Yesterday was an interesting day in the ongoing Bridgegate scandal. The US Attorney of New York was reported to have dropped subpoenas on Port Authority Chairman and key Governor Chris Christie ally David Samson. Later, it was reported these subpoenas had been withdrawn. In fact, more than withdrawn as it appears federal prosecutors in New York have ceded control of the investigation to the US Attorney in New Jersey.
|By: DSWright Tuesday March 11, 2014 9:10 am|
|By: DSWright Monday March 10, 2014 4:05 pm|
The former Attorney General of the State and New Jersey and current Chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, David Samson, is now under federal investigation. According to the Wall Street Journal federal prosecutors have subpoenaed records from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey related to the business interests of its chairman.
|By: DSWright Tuesday March 4, 2014 2:22 pm|
David Samson, one of Governor Chris Christie’s most powerful and trusted allies, is under increasing pressure to resign as Chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In the aftermath of the scandal surrounding the illegal lane closures on the George Washington Bridge (aka “Bridgegate” ) the finances and conduct of Port Authority officials have come under increasing scrutiny – none more so than those of Chairman David Samson.
|By: DSWright Thursday February 27, 2014 9:09 am|
The unredacted emails show staff in the Governor’s Office and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey joking about causing traffic jams in other places. One person singled out was a Rabbi who had irritated Wildstein.
|By: DSWright Wednesday February 26, 2014 10:10 am|
One of the most confusing aspects of the halfway house scandal – where numerous inmates escaped halfway houses and committed horrendous crimes – is why such violent individuals would ever be released to such a low security facility in the first place. Based on records obtained by Firedoglake under New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA) we may be closer to an answer.
|By: DSWright Monday February 17, 2014 6:51 am|
While Governor Chris Christie has tried to distance himself from David Wildstein in part by claiming that Wildstein wasn’t popular in high school, another longtime friend of Christie was also involved in the illegal lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. According to MSNBC, Port Authority Police Officer Thomas Michaels drove Wildstein around during the closures and sent him periodic text messages about the traffic jam.
|By: yellowsnapdragon Tuesday February 11, 2014 4:35 pm|
This video from the DNC is just to delicious not to post.
But there is more, much more to report on BridgeGhazi. Last night, Michael Isikoff reported that the NJ Committee looking into the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge voted to enforce the subpoena for Christie’s Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget (Time for Traffic Problems) Kelly and Christie’s Campaign Manager Bill Stepian. The two could be compelled to submit documents or face charges of contempt.
|By: DSWright Tuesday February 11, 2014 6:53 am|
Governor Chris Christie’s legal strategy to deal with Bridgegate and a scandal involving the misuse of Sandy aid is raising eyebrows. Under the guise of an “internal investigation” of the governor’s office, a lawyer representing Governor Christie has been going around to key witnesses demanding documents and other information that could be used in any prosecution of the governor’s office or Governor Christie himself. The unorthodox and inappropriate behavior of Governor Christie’s lawyer is already leading to discussions over whether what is being done counts as witness tampering.
|By: DSWright Monday February 10, 2014 2:40 pm|
While most Republicans have kept their distance from Governor Chris Christie the former Mayor of New York City, Rudy Guiliani, has been willing to go on TV and other media outlets to push back against growing allegations of misconduct. Though his defense has not always been perfect, it has been consistent leading many to wonder why Guiliani had stepped forward.
|By: DSWright Wednesday February 5, 2014 12:18 pm|
After the story broke that David Wildstein was willing to finger Governor Chris Christie in the ever expanding Bridgegate scandal, Team Christie decided to do an opposition research dump on David Wildsten which relayed bizarre allegations including that Wildstein was disliked by one of his High School teachers.
The oppo dump was apparently to show that Wildstein had a history of dishonesty and transgressive conduct. But that seems like an odd charge to make against someone you appointed to a high ranking position within a very important public authority. In fact, Governor Christie not only appointed Wildstein to a high position in the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, he created the job especially for him.