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Christie Crime Digest

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You need a program just to follow the action! Here are some shortcuts to help you keep up. Its so much more than Bridgegate!

1. You've got the Hunterdon County mess: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/11/nyregion/43-count-indictment-of-a-christie-ally-quashed.html?smid=pl-share&_r=0

2. There's the Pinelands Pipeline for the Koch Brothers: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/12/nyregion/panel-blocks-gas-pipeline-near-aquifer-in-new-jersey.html

3.The GWB caper that now has its own Wikipedia page!: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Lee_lane_closure_scandal

4. The Hoboken Shakedown: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/hoboken-mayor-dawn-zimmer-christie-top-lieutenants-sandy-money-connected-redevelopment-plan-article-1.1583828

5. The firing of the Highlands Council Executive Director-complete with intimidation of Highlands Council members: http://blog.nj.com/njv_editorial_page/2012/03/nj_gov_chris_christie_moves_to_1.html

6. Misuse of Sandy money (thought we forgot about that one, didn't you?): http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/13/politics/christie-feds-investigating-sandy-ads/

7. Todd Christie-(oh, that not "fair game"): http://articles.philly.com/2009-04-07/news/25287471_1_negative-campaigns-monitoring-contract-contributions

8. Christie & Ashcroft: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/10/washington/10justice.html?pagewanted=all

9. Christie's Travel Expenses: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/11/gov_christie_cited_as_us_attor.html

10. Christie & Michelle Brown (very interesting) : http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/20/nyregion/20brown.html?pagewanted=all

11. Port Authority patronage ("they came in like cockroaches") : http://www.wnyc.org/story/port-authority-christie-appointees-control/

12. Diversion of the ARC Tunnel funds (perhaps the most damaging for the long term): http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/10/nyregion/report-disputes-christies-reason-for-halting-tunnel-project-in-2010.html?pagewanted=all

What does the future hold? The Amazing Chriswell tells me to watch for Sea Bright, Belmar e-mails and Sandy Money. And Remember My Friends-Future Events Such As These Will Effect YOU In The Future!



13. The air pollution monitor closest to the George Washington bridge shut off at the height of the Ft. Lee lane closures (a working monitor would have raised the alarm to the Department of Environmental Protection that the pollution levels were too high, probably triggering the re-opening of the Fort Lee lanes): http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/01/22/air-monitors-see-spike-in-pollution-during-bridgegate

14. The Christie administration has fired the contractor in charge of handing out Sandy relief money for the state -- without announcing it to the public: http://blog.nj.com/njv_editorial_page/2014/01/christie_officials_fire_sandy.html

15.Who can I blame for leaving the brand new dual mode locomotives in the flood zone during Sandy? Hearings Loom On Decision To Leave One Third Of New Jersey Transit Trains In Hoboken And Kearney During Sandy (resulting in $120M in damaged trains and equipment - part of the Hoboken Shakedown?): http://www.northjersey.com/news/Senate_panel_to_hold_hearings_on_NJ_Transit_decision_to_leave_third_of_fleet_in_Hoboken_Kearny_during_Sandy__.html

16:The Belleville Red Herring: After its mayor endorsed Christie, Belleville got $6M in federal Sandy money -- for a senior housing development not affected by the storm: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/01/questions_raised_about_christies_use_of_sandy_funds_to_build_complex_in_town_where_mayor_endorsed_hi.html

(Update on # 16- Turns out there was actually more money sent to Belleville- $10.2 million- for a non Sandy project- http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/02/nj_gives_more_federal_funds_to_controversial_belleville_project.html)


Might as well add some more:

17: Slurping at the Harrison NJ trough - a $250M development deal has financial ties to Christie's bother Todd, as well as his Port Authority pal David Sampson (who voted for the project): http://www.northjersey.com/news/Governors_brother_invested_in_houses_near_new_PATH_station_in_Harrison.html

18: Christie Loyalist To Run Ethics Panel That Would Get Bridgegate Complaints: http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/01/29/christie-loyalist-to-run-ethics-commission-that-would-field-bridgegate-complaints/

This is a big one (thanks Rocktivity & Highplainsdem!)

19: "Rockefeller Group, a real estate developer whose proposed office complex in Hoboken, N.J...has terminated its contract with the firm Wolff & Samson." But as long as the firm's founder David Sampson still has a job with the Port Authority, does it really matter? http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/31/nyregion/hoboken-site-developer-dismisses-law-firm.html

20. Through his lawyer, Wildstein claims to have proof that Christie knew all about it (Hints at PA Legal Fees and/or Immunity): http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/02/01/nyregion/bridge-letter.html

21. Part of the diversion of Sandy money to projects unrelated to Sandy. $4.8 million in Sandy relief funds went to help build New Brunswick apartment complex (thanks LiberalEsto) : http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/01/48_million_in_sandy_relief_funds_went_to_new_brunswick_apartment_complex.html

22. Christie took 10 months to implement federal Sandy aid law, report says. Part of the attempt to keep total control of the Sandy money for Christie's own purposes and aggrandizement: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/02/christie_took_10_months_to_implement_federal_sandy_aid_law.html

The hits just keep coming in! I'll keep adding them. There will be more. Hope this proves to be interesting reading.
(edited again because the hits just keep coming in!) And another thing!

23. The slimiest of his slimy moves. He lied on TV. got sued for defamation and had to print a full page apology in the local paper: Chris Christie’s 1994 ad was too tough (and inaccurate) for Jersey: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/chris-christies-1994-ad-was-too-tough-and-inaccurate-for-jersey/2014/01/19/b69f0d86-7ef8-11e3-93c1-0e888170b723_story.html

24. Christie administration staffer resigns amid lane closures probe. Christine Renna says good-bye to her gig at the Governor's Office. A nice follow up article here: Resigned Christie staffer is married to Pinelands pipeline company exec: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/02/resigned_christie_staffer_is_married_to_pinelands_pipeline_company_executive.html

Let Me See. How Can I Manage To Use My Influence To Rig This Decision & Make A Boatload Of Money At The Same Time?



25. BEFORE BRIDGEGATE & HOBOKEN, A SCANDAL CHRISTIE CAN’T SHAKE -the Christie administration has been trying to escape a pension probe that implicates Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.(thank you Willie T) :http://newjersey.watchdog.org/2014/01/21/before-bridgegate-and-hoboken-scandals-there-was-doublegate/

26. Nothing New but an interesting take on Christie from 2009 called Chris Christie's Closet from Politicker NJ: http://www.politickernj.com/humorme/28755/chris-christies-closet#.Ulb72rjVFo0.twitter

27. Lawyers for Christie administration are seeking documents and a "private interview" from Hoboken mayor Dawn Zimmer. She has already given the documents to the Feds. As for the interview, she and her lawyer "question whether it is appropriate for the Governor’s Office, in essence, to be investigating itself..." http://www.northjersey.com/news/Lawyer_for_Christie_administration_seeking_documents_interview_with_Hoboken_mayor_.html

28. Report: Wolff & Samson profited from Port Authority takeover of Atlantic City airport-Wolff & Samson, the West Orange-based law firm cofounded by Port Authority chairman David Samson, profited off a deal struck by the agency last year to takeover Atlantic City International Airport, according to a report Tuesday by WNYC.: http://www.wnyc.org/story/atlantic-city-airport-samson/?utm_source=Newsletter%3A+WNYC+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=6e75377c4d-Daily_Brief_Jan_27_20141_26_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_edd6b58c0d-6e75377c4d-70663857

29. Chris Christie Named In Federal Tort Claim Lawsuit! Christie “utilized his office as a collection agency for his relatives and extorted money from the claimant for the benefit of his family in violation of the Hobbs Act.” (say it ain't so!) http://njtoday.net/2009/05/27/christie-named-in-federal-lawsuit/

30. Samson on THREE SIDES of a publicly financed real estate deal for the American Dream Mall monstrosity! Representing the Developer, the financing agency and the regulatory body controlling the site How can this be allowed to happen?: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/16/nyregion/post-scandal-future-unclear-for-port-authoritys-low-profile-leader.html?_r=0

31. Thomas Michaels, Longtime Christie Friend, Involved In Traffic Scandal-Somebody had to actually be in charge of putting out the cones!: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/16/thomas-michaels-chris-christie-traffic-bridge-scandal_n_4798423.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

32. Bridge investigation committee member could face subpoena: Christie ally Brian O'Toole, who somehow found his way onto the legislative committee investigating Bridgegate will likely be subject to a bit of scrutiny himself (thanks Alp227 & Roctivity): http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/02/bridge_investigation_committee_member_could_face_subpoena.html

33. Well one way to keep your underlings from turning on you is to give them lucrative jobs. Former Christie staffer under subpoena takes job with Port Authority (It only pays $184,000/yr.): http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/02/former_christie_staffer_under_subpoena_takes_job_with_port_authority.html#incart_most-comments

34. Chris Christie's lawyer for bridge scandal withdraws as Port Authority's counsel in separate lawsuit. (Conflict of interest is just business as usual for these scumba-I mean attorneys): http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2014/02/bridge_scandal_lawyer_for_christie_withdraws_as_port_authoritys_counsel_in_outside_lawsuit_observers.html#incart_river

35. New Port Authority conflict issue emerges: NJ Transit got $1 lease while a client of David Samson's law firm: http://www.northjersey.com/news/New_Port_Authority_conflict_issue_emerges_NJ_Transit_got_1_lease_while_a_client_of_David_Samsons_law_firm.html?page=all

36. Leader of Port Authority’s Police Union to Reduce Role Amid Bridge Scandal: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/21/nyregion/leader-of-port-authoritys-police-union-to-step-aside-amid-bridge-scandal.html?hpw&rref=nyregion&_r=0

Mmmmmmm...Baby! My Favorite.



37. Chris Christie's Mansion Fund Collected Millions From Political Favor Seekers-what a great idea! :http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/21/chris-christie-drumthwacket_n_4826459.html

38. David Samson's business interests overlap with work at Port Authority-Ethics 101-No Conflicts of Interest! : http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/02/david_samsons_business_interests_overlap_with_work_at_port_authority.html#incart_m-rpt-1

39. Christie Aide Joked of Traffic Jam at Rabbi’s House, Documents Show (release of more Wildstein e-mails & texts) http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/28/nyregion/documents-show-christie-allies-discussed-another-traffic-jam.html?hp

40. Chris Christie’s problem is that he’s really, truly a bully: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/01/08/chris-christies-problem-is-that-hes-really-truly-a-bully/

41. Chris Christie’s political bullying goes all the way back to college: http://www.salon.com/2014/01/18/chris_christies_political_bullying_isnt_surprising_hes_been_doing_it_since_college_partner/

42. Just because he's been mean to my friend John-Stories Add Up as Bully Image Trails Christie (Its a shame that John was just named head of the Assembly Judiciary Committee-where impeachment proceedings start!): http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/25/nyregion/accounts-of-petty-retribution-reinforce-christies-bullying-image.html

43. The municipal clerk at Fort Lee Borough Hall this morning released 911 and police communication tapes from last September's lane closures at the George Washington Bridge:
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2014/02/911_tapes_of_george_washington_bridge_lane_closures_released.html#incart_m-rpt-1

44. Drip, Drip Drip..... Port Authority chairman hit with ethics complaint by NJ Working Families Alliance: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/03/port_authority_samson_ethics_complaint.html#incart_m-rpt-1

45. Good Lord! How much about Samson needs to come out before anything is done? In Job, Appointee Profits and Christie Gains Power (This is a "must read" for anyone who needs to be reminded just how rigged the game can be): http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/04/nyregion/in-job-appointee-profits-and-christie-gains-power.html?ref=nyregion

46. Bill (Billy Baloney) Baroni lands himself a cushy job with a politically connected law firm (Hill Wallack was the model for Wolff & Samson)- Baroni lands new job with Mercer County law firm: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/03/baroni_lands_new_job_with_mercer_county_law_firm.html

47. Here's a shocker! Christie manipulated the Port Authority for his own political benefit. (I know that most of you will find this hard to believe) Secrecy at heart of Port Authority toll-hike ploy: http://www.northjersey.com/news/opinions/political_stile/Stile_Secrecy_at_heart_of_Port_Authority_toll-hike_ploy.html

48. This guy won't be losing his pension to save Christie or any of his cronies, that's for sure! Head of Port Authority Police Union Questioned in Bridge Inquiry: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/05/nyregion/head-of-port-authority-police-union-questioned-in-bridge-inquiry.html?_r=0

These Are Just Not As Much Fun As They Used To Be (well not for the governor, but for us?)



49. Hoboken mayor: Christie administration is back peddling on city's cut of Sandy aid: http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2014/03/hoboken_mayor_christie_administration_is_back_peddling_on_citys_cut_of_sandy_aid.html

50. SECOND Samson Fed Subpoena Rescinded-David Samson subpoenaed by federal prosecutors in N.Y but will defer to NJ U.S. Attorney's investigation: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2014/03/feds_rescind_subpoena_to_port_authority_chairman_samson.html#incart_river_default

51. Analysis: What's Wrong With Chris Christie's Government? Sounds like a punch line for a joke doesn't it?: This kind of sums up the root of his troubles. http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/03/11/analysis-what-s-wrong-with-chris-christie-s-government/

52. Even Before Fort Lee Lane Closings, Port Authority Was a Christie Tool: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/11/nyregion/even-before-fort-lee-lane-closings-port-authority-was-a-christie-tool.html?_r=0

53. Did Christie Go Easy on a Human Trafficker Just to Bust a Small-Time Pol? This is what you get when you appoint someone who never saw the inside of a courtroom as US Attorney: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/03/17/did-christie-go-easy-on-a-human-trafficker-just-to-bust-a-small-time-pol.html

54. Emails show Christie's ex-campaign manager thanked ex-Port official for testimony that was eventually discredited (but then again-we already knew this at DU didn't we?) Thanks Rocktivity: http://www.northjersey.com/news/emails-show-christie-s-ex-campaign-manager-thanked-ex-port-official-for-testimony-that-was-eventually-discredited-1.744676

55. Apparently being involved in political corruption continues to be a resume builder with the GOP. Bill Stepien scores job at GOP consulting firm, report says:http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/03/bill_stepien_scores_job_at_gop_consulting_firm_report_says.html

56. Quod Est In Loco (The Fix Is In) seems to be the motto for everyone around Christie. Bombshell: How The Fix Was In On Christie's 'Stronger Than The Storm' Ad : http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117066/christies-stronger-storm-jersey-shore-post-sandy-ad-cover

57. Thanks for the memories! Christie just wanted some souvenirs of his Town Hall meetings, not trying to intimidate anybody or anything. Man snapping photos of protestors at Christie town hall says he's a state policeman!: http://www.politickernj.com/72088/plainclothes-cameraman-snaps-pictures-protesters-chris-christie-town-hall

58. So much for the withdrawal (#50) US Attorney in New Jersey Presses Inquiry on Christie Ally: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/19/nyregion/us-prosecutors-in-new-jersey-sought-port-authority-records-on-bridge-contracts.html?ref=nyregion&_r=0

59. Woof Woof! Christie continues being dogged at the town halls! Christie confronted on GWB scandal during town hall meeting - http://www.northjersey.com/news/christie-confronted-on-gwb-scandal-during-town-hall-meeting-1.746748?page=all

60. What happens when you don't distribute disaster aid to the victims? They're still living in motels 18 months after the storm! Sandy victims were living at Point Pleasant Beach motel destroyed by fire: http://www.nj.com/ocean/index.ssf/2014/03/point_pleasant_beach_motel_destroyed_by_fire_housed_hurricane_sandy_victims_after_storm.html#incart_m-rpt-1

And If You Mention Extortion Again-I'll Have Your Legs Broken!



61. Samson Resigns! But Christie Stands By Him-Christie embraces an embattled Samson, stands by 'General' amid ethics questions: http://www.northjersey.com/news/stile-christie-embraces-an-embattled-samson-stands-by-general-amid-ethics-questions-1.753709

62.Christie releases a sham of an investigative report that may contain a little more than intended-Analysis: Some evidence seems to contradict Mastro report's findings on Christie: http://www.northjersey.com/news/analysis-some-evidence-seems-to-contradict-mastro-report-s-findings-on-christie-1.753711

63. Mr. Mastro's report seems to have caused some ire with Ms. Kelly's attorney-Christie bridge scandal report is 'sexist' and Bridget Kelly 'is no liar,' her attorney says: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/03/bridget_kellys_attorney_accuses.html#incart_m-rpt-1

64. Trouble ahead-trouble behind! Mr. Maraziti is going to provide the evidence that Dawn Zimmer is not a liar. Hoboken to consider waiving attorney-client privilege for city lawyer in inquiries: http://www.msnbc.com/steve-kornacki/hoboken-consider-waiving-attorney-client-privilege-for-city-lawyer-christie-scandal

Update on # 64: Hoboken council says attorney can testify about Zimmer's Sandy aid allegations: http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2014/04/hoboken_council_says_city_redevelopment_attorney_can_testify_about_zimmers_sandy_aid_allegations.html

65. Mastro's report contains an interesting recommendation designed to serve Christie's political ambitions at expense of the long term health of the region. Breaking Up PA Would Solve Christie's Transportation Trust Fund Problem: http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/03/31/breaking-up-port-authority-would-solve-christie-s-transportation-trust-fund-problem/

66. Let's give PNWmom some props! DING DING DING! Why would Christie try to TORPEDO the billion $ Fort Lee redevelopment-a thread ahead of its time: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1251349067

67. So, this is what a can of worms looks like! How Christie's Office Used Government Employees to Win Endorsements http://www.wnyc.org/story/bridgegate-docs-christies-government-aides-sought-election-endorsements/

68. And you thought this was interesting up until now! Christie press secretary testifies before bridge scandal grand jury: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/04/in_bridge_scandal_grand_jury_investigation_is_underway_upping_the_ante.html

69.Game On! Looks like my "source" was telling the truth. En Vino Veritas! David Wildstein Meets With Prosecutors in Christie Bridge Probe. (Cue Mr. Burns-Exxxcellent) http://www.mainjustice.com/2014/04/06/david-wildstein-meets-with-prosecutors-in-christie-bridge-probe/

70. Here is a great summation of Christie's character-low as it may be. Crossing Christie- What the bridge scandal says about the Governor’s political style, and his future. A great article by Ryan Lizza in the New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/04/14/140414fa_fact_lizza?currentPage=all

71. No tapes? No transcripts? Just what kind of an investigation was this? Much Ado About Nothing: No Tapes, Transcripts of Mastro Interviews: http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/04/09/much-ado-about-nothing-no-tapes-transcripts-of-mastro-interviews/

72. NYC district attorney launches wide-ranging investigation into Port Authority-The Manhattan district attorney has launched a wide-ranging investigation into the Port Authority, issuing a subpoena for communications between Governor Christie’s office and agency officials: http://www.northjersey.com/news/nyc-district-attorney-launches-wide-ranging-investigation-into-port-authority-1.938968


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73. When you're unethical-it pays to control the ethics committee! Former watchdogs accuse Christie of interfering with state ethics agency: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/04/former_watchdogs_accuse_christie_of_interfering_with_state_ethics_agency.html#incart_m-rpt-1

74. Want some Sandy aid for your town? All you've got to do is PLAY BALL! Playing Ball With Chris Christie: http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/04/10/playing-ball-with-chris-christie

75. I'll take Rhetorical Questions for 600 Alex. Did Christie Aides Cover Up Bridgegate? http://bit.ly/1jBzZk8

76. Here's one we've known here all along-it was just confirmed in the interviews. Christie's office gave less attention to mayors who didn't support governor, official said http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/04/christies_office_gave_less_attention_to_mayors_who_didnt_support_governor_official_said.html#incart_m-rpt-1.

77. Now that the interview memos are released this evaluation of the report seems even more on target. A Jilted Lover, a 'Crazy' Man and Diane Sawyer: What Christie Crisis Management Looks Like : http://www.wnyc.org/story/what-crisis-management-looks-jilted-lover-crazy-man-and-diane-sawyer/

78. Can you say kick-back? Sure you can. Take a million in tax payer funds, give $10,000 of it right back as a "commission" to the Republican Governor's Association headed by the guy who hired you! Firm hired for probe is GOP donor; $10,000 disclosed as Christie backs unlimited contributions: http://www.northjersey.com/news/firm-hired-for-probe-is-gop-donor-10-000-disclosed-as-christie-backs-unlimited-contributions-1.996692

79. Pride Goeth Before A Fall-Like any good conman, Christie thought he could talk his way out of this mess-apparently not- Christie’s Mastro Mistake: Report Backfires Politically, Legally: http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/04/16/christie-s-mastro-mistake-report-backfires-politically-legally/

80. Gems from the Mastro report. They don't have scandals! He Said, She Said: Quotable Moments From The Bridgegate Interviews: http://bit.ly/1t7e898

81. Apparently the SEC isn't as down with Christie's budget gimmicks and slight of hand as the Port Authority under Samson was. SEC probing New Jersey Governor Christie's transport funding: report:http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/25/us-usa-new-jersey-sec-idUSBREA3O25I20140425

82. The Man Who Would Be King! NJ debt downgraded for fifth time under Christie-Nice job Mr. Fiscal Conservative: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/05/nj_debt_downgraded_for_fifth_time_under_christie.html#incart_m-rpt-1

83. And Christie wanted to put THIS guy on the NJ Supreme Court! Port Authority lawyer called before grand jury in federal GWB inquiry- Come in and have a seat Mr. Kwon: http://www.northjersey.com/news/port-authority-lawyer-called-before-grand-jury-in-federal-gwb-inquiry-1.1007092

84. Aaaannd Samson Takes the 5th!-GWB scandal: Samson says he will not turn over any more documents to legislative panel : http://www.northjersey.com/news/gwb-scandal-samson-says-he-will-not-turn-over-any-more-documents-to-legislative-panel-1.1008126

Oh, The Huge Manatee! It's not like New Jersey hasn't seen something like THIS before. To quote the governor: "there's something going down tonight and it ain't jobs honey" If you're going to go down-it might as well be in flames!



85. It's all over now baby blue! -Prosecutor Is Closing In on Gov. Christie Seems Mr. Fishman has been hard at work!: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/christie-investigation?click=promo

86. The Manhattan district attorney and the Securities and Exchange Commission...have zeroed in on possible securities law violations stemming from a $1.8 billion road repair agreement in 2011...(for) the Pulaski Skyway. 2nd Bridge Inquiry Said to Be Linked to Christie : http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/24/nyregion/2nd-bridge-inquiry-said-to-be-linked-to-christie.html?_r=0

87. Investigating the actions of Christie is apparently bad for your health. Port Authority inspector general dies at age 70http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2014/07/port_authority_inspector_general_dies_at_age_70.html

88. The Red Cross & Mary Pat Christie's spending on Sandy are apparently not suitable for public scrutiny- Red Cross: How We Spent Sandy Money Is a "Trade Secret" : http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/24506-focus-red-cross-how-we-spent-sandy-money-is-a-qtrade-secretq

89. Rest assured. All of the facts will come out. They're thinking about reform-which is so much more important than actually doing something! Cuomo-Christie Port reform group resolves to consider reform:http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2014/07/8548428/cuomo-christie-port-reform-group-resolves-consider-reform?top-featured-1

90. Its good to be friends with the governor! Port Authority was pressed by Christie administration to hire governor's former law firm, sources say: http://www.northjersey.com/news/port-authority-was-pressed-by-christie-administration-to-hire-governor-s-former-law-firm-sources-say-1.1047687

91. He's just a "stand-up" guy, isn't he? Chris Christie defends gun bill veto, declining to meet with Sandy Hook parents: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/07/chris_christie_defends_gun_bill_veto_declining_to_meet_with_sandy_hook_parents.html#incart_river

92. The Sandy Recover Czar is jumping ship. Marc, we hardly knew ya! Christie Hurricane Sandy 'storm czar' Marc Ferzan to resign:http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/07/christies_storm_czar_mark_ferzan_to_resign.html

93. The American Dream Mall (formerly Xanadu) highlights the incestuous relationship between Christie, Samson and Lori Grifa, the Wolff & Samson lawyer/lobbyist who has played all sides of this project. Listen to Chris Christie and the American Dream Megamall https://www.wnyc.org/radio/#/ondemand/385992

94. Even a mouse knows what a liar Christie is! Chris Christie's bridge fiction: the Pulaski Skyway-Lincoln Tunnel claim debunked (Ledger Live video): http://www.nj.com/ledgerlive/index.ssf/2014/06/chris_christies_bridge_fiction_the_pulaski_skyway-lincoln_tunnel_claim_debunked_ledger_live_video.html#incart_river_default

95. Christie does a movie trailer! Christie posts then removes YouTube video mixing Hollywood with pension reform. But, thanks to Roctivity, we have a live link to this epic! Why did he take it down? Did The Rock threaten him?:http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/07/christie_spoofs_the_movies_to_tease_new_plans_for_pension_system.html (see reply # 235 for the video link)

96. Will item #100 announce indictments? I don't know, but this sounds ominous! Bridgegate Committee Can't Call Any More Major Witnesses I'm pretty sure its not because of their concern over the preemption of children's programing on NJTV: http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/07/15/bridgegate-committee-can-t-call-any-more-major-witnesses

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 02:09 PM

1. And remember...

"The future us where you and I will be spending the rest of our lives!"

I love Criswell.

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Response to Kelvin Mace (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 10:51 AM

40. Maybe he should have consulted Chriswell himself!

From today's Star-Ledger. Paul Mulshine, their conservative columnist:

Christie’s supporter are trying to blame his enemies. But they might as well try to blame his horoscope. I just looked it up for Sept. 9, 2013: "Be careful with behind-the-scenes activity, especially if you’re doing something secretive or sneaky because things will not go as smoothly as you hope."
http://blog.nj.com/njv_paul_mulshine/2014/01/chris_christie_a_caesar_who_fe.html#incart_m-rpt-2

I guess Christie is a Virgo:

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Be careful with behind-the-scenes activity, especially if you're doing something secretive or sneaky because things will not go as smoothly as you hope. Something will catch you up or stop you. Just be aware of this. Forewarned is forearmed.

Hah!

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 02:09 PM

2. Nice compilation. Thanks Laxman.

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Mon Jan 27, 2014, 02:10 PM

3. Bookmarked for later. n/t

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 02:12 PM

4. Here's a good one:

Embattled Port Authority Still Fighting Toll Hike Lawsuit

Mark J. Magyar

While political attention remains riveted on the Bridge-gate scandal that forced the resignation of Gov. Christie’s top two lieutenants at the Port Authority, the bistate agency remains embroiled in a lawsuit challenging the legality of its massive multiyear toll hike. At the heart of the suit is the allegation that toll revenue is being illegally diverted from transportation projects to pay for billions of dollars in cost overruns on the World Trade Center project...the Port Authority has been battling to block the release of documents showing its internal deliberations leading up to its controversial September 2011 decision -- jammed through after just one day of hearings -- to raise tolls on the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels; George Washington, Bayonne and Goethals bridges; and the Outerbridge Crossing from $8 then to $13 today and $15 by 2015.


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The Port Authority cited the $11 billion cost of rebuilding the World Trade Center as a major fiscal liability in its 2011 press release announcing its decision to seek a toll increase from $8 to $15 on its six bridges and tunnels. Based on that statement, Genovese said, the AAA expected to win a summary judgment on its lawsuit contending that the Port Authority was illegally diverting toll revenues to non-transportation purposes.

But the Port Authority backed off that tack in its response to the AAA lawsuit, insisting that no toll money would be going to the World Trade Center project. The authority asserted that its interstate transportation network, which includes the money-losing Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) rail line, operates at an overall deficit, even with all toll revenue from the six bridges and tunnels included, and therefore no toll money is being diverted to the World Trade Center...that was before Port Authority officials acknowledged that the cost of the World Trade Center project had ballooned from $11 billion to $15 billion -- a massive increase considering that Christie cancelled the Access to the Region’s Core (ARC) rail passenger tunnel project in 2010 because he feared that cost overruns could hit $3 billion.

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Christie diverted $1.8 billion of the $3 billion the Port Authority originally set aside for the ARC Tunnel to provide some of the matching funds he needed to underwrite a five-year $8 billion Transportation Trust Fund plan without raising gas taxes in 2011.

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http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/01/06/embattled-port-authority-still-fighting-toll-hike-lawsuit

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Response to ProSense (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 02:23 PM

5. Thank You For Adding That...

that is perhaps the most damaging of them all. The long term effects of stalling this project (even though the ARC Tunnel plan was flawed, the money could have been re-purposed for the Gateway Tunnel in partnership with Amtrak) will have repercussions for a generation. I've updated the digest to make it an even dozen.

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Response to Laxman (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 02:31 PM

7. Let us not forget the DMV in Elizabeth. I'm still "sauced" over that one..LOL...n/t

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Response to monmouth3 (Reply #7)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 03:09 PM

12. But I read that it wasn't political!

Mike "the mouthpiece" Drewniak said so!

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Response to Dread Pirate Roberts (Reply #12)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 12:15 AM

37. Brawawaaaaaaaaa

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Response to ProSense (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 03:52 PM

16. That one will take a toll

on Christie

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Response to ProSense (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 06:21 PM

30. Oh My!!

Oops!! This is serious.

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 02:25 PM

6. A Rachel fact I'm obsessed over

The average salary of the 7,000 employee Port Authority is $140,000.

-90% Jimmy

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 02:32 PM

8. Thanks for putting it all in one place!

Now the people here can know what its been like to go out to dinner with you for the past few months.

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 02:32 PM

9. Great job, appreciate the time it took you to compile the links. Most helpful.

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Response to Ninga (Reply #9)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 02:39 PM

11. You're Welcome...

Bernardo De La Paz inspired me to post this!

(It also didn't take all that long-I just get more and more ticked off at this guy as each day passes!)

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 02:33 PM

10. Recommended and now kicked. Thanks! nt

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 03:39 PM

13. Two more

13. The air pollution monitor closest to the George Washington bridge shut off at the height of the Ft. Lee lane closures (a working monitor would have raised the alarm to the Department of Environmental Protection that the pollution levels were too high, probably triggering the re-opening of the Fort Lee lanes): http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/01/22/air-monitors-see-spike-in-pollution-during-bridgegate

14. The Christie administration has fired the contractor in charge of handing out Sandy relief money for the state -- without announcing it to the public: http://blog.nj.com/njv_editorial_page/2014/01/christie_officials_fire_sandy.html


Feel free to copy and paste into your OP. You're welcome.


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Response to rocktivity (Reply #13)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 04:01 PM

17. It All Too Much...

can't believe I forgot this: http://articles.philly.com/2014-01-26/news/46605322_1_housing-recovery-contract-housing-assistance-program

The hits just keep coming! Thanks for adding those.

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 03:42 PM

14. This could fill an entire issue!

Anyone with Photoshop talents care to take a shot at "Chritieizing" this cover?

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Response to Dread Pirate Roberts (Reply #14)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 08:09 PM

34. The Guy On The Cover...

kind of looks like Christie already!

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 03:47 PM

15. Christie Blows - My Gawd

he's corrupt to the core.

Thanks for this post!

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 04:04 PM

18. K&R for future reference.

Right now my head is spinning. O.M.G!

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Response to classof56 (Reply #18)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 04:25 PM

23. Nothing puts a 'smoking gun' in Christie's hand (as of yet)

but there are too many smoking guns pointing right AT him. All of this was the work of a dozen different rouge employees who did not report directly to him? Not bloody likely!


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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 04:14 PM

19. Don't forget wasting $24 Million on the October special election

Remember Christie didn't want to face Booker voters so he vetoed a bill which would have held both the gubernatorial and senate elections on November 5, citing "voter confusion". The real scandal is that many of his antics will be found to be legal.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/10/16/nyregion/a-wednesday-election-for-new-jersey.html

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 04:16 PM

20. When will we hear "No Mas!"



Down Goes Christie! Down Goes Christie!

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Response to Beach Rat (Reply #20)

Fri Mar 28, 2014, 03:10 PM

170. Not at this press conference

but we're getting some contradictions

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 04:21 PM

21. K&R

He's a dirty rat.

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 04:21 PM

22. How many charges does he face...

 

For these crimes?

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Response to Exciting Trip (Reply #22)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 04:31 PM

25. Extorting with federal funds is certainly a crime

And if there's reason to believe that he knew of or masterminded Bridge(t)-gate, that's abuse of power at best and flat out racketeering at worst. All the rest is impeachable enough to keep him away from the White House if not get him out of Trenton.


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Response to rocktivity (Reply #25)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 04:01 PM

43. What is the reason that he hasn't been charged?

 

In your opinion?

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Response to Exciting Trip (Reply #43)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 04:19 PM

44. Goodness Gracious, but the investigation has JUST begun!

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The subpoenas aren't due to be returned for at least another week. Which way the resulting investigations go will depend upon on what they do or don't produce. Patience, grasshopper!


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Response to rocktivity (Reply #44)

Wed Jan 29, 2014, 09:03 AM

48. Is it your prediction that Christie will be charged with a crime or crimes?

 

And if he is not charged, will you argue that he is a criminal anyway?

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Response to Exciting Trip (Reply #48)

Wed Jan 29, 2014, 10:32 AM

50. Since I believe that it's DOING something criminal that makes you a criminal

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-- not being charged, convicted, or punished for it afterward -- I will certainly make the argument that Christie is a criminal if it is confirmed that he has indeed done criminal things. Of course, there are degrees of criminality. What's unethical and what's immoral are set to a lower standard, with a different kind of punishment. As of now, it looks like Christie has done all of the above: acted illegally, unethically, and immorally.

As for my prediction, it looks as though the state-level investigation is already compromised. Thankfully, Christie was unable to promote his chief of staff to the position of attorney general (who could has easily squashed this whole thing months ago). But there is a member of the state "super"-investigative committee whose name has turned up in the emails, so he will be effectively investigating himself. But if Christie skates because the investigation is botched or rigged, that won't make him any less of a criminal in my eyes, either.


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Response to rocktivity (Reply #50)

Wed Jan 29, 2014, 11:46 AM

51. Wow. The investigation didn't last long before you reached a conclusion

 

Actualy, it didn't last at all!

Fortunately for Christie, you won't be in charge of determining criminality.

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Response to Exciting Trip (Reply #51)

Wed Jan 29, 2014, 12:15 PM

52. It's VERY fortunate for Christie that I don't determine criminality.

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And for Bush. And Cheney. And Hitler. And the inventors of light beer. And Paris Hilton.


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Response to rocktivity (Reply #52)

Wed Jan 29, 2014, 02:33 PM

53. Being Fair-minded & Temperate....

is certainly a virtue. However there is a well established pattern that the governor has worked hard to create. There is ample evidence that he allowed his ego to cloud his judgement to the point where he and his inner circle felt immune. Taking mayor Zimmer's story,even with limited details, into account, they crossed the line from power politics to illegal activity. If you're merely being cautious then say so. If you're here to defend him & his crew then make your case. There is a pile of at least circumstantial evidence in the original post here. Are there rational innocent explanations for all of this?

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Response to Laxman (Reply #53)

Wed Jan 29, 2014, 02:39 PM

54. For the record, I think he should be charged and am cautiously optimistic that he will be

ONLY because there is SO MUCH circumstantial evidence. But if it it's hard to tell whether I'm being overly cautious or knee-jerk defensive, I must be doing SOMETHING right!


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Response to Exciting Trip (Reply #43)

Sat Feb 1, 2014, 01:50 PM

74. time. nt

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Response to Exciting Trip (Reply #22)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 05:13 PM

27. Just Curious?

or do you believe that he will skate free? Or don't you see the potential violations that this behavior represents? Or do you think that none of this is all that big a deal?

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Response to Exciting Trip (Reply #22)

Sat Feb 1, 2014, 01:51 PM

75. also i doubt your trip here will be exciting. or long. nt

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 04:26 PM

24. k&r

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 04:38 PM

26. this is a public service,

i hope it gets more exposure than just DU. thank you

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 06:14 PM

28. bookmarked

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 06:17 PM

29. This definitely deserves a

holy facting shite!!

Thanks for all the links Laxman - Damn!

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 06:23 PM

31. So was that email from Wildstein to O'Toole ReTHUG NJ Senator

O'Toole who is on the investigative committee - shouldn't he step down from the committee as Rev Al is suggesting.

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Response to malaise (Reply #31)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 06:54 PM

32. Do These Three Things Go Together.....

some curious behavior by the good senator. O'Toole does not belong on this committee for a number of reasons but here are three things that at least raise the appearance of impropriety:

Wisniewski said his curiosity was piqued further still when immediately after the presentation, state Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-Essex), one of Christie’s staunchest allies in the Legislature, issued a news release concurring with Baroni’s assertion that it was unfair for Fort Lee to have three dedicated toll lanes. Wisniewski found it curious that O’Toole’s release incorporated some of the same obscure E-ZPass statistics cited by Baroni, who told the committee he did not have the statistics in written form and could not submit them at that time.


and....

Sen. Kevin O'Toole (R-Essex) said there was no hurry for the Senate to act; the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Port Authority's Inspector General and the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce are investigating the matter separately. "We should all be very, very careful of drawing conclusions now," O'Toole said before the vote. "I would suggest...that we should wait."


and...

O'Toole's name is mentioned in passing in one of the emails released last week.

Christie's spokesman Michael Drewniak and David Wildstein, the port authority’s director of interstate capital projects, exchanged emails on Dec. 5. Wildstein thanks Drewniak "for all of your sound advice last night, I always appreciate your friendship. Spoke with O'Toole this morning and he will talk with you later today."

Wildstein resigned the next day day.

O'Toole said in a brief interview after the hearing he did not recall that conversation with Wildstein, but added he and his office regularly speak to Wildstein and Port Authority officials to respond to a constituent complaint or questions. He said he did not speak to Wildstein the Assembly's ongoing investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closures.

"I don't know what that means," O'Toole said of the email exchange.


All very curious.

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Response to Laxman (Reply #32)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 06:58 PM

33. At the very least he should recuse himself

All very curious indeed

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Response to malaise (Reply #33)

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 09:22 PM

35. Well Rachel Certainly Picked Up...

on these three elements as well as the close relationship between O'Toole & Christie.

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Response to Laxman (Reply #35)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 10:55 AM

41. She was great

i posted her link earlier this morning

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Response to malaise (Reply #33)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 07:17 PM

45. DING DING DING! Malaise, you're our grand prize winner!

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At the very least he should recuse himself...

When my sister and I were at the same college, I was asked to help interview students who wanted to become dormitory monitors. I immediately said no -- not because I didn't want to do it, but because my sister had told me she was considering going after one of those positions. Though I was just out of my teens, I didn't need to pray for forty days and nights or have it written in tablets of stone that it would "look funny" if my sister got to be a dorm monitor from a committee that I was part of!

According to this article, Senate President Stephen Sweeney (a reputed NJ DINO), isn't going to do anything about it: he said he

respects Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr.'s decision to select O'Toole to be the lone Republican senator on the 12-member investigative committee. "There is a certain amount of power the Senate President has and you don't go beyond."

Which might be acceptable except that Tom Kean Jr. is the son of Christie's mentor...


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Response to rocktivity (Reply #45)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 08:45 PM

46. O'Toole & Christie...

are tight. Tom Kean Jr. & Christie, not so much. There was an interesting little drama that played out this fall. Steve Sweeney, the democratic Senate leader from Gloucester County was up for re-election. Tom Kean Jr., the Senate minority leader, was also the head of the Republican Senate campaign committee. He poured a lot of money into the coffers of Sweeney's opponent. This ticked Sweeney off and he went to Christie in an attempt to "get even" with Kean for making him run a harder campaign that normal. Christie saw it as is chance to both make a deal with Sweeney and get his good buddy O'Toole in as the Senate Minority leader. The problem is they didn't count the votes before selection and Kean was able to hold on to the leadership position. Tom Kean Sr. lambasted Christie after that incident.

"I mean, you have a guy who's threatened with being kicked out — for doing his job!" Patrick Murray, the Monmouth University political scientist, told Business Insider. "It's just nuts."

Murray is referring to Tom Kean Jr., the New Jersey Republican state senator who — with arm-twisting from newly re-elected Gov. Chris Christie — was almost forced out of his job as the state Senate's Minority Leader.


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/chris-christie-tom-kean-o-toole-election-2016-steve-sweeney-2013-11#ixzz2rkQGLUiv

Tom Kean Jr. would be a good addition, but Sweeney would never let him be part of the committee.

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Response to malaise (Reply #31)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 09:40 PM

102. Rachel Maddow just said that O'Toole has a subopena in his future

whether he recuses himself or not.


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Response to rocktivity (Reply #102)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 10:30 PM

103. I Believe That You....

are enjoying this way too much !

Did you happen to read this? http://enviropolitics.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/your-tax-dollars-at-work-or-not/

The guy who wrote this is a really good friend of mine. We had dinner together tonight and I heard some very interesting feedback from a FEMA person from last summer. Seems even the Feds working in the state were pushed around by Christie's crew.

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Response to Laxman (Reply #103)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 10:58 PM

104. I guess turnabout is fair play, LOL

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=4465153

P.S. I've also been discussing this on an international message board, and found someone who says her husband works for the PA. But once things started heating up, she abruptly stopped posting!


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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 12:13 AM

36. Thanks Laxman.. bookmarking!

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 01:57 AM

38. Maybe one day this country will start holding criminals accountable

Till then it's just an open invitation to every crook like Christie there is and every proud-to-be-stupid voter who supports all their crimes.

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 09:29 AM

39. From The Michelle Brown Article...

Michelle Brown and Kevin O'Dowd, both high ranking appointees in the Christie administration have been riding the taxpayer gravy train for quite some time. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas?


Additional records provided in raw form by the Corzine campaign and analyzed by The Times show that Ms. Brown accompanied Mr. Christie on 16 trips, the bulk of them in 2007 and 2008. They were often accompanied by a junior prosecutor, Kevin O’Dowd.

In August 2008 Mr. Christie’s wife, Mary Pat, joined him, Ms. Brown, and Mr. O’Dowd for a trip to London, where Mr. Christie spoke at a meeting of compliance officers at another one of the companies involved in his office’s investigation of makers of artificial hips and knees. Mr. O’Dowd left early, while the Christies and Ms. Brown stayed two more days for another meeting. Mr. Christie paid his wife’s airfare, but the government covered the couple’s and Ms. Brown’s $401-per-night lodgings. Mr. O’Dowd declined comment.
Mr. Christie and Ms. Brown also traveled to the Venetian casino hotel in Las Vegas last year, where he addressed a sales convention of still another one of the hip and knee makers.

Mr. Christie’s in-state travel has also been questioned. He put in for more than $20,000 in mileage reimbursements during his seven-year tenure, including many trips that his public schedules indicate were made for personal or political reasons.

A die-hard Mets fan, Mr. Christie put in for $73 in mileage costs for a drive to Philadelphia on a night his schedule noted an away game against the Phillies.

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 12:34 PM

42. There's always room for one more

Last edited Wed Jan 29, 2014, 02:09 PM - Edit history (4)

15. Hearings Loom On Decision To Leave One Third Of New Jersey Transit Trains In Hoboken And Kearney During Sandy (resulting in $120M in damaged trains and equipment - part of the Hoboken Shakedown?): http://www.northjersey.com/news/Senate_panel_to_hold_hearings_on_NJ_Transit_decision_to_leave_third_of_fleet_in_Hoboken_Kearny_during_Sandy__.html

16: The Belleville Red Herring: After its mayor endorsed Christie, Belleville got $6M in federal Sandy money -- for senior housing not affected by the storm: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/01/questions_raised_about_christies_use_of_sandy_funds_to_build_complex_in_town_where_mayor_endorsed_hi.html

16A: Within two weeks, Belleville also got a 19-acre no-bid development deal for a friend of Christie's who was cut out of the Ft. Lee development deal: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/01/questions_raised_about_christies_use_of_sandy_funds_to_build_complex_in_town_where_mayor_endorsed_hi.html/post/2014-01-28/1390950773-7-964.html

17: Slurping at the Harrison NJ trough - a $250M development deal has financial ties to Christie's bother Todd, as well as his Port Authority pal David Sampson (who voted for the project): http://www.northjersey.com/news/Governors_brother_invested_in_houses_near_new_PATH_station_in_Harrison.html



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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Wed Jan 29, 2014, 08:04 AM

47. Yet Another Chapter...

Christie Loyalist To Run Ethics Panel That Would Get Bridgegate Complaints

The state Ethics Commission, which would rule on any ethics complaints against state officials in Bridgegate or other Christie administration scandals, yesterday approved Gov. Chris Christie’s recommendation for its new executive director -- Susana Espasa Guerrero, a former governor’s counsel who served in the governor's office with all nine Christie aides subpoenaed in Bridgegate.

Guerrero previously spent eight years working in the law firm of Christie’s most trusted political adviser, William Palatucci, overlapping with Christie’s last four months as a partner at the firm before taking office as U.S. Attorney.


http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/01/29/christie-loyalist-to-run-ethics-commission-that-would-field-bridgegate-complaints/

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Response to Laxman (Reply #47)

Wed Jan 29, 2014, 09:37 AM

49. Shameless scumbags

Can they spell the word ethics?

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Response to Laxman (Reply #47)

Wed Jan 29, 2014, 03:29 PM

55. Sounds like another federal subpoena is in order. n/t


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Response to rocktivity (Reply #55)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 11:35 PM

59. I Don't Even Know What To Do...

with the article about the lawyer who is accusing Zimmer of perjury. A fine upstanding member of the bar. Idiot held a press conference with a picture of him & Christie on the bookcase behind him.

So why the vitriol?

Well Zayas is sitting on a million dollar verdict bonanza courtesy of a Jersey City jury (no Hoboken residents were on the panel) in the Alicea discrimination lawsuit and the City is showing every intention of appealing it - tying up a huge payday to him and his client.

In addition, Zayas' other client, Carmelo Garcia was humiliated seeing a questionable obviously politically motivated civil case thrown out of court on the first pass in Hudson County Superior Court. The "ethnic cleansing" aspect of the case brought national attention on Hoboken and is a stain on both Carmelo Garcia and Louis Zayas.

In the filing, Zayas and Garcia claimed Mayor Dawn Zimmer sought to implement a competing Vision 20/20 plan - where none exists.

Has Hoboken heard the last of this and Louis Zayas? Absolutely not. The political-public aspects are clear. Carmelo Garcia was handed a position for NJ assembly on the machine line courtesy of State Senator Brian Stack, a staunch Gov. Christie backer.


http://www.hobokenhorse.com/2014/01/ethnic-cleansing-attorney-louis-zayas.html

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 11:15 PM

56. This just in

19: "Rockefeller Group, a real estate developer whose proposed office complex in Hoboken, N.J...has terminated its contract with the firm Wolff & Samson." But as long as the firm's founder David Sampson still has a job with the Port Authority, does it really matter? http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/31/nyregion/hoboken-site-developer-dismisses-law-firm.html


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Response to rocktivity (Reply #56)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 11:21 PM

58. This Is An Excellent Development....

thanks for adding this. I can almost guarantee that Rockefeller knows something. They are a global player. Samson is only their Jersey guy-a big fish in a small pond. He's a big shot in these parts but he's a pimple on Rockefeller's butt in the big picture. They had people in meetings with Samson and state and local officials. They're going to play the "shocked" card at the conduct of their attorneys, but they definitely know something. Things are really going to start happening!

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 11:17 PM

57. great work

Thanks

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 07:04 PM

60. Laxman does "All Things Christie"

Ex-cellent! This is very good work.

Wish I could give it a thousand DUrecs.

This is what DU is all about!



Bookmarked!!!!

Keep on keeping on, Laxman, Rocketivity, and all the rest of you!

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Response to longship (Reply #60)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 07:15 PM

62. It's a fabulous resource link

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 07:09 PM

61. Excellent work, great resource!

Thanks for all your work on this, it is much appreciated!

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 07:59 PM

63. I'm Gonna Write A Little Letter, Gonna Send It To My Local PA

Roll over on Christie
To keep me out of jail today!

20. Through his lawyer, Wildstein claims to have proof that Christie knew all about it (Hints at PA Legal Fees and/or Immunity): http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/02/01/nyregion/bridge-letter.html


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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 10:15 PM

64. I keep staring at that picture waiting for Chriswell's head to explode!

It looks like its getting near the time to start shouting Down goes Christie! Down goes Christie!

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Response to Beach Rat (Reply #64)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 10:58 PM

69. And Remember My Friends....

future events such as these will effect YOU in the future!

You just can't argue with logic like that.

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 10:22 PM

65. The New Brunswick apartment tower that got $4.8 million in Sandy relief funds

New Brunswick is miles from the shore and got minimal damage.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024423240

Tower was built by developer Boraie. Shaquille O'Neal has invested in Boraie projects, though it's not known if he invested in this one. However, O'Neal endorsed Christie.


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Response to LiberalEsto (Reply #65)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 10:29 PM

67. That Is Part Of A Much Larger Issue....

as I posted on your thread. But yes, that belongs here. I will add it. I think I will also do a post on the whole issue of re-purposing Sandy money in an attempt to get around HUD policies. I've been meaning to do that but have had some personal issues that have kept me from having time at the keyboard for an extended period. Thank you for bringing it up!

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 10:29 PM

66. My submission to your list...Stronger that the Storm

Spending federal tax monies for Sandy recovery on a 4 million dollar re-election ad with his family instead of 2 million for one without his ugly mug in it. 4 million could have rebuilt a lot of homes for the poor rubes who voted for him.

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Response to MadashellLynn (Reply #66)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 10:40 PM

68. That's Number 6 On The List.....

but a good one. That money was actually earmarked for things like commercials and it is common practice for a portion of recovery funds to be devoted to expenses like this. But in NY for example, they were more generic in promoting NY & LI tourism. Here, they a) didn't go to the lowest bidder and b) were these weird campaign like ads featuring him and his family. In fact, that's why the firm got picked, because they intended to use them in the ad campaign.

There's a good argument that seeing Christie's family on the beach was quite frightening (a cheap shot) and that stupid song that just played over and over. Make it stop!

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Response to Laxman (Reply #68)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 11:09 PM

70. You are

spot on about those commercials being scary. His wife with that inappropriate grin of her's creeps me out every time I see her.

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Response to MadashellLynn (Reply #70)

Sun Feb 2, 2014, 07:47 PM

82. I bet she's not grinning now

K&R

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Sat Feb 1, 2014, 12:06 PM

71. I Had A Lot Of Interaction....

with this administration. From Day One it was obvious they were looking for total control of the huge pot of Sandy money and were scheming to maintain as much influence as possible (with total control their goal). It was clear that their intent was not to recover the best way possible. In fact, it seemed that any public good that came from this injection of funds would be purely coincidental. This article from the post by HighplainsDem http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/02/christie_took_10_months_to_implement_federal_sandy_aid_law.html is evidence of that intention. So we have entry number 22 to the Christie Crime Digest. (thanks HighPlainsDem)

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #72)

Sat Feb 1, 2014, 01:17 PM

73. Different David Macks...

David A is developing the Clara Maas property, David S. is the Port Authority commissioner and director of real estate giant Mack Cali.

However, the Belleville Senior complex was a favor to the Belleville mayor, Essex County Executive Joe DeVincenzo and North Ward power broker Steve Adubato. Ever wonder why the vote totals from Essex were so low in the gubernatorial election?

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Sat Feb 1, 2014, 03:09 PM

76. I Can't Believe I Forgot About...

the 1994 defamation suite where he blatantly lied about his opponents in the Morris County Freeholders race. Check out this description of that episode:

People have very low opinions of political advertising, and justifiably so. But blatantly false political ads are actually pretty rare. For one, political rhetoric is so flexible, and factual standards so ambiguous, that there is no reason to make obviously false statements in an ad. You can impugn an opponent's character thousands of ways before it's ever necessary to resort to a clearly, demonstrably, factually false claim. Saying your opponents are under investigation by a local prosecutor when they are not is obviously dishonest. But saying it on television is also a little nutty. Was that potentially self-damaging lie really his only chance of winning?

You can watch the 1994 Christie ad here. There is something else unusual about it. Christie is seated on a sofa next to his wife and baby as he defames his two opponents. (They subsequently sued Christie, who issued an apology two years later.) Who does that? Who holds his baby and then turns to the camera to lie flagrantly?


Who said past results are not indicative of future performance? This was close to an all-time low.

And of course there was this article in the Washington Post complete with a link to the slimeball Christie campaign ad: Chris Christie’s 1994 ad was too tough (and inaccurate) for Jersey: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/chris-christies-1994-ad-was-too-tough-and-inaccurate-for-jersey/2014/01/19/b69f0d86-7ef8-11e3-93c1-0e888170b723_story.html

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Response to Laxman (Reply #76)

Sat Feb 1, 2014, 03:12 PM

77. Kick

You might need a Volume 2

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Sun Feb 2, 2014, 06:43 PM

78. Yet another resignation today...

Christie administration staffer resigns amid lane closures probe

A member of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration who has been subpoenaed in the investigation of the September bridge lane closures has resigned.

Christina Genovese Renna — one of 17 people with ties to Christie subpoenaed by a legislative panel — exited the governor's office Friday, according to a statement provided to NBC News on Sunday by her lawyer, Henry Klingeman.

In the statement, Renna said her resignation "reflects a decision I have been considering since shortly after the election." Christie won a second term in office in November.

Renna reported to Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie's since-fired deputy chief of staff, who apparently set the traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge in motion with an email to David Wildstien, a Christie appointee and ally at the Port Authority.

more

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/02/02/22548092-christie-administration-staffer-resigns-amid-lane-closures-probe?lite

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Response to Spazito (Reply #78)

Sun Feb 2, 2014, 07:05 PM

79. Oops!!

This week should be fun

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Response to malaise (Reply #79)

Sun Feb 2, 2014, 07:25 PM

80. Between the kindergarten email and this latest resignation...

it should be fun indeed!

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Response to Spazito (Reply #80)

Sun Feb 2, 2014, 07:36 PM

81. Tomorrow is also the deadline for subpoenas

although some folks have asked for extensions.


Christina Genovese Renna was part of the Kelly team. I need a spread sheet for this gang.

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Response to malaise (Reply #81)

Sun Feb 2, 2014, 07:48 PM

83. I can only hope we find out who submitted documents, who is delaying it and...

who is refusing to submit any. Christie's future is looking more and more like nj transit did today, a massive failure, lol.

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Response to Spazito (Reply #78)

Sun Feb 2, 2014, 09:11 PM

84. This Is Getting Interesting....

the events mentioned here , or something like this, will no doubt have been recorded in the activity logs or daily briefings for the governor.

Maddow said that Christie’s argument that his administration was unaware of the four-day closures, which were ordered by his deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, was undermined by an email Kelly received on Sept. 11 from state director of departmental relations Christine Genovese Renna. Renna mentions in the email that “Evan” — possibly meaning Christie aide Evan J. Ridley, who records show makes $52,000 a year — had been contacted by Mark Sokolich, mayor of Fort Lee, complaining about the traffic nightmare happening in his town as a result.


This is way more entertaining than the game!

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Response to Laxman (Reply #84)

Sun Feb 2, 2014, 09:24 PM

85. LOL, agree, way more entertaining than the game!

The drips are starting to become a rather steady stream.

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Response to Spazito (Reply #78)

Sun Feb 2, 2014, 10:33 PM

86. For What Its Worth....

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she's married to Michael Renna, the President and Chief Operating Officer of South Jersey Energy Solutions, a subsidiary of South Jersey Industries. He also held senior executive positions with South Jersey Industries. Why is this important? The Pinelands Pipeline that the Christie administration tried to muscle through the Pinelands Commission (that's entry #2 above for everyone keeping score at home) was a project of ...wait for it...South Jersey Industries. Oh my! Conflict of interest anyone? And fear not for Ms. Genovese-Renna being without a job, Mr. Renna's income as reported by South Jersey Industries was approximately $662,514 last year. I think they'll scrape by.

Projects like the pipeline are 1000 times more damaging than the bridge caper in social terms. But it took the bridge incident to really shine the light on all of the other slimy critters running around this administration.

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Response to Laxman (Reply #86)

Sun Feb 2, 2014, 11:43 PM

87. I'm sure they never discussed business together!

I would be shocked to find that this relationship influenced the actions of the Christie administration. I'm certain they would have been happy to do South Jersey Industry's bidding and screw up the environment on their own. No improper relationships necessary!

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Response to Laxman (Reply #86)

Mon Feb 3, 2014, 11:00 PM

89. Next time you write a post like this, put it in its own OP, please , so more people can see it.

Way to go, Laxman!

On edit: I just realized this was a reply to your own OP. Thanks for the Christie Crime Digest, Laxman. That's a very useful list.

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #89)

Mon Feb 3, 2014, 11:13 PM

90. Thank You...

You're right, I probably should have done a new post on this as well. The story is certainly getting attention now!

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Mon Feb 3, 2014, 10:46 PM

88. I just did a google search for a couple of names of the governor's staff

and right after the official link to the NJ state web site, the next link that came up was to the Christie Crime Digest! Holy cow. I wonder if the governor's folks Google themselves and find that link? That ought to make them sweat a bit!

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Tue Feb 4, 2014, 09:19 AM

91. For Anyone Who Thinks...

that the Christie scandal is just about the bridge, think again! We're up to 25 separate entries here. That's 24 more than just the bridge. And we haven't even included the boorish behavior, the yelling incidents, the public humiliation of those who dared to disagree with him, the staged "made for YouTube" appearances to burnish his image as a straight-shooting tough guy, demeaning the independent state budget auditor for telling the truth and so much more. One's an anomaly, two's a coincidence, three's a pattern and 25, well there needs to be a new name for that!.

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Response to Laxman (Reply #91)

Tue Feb 4, 2014, 09:33 AM

92. To be kind Christie is making Nixon look like

a baby

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Fri Feb 7, 2014, 10:46 AM

93. From Chris Christie's Closet....

Todd Christie was the president of the Wall Street trading firm, Spear, Leeds & Kellogg. While Chris Christie was starting to make noise about running for Governor, the contributions from Todd Christie to various Republican causes went from a few thousand to over $400,000.00.

This amount of money was spread around on a large scale. He not only opened his own checkbook, according to newspaper articles he teamed up with his brother’s current campaign spokesman, Bill Palatucci, and current campaign fundraiser, Jon Hanson, to raise money for the George W. Bush’s campaign. Together, the three were after Bush’s “Super Ranger” status.


You can find the rest here: http://www.politickernj.com/humorme/28755/chris-christies-closet#.Ulb72rjVFo0.twitter

An insight into the financial elements to Christie's rise to prominence or "How My Brother's Money Made Me The U.S. Attorney" and how I kept him out of big trouble.

Also-check out how much money has poured into the Republican Governor's Association from players who stood to profit from the Pinelands Pipeline: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024442535#post30

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Tue Feb 11, 2014, 12:59 AM

94. Christie begins an "internal investigation" though he's his own prime suspect

27. Lawyers for Christie administration are seeking documents and a "private interview" from Hoboken mayor Dawn Zimmer. She has already given the documents to the Feds. As for the interview, she and her lawyer "question whether it is appropriate for the Governor’s Office, in essence, to be investigating itself..." http://www.northjersey.com/news/Lawyer_for_Christie_administration_seeking_documents_interview_with_Hoboken_mayor_.html


Since Zimmer says it was Christie's lieutenant governor Kim Guadagno who delivered the message, maybe she's the person he should start his internal investigation with:

Christie: "Did you tell Zimmer that I told you that she wouldn't get federal Sandy relief money unless she fast-tracked a project that my associates would have benefited from financially?"
Guadagno: "I don't know."

Christie: "DID I TELL YOU to tell Zimmer that she wouldn't get federal Sandy relief money unless she fast-tracked a project that my associates would have benefited from financially?"
Guadagno: "I don't know."

Christie: "Did I tell you that if I told you to tell Zimmer that she wouldn't get federal Sandy relief money unless she fast-tracked a project that my associates would have benefited from financially, we must deny it to our dying days?"
Guadagno: "I don't know."

Christie: "Well, that clears me, then -- internal investigation over!"



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Response to rocktivity (Reply #94)

Tue Feb 11, 2014, 07:35 AM

95. I Don't Know...

I like that. I don't know Ms. Guadagno-will you be indicted? I don't know!

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Tue Feb 11, 2014, 09:37 PM

97. ROFL

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Tue Feb 11, 2014, 09:35 PM

96. How Christie's Port Point Man Plays All Sides of Transit Deals

WNYC reports that just weeks before Gov. Chris Christie appointed Samson to his position at the Port Authority, Samson's law firm was hired as bond counsel by the South Jersey Transportation Authority, the agency that formerly ran the struggling airport and is chaired by state transportation commissioner James Simpson.

Over the next two years, Wolff & Samson reported earnings of $113,701.32 and is still currently retained by the South Jersey Transportation Authority, according to WNYC.


read here: http://www.wnyc.org/story/atlantic-city-airport-samson/?utm_source=Newsletter%3A+WNYC+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=6e75377c4d-Daily_Brief_Jan_27_20141_26_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_edd6b58c0d-6e75377c4d-70663857

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Tue Feb 11, 2014, 09:39 PM

98. Crony capitalism on steroids

and these crooks talk about corruption in developing countries?

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Wed Feb 12, 2014, 08:36 AM

99. Some Intrepid Reporter.....

should chase this one down.

Using the U.S. Attorney's Office for revenge against his wife's former business partner? No way, that's so totally out of character for Christie!

Christopher Christie has been named in a federal tort claims lawsuit notice that asserts the GOP gubernatorial candidate “utilized his office as a collection agency for his relatives and extorted money from the claimant for the benefit of his family in violation of the Hobbs Act.”

Belleville attorney Frank Cozzarelli filed a civil claim with the U.S. Department of Justice on May 4, alleging that Christie threatened his livelihood because of an alleged vendetta.


One of the principals, Joseph Manello, was represented in the liquidation action by Chris Christie. Manello was unhappy with the settlement and as time went on, he became more disenchanted with Christie’s representation.

Subsequently, Manello was a major investor in a company called Mendham Capital and Mary Pat Christie, the wife of Chris Christie, was a partner in that firm. In 1997, Manello forced Christie’s wife out of her partnership position.


The claimant in this action was the subject of a federal investigation. This investigation was eventually closed by the government in the year 2000 when the US Attorney’s office, under Assistant US Attorney Michael Guadagno, declined to prosecute.

Inexplicably, after Chris Christie was appointed to the same position in 2002, an IRS investigation was initiated against the Claimant on the same case which the US Justice Department and the former US Attorney had declined to prosecute. So, why did one US Attorney close a case and decline to prosecute and another decide to re-open the exact same case that was closed out of the same office?

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Fri Feb 14, 2014, 12:33 PM

100. Almost Too Slimy To Believe....

but then again, is there really anything that would fit into this category with this bunch? David Samson's firm represents the Bergen County Improvement Authority. They represent the Canadian developer seeking to build the horrendous American Dream mall at the Meadowlands. Samson partner Lori Griffa was the chairman of the Meadowlands Commission, the regulatory body controlling the mall site in her capacity as Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs. You can't make stuff like this up. How do they keep their law licenses?

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/16/nyregion/post-scandal-future-unclear-for-port-authoritys-low-profile-leader.html?_r=0

Christie promised to change the way business is done in NJ. He kept that promise. He raised corruption to new heights (or depths). Somebody please save our state from this man.

And as always-remember the Wolff & Samson motto- Quad Est In Loco (The Fix is In)

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 12:45 PM

101. Wow, Laxman, thanks for all the hard work. Bookmarking.

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Wed Feb 19, 2014, 11:08 AM

105. Thanks to: DUer Alp227

32. State investigative committee threatens implicated member Kevin O'Toole with a subpoena: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/02/bridge_investigation_committee_member_could_face_subpoena.html

And if O'Toole refuses, I hope they escalate it to a FEDERAL subpoena!


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Response to rocktivity (Reply #105)

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 11:23 AM

106. Rachel had a great section on this last night

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Wed Feb 19, 2014, 01:40 PM

107. BREAKING: The head of NJ Transit has resigned

Last edited Wed Feb 19, 2014, 05:06 PM - Edit history (1)

James Weinstein, appointed by Christie in 2010, is resigning from NJ Transit...(He)...was heavily criticized for poor planning during the Super Bowl, in which thousands of passengers were left stranded, and Superstorm Sandy, when commuter train cars were parked in an area that was later flooded by the storm: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/19/us-usa-train-newjersey-idUSBREA1I1GG20140219



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Thu Feb 20, 2014, 03:21 PM

108. Well, One Way To Keep Someone Quiet....

Is to give them a lucrative job. Nicole Crifo has landed a new gig with the Port Authority for $184,000 + /yr.!:

A former aide to Gov. Chris Christie who has been subpoenaed in the George Washington Bridge scandal, recently took a high-level job at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey


ahh, but she was highly qualified!

“I recruited Nicole out of private practice back in 2011 because I was looking for somebody smart, tough and honest to work with me in the Authorities Unit,” Gramiccioni told The Star-Ledger. “I recruited her to the Port Authority because she proved herself to be a no-nonsense hard worker who scrutinized the board’s minutes for three years.”


an expert scrutinizer of minutes! What a skill. Highly in demand. Why develop any other skills?

Read here: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/02/former_christie_staffer_under_subpoena_takes_job_with_port_authority.html#incart_most-comments

I've got to get back to bed. I feel horrible.(has nothing to do with Christie )

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Response to Laxman (Reply #108)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 05:42 PM

109. Kick n/t

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 06:40 PM

110. Here's to christie getting what he deserves!

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 10:32 PM

111. The Romney-ization of David Samson

As the owner of Wolff and Sampson, David Samson got the rent reduced on a park-and-ride from $900,000 to one dollar per year for a client -- and collected more than $1.5M in fees. As the chairman for the Port Authority (which happens to own the land the park-and-ride is on) Samson voted in favor of the rent reduction. The client? New Jersey Transit. But before you start screaming "Unethical!!!", you'll be happy to know that he's arranged for his vote to be "retroactively" withdrawn, as he had "intended" to recuse himself: http://www.northjersey.com/news/New_Port_Authority_conflict_issue_emerges_NJ_Transit_got_1_lease_while_a_client_of_David_Samsons_law_firm.html?page=all

rocktivity

P.S. No word on whether Mr. Samson is planning to retroactively withdraw the $1.5M in fees.

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Fri Feb 21, 2014, 11:35 PM

112. Thanks to: DUer JHB

The president of the union that represents police officers for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who has come under increasing scrutiny in connection with the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge, told his membership on Thursday that he would step aside from the union’s day-to-day operations, a person briefed on the matter said.

The union president, Paul Nunziato, is among 30 people who have received subpoenas from a joint New Jersey legislative panel investigating allegations that access lanes to the bridge were shut down for four days by aides to Gov. Chris Christie as an act of political retribution. The lane closings are also the subject of a federal inquiry.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/21/nyregion/leader-of-port-authoritys-police-union-to-step-aside-amid-bridge-scandal.html?hpw&rref=nyregion&_r=0



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Fri Feb 21, 2014, 11:46 PM

113. Regarding item #16.

I believe that either Wednesday or Thursday on TRMS is said that the amount for Belleville was actually over $10 million. You might want to check the video on that though.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #113)

Sat Feb 22, 2014, 09:47 AM

114. You Are Correct....

Texas Towelie! It was upped to $10.2 million. You can read it here: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/02/nj_gives_more_federal_funds_to_controversial_belleville_project.html

Way to stay on top of things!

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Sat Feb 22, 2014, 11:30 AM

115. 5 New Entries....

all just a part of an evil plot to get you to stop paying attention due to Christie fatigue! You can't get rid of us that easily!


33. Well one way to keep your underlings from turning on you is to give them lucrative jobs. Former Christie staffer under subpoena takes job with Port Authority (It only pays $184,000/yr.): http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/02/former_christie_staffer_under_subpoena_takes_job_with_port_authority.html#incart_most-comments

34. Chris Christie's lawyer for bridge scandal withdraws as Port Authority's counsel in separate lawsuit. (Conflict of interest is just business as usual for these scumba-I mean attorneys): http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2014/02/bridge_scandal_lawyer_for_christie_withdraws_as_port_authoritys_counsel_in_outside_lawsuit_observers.html#incart_river

35. New Port Authority conflict issue emerges: NJ Transit got $1 lease while a client of David Samson's law firm: http://www.northjersey.com/news/New_Port_Authority_conflict_issue_emerges_NJ_Transit_got_1_lease_while_a_client_of_David_Samsons_law_firm.html?page=all

36. Leader of Port Authority’s Police Union to Reduce Role Amid Bridge Scandal: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/21/nyregion/leader-of-port-authoritys-police-union-to-step-aside-amid-bridge-scandal.html?hpw&rref=nyregion&_r=0

37. Chris Christie's Mansion Fund Collected Millions From Political Favor Seekers-what a great idea! :http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/21/chris-christie-drumthwacket_n_4826459.html

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Response to Laxman (Reply #115)

Tue Feb 25, 2014, 09:10 AM

118. I missed these

Thanks

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Sun Feb 23, 2014, 06:43 PM

116. K&R

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Tue Feb 25, 2014, 08:44 AM

117. It's Still Not Their Fault...

Richard Constable testified in front of a legislative oversight committee yesterday. Guess what? Its still everybody else's fault! This is a new entry in the making. We'll hold off posting an addition until they hang themselves on this issue. Meanwhile...here's some more rope!

NJ official heading Sandy recovery defends hiring firm, again blames feds for delays

The head of the New Jersey agency overseeing Hurricane Sandy housing recovery efforts today defended the hiring of a Louisiana firm that the state recently severed ties with following months of complaints, while repeating the assertion that federal red tape is slowing rebuilding.

New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable said during wide-ranging testimony at a legislative hearing in Trenton that he couldn’t provide details about why the state quietly ended its three-year, $68 million contract with Hammerman & Gainer, Inc., or HGI, because of legal concerns. He said the Attorney’s General Office was in discussions with HGI's lawyers.


http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/02/chris_christie_official_talks_sandy.html

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Response to Laxman (Reply #117)

Tue Feb 25, 2014, 12:37 PM

119. As I Said...

nothing is ever his fault. A commentary on the diversion of blame:

The problems with Sandy recovery didn’t just crop up overnight. First, the rules and regulations governing both the NFIP and the various homeowner’s assistance programs were in place at the outset of the recovery process. The inept handling of claims by the outside contractor certainly wasn’t in any way related to the Federal government. Complaining about measures to combat fraud or abuse is almost comical-particularly in light of the stories coming out of Hoboken and Belleville. The state’s problems originate with the state and its failure to put a rational and measured plan for recovery in place. As they say, the failure to plan is a plan for failure. We are now seeing the results of that failure.

If this were unforeseeable or a singular mistake these missteps could be excused. However, when this is viewed for what it is-a part of a greater pattern of behavior-its time for some accountability from the Christie administration. Trying to lay blame at the feet of everyone else is not only unseemly, it virtually guarantees that nothing will get fixed. Recovery from a disaster of the magnitude of Sandy is an enormous and incredibly complex undertaking. Governor Christie was obsessed with the opportunity for power and the chance to burnish his image as a strong leader that Sandy, and its billions in disaster aid, represented. However, he has proven that he and his administration were not up to the challenges posed in this recovery, either intellectually or morally. That may be a tough charge, but it has been earned.


read here: http://enviropolitics.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/the-buck-stops-where/

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Thu Feb 27, 2014, 12:50 PM

120. I Got 5 Minutes At Lunch....

to post some updates. One new (on Wildstein e-mails) the rest historical. For those who are fans of Karma-check out #42! What goes 'round surely does come 'round!

38. David Samson's business interests overlap with work at Port Authority-Ethics 101-No Conflicts of Interest! : http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/02/david_samsons_business_interests_overlap_with_work_at_port_authority.html#incart_m-rpt-1

39. Christie Aide Joked of Traffic Jam at Rabbi’s House, Documents Show (release of more Wildstein e-mails & texts) http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/28/nyregion/documents-show-christie-allies-discussed-another-traffic-jam.html?hp

40. Chris Christie’s problem is that he’s really, truly a bully: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/01/08/chris-christies-problem-is-that-hes-really-truly-a-bully/

41. Chris Christie’s political bullying goes all the way back to college: http://www.salon.com/2014/01/18/chris_christies_political_bullying_isnt_surprising_hes_been_doing_it_since_college_partner/

42. Just because he's been mean to my friend John-Stories Add Up as Bully Image Trails Christie (Its a shame that John was just named head of the Assembly Judiciary Committee-where impeachment proceedings start!): http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/25/nyregion/accounts-of-petty-retribution-reinforce-christies-bullying-image.html

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Fri Feb 28, 2014, 08:46 AM

121. Kick for Christie Crime Digest!

Because excellence is it's own reward isn't enough -- It needs a kick in the right pants.

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Sun Mar 2, 2014, 01:23 PM

122. Watson Coleman steps down from bridgegate investigation

Watson Coleman steps down from bridgegate investigation committee after calling for Gov. Chris Christie to resign -- and calling out implicated committee member Peter O'Toole: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/02/watson_coleman_steps_down_from_bridgegate_investigation_commitee_after_calling_for_gov_chris_christi.html#incart_maj-story-1

Thanks to: DU-er Segami:
The municipal clerk at Fort Lee Borough Hall this morning released 911 and police communication tapes from last September's lane closures at the George Washington Bridge:
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2014/02/911_tapes_of_george_washington_bridge_lane_closures_released.html#incart_m-rpt-1


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Sun Mar 2, 2014, 02:31 PM

123. nice summary

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Mon Mar 3, 2014, 08:36 PM

124. I Sense A New Entry In The Near Future....

GWB scandal: Ex-Christie campaign manager invokes Fifth Amendment in challenging subpoena

In an effort to fight a subpoena issued by the joint investigative committee looking into the George Washington Bridge scandal, Governor Christie’s former campaign manager Bill Stepien said that being forced to comply would be a violation of the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution and his right to privacy, his lawyer said in a brief released Monday.

The brief also detailed parts of the federal investigation into Stepien’s actions around the lane closures — Stepien was called on his cell by an FBI agent. Stepien’s lawyer, Kevin Marino, also said that federal agents asked Stepien’s landlord, “Did he pay his rent on time?


http://www.northjersey.com/news/Lawyer_for_former_Christie_campaign_manager_files_brief_in_effort_to_fight_subpoena.html

Is that like when the chimney cleaning companies call you? Hi, Mr. Stepien, this is the FBI. We're going to be in your neighborhood this week.....

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Tue Mar 4, 2014, 10:55 AM

125. I Hope Someone From The U.S. Attorney's Office...

is keeping up with this. The extortion attempt in Hoboken can provide the predicate offense that opens the whole can of worms to everything else that has gone down. Find that predicate offense, identify the pattern of behavior (see #1-45 above) and welcome to RICO! Surely Mr. Christie is familiar with this statute:


18 U.S.C. 1962

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person who has received any income derived, directly or indirectly, from a pattern of racketeering activity or through collection of an unlawful debt in which such person has participated as a principal within the meaning of section 2, title 18, United States Code, to use or invest, directly or indirectly, any part of such income, or the proceeds of such income, in acquisition of any interest in, or the establishment or operation of, any enterprise which is engaged in, or the activities of which affect, interstate or foreign commerce. A purchase of securities on the open market for purposes of investment, and without the intention of controlling or participating in the control of the issuer, or of assisting another to do so, shall not be unlawful under this subsection if the securities of the issuer held by the purchaser, the members of his immediate family, and his or their accomplices in any pattern or racketeering activity or the collection of an unlawful debt after such purchase do not amount in the aggregate to one percent of the outstanding securities of any one class, and do not confer, either in law or in fact, the power to elect one or more directors of the issuer.

(b) It shall be unlawful for any person through a pattern of racketeering activity or through collection of an unlawful debt to acquire or maintain, directly or indirectly, any interest in or control of any enterprise which is engaged in, or the activities of which affect, interstate or foreign commerce.

(c) It shall be unlawful for any person employed by or associated with any enterprise engaged in, or the activities of which affect, interstate or foreign commerce, to conduct or participate, directly or indirectly, in the conduct of such enterprise's affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity or collection of unlawful debt.

(d) It shall be unlawful for any person to conspire to violate any of the provisions of subsection (a), (b), or (c) of this section.


Samson is a criminal enterprise all by himself. They should rename it the Port Authority of NY, NJ, Wolff & Samson!

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Thu Mar 6, 2014, 08:10 AM

126. Something About...

Christie and Freeholders that doesn't seem to mix.

Bergen County Freeholders call for chairman of Port Authority and N.J. commissioners to resign

The Bergen County freeholders called Wednesday on Port Authority Chairman David Samson and the bi-state agency’s New Jersey commissioners to resign over the controversy surrounding a politically manufactured traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge.

By identical 6-1 votes, the board approved a pair of resolutions. The first demanded that Samson, a former state attorney general, resign, alleging that his political activity conflicted with his role as chairman.

If he does not resign, the freeholders called on Governor Christie to remove him.

The second resolution called for the five other New Jersey commissioners to resign for failing to exercise oversight on four days of gridlock created in September when two of three lanes on the Fort Lee side of the bridge were closed without any advance notice.

On both votes, the board’s five Democratic freeholders — David Ganz, Joan Voss, Steve Tanelli, Tracy Zur and James Tedesco ­— were joined by Republican Maura DeNicola. GOP Freeholder John Felice cast the lone dissenting vote.


read the rest here: http://www.northjersey.com/news/Bergen_County_Freeholders_call_for_chairman_of_Port_Authority_and_NJ_commissioners_to_resign.html?page=all

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Thu Mar 6, 2014, 01:49 PM

127. Well There Goes The Traffic Study.....

the head of the Port Authority Police Union is talking and he's not exactly following the Christie Cover-up Playbook! There's no way that this guy is going to jeopardize his career or his pension to save Christie or any of his cronies. There's too many people involved and at some point the dam is going to break and the effluent will all come spilling out! (b/t/w is that Big Pussy Bompensiero standing and watching over that handshake between Nunziato and Christie?)

Head of Port Authority Police Union Questioned in Bridge Inquiry

Federal prosecutors recently questioned the union president, Paul Nunziato, as part of their inquiry into whether any aspect of the September lane closings amounted to a crime, according to people with knowledge of the session.

The federal authorities have said nothing publicly about their efforts beyond confirming that the inquiry is underway, as is a parallel investigation by a state legislative committee looking into why the lanes were closed and who was responsible. Likewise, neither Mr. Wildstein, a central player in the scandal, nor Mr. Nunziato, a pragmatist who engineered his union’s surprising endorsement of Mr. Christie last year, has spoken publicly about the matter since Jan. 8, when the committee released documents that took the scandal to the governor’s doorstep.


read here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/05/nyregion/head-of-port-authority-police-union-questioned-in-bridge-inquiry.html?_r=0


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Thu Mar 6, 2014, 03:31 PM

128. Hoboken HMGP "Shennanigans"....

it seems that there really weren't "objective" criteria for the awarding of HMGP grants. Bear with me, there is a lot to go through to understand it. The short of it is here:

Hoboken mayor: Christie administration is back peddling on city's cut of Sandy aid

Amid reports that the Christie administration may owe Hoboken $700,000 in Hurricane Sandy aid, state officials have changed how they are defending relief fund allocation, Mayor Dawn Zimmer said. Officials originally said that Hoboken was awarded its fair share, now they are trying to back peddle in face of criticism, Zimmer said.

Gov. Chris Christie's administration on Wednesday railed a WNYC and NJ Spotlight report alleging that Hoboken was shortchanged $700,000. According to the report, the state hadn't used the same criteria for Hoboken as for other cities when it determined how much the city would receive from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Energy Allocation Initiative. Larry Ragonese, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection, said that the report relied on incomplete data, since the final grant awards had yet to be finalized.


http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2014/03/hoboken_mayor_christie_administration_is_back_peddling_on_citys_cut_of_sandy_aid.html

the long of it is here:

Does Chris Christie Owe Hoboken $700,000?

The amount of Sandy aid that’s at the heart of Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s accusation against the Christie administration was initially determined through a faulty selection and scoring process, documents show.

An investigation by WNYC and NJ Spotlight has found that by using the Christie administration’s own scoring criteria, seven of Hoboken’s requests for backup generators should have been funded instead of just one, making it potentially eligible for up to $700,000 instead of the $142,080 the city was awarded.

Zimmer has claimed her city was shortchanged because she refused to support a redevelopment project favored by a close ally of Governor Christie. Top officials in the governor's office immediately disputed that claim.

The money in the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Energy Allocation Initiative has yet to be distributed, and when these scoring inaccuracies were brought to the administration’s attention, it said it was making adjustments and correcting problems and would take this investigation’s findings into consideration.


read about it here: http://www.wnyc.org/story/christie-owes-hoboken-after-sandy/ and here: http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/03/05/sandy-energy-grant-program-riddled-with-errors/

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Mon Mar 10, 2014, 04:50 PM

129. We've Reached 50!

The 50th entry in the Christie Crime Digest and its a beauty. The federal prosecutors have finally turned their sites to Mr. Samson and his 1001 Ways to Get' Rich Quick infomercial disguised as his career.

The embattled chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and close ally to Gov. Chris Christie, David Samson, has been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors in Manhattan as part of a newly disclosed investigation, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Citing sources, the report said the subpoena seeks records related to potential conflicts of interest between Samson, who has been under the microscope since the September lane closings at the George Washington Bridge, and his private law firm, Wolff & Samson.

A representative for Samson declined comment to the newspaper, but provided a statement from his attorney, Michael Chertoff, that said, "We are not commenting on the progress of investigations." The scope of the investigation was unclear, the report said.


and this gem:

Samson and his law firm have surfaced in both matters, but he was not known to be a target of prosecutors. The newest investigation, being undertaken by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, suggests he now may be a target.


http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/03/david_samson_subpoenaed_by_federal_prosecutors_in_ny_reports_say.html#incart_river_default

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Response to Laxman (Reply #129)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 07:56 PM

130. Christie's problem being, of course, is that Samson reports to him directly

He's going to have either take the fall by explaining that the whole thing was his idea, or admit Christie helped mastermind it.

P.S. Kelly and Steptien are going to court tomorrow to claim that submitting their private email records is a form of self-incrimination. Since is was illegal of them to do government business on private email accounts, good luck with that!


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Response to rocktivity (Reply #130)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 09:49 PM

131. I Thought That Christie....

actually reported to Samson! A governor makes a great pet! Talk around the state before this all hit the fan was that Stepien and Kelly were in a relationship- ostensibly the reason for her divorce as well as why those two were thrown under the bus on the same day together. I'm buckling down for the long haul. This is going to be a marathon.

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Response to Laxman (Reply #129)

Tue Mar 11, 2014, 02:08 PM

132. (One of two) Samson Fed Subpeona(s) Rescinded

A subpoena issued by the federal prosecutor from Manhattan to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey seeking documents related to Chairman David Samson was rescinded this afternoon...because of an overlapping investigation by Paul Fishman, the U.S. attorney in New Jersey: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2014/03/feds_rescind_subpoena_to_port_authority_chairman_samson.html#incart_river_default

The subpoena was initially sent to Samson on Friday by the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter. However, the subpoena was withdrawn...

Previously subpoenaed documents by a legislative committee also looking into the lane closures, which took place over four days, have suggested Samson had knowledge of them beforehand or immediately afterward...Michael Chertoff, co-counsel for Samson said, "We are not commenting on the progress of investigations..."

As long Samson is under ONE fed subpoena, there's no reason to consider this a setback. Now, what can be done about getting that implicated O'Toole guy off the state investigative committee?


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Sun Mar 16, 2014, 05:25 PM

133. k&r

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Mon Mar 17, 2014, 12:42 PM

134. k&r

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Tue Mar 18, 2014, 12:34 AM

135. The first particles of fecal matter

have officially collided with the rotating air cooling device!

Governor Christie’s top Port Authority appointees, Bill Baroni and David Wildstein, were keeping his campaign manager Bill Stepien informed about the fallout from the lane closures from their earliest stages, according to documents released today by the George Washington Bridge investigative committee.
http://www.northjersey.com/news/documents-christie-port-authority-appointees-kept-campaign-manager-informed-on-fallout-from-gwb-lane-closures-1.744676

Why would Baroni and Wildstein "inform" Stepien and not Christie? Why didn't Stepien inform Christie? Why tell him something he already knew?


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Tue Mar 18, 2014, 09:07 AM

136. Just In Case There Is Any Misunderstanding....

Christie was pretty unethical before he became governor. An interesting story from the Daily Beast.....Chritie & The Sex Slave Ring (what a great title!)

Did Christie Go Easy on a Human Trafficker Just to Bust a Small-Time Pol?

Chris Christie built his reputation as a crime-fighter. So why did he cut a deal with an accused sex slave ringleader—and send to jail a Democratic mayor, instead?

Beginning in 2003, members of a smuggling ring in Honduras approached girls, some just 14 years of age, and talked them into illegally entering the United States with the promise of waitressing jobs.

After making it over the border, during which time the smugglers allegedly raped some of the girls, they landed in Houston, Texas. They were temporarily held there before making the rest of their journey north to Hudson County, New Jersey.

That’s when the girls learned the truth. They were never going to be waitresses.



Read it here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/03/17/did-christie-go-easy-on-a-human-trafficker-just-to-bust-a-small-time-pol.html

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Tue Mar 18, 2014, 10:37 AM

137. How To Keep Those Who Know Too Much Silent....

apparently revolves around getting them new jobs. When will Bridget Kelly get her new gig? Being involved in political corruption is seems to be a resume builder in GOP circles!

Bill Stepien scores job at GOP consulting firm, report says

Bill Stepien landed on his feet quickly.

A day after emails and text messages were released showing that Gov. Chris Christie's former campaign manager was in the loop about the George Washington Bridge lane closures, news surfaced that Stepien landed a job at a Republican consulting firm in February.

According to a report on Politico.com, Stepien now works for FLS Connect, a phone-banking and data company with strong ties to the GOP.

His role there will be to assist with "sales and strategy on its voter contact products," Politico said.

Christie's re-election campaign paid the Minnesota-based company $61,000 last year for its work on his re-election campaign, the report said. That's just a fraction of the $68 million it received in 2012, though. Among its other clients were the New Jersey Republican State Committee, Mitt Romney's presidential campaign and numerous candidates and party committees.



http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/03/bill_stepien_scores_job_at_gop_consulting_firm_report_says.html

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Tue Mar 18, 2014, 08:22 PM

138. He's getting bullied BACK!

Sounds like Christie's "Born To Run (For President)" town hall tour isn't off to a great start:
http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/protesters-harangue-christie-town-hall

For the second time in a week, protesters harangued embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at a contentious town hall meeting in Middlesex County...At least 17 people were kicked out after interrupting the governor...

Among their gripes: how the Christie administration has divvied up relief aid following Hurricane Sandy. They also asked why Christie hasn’t fired David Samson, chairman of the Port Authority, following some of the governor staffers’ alleged involvement in a political payback scheme to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge back in September...

Last week, at a town hall meeting in Mount Laurel, N.J., six hecklers from Rowan University were thrown out after interrupting Christie on a number of issues, including so-called “Bridgegate.”

Up until last week, the town halls Christie has held in GOP-friendly municipalities have been on the friendlier side. Security has since increased, with additional police on the premises...

...(Christie) warned...that there may be protesters planted from state unions...and to just ignore them if they interrupt. “I’m a soothsayer...They do it because they have no other choice” because they “failed at the polls.” Many of the demonstrators said they were not affiliated with any union.



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Response to rocktivity (Reply #138)

Tue Mar 18, 2014, 08:42 PM

139. So Much For The Withdrawal.....

of the subpoenas by the NY US Attorney!

US Attorney in New Jersey Presses Inquiry on Christie Ally

The U.S. Attorney in New Jersey is looking into whether Gov. Chris Christie's top man at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Chairman David Samson, acted improperly when he authorized two contracts worth $2.8 billion for companies that his private law firm was representing. U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman launched the investigation last week, according to sources who couldn't speak publicly because of the ongoing investigation.

Fishman, who is seeking the documents, is already investigating Bridgegate and whether the Christie administration threatened the Hoboken Mayor with a loss of Sandy aid if she didn't approve a development deal for a Samson client.


http://www.wnyc.org/story/us-attorney-new-jersey-presses-inquiry-christie-aly/

I back this strongly...firmly....

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Response to Laxman (Reply #139)

Wed Mar 19, 2014, 07:31 PM

142. Oh yes - things are moving along

swimmingly.
Samson has some serious conflict of interest problems.

Stock up on popcorn folks

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Wed Mar 19, 2014, 11:08 PM

143. Tour updates

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Man snapping photos of protestors at Christie town hall says he's a state policeman:
http://www.politickernj.com/72088/plainclothes-cameraman-snaps-pictures-protesters-chris-christie-town-hall

Protesters demand resignation of Port Authority chairman. While a few dozen protestors marched at a meeting in Jersey City, Samson announced he was excusing himself from the meeting and left:
http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/politics&id=9472944

Attorney General to State Police: Stop photographing protesters at Chris Christie town halls
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/03/attorney_general_to_state_police_stop_photographing_protesters_at_chris_christie_town_halls.html#incart_river


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Wed Mar 19, 2014, 07:20 PM

140. k&r

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Wed Mar 19, 2014, 07:26 PM

141. Republicon "Family Values." As usual.

Right out of the cesspool.

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Thu Mar 20, 2014, 10:18 AM

144. k&r

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Thu Mar 20, 2014, 11:04 PM

145. This Is Getting Kind Of Long....

it may be time for volume 2. Especially since I'm hearing that we are far from the end of this saga! Who's paying Bridget Kelly's legal fees? And Christie is going to be hounded at every town hall going forward. (Woof Woof! Christie continues being dogged at the town halls! Christie confronted on GWB scandal during town hall meeting - http://www.northjersey.com/news/christie-confronted-on-gwb-scandal-during-town-hall-meeting-1.746748?page=alldirHrisd ) The U.S. Attorney is hot on the case. Tune in next week for another exciting chapter of the Christie Crime Digest. Brought to by Tums. For all the indigestion this is giving Christie. We've only just begun!

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Response to Laxman (Reply #145)

Fri Mar 21, 2014, 12:13 AM

146. I concur with your diganosis.

Just remember to include the link to part one!


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Fri Mar 21, 2014, 01:25 AM

147. Keep up the good work,

there's more revelations to come!

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Response to Laxman (Reply #145)

Fri Mar 21, 2014, 07:03 AM

149. I agree - start Volume 2 but keep a link to this one in the Opening post

I'm lovin' it

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Fri Mar 21, 2014, 07:00 AM

148. JHC!

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Fri Mar 21, 2014, 12:41 PM

150. I Will Definitely Split This Into Two....

I heard from an unofficial, but fairly reliable source that the U.S. Attorney has already given Wildstein immunity and is working on Bridget Kelly. They need Kelly or Stepien to get to Christie. Only Kelly provides an avenue to Obstruction of Justice and Official Misconduct charges that will serve as an incentive. I'll wait until something substantial happens to start Volume Two. Remember, Wildstein and Kelly's attorneys are well practiced at this game and have worked together on many high profile cases.

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Fri Mar 21, 2014, 06:08 PM

154. No immunity necessary -- they have Christie dead bang

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on Obstruction for participating in the traffic study coverup, and on Official Misconduct for allowing Samson to represent both the PA and his law firm clients doing business with the PA. Those alone are impeachable enough. They should tell Kelly and Co. that they can either take the fall for everything else or lighten their sentences by telling all.


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Fri Mar 21, 2014, 12:55 PM

151. 18 Months After The Storm....

$35 million paid to Sandy victims. $50 million paid to politically connected firm HGI and who knows how much to other hooked in private firms for doing nothing. Another $25 million for Christie's family beach vacation movie. What happens when you do things like that? Disaster victims are still living in motels-like this one:

Sandy victims were living at Point Pleasant Beach motel destroyed by fire

Several residents of the Point Pleasant Beach motel destroyed by fire were displaced Hurricane Sandy victims still awaiting aid to rebuild their homes, according to the owner of a neighboring business.

Linda DeDreux, owner of the Broadway Bar & Grill, said that at least six people living at the Mariner's Cove Motor Inn were still struggling after the storm.

"The people are still there after Hurricane Sandy," said DeDreux. "They were still waiting for their houses to be repaired."

One of the three people who died in the blaze was a regular customer at the Broadway, DeDreux said. He was an elderly man who lived on the second floor, she said.

"He was afraid to jump," said DeDreux. "He wouldn't jump."


http://www.nj.com/ocean/index.ssf/2014/03/point_pleasant_beach_motel_destroyed_by_fire_housed_hurricane_sandy_victims_after_storm.html#incart_m-rpt-1

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Fri Mar 21, 2014, 01:03 PM

152. Excallent research!

Kudos

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Fri Mar 21, 2014, 01:39 PM

153. Bonnie Watson Coleman's Replacement...

on the joint investigative committee has been named. Democrat Paul Moriarty. Could have been worse. I'm not entirely trusting of the Norcross-related legislators but they could have put a republican in this spot as well.

South Jersey assemblyman, a former reporter, to join GWB investigative committee

A South Jersey lawmaker who had a career as a television news reporter will be the newest member of the joint committee investigating George Washington Bridge scandal, the speaker of the Assembly announced Friday.

Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, D-Gloucester, was appointed to join the committee by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto. He will be the committee’s 12th member and one of eight Democrats.

Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-Mercer, resigned from the committee last month after making comments on MSNBC where she said Governor Christie should “think about resigning” for his administration’s actions in the bridge scandal. Republicans pounced on the comments and said that they indicated Watson Coleman had already made up her mind about Christie’s culpability without first reviewing all the evidence.


http://www.northjersey.com/news/south-jersey-assemblyman-a-former-reporter-to-join-gwb-investigative-committee-1.748103

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Sun Mar 23, 2014, 10:06 AM

155. K&R

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Sun Mar 23, 2014, 08:28 PM

156. Prosecutors Subpoena Port Authority for Records on Chairman

TED MANN and HEATHER HADDON

Federal prosecutors in New Jersey subpoenaed the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey this week, seeking records related to the private business interests of the agency's chairman, David Samson.

A person familiar with the matter said the subpoena seeks records concerning Samson and two of the largest projects currently under way at the authority: the replacement of the Goethals Bridge, and the raising of the roadway of the Bayonne Bridge.

Mr. Samson, a former attorney general of New Jersey and an appointee of Gov. Chris Christie, has been under scrutiny in the months since the governor's associates triggered a scandal at the authority by closing lanes—apparently for political ends—leading to the George Washington Bridge.

Lawmakers and federal prosecutors have raised questions about the intersection between Mr. Samson's public duties as chairman of the authority and his private business, as a partner in the law firm Wolff & Samson.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304747404579447560630627506?mod=WSJ_NY_News_LEFTTopStories&mg=reno64-wsj

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Response to hrmjustin (Reply #156)

Sun Mar 23, 2014, 08:32 PM

157. When will Samson resign?

That is the question

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Response to malaise (Reply #157)

Sun Mar 23, 2014, 08:42 PM

158. I think by September.

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #174)

Sun Mar 30, 2014, 12:02 AM

175. .

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Mon Mar 24, 2014, 12:26 PM

159. THE BOMBSHELL HAS LANDED!

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Inquiry Is Said to Clear Christie, but That’s His Lawyers’ Verdict
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/03/24/nyregion/inquiry-is-said-to-clear-christie-but-thats-his-lawyers-verdict.html

With his office suddenly engulfed in scandal over lane closings at the George Washington Bridge, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey two months ago summoned a pair of top defense lawyers from an elite law firm to the State House and asked them to undertake an extensive review of what had gone wrong.

Now, after 70 interviews and at least $1 million in legal fees to be paid by state taxpayers...it has uncovered no evidence that the governor was involved in the plotting or directing of the lane closings.

...(T)he lawyers were able to piece together communications leading up to, during and after the lane shutdowns, despite the lack of cooperation from Ms. Kelly, Mr. Stepien and Mr. Wildstein...

That means it's all over, then -- what a relief! Christie is innocent, David Samson was ignored, the taxpayer's money was well spent, the lawyers pocketed a mint though their firm is representing the Port Authority in a lawsuit, and law and order are restored -- EVERYBODY wins!

UPDATE: Report - Executive Summary - Cover Letter


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Response to rocktivity (Reply #159)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 12:48 PM

160. This Is Great...

now our great state can get on with business! I could have done this for them for half the price! Of course, they might not have liked the answers I came up with. If you're going to spend a million dollars you should get what you paid for!

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Tue Mar 25, 2014, 11:16 AM

161. K&R

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Tue Mar 25, 2014, 04:23 PM

162. Christie administration broke law in ignoring greenhouse gas rules, court says

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A state appeals court has determined that Christie broke the law when he permitted power plant operators to ignore carbon dioxide emission rules. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection must comply with them within 60 days:
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/03/christie_administration_broke_law_in_ignoring_greenhouse_gas_rules_court_says.html

And as long as we've touched on the subject, I hope The NJDEP is on someone's subpoena list: They need to explain what, if anything, was done about the air pollution monitors nearest the GWB being out of order during the first two days of Bridge(t)-Gate (Chapter 13)!


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Wed Mar 26, 2014, 07:46 AM

163. K&R

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Wed Mar 26, 2014, 08:51 PM

164. K&R

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Thu Mar 27, 2014, 09:14 AM

165. K&R

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Response to Oilwellian (Reply #166)

Thu Mar 27, 2014, 04:38 PM

167. Don't have time for the full report?

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Here is the 4-page cover letter, and the first 16 pages of the executive summary.


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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Fri Mar 28, 2014, 02:11 AM

168. 100th rec!

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Response to joshcryer (Reply #168)

Sat Mar 29, 2014, 11:03 AM

172. Thanks For the 100th Rec.

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Fri Mar 28, 2014, 03:06 PM

169. Sampson Out from the Port Authority

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He'll have to live on what he earns from his clients who do with business with the PA:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/29/nyregion/christie-press-conference-on-bridge-scandal.html

But the way his report is going over, I guess Christie needed a weapon of mass media distraction:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024744407


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Sat Mar 29, 2014, 10:44 AM

171. K&R

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Sat Mar 29, 2014, 11:06 AM

173. Mr. Drewniak Seem To Have An Anger Management Problem....

Mr. Mastro's report contains this little gem from Mike the Mouthpiece:

“I could claw his eyes out, pour gasoline in the sockets and light him up,” Christie’s press secretary wrote about a friend and key figure in the scandal.


read more here-its worth it: http://www.northjersey.com/news/analysis-some-evidence-seems-to-contradict-mastro-report-s-findings-on-christie-1.753711

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Sun Mar 30, 2014, 12:07 AM

176. K and R. Thanks for putting that together n/t

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Sun Mar 30, 2014, 09:34 AM

177. Drew Sheneman cartoon: You can't even see his lips move!

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Response to yortsed snacilbuper (Reply #177)

Sun Mar 30, 2014, 09:42 AM

178. Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah hahahahaha

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Mon Mar 31, 2014, 10:09 AM

179. Chris Christie endorsement is regrettable: Moran

During the fall campaign, the liberal TV hero Rachel Maddow ran a stinging segment ridiculing The Star-Ledger’s endorsement of Gov. Chris Christie. How could we endorse him, she asked, when we criticized him so harshly in the same piece? Had we lost our minds?

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Response to yortsed snacilbuper (Reply #179)

Mon Mar 31, 2014, 10:28 AM

180. Madness, Madness!

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Mon Mar 31, 2014, 02:04 PM

181. Thanks to: DU-er Pnwmom

Is this thread two months old -- or two months ahead of its time?

What probably happened in Fort Lee was that the wrong developer won the proposal bidding process...Tucker (Development) was days away from getting...financing when someone in the Christie administration ordered the lane closures. Who would benefit?...(L)osing bid(der)...Silverstein Properties...represented by...David Samson, (Silverstein's) attorney and head of the Port Authority:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1251349067


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Response to rocktivity (Reply #181)

Mon Mar 31, 2014, 02:20 PM

182. You Know The Answer To That Question....

she was two months ahead of her time! PNWmom has been all over this story.
The pieces are slowly starting to fall into place! Fishman...paging Mr. Fishman....

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #181)

Mon Mar 31, 2014, 05:14 PM

185. I bumped DU-er Pnwmom's thread

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Mon Mar 31, 2014, 03:24 PM

183. Based Upon The Sound Advice Of Rocktivity....

we will add # 66 from DU's PNWmom. Everything happens for a reason. As much as Christie would like everyone to believe that this is just a bunch of random unconnected stuff there's a pattern and PNWmom lays a lot of it out for you. read it here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1251349067

One's an anomaly, two's a coincidence, three's a pattern and 66? Well that's a movement!

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Mon Mar 31, 2014, 04:42 PM

184. I just now noticed . . .

#66.



but my little piece is nothing compared to yours.

Thanks for your work putting together this mind boggling thread!

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #184)

Mon Mar 31, 2014, 05:53 PM

186. Seems Like A Long Time Ago...

when we first started digging into this swamp. Who knows where this is headed. Its certainly been an interesting couple of months. I'd like to say I'm surprised by the volume, but these are bad people. Keep on this stuff mom...I'm sure there are a few surprises left and maybe some justice.

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Thu Apr 3, 2014, 12:50 PM

187. So he couldn't have picked Sokolich out of a lineup, eh?

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"My Way or I'll CLOSE Your Highway": How Christie's Office Used Government Employees to Win Endorsements
http://www.wnyc.org/story/bridgegate-docs-christies-government-aides-sought-election-endorsements/

The thrust of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election strategy last year was to secure endorsements from Democratic officials -- and new Bridgegate documents show...that the very same people who helped mayors as government workers also sought their endorsements as political operatives...(T)he activity...could violate state and federal laws...New Jersey's ethics law states "under no circumstances may you use state time or state resources in pursuit of political activities..."

The speculation continues to be that the Bridgegate scandal evolved from a plan to retaliate against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, who didn't endorse Christie. "He was not someone who was on my radar screen in any way, politically, professionally or in any other way," Christie said of Sokolich in January. But internal documents indicate that his team was going after Sokolich hard.

His name first showed up in an email sent in January 2013 by a government official, Pete Sheridan, to five of his employees in the Intergovernmental Affairs unit...(with) a list of 21 Democratic "targets" who (they) were supposed to secure endorsements from. Sheridan told his state employees that they should be only doing this on their own time, since it was political work. But he sent those instructions during work hours...

(O)n Sept. 9, the first day of the lane closures...Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Ann Kelly...checked in with the state worker who had been trying to secure Sokolich's endorsement: Had he called yet to complain?

Yummy yum yum!


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Response to rocktivity (Reply #187)

Thu Apr 3, 2014, 09:00 PM

188. CHRISTIE!......

you've got some splainin to do!

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Response to Laxman (Reply #188)

Thu Apr 3, 2014, 09:25 PM

190. You want fries

with that explanation?




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Response to rocktivity (Reply #187)

Thu Apr 3, 2014, 09:03 PM

189. This

..(T)he activity...could violate state and federal laws...New Jersey's ethics law states "under no circumstances may you use state time or state resources in pursuit of political activities..."

Please! Please! Please!!

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Fri Apr 4, 2014, 07:01 PM

191. The Studio Just Called....

we're in negotiations for the sequel-Christie Crime Digest II-The Prosecution


Mike the Mouthpiece testifies at the grand jury. That's not the news-the news is that there IS a grand jury!

A source has confirmed to The Star-Ledger that a grand jury is now sitting and hearing testimony in the federal criminal probe into the George Washington Bridge scandal, and earlier today, the source also said, Michael Drewniak, a chief spokesman to Gov. Chris Christie, testified before the grand jurors in Newark.

The source would not disclose what Drewniak told the grand jury.

In addition, ABC News is reporting today that state prosecutors in New Jersey are monitoring the federal probe, which is being run by prosecutors in the office of New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.


http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/04/christie_press_secretary_testifies_before_bridge_scandal_grand_jury.html#incart_river

Hey Mike, What was that you said about clawing somebody's eyeballs out and pouring gasoline in to the sockets?


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Response to Laxman (Reply #191)

Fri Apr 4, 2014, 08:10 PM

192. Delish discussion in M$NBComcast here

Too good

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Mon Apr 7, 2014, 12:18 PM

193. I'll do your dirty work for you!

I know you're sitting on that 1,000th post but this is big!

David Wildstein Meets With Prosecutors in Christie Bridge Probe

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s former point man at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey “was camped at the U.S. Attorney’s office” in Newark last week meeting with federal prosecutors investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closings, according to one of several people close to the case.

David Wildstein, who has said he informed Christie of the lane closings on Sept. 11 as they were happening, spent several days at New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman’s office in Newark, the people said. Neither Fishman’s spokeswoman nor Wildstein’s attorney would confirm the talks.

In addition, Charlie McKenna, former chief counsel to Christie, met secretly in mid-January with investigators working for Fishman, who is leading the Justice Department probe into the September lane closings.

Neither meeting has previously been reported. Along with the recent revelation that Christie press secretary Michael Drewniak testified last week before a federal grand jury investigating the lane closings, the meetings suggest Fishman is making progress in the high-profile probe of suspected public corruption.


http://www.mainjustice.com/2014/04/06/david-wildstein-meets-with-prosecutors-in-christie-bridge-probe/

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Response to Beach Rat (Reply #193)

Mon Apr 7, 2014, 12:40 PM

194. Legal experts say the stakes for truth-telling have been raised!


As witnesses or targets testify under oath before federal prosecutors, they will be acutely aware a single lie could result in a charge of perjury.

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Response to Beach Rat (Reply #193)

Mon Apr 7, 2014, 02:32 PM

195. But did he get his immunity deal?

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Has he copped a plea? Or has he been advised that he shouldn't count on being saved by the state ruling that he can't take the fifth by withholding his documents?

In which case, Christie might end up taking a whole keg...

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014774116


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Tue Apr 8, 2014, 05:53 PM

196. Christie Bullied By Yet Another Jilted Female

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From Crossing Christie (Digest Chapter 70):

On April 1st, Chris Christie...attended a celebrity roast...to celebrate the ninetieth birthday of Brendan Byrne, the state’s governor from 1974 to 1982. “He’s an inspiration,” Christie told the audience...because he has “shown that political comebacks can actually happen.”

Christie sat on a long dais with five former governors...next to...Thomas Kean, a longtime supporter...and five local comedians...(who) he glared at...as they delivered their lines. The speakers aimed much of their fire at Christie...

Joy Behar, the former co-host of The View... (said), “When I first heard that he was accused of blocking off three lanes on the bridge, I said, ‘What the hell is he doing, standing in the middle of the bridge?” After another barb, Christie interrupted her. “This is a Byrne roast,” he said. He stood up and tried to grab her notes. The audience laughed awkwardly.

“Stop bullying me,” Behar said as he sat down. Christie said something out of earshot and Behar responded, “Why don’t you get up here at the microphone instead of being such a coward?” Christie stood up again and moved in front of the lectern as Behar retreated.  “At least I don’t get paid for this,” he said.

Christie sat down and Behar continued, though she was noticeably rattled. “I really don’t know about the Presidency,” she said. “Let me put it to you this way, in a way that you’d appreciate: You’re toast."



Has Christie has been done in by secretive incompetent underlings yet again? It didn't occur to ANYONE on his PR team that given his situation, a roast would be begging for trouble? A friendly request to the organizers that jokes about Christie be kept to a minimum because he wasn't the guest of honor might have made all the difference. Besides, what better way to prove you're not a bully than to bully a woman? Behar should have apologized for bullying HIM, and explained she'd done it because she still hadn't gotten over being jilted by Current TV. Or she could have claimed mistaken identity since Christie was sitting in the guest of honor's seat.

This story has a happy ending, however:

Even Byrne got in a dig...“Somebody referred to that bronze statue of me that’s in the courthouse,” he said. “Actually, that was supposed to be Governor Christie, but they didn’t have enough money to pay for all that bronze."

BOOM -- not bad at all for a ninety-year-old! Brendan Byrne, ladies and gentlemen! He'll be here all week -- try the waitresses, tip the veal!


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Wed Apr 9, 2014, 12:48 PM

197. The Rats Are Jumping Ship...

Christie communications staffer leaves for post in Oregon

The Oregon House Republicans have hired a former member of Gov. Chris Christie's press staff to serve as their communications director.
Kara Walker, who most recently served as a deputy press secretary to Christie, will now take the top role with the Oregon House GOP.

Late last week, Christie spokesman Colin Reed left New Jersey to work for New Hampshire Senate hopeful Scott Brown. The move is a homecoming for Reed who worked for Brown's first Senate campaign.


http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/04/christie_communications_staffer_leaves_for_post_in_oregon.html#incart_river_default

Good Lord! Colin Reed actually thought working for Scott Brown is a more promising opportunity!

What's next? Top Christie staffer leaves to be assistant manager of the Clinton Avenue White Castle in Newark?

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Response to Laxman (Reply #197)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 12:50 PM

198. Stepien jumped the bridge first and headed to

Minnesota (Pawlenty?)

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Wed Apr 9, 2014, 01:23 PM

199. Oh, This Is Bound To Be Trouble....

This is probably worth its own post. No tapes? No transcripts? What kind of investigation does a $1,000,000 investment get you? Apparently not very "in depth"! Not only did they forget to talk to everybody they had to, not only did they jump to conclusions, they didn't keep any records. I guess I just don't understand how "real" lawyers do their jobs.

Much Ado About Nothing: No Tapes, Transcripts of Mastro Interviews

Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), cochairman of the Joint Select Committee on Investigation, said yesterday it is his understanding that Randy Mastro and his Gibson Dunn & Crutcher firm not only failed to conduct the 70 interviews under oath, but also failed to videotape, audiotape, or have a stenographer make transcripts of any of the interviews.

“If this was supposed to be a transparent 360-degree examination of what happened, the lack of any hard evidence of what people said and how they responded to questions means that this report is based upon nothing more than the (Mastro team’s) mental impressions of what people said,” Wisniewski noted. “That’s the classic definition of hearsay,” he said, dismissing the conclusions of the $1 million taxpayer-funded study.


http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/04/09/much-ado-about-nothing-no-tapes-transcripts-of-mastro-interviews/

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Wed Apr 9, 2014, 06:11 PM

200. Key BridgeGate Figures Don't Have To Give Documents To Lawmakers

The New Jersey legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures lost a key court battle when a judge ruled on Wednesday that two key figures in the scandal do not have to turn over documents:
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/court-battle-kelly-stepien

http://www.scribd.com/doc/217312883/Stepien-Kelly-Opinion-2


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Response to rocktivity (Reply #200)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 08:12 PM

201. The Legislative Committee....

is just a sideshow for entertainment purposes. It's ramping up down at the Federal Courthouse in Newark. The reason the judge ruled this way is precisely because they are in hot water otherwise there's no reason to seek refuge in the 5th amendment. Fishman's investigation is where its at and he's not backing down. I'd think Kelly is close to a deal. We just won't get to see a bunch of politicians playing prosecutor.

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #200)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 08:14 PM

202. Temporary setback

All action will be at the Fishman Federal investigation - the judge even said as much.

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Sat Apr 12, 2014, 05:34 PM

203. New York Prosecutors Open Another Front of Scrutiny for Port Authority!

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. subpoenaed a broad range of records last month from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, a person familiar with the matter said, seeking information on some of the agency's highest-profile projects and correspondence among its top officials.

The subpoena, whose existence hadn't previously been disclosed, seeks correspondence among current and former authority officials and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration on topics including the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site, various projects in New Jersey and the PATH transportation hub in lower Manhattan, the person said.

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Sun Apr 13, 2014, 09:34 PM

204. Did Samson have a mentor?

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...(Sources say)...Anthony Sartor would be stepping down as...chair...of the Port Authority board’s World Trade Center redevelopment subcommittee...(He) heads an engineering consulting firm...with ties to the multi-billion dollar trade center project, and he repeatedly has had to recuse himself to avoid a direct conflict of interest. The Port Authority and a spokesmen for Sartor, a 1999 appointee whose latest six-year term is up this year, declined to comment on word of his departure.

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/04/manhattan_da_subpoenaed_port_authority_records_on_contracts_and_communications_with_christie_adminis.html


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Response to rocktivity (Reply #204)

Mon Apr 14, 2014, 01:59 PM

207. Oops!

Another one bites the dust

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Mon Apr 14, 2014, 01:57 PM

206. So It Was True...Unfortunately...

there were not any transcripts, tapes or other recordings made of the interviews. But, there are 75 "internal memoranda" made of the interviews. (the recollection of lawyers is so much more reliable than a transcript or a statement under oath) You too can now read them if you dare...just go here: http://gdcreport.com/pdf/Interview_Memoranda.pdf Happy reading!

Lawmakers receive documents from Christie’s internal GWB inquiry

Documents describing the interviews conducted for the Christie administration's internal investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closings have been made public.

The documents were sent today to the lawyer for the legislative panel looking into the controversy, who is reviewing them now, according to committee co-chair John Wisniewski, a Democratic Assemblyman from Middlesex County. They were posted online by the law firm, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, a short time later.

Wisniewski said the committee’s lawyer was reviewing the documents.

The law firm apparently did not record or transcribe any of those interviews. Instead, the documents are memos written by lawyers describing each interview. Each page is labeled a “privileged and confidential attorney opinion work product.” Each memo includes a statement that it is “protected from disclosure by the attorney work product doctrine.”

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Mon Apr 14, 2014, 02:02 PM

208. Update?

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Posted by me (April 8):
It didn't occur to ANYONE on his PR team that given his situation, a roast would be BEGGING for trouble? A friendly request to the organizers that jokes about Christie be kept to a minimum because he wasn't the guest of honor might have made all the difference.

Posted by Laxman and NJ.com (April 9):
Kara Walker, who most recently served as a deputy press secretary to Christie, will now take the top role with the Oregon House GOP...Walker held a number of posts on Christie's staff, starting as an intern and working her way up to deputy...

And the roast was held on April 1. That makes Walker's working her way down to a state government completely dominated by Democrats kind of sudden, but I suppose it's probably just another of those zany Christie coincidences. Lucky for her that Oregon and New Jersey are the only states that don't allow you to pump your own gas!


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Response to rocktivity (Reply #208)

Tue Apr 15, 2014, 08:35 AM

210. So Stepien, Reed and Walker have all departed

to infect other states with their ReTHUG 'scumbaggery'. Ah well!

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Tue Apr 15, 2014, 08:29 AM

209. This Point Is Interesting....

at least I think it is. If you go to page 163 of the interview memorandum section of the Mastro report, you'll find the summary of Christie's interview. There are a few odd items in there. But one didn't strike me until this morning after reading it last night and its down near the end. They describe Christie as having tears in his eyes as he spoke to staff. It went like this:

When the meeting started, the Governor recalled being nervous because he did not know who else might be involved. He got emotional, and with tears in his eyes, asked if anyone else had anything else to do with the lane realignment, because he could not get sand-bagged again.


This is supposed to be a summary of Christie's interview! Did he describe himself as having tears in his eyes? It's like that scene in Broadcast News where William Hurt's character staged crying for the camera during an interview. This is just not quite right. Nobody would say that in their own interview and if it is something the attorney's put in on their own, they are just story tellers not investigators.

On another note-we already knew Christie engaged in collective punishment-making entire towns suffer because of the politics of the towns mayor or some other perceived slight. Its the essence of Bridgegate and so much more. Its how he kept people in line. The stories of him threatening ordinary state aid to compel actions by local officials are rampant. These interviews make clear that it was a concerted strategy of the Christie administration. Only it wasn't just attention that was withheld:

Christie's office gave less attention to mayors who didn't support governor, official said

Mayors considered unfriendly to Gov. Chris Christie were treated less favorably than his allies by staffers inside his office, many of whom moonlighted on his re-election campaign, according to a trove of internal interviews released yesterday.

A top liaison between Christie and local officials, Christina Renna, told attorneys reviewing the governor’s office in the wake of the George Washington Bridge scandal that her staff would receive "mandatory directives" to brush off calls.

She said she believed the former head of the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA), Bill Stepien, Christie’s two-time campaign manager, masterminded the effort to keep track of mayors.

"Sometimes IGA staff received a directive along the lines of ‘no need to call to check in’ with a local elected official, which was enough to send a message to the local elected official," according to a summary her interview with the attorneys.

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Response to Laxman (Reply #209)

Tue Apr 15, 2014, 08:38 AM

211. But it's looking more like official RNC policy than just the behavior of

one governor.
Check out the Perry investigations.

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Tue Apr 15, 2014, 11:07 PM

212. O.K., If You Give Me A Million.....

I'll give you back $10,000 for the RGA. And the best part is, its not really our money! Let me get this straight. Gibson Dunn & Crutcher took $1,000,000 in taxpayer money then promptly kicked $10,000 of it right back to the Republican Governor's Association? Headed by-oh yeah, the guy who hired them to do a worthless report for $1,000,000! Isn't this illegal? Oh Brother!

Firm hired for probe is GOP donor; $10,000 disclosed as Christie backs unlimited contributions

The law firm that cleared Governor Christie of any involvement in the George Washington Bridge scandal gave $10,000 to a national political group he heads, a disclosure made public hours after the governor said donors like that should face no limits to the amounts they can give candidates.

Christie, a prolific fundraiser courting donors ahead of a possible presidential campaign, called for eliminating the nation’s limits on political donations in a town-hall-style event on Tuesday. Donors should be able to give unlimited amounts of money, he argued, but those gifts should be quickly made public.

The public on Tuesday got its first look at who has donated to the Republican Governors Association in the months since Christie took over as chairman.

That list includes a hedge fund billionaire, large pharmaceuticals companies and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher — the law firm Christie hired to investigate his office’s involvement in the lane closures.

Gibson Dunn gave $10,000 to the RGA on March 18, nine days before a team of its top lawyers made public a report clearing Christie in the bridge scandal. The report, which critics called a “whitewash,” said that Christie had no prior knowledge of the lane closures that created huge traffic jams in Fort Lee in September.


http://www.northjersey.com/news/firm-hired-for-probe-is-gop-donor-10-000-disclosed-as-christie-backs-unlimited-contributions-1.996692

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Response to Laxman (Reply #212)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 09:00 PM

214. Heard that this afternoon

Damn these ReTHUGs are shameless

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Wed Apr 16, 2014, 08:54 PM

213. "kicked $10,000 of it right back to the Republican Governor's Association?"

Sounds like payola?

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Sun Apr 20, 2014, 07:11 PM

215. K&R

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Thu Apr 24, 2014, 04:39 PM

216. Christie Self Portrait Kick

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I've gone through Christie's contribution to the Mastro report memo summaries, and it turns out that he isn't as uncomplicated -- or as complex -- as he appears:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1251361492


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Response to rocktivity (Reply #216)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 05:24 PM

217. Love it

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Fri Apr 25, 2014, 05:18 PM

218. Why does Christie want to slash state pensions?

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Fri Apr 25, 2014, 09:59 PM

219. Now the SEC is joining in!

SEC probing New Jersey Governor Christie's transport funding: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/25/us-usa-new-jersey-sec-idUSBREA3O25I20140425

The Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into New Jersey's use of up to $1.8 billion in tax-exempt bond financing from the Port Authority to fix a bridge and roadways feeding into the New Jersey side of the Holland Tunnel...

About $3 billion of Port Authority funds were originally earmarked for an $8.7 billion project that would have built a new commuter train under the Hudson River. Though construction had already begun, Christie killed the project in 2010 after taking office...

New Jersey is using some of those funds to rebuild the Pulaski Skyway and roadways leading to the Holland Tunnel. Under its 1921 charter, however, the bi-state Port Authority's purview includes access roads to the Lincoln Tunnel, but not to the Holland Tunnel. So the Christie administration allegedly pressured the Port Authority in 2011 to re-brand the Pulaski Skyway as feeding the Lincoln Tunnel...


For the benefit of the New Jersey-challenged:



Re-branding the Pulaski Skyway as feeding the Golden Gate Bridge would have been more convincing.


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Fri May 2, 2014, 08:36 AM

220. For Those With An Attention Span....

roughly equal to that of a Golden Retriever puppy, here's a little something to keep you from chasing that squirrel down the street when there's some good food right in your bowl!

Pace in federal GWB probe appears to be 'picking up,' source says

Federal prosecutors have summoned or expressed interest in talking to up to a half-dozen current Port Authority officials as a grand jury investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closures accelerates, sources familiar with the matter said.

The contact suggests the investigation into the lane closures by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey is entering a new phase.

“The pace of this appears to be picking up,” said another source familiar with the matter.

Among the Port Authority officials whom federal prosecutors want to hear from is Phil Kwon, the Port Authority deputy general counsel. Kwon, who has received a subpoena to appear before a grand jury, prepared former Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni for testimony before the state Legislature when Baroni said in November – while not under oath – that the lane closures were part of a traffic study.

Since then, the legitimacy of the traffic study has been largely undercut, dismissed by critics as a cover story for politically motivated lane closures that created a traffic jam in Fort Lee.

The prospect of Kwon testifying or otherwise disclosing his advice to Baroni puts the Port Authority in an awkward legal position.

The Port Authority has said Kwon was acting as Baroni’s legal representative at the time, meaning the discussions Kwon had with Baroni might be protected by attorney-client privilege. That protection could be invoked by the Port Authority even if Kwon were subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury, a source said, unless prosecutors could prove that the advice has already been shared with third parties.


http://www.northjersey.com/news/port-authority-lawyer-called-before-grand-jury-in-federal-gwb-inquiry-1.1007092

The U.S. Attorney's office is "where its at" when it comes to this investigation. The legislative committee is all for show right now.

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Fri May 2, 2014, 09:21 AM

221. Posted this on a separate thread last night

Great news

Saw an NYT Report that donors are moving moneyfrom CHristie is history to Jeb Bush.

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Sun May 4, 2014, 06:47 AM

222. K&R

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Thu May 8, 2014, 08:07 AM

223. GWB inquiry expands scope, subpoenas files from Christie political strategist!

The subpoena sent to DuHaime on Monday and made public Wednesday seeks calendars, notes and other communications related to Christie, Kelly and other top officials with the campaign, at the Port Authority and in the governor’s office whose names have all come up in other documents related to the lane closures.

- See more at: link

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Thu Jun 19, 2014, 10:36 PM

224. The Wheels Of Justice....

have indeed been turning. Perhaps not as slowly as I thought...Samson is teed up and there's no way he's going down for Christie.

Prosecutor Is Closing In on Gov. Christie

“They’ve got him cold,” says one source. “He got sloppy, arrogant, and greedy. Samson will want a deal. This way, he’d get one or two years. He’d have a future on the other side. He won’t want to die in jail.”

Fishman’s timetable is unclear -- he has yet to send out target letters even to the lower-hanging fruit: Wildstein and Baroni, and Bridget Kelly and Bill Stepien, Christie’s former Deputy Chief of Staff and his former campaign manager, each deeply implicated in the Fort Lee/GWB debacle. One source expects Fishman to return some indictments as soon as next month. Both sources say that all of those four certainly will be indicted -- and both further note that Fishman, an Obama appointee, hopes to see the entire matter resolved before this President’s term expires. “But Fishman is really focused on Christie,” says one source. “Ultimately, he believes he'll get to the governor.


http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/christie-investigation?click=promo

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Mon Jun 30, 2014, 01:47 AM

225. What he's lost in pounds, he's certainly gained in unmitigated gall

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He said of his Jimmy Fallon appearance: "We...use(d) the same philosophy we have used this entire administration: Go big or go home." He needed the state supreme court to push through his pension cuts. He's defended Scott Walker's honor, but hasn't apologized to the guy who correctly predicted that his budget numbers would be disastrously wrong. He's run up a taxpayer funded legal bill of three million dollars. He's tied the record for state credit downgrades for one NJ governor.

And yet he told a group a donors that his troubles are merely the result of a "social conspiracy" by those who don't want his presidential aspirations to get any "more altitude...Don’t be so nervous...(Y)ou’ll get over it. It will be fine.”

Try to imagine him doing this in an orange jumpsuit if it helps.




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Thu Jul 3, 2014, 12:25 AM

226. More on Skyway-Ghazi (or would you prefer Pulaski-Gate?)

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/24/nyregion/2nd-bridge-inquiry-said-to-be-linked-to-christie.html

Investigations...(by)...the Manhattan district attorney and the Securities and Exchange Commission...have zeroed in on possible securities law violations stemming from a $1.8 billion road repair agreement in 2011...(for) the Pulaski Skyway, the crumbling elevated roadway connecting Newark and Jersey City...

Gov. Chris Christie’s administration pressed the Port Authority to pay for extensive repairs to the Skyway and related road projects, diverting money that was to be used on a new Hudson River rail tunnel that Mr. Christie canceled in October 2010. Again and again, Port Authority lawyers warned against the move...

The Pulaski Skyway, they noted, is owned and operated by the state, putting it outside the agency’s purview...But the Christie administration relentlessly lobbied to use the money for the Skyway, with Mr. Christie announcing publicly that the state planned to rely on Port Authority funds even before an agreement was reached...Port Authority...documents describ(e) the Skyway reconstruction and other repairs...(as) “Lincoln Tunnel Access Infrastructure Improvements...”

And if the "securities law violations" don't get him, the deals that David Samson's clients got sure can!


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Mon Jul 7, 2014, 01:53 PM

227. More self-exoneration

Cuomo-Christie Port reform group resolves to "consider" reform
http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2014/07/8548428/cuomo-christie-port-reform-group-resolves-consider-reform?top-featured-1

On the Thursday afternoon before the long July 4 weekend, Governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie (have) released a letter from the Special Panel on the Future of the Port Authority...

(On May 6), after (New York) Senator Chuck Schumer publicly excoriated the governors' politicization of the agency, Christie and Cuomo announced the creation of the special panel...The governors requested a report within 60 days, and asked that (it) "include specific recommendations and proposed next steps."

Now, now, let's not be cynical -- early July IS sixty days after early May! It's not Christie or Cuomo's fault that the day happened to be one where the letter would get the LEAST amount of media attention!


They populated (the panel) with John Degnan, Christie's nominee for Port Authority chairman, Richard Bagger, a Christie-appointed Port Authority boardmember, Port Authority vice-chairman Scott Rechler, a Cuomo appointee, Christie counsel Christopher Porrino and Cuomo counsel Mylan Denerstein.

Seeing as Christie is the prime suspect and Cuomo has been implicated in Bridge(t)-Gate, the LEAST they could have done was have the same number of appointees from each state. And among them is Christie's pick for the next PA chairman? Why does Christie have more authority over Cuomo in this matter?


(The report) argu(es) that "today’s Port Authority lacks an effective culture of compliance and accountability, one where employees are empowered and expected to raise their concerns directly to their superiors or, when necessary, to others in positions of authority..."

Well, that's fine. But if fear of bringing bad news to their superiors is the problem, maybe it's the culture of the SUPERIORS that has to be changed -- if not the superiors themselves. For instance, I wonder what would have happened if someone had pointed out that having an uneven number of panelists who favored the governor would not look good. Is this report simply another "product" of the PA's ineffective "culture"?


It says that the panel should evaluate existing ethics, transparency and conflicts-of-interest policies with the help of an "outside expert," one that it is currently in the process of retaining, and that it should also also examine existing by-laws and leadership structures...

I like that "outside expert" idea -- as long as he's not going to be "retained" by the governors themselves. That should be a federal level, federally-salaried job, since the PA is a federal agency by default. In fact, maybe such a person should BE the chairman, with the governors acting as vice chairmen. (No, I'm sorry, David Samson -- you don't qualify.) If there's too much infighting between the two states, or too much bullying of one of them, having to report to an independent referee might be the answer.


...The panel promises to look into the possibility of further reforms in the future...

The resulting report is aggressively unspecific.

"Considering, promising, and looking into" are one thing, actually doing is another. And we don't even HAVE the report, just its cover letter. More comphrensive reforms are promised by January -- and all by the people who CAUSED the problem? Here's hoping that some comprehensive indictments will appear by January, too!


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Mon Jul 7, 2014, 09:31 PM

228. Just Business As Ususal For The Christie Administration....

its good to be friends with this governor!

Port Authority was pressed by Christie administration to hire governor's former law firm, sources say

Two former agency officials with knowledge of the hiring said Christie administration officials in Trenton instructed the Port Authority to find work for the Cranford-based firm in 2010, the same year Christie came into office. The opportunity arose later the same year when the Port Authority was sued over a controversial land deal in Bayonne and looked for outside legal representation.

But the Port Authority skipped the competitive selection process typically used to choose outside law firms, according to internal memos obtained by The Record. Under the standard process, multiple firms are asked to submit proposals for a specific task, describing their qualifications in the relevant area of law and their general legal strategy. Then they are ranked by an internal evaluation panel.

One of the firm’s current partners, Craig Domalewski, was senior counsel to the governor at the time the Port Authority hired the firm.

During the same month, September 2010, the Port Authority hired Domalewski’s father to a $98,000-a-year job as a “senior project manager.” Stanley Domalewski, who had donated to Christie’s gubernatorial campaign, was one of dozens of patronage hires recommended for Port Authority jobs by the Christie administration.

In December 2011, the younger Domalewski left the Christie administration to join Dughi & Hewit as a partner and is now handling some of the Port Authority litigation.


Read it here: http://www.northjersey.com/news/port-authority-was-pressed-by-christie-administration-to-hire-governor-s-former-law-firm-sources-say-1.1047687

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Wed Jul 9, 2014, 09:48 PM

229. Another Of Christie's "Insider Crew".....

is headed for the hills. The Sandy Recovery Czar is leaving the state. Not a bad guy, but also not someone who was qualified or up to the job.

Marc Ferzan, who has headed the Office of Recovery and Rebuilding since it was created in late 2012, is moving to Virginia to "support a career opportunity for his wife," according to a press release obtained by The Star-Ledger that the governor’s office plans to distribute today.
You can read it here: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/07/christies_storm_czar_mark_ferzan_to_resign.html

An interesting opinion piece on Mr. Ferzan:

During the more than a year and a half that he served as Sandy czar, the administration was criticized for its slowness in distributing federal aid; for its hiring of a contractor that bungled the relief effort; for its shameless use of Sandy money for TV ads starring Christie and political pet projects in towns barely scathed by the storm, such as a senior housing project in Belleville pushed by the governor.

The Christie administration is to blame here. Decisions were likely made at a higher level than Ferzan. But we have no regrets about his departure. No matter how hard he may have been working, doing it all behind closed doors is never an acceptable way to run a disaster recovery effort in a democracy.
read the rest here: http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/07/christie_sandy_czar_marc_ferzan_was_a_mystery_man_editorial.html#incart_river

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Thu Jul 10, 2014, 02:51 PM

230. A Great Two-Part Article From The Nation.....

detailing the shady deals and insider influence behind the American Dream Mega Mall. Smells worse than the Hackensack mud flats at low tide in the summer. The Saga of Christie, Samson and the American Dream Mega Mall. Read Part 1 here: http://www.thenation.com/blog/180471/saga-christie-samson-and-american-dream-megamall-part-i

then read part 2 here: http://www.thenation.com/blog/180497/saga-christie-samson-and-american-dream-megamall-part-ii .

From Part 1:

Leave aside, for the moment, whether or not such a project is needed in the most densely populated, traffic-clogged state, filled already with countless malls. The project, precariously financed and putting New Jersey taxpayers at risk, involves a stunning web of conflict-of-interest arrangements, at the heart of which—and representing nearly every side—is David Samson, Wolff & Samson, and their clients. He and his firm have ties to both the state and local government agencies that will provide tax supported bond financing. He has represented as counsel and overseen massive contracts for the company that will pull together private funds for the project as well, and it is still another Wolff & Samson client, Triple Five, which is actually building the project. Grifa, the Wolff & Samson lawyer, first played a key role for the state of New Jersey in getting it off the ground and then brought Triple Five, the builder, as a client to Wolff & Samson, where she works alongside Jeffrey Chiesa, who served as attorney general and chief counsel under Governor Christie before going back to Wolff & Samson.



From Part 2:

Conveniently, when Lori Grifa, the Wolff & Samson attorney and former Christie appointee at the Department of Community affairs, left the DCA at the end of 2011 to return to Wolff & Samson, she brought Triple Five, the builder of the American Dream complex, with her as a client. Triple Five clearly expected the firm to get them the funding they needed to make the project a reality—and, so far, they haven’t been disappointed. Although construction has not restarted, an April agreement between the firm and labor unions appears to be one of the last remaining obstacles. Triple Five agreed to pour $1 billion more into the project—but only if the state came up with money from the public coffers. Perhaps they counted on the fact that, ever since taking office, Christie has supported huge corporate tax breaks to get companies to stay in New Jersey, and Wolff & Samson’s lobbyists worked hard to persuade state legislators to pass bills favoring those tax breaks. Many of Wolff & Samson’s clients ended up as recipients, and the largest tax break went to Wolff & Samson’s client, Triple Five and the Meadowlands Xanadu project, newly renamed as the American Dream.

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Response to Laxman (Reply #230)

Thu Jul 10, 2014, 03:44 PM

231. And here's where you can download the radio interview its authors did

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/audio.wnyc.org/lopate/lopate071014epod.mp3

Now:


To come:


Yet no one has pointed out that New Jersey needs another megamall as badly as it needed another casino...


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Response to rocktivity (Reply #231)

Thu Jul 10, 2014, 03:53 PM

232. More about the casino

According to The Asbury Park Press, Chatham Asset Management owns 28 percent of the "troubled property":

Investing in a hedge fund that is a major owner of a property that emerged from bankruptcy protection last year from nearly $1.5 billion in debt seems to be taking risk to a whole new level...

The decision by the Investment Council to sink $300 million into the Chatham hedge fund seems to mirror the Christie administration's attachment to Revel, a dinosaur from the minute it opened...Revel, which cost $2.4 billion to build, is expected to be sold sometime this year for as little as $200 million to $300 million. It continues to have difficulty attracting customers, ranking ninth out of 11 casinos in the state.

That didn't stop Gov. Chris Christie from doing all he could to help the casino succeed, including giving it $261 million in New Jersey tax money via credits once it turned a profit - a profit that never materialized. In March 2012, at the resort's opening, Christie called the completion of Revel and its opening "a turning point for Atlantic City and a clear sign that people once again have faith in the city's ability to come back and be successful."

Rather than being the game-changer for Atlantic City Christie had promised, Wall Street casino analysts say Revel has not expanded the market, as once hoped. Instead, the gaming market there has continued to shrink.


The casino gambling market is shrinking? Maybe that's because people would rather stay home and gamble online:

In March 2013, New Jersey officials forecast that online gambling would yield somewhere in the neighborhood of $180 million in tax revenues for the state during the first fiscal year Internet gaming was legal. But the estimates have been falling ever since—to $160 million when Chris Christie signed the state budget last summer, and down to just $34 million earlier this year, after a few months of legalized online gambling had passed. More recently, the state treasurer said that no more estimates on online gambling revenues would be made public...


Oh. Well, maybe a better slogan would help Revel:


*New Jersey state employees need not apply -- you've already gambled your pension on Chris Christie. And lost.


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Sat Jul 12, 2014, 01:57 PM

233. Even A Mouse Knows....

what a liar Christie is! Check out this little article with a hilarious video to go with it. ( Video link: http://video-embed.nj.com/services/player/bcpid1950981419001?bctid=3639024013001&bckey=AQ~~,AAAAPLMILBk~,Vn8u6tPOf8Us2eD8W1ez5Zw-Ss_6Anfe )

Chris Christie's bridge fiction: the Pulaski Skyway-Lincoln Tunnel claim debunked (Ledger Live video)

In order to create a legal justification for using $1.8 billion from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to repair the Pulaski Skyway and other nearby roadways, lawyers for the state and the Port Authority had the skyway classified as an access road for the Lincoln Tunnel. No, Jersey drivers, that's not a typo. The Lincoln Tunnel.

One glance at a map - which shows the Skyway feeding directly into the Holland Tunnel and the Lincoln — a long, winding (and stoplight filled) six miles away, shows how absurd that is.

And it could be illegal. The move is now reportedly being investigated by the US Securities Exchange Commission, the US Attorney’s Office and the District Attorney in Manhattan.

On today’s Ledger Live video we put that claim to the test by quizzing true experts: Newark Airport cab drivers. Then, we test it further, with a preschooler and a mouse in a maze.


Read it here: http://www.nj.com/ledgerlive/index.ssf/2014/06/chris_christies_bridge_fiction_the_pulaski_skyway-lincoln_tunnel_claim_debunked_ledger_live_video.html#incart_river_default

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Response to Laxman (Reply #233)

Sat Jul 12, 2014, 07:31 PM

234. LOVED the reference to the "no-tell" motels on Tonnelle Avenue!

I drove that route so often, I practically knew the motels by heart -- uh, because I couldn't afford to get on the turnpike, of course!


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Wed Jul 16, 2014, 12:57 AM

235. Christie and Wrestler "The Rock" Star in Online Pension Reform Video (For Seven Hours)

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NJ.com: With the feel and dramatic score of an action-film trailer, a video...was meant to tease the governor’s plan to reform New Jersey’s troubled pension system, facing $40 billion in unfunded liabilities and growing, which Christie says he will unveil by summer’s end.

There were no details in the video, but there were plenty of...things blowing up and tag lines like "no pain, no gain." Also, Christie’s staff even spliced some shots of one of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson’s movies...

(The video) was posted (on YouTube) around lunchtime and removed by about 7:30 p.m...

The clip’s light-hearted approach struck some New Jersey Democrats and the leaders of public employee unions as tone deaf. After all, they said, Christie had cut $2.4 billion from the legally required pension contributions he had vowed to make in 2010, saddling the ailing pension system with more long-term debt...

John Currie, chairman of the state Democratic Party, issued a statement saying, "The state’s economy is in ruins, and yet the governor is mocking the pain and suffering he’s causing middle-class families"...(And) Matt Katz, a reporter for WNYC, tweeted tonight that Johnson asked not to be included in the video, leading to its removal...

Republicans are infamous for swiping the music of rock bands without permission. Jon Bon Jovi was willing to donate $1M to Mrs. Christie's Sandy charity, but no music, I guess, so they swiped movie clips instead. Here's hoping someone "bootlegged" the original...

On edit: VICTORY IS OURS!




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Response to rocktivity (Reply #235)

Thu Jul 17, 2014, 06:05 PM

239. UPDATE: Crew Christie has put up a new version

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with both The Rock and the comments disabled. But like I said, the original lives -- and always will!




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Wed Jul 16, 2014, 08:53 AM

236. The U.S. Attorney Has Instructed The Bridgegate Committee....

to stop calling witnesses! "They can no longer call anyone of note". A very interesting development. Christie acts like he's got nothing to worry about, yet the U.S. Attorney's investigation marches on. Whistling past the graveyard? I hope so. Its time for this despicable human being to be removed from the Governors office and made to face a criminal prosecution from the other side of the table.

Bridgegate Committee Can't Call Any More Major Witnesses

The U.S. Attorney's Office has asked the New Jersey legislative committee investigating Bridgegate to refrain from calling a range of potential witnesses out of concern that their testimonies could interfere with an ongoing federal criminal investigation, according to a source close to the matter.

Those on the do not call to testify list include Gov. Chris Christie's chief political adviser, Michael DuHaime, who had several conversations with Christie and Port Authority figures as the controversy grew late last year, and Mark Sokolich, the mayor of Fort Lee, where the lane closures occurred. In fact, the list of those whom the committee has been asked not to subpoena is so long that "no one of note" can currently be called to testify, the source said.


read it here: http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/07/15/bridgegate-committee-can-t-call-any-more-major-witnesses

Listen to Matt Katz discuss the story on WNYC here: http://project.wnyc.org/christie/

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Response to Laxman (Reply #236)

Thu Jul 17, 2014, 05:44 PM

238. U.S. Attorney Fishman: Reports about Bridgegate investigation 'Almost entirely incorrect'

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NJ.com: U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman...the top federal prosecutor in New Jersey, gave rare but limited comments about his office's ongoing investigation into the massive traffic jam in Fort Lee last year...During a news conference today...Fishman was asked about a report in Esquire magazine last month that said he was closing in on criminal targets and would have indictments ready soon.

"I will say this: Reports in the press that purport to describe what I might be thinking or what the people who are working on that matter might be thinking or contemplating have been almost entirely incorrect," Fishman said. "And you should be wary of reports that attribute, for attribution or otherwise, what we’re thinking or what we’re doing."

And he probably wouldn't even have been at that news conference if it hadn't involved the arrest of a dozen people.

Just as I suspected -- I even saw a story that Christie had offered to resign in exchange for no jail time.

I think we're still a few months away, because if what we ourselves have compiled is any indication, Mr. Fishman has a truckload of allegations to sift through -- and he knows he'll have to separate the wheat from the chaff if he's going up against an ex-U.S. attorney like Christie. And Mr. Fishman will have leaked what he wants leaked when he's good and ready to leak it!


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