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Thu Jan 9, 2014, 12:05 AM

Christie administration may have violated public records law

Source: NorthJersey.com

Emails disclosed Wednesday raise questions about whether the Christie administration complied with a public-records request filed by The Record last month.

The newspaper requested documents related to the Port Authority’s decision to close local lanes to the George Washington Bridge in September. Part of that request, filed on Dec. 17 under the state Open Public Records Act, sought emails sent between David Wildstein — the Christie appointee at the Port Authority who ordered the lane closures — and certain employees in the Governor’s Office, including Michael Drewniak, Christie’s spokesman.

At least one of the documents that became public Wednesday meets that description. Wildstein sent a message from his personal email account to Drewniak’s official account and to a personal account of Bridget Anne Kelly, a member of Christie’s senior staff who emerged Wednesday at the center of the controversy. The Sept. 12 email contained a statement that was later issued by the Port Authority saying that the bridge lane closures were part of a “traffic safety” review.

But Christie’s office did not release that email or any other document in response to The Record’s request. On Dec. 27, the office claimed it “reviewed its records and has not identified any records that are responsive to your request.”

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Read more: http://www.northjersey.com/news/Christie_administration_may_have_violated_public_records_law.html



According to the article, the paper's general counsel said the newspaper is considering its legal options.

The Christie administration didn't respond to a request for comment.

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Reply Christie administration may have violated public records law (Original post)
highplainsdem Jan 2014 OP
longship Jan 2014 #1
woodsprite Jan 2014 #2
DeSwiss Jan 2014 #4
undiegrinder Jan 2014 #6
NJCher Jan 2014 #7
Cha Jan 2014 #3
truthisfreedom Jan 2014 #5
NJCher Jan 2014 #8
BumRushDaShow Jan 2014 #9
bucolic_frolic Jan 2014 #10
truthisfreedom Jan 2014 #11
DallasNE Jan 2014 #12
Kingofalldems Jan 2014 #13
Beacool Jan 2014 #14
Orsino Jan 2014 #15

Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Jan 9, 2014, 12:19 AM

1. The coverup is going to do him in.

And his arrogance in the way he handled the media when he was questioned about this is going to make sure that they're not going to hold back.

For those reasons alone, this does not go away. And Chris Christie is toast.

But, we all know. He knew. He ordered this.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Jan 9, 2014, 12:25 AM

2. Hope they go after him on this, and Rico charges as well.

Looks like he stepped in his own elephant turd.

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Response to woodsprite (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 9, 2014, 12:48 AM

4. Nice visual.

- I'd be surprised if he doesn't have staff for that so that doesn't happen.....



K&R

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Response to DeSwiss (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 9, 2014, 01:20 AM

6. Thank you DeSwiss ...

I think whatcha got there is a candid photo of ol' "Dumbo" Christie issuing a "statement" about Bridgegate.

He made a TERRIBLE p.r. mistake in his initial public statements by trying to shrug off the scandal and belittle its effects.

All somebody's got to do is take clips of him claiming "This is no big deal !" and laughing that "Yeah, right, I was out there helping with the cones !" while showing a photo of the 91-year-old woman whose death was, in part, caused by the traffic jams, and I think Chris will be up to his trunk in elephant shit.

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Response to undiegrinder (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 9, 2014, 01:31 AM

7. yeah, he was out there helping with the cojones

Urr, cones.


Cher

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Jan 9, 2014, 12:38 AM

3. I'm thinking we better see a

"Bridget Anne Kelly" Resigns" tomorrow over this.

Good Luck to The Record! thanks highplainsdem

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Jan 9, 2014, 12:58 AM

5. Christie is really wishing he hadn't bothered with

That lap band surgery. Sigh. I've never felt like I was watching something so much like another bad HBO series about New Jersey corruption.

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Response to truthisfreedom (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 9, 2014, 01:32 AM

8. awww, c'mon

The Sopranos was excellent TV.

Now the rest of those NJ shows...


Cher

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Response to NJCher (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 9, 2014, 06:46 AM

9. Boardwalk Empire

Embodies Jersey politics to a "T".

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Jan 9, 2014, 07:43 AM

10. Then-President Nixon said it best

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #10)

Thu Jan 9, 2014, 07:50 AM

11. You said it, Tricky Dick Nixon, you EARNED everything you got.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Jan 9, 2014, 10:53 AM

12. That May Not Be The Only Law Violated Either

When you examine those email's you will note that many are written on private accounts (gmail.com, yahoo.com) rather than government accounts (.gov). We saw some of this in the Bush Whitehouse and it was always done to hide correspondence from the public record. This kind of corruption needs to be weeded out using harsh penalties.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Jan 9, 2014, 10:55 AM

13. Kick and Rec all Christie GWB threads.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Jan 9, 2014, 10:58 AM

14. Christie has very thin skin.

He'll attempt his usual strategy: deflect and if that fails, attack, badger and belittle anyone who dares to question the emperor. I don't think that this time around his M.O. will work.

Couldn't have happened to a better guy........

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Jan 9, 2014, 11:40 AM

15. How legal is it to use personal e-mail accounts for official business? n/t

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