Pressure From Bridgegate Scandal Growing On David Samson

By: 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.


A Conversation With Scott Crow, Part 2: Mutual Aid

By: Sunday February 16, 2014 9:21 am

One reason I wanted to chat with Scott Crow was his experience with Common Ground Collective in New Orleans. In recent years, we’ve seen similar collectives spring out of the activist networks formed by Occupy Wall Street — projects like Occupy Sandy. Late last year, alongside key Common Ground Collective organizer Lisa Fithian and many others, I organized Austin Common Ground Relief to respond to a record-breaking flood on Halloween. As the group’s dispatcher, I relied on the networks and skills formed during Occupy Austin.

Governor Christie’s Lawyer Trying To Talk To Witnesses In Investigation Of Governor’s Office

By: 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.

Christie’s Popularity Drops After Scandals, Told to Step Down From RGA by Ken Cuccinelli

By: Thursday January 23, 2014 7:40 am

As Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s staff is interviewed by the FBI to find out whether or not the Christie Administration tried to leverage Sandy Aid to help out a politically connected real estate development firm in Hoboken, new polling indicates the scandals are taking their toll on Governor Chris Christie. According to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Institute Poll Christie is now to pre-Sandy response popularity levels and for the first time in a longtime his favorability rating has dropped below 50%

RE-UPDATED: Hoboken Mayor Alleges Gov. Christie Withheld Hurricane Relief Money to Get Redevelopment Project Approval

By: Saturday January 18, 2014 9:58 am

Hoboken NJ Mayor Dawn Zimmer claims Christie Administration withheld Hurricane Sandy relief funds over lucrative redevelopment project they wanted approved. She requested $147 million in aid but only received “$142,000 to defray the cost of a single back-up generator plus an additional $200,000 in recovery grants.”

Bruce Springsteen Goes After Bridgegate, Chris Christie Probably Having The Worst Day Ever

By: Wednesday January 15, 2014 4:03 pm

Last night Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen joined The Late Night Show with Jimmy Fallon to weigh in on the scandal otherwise known as “Bridgegate” currently consuming the life and times of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Christie Faces HUD Investigation As Second Mayor Claims Retaliation For Non-Endorsement

By: Tuesday January 14, 2014 7:21 am

Advertisements that were supposed to help promote tourism in New Jersey in the wake of devastation by Hurricane Sandy instead seemed to promote Governor Chris Christie’s re-election campaign and now the feds are investigating. The investigation stems from a letter sent to the Department of Housing and Urban Development by New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone and will have federal auditors focus on the use of $25 million in Sandy aid for a marketing campaign to promote tourism at the Jersey Shore.

The Future of Our Communications Networks: Strong Enough to Weather Us Through the Storm?

By: Wednesday November 6, 2013 7:30 pm

A year ago this week, Superstorm Sandy wrought unprecedented damage up and down the East Coast. The rest of the nation watched as residents in the line of the storm documented destruction in real time online, and reached out to emergency services and loved ones, demonstrating the vital necessity of a resilient communications infrastructure.

Analyzing NYC’s Mayoral Elections: Joseph Lhota (Part III of V)

By: Sunday November 3, 2013 6:20 pm

We move on to Joseph Lhota, the former Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority from January 9th, 2012 to December 31st. He is the Republican candidate in this election and has experience in numerous offices under major names like Rudy Giuliani.

Lhota echoes a sentiment of being a fiscal conservative and a social liberal, which is a theme all three major candidates build upon.

Hurricane Sandy and the Human Cost of Utility Deregulation

By: Wednesday October 30, 2013 2:59 pm

This week marks the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, which one year ago tore a path of destruction through much of New York and New Jersey. While media coverage will no doubt focus on the images of nature wreaking havoc on the Eastern Seaboard, we would do well to look at the very human failings that contributed to the damage and suffering inflicted by Sandy.

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