH trains and track with the kind of automated breaking system that might have prevented the Amtrak derailment that killed eight people in Philadelphia on Tuesday. But the agency won’t say how much of the system is… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 19th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Hoboken, New Jersey, New York, Newark, News, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Anti-suicide fence planned for GWB by 2024. Why isn’t there one already?

assetContentFORT LEE — The Port Authority has confirmed plans to install a suicide-prevention fence on the George Washington Bridge by 2024, following interim steps that officials say are saving lives in the meantime. But there was one question the agency could not answer with certainty following fatal leaps from the bridge on Tuesday and Wednesday: Why,… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Opinion, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Anti-suicide fence planned for GWB by 2024. Why isn’t there one already?

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 »

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 »

Christie Appoints Codey/Byrne Administrations Veteran to run the Department of Community Affairs

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Governor Chris Christie has consistently thumbed his nose at New Jersey Republicans

Governor Chris Christie continued the transition of the Executive Branch of New Jersey’s State Government back to the Democratic Party today with his announcement that Charles A. Richman will become Acting Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs on Friday when current Commissioner, Richard Constable, leaves government service after 13 years. Christie’s announcement said that Richman will be formally nominated to succeed Constable in the Commissioner’s post.

Richman, a career New Jersey bureaucrat with 40 years experience, served in the cabinets of Governor Brendan Byrne and Governor Richard Codey, on a acting basis.

Throughout his second term as Governor, Christie has appointed high profile Democrats to fill cabinet level and other important goverment positions when vacancies have occurred.

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Posted: March 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Chris Christie, Christie Administration, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Federal prosecutors subpoena Port Authority over claims Christie retaliated against Fulop, report says

assetContentTRENTON — Federal prosecutors have issued a new subpoena to the Port Authority seeking records related to claims that Gov. Chris Christie’s administration retaliated against Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. The subpoenas call for records from a number of former officials at the agency regarding interactions with… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Jersey City, Paul Fishman, Steve Fulop | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »