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: DSWright Monday February 17, 2014 6:51 am|
|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 Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:05 am|
A photo published yesterday in the Wall Street Journal along with new revelations found by analyzing documents disclosed by the New Jersey Assembly Transportation Committee invalidate some of Governor Chris Christie’s central assertions that he made in his marathon two hour press conference on improper and possibly illegal lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. Those assertions being that his remaining staff was unaware of the event until after it happened and the claim that Christie did not know David Wildstein that well and could “count on one hand” the amount of time they saw each other.
|By: Peterr Saturday January 11, 2014 9:00 am|
Imagine the scene: an old-school neighborhood tavern, with Mike Royko and Art Buchwald sitting on their stools nursing a couple of beers and Ben Franklin washing glassware behind the bar. A neon sign in the window proclaims the name of this heavenly establishment — “Poor Richard’s Pub — and a smaller handwritten sign is taped up beneath it reading “No Editers Allowed.”
Then imagine what they’d have to say about Chris Christie . . .
|By: DSWright Friday January 10, 2014 6:40 am|
n his appearance yesterday before the New Jersey Assembly Transportation Committee David Wildstein invoked the Fifth Amendment in response to every substantive question asked of him. Despite supplying the committee with over 900 pages Wildstein and his lawyer believe Wildstein has not waved his Fifth Amendment rights. As a result of refusing to answer the committee’s questions Wildstein was held in contempt.
|By: DSWright Wednesday January 8, 2014 7:47 am|
ther massive shoe drops in the investigation of the unscheduled lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. The closures were initially claimed to be part of a “traffic study” and caused a massive traffic jam on the nation’s busiest bridge. But that claim has been cast into serious doubt as the closures now appear to be the result of a coordinated effort by officials appointed by Governor Chris Christie at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Christie’s personal and campaign staff to retaliate against the mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey by causing debilitating traffic in his town.
|By: DSWright Friday December 20, 2013 9:13 am|
Responding to reporters questions on the controversial closing of the George Washington Bridge by his now former officials and still close allies, Governor Chris Christie claimed the scandal was “no big deal.”
But that sentiment was not shared by the two former officials – David Wildstein and Bill Baroni – who have now retained outside counsel to protect themselves from potential civil and criminal charges.
|By: DSWright Tuesday December 17, 2013 9:55 am|
Just when it seemed “bridgegate” could not get weirder it is revealed that the Chris Christie official at the center of the probe, David Wildstein, may not only have caused havoc on the George Washington Bridge to punish a mayor who refused to endorse Christie, he was also buying web domain names of Governor Christie’s political opponents.
|By: DSWright Friday December 13, 2013 10:27 am|
Today New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced that he accepted the resignation of Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Bill Baroni. Baroni is the second Christie Port Authority appointee to resign after news broke that a massive traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge may have been caused by Christie appointees retaliating against a New Jersey mayor who had refused to endorse Governor Christie for re-election.