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  • Judge: Christie ex-aides can withhold documents

    04/09/2014 1:50:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 9, 2014 4:35 PM EDT | David Porter and Angela Delli Santi
    Two former associates of Gov. Chris Christie do not have to hand over documents to a legislative committee investigating the traffic jam scandal engulfing the governor, a New Jersey judge ruled Wednesday. Former Christie loyalists Bridget Kelly and Bill Stepien had been fighting subpoenas calling for them to turn over documents regarding the plot to create traffic jams in Fort Lee to retaliate against the town’s Democratic mayor. The legislative panel asked for the court’s help in getting the two to comply with the subpoenas. Calling the decision one involving “complicated and untested jurisdictional issues,” Judge Mary Jacobson expressed reservations...
  • Lawyer who led probe says 'not a shred of evidence' Christie knew of bridge scandal

    03/27/2014 8:14:46 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03-27-2014 | FoxNews.com
    The lawyer who led an investigation that determined Gov. Chris Christie was not involved in the bridge closure scandal told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Thursday there is not a “shred of evidence” Christie knew anything. Randy Mastro, a former federal prosecutor, released a report on his team’s investigation Thursday. The report relied on interviews with officials in the Christie administration, including the governor, and 250,000 documents. Mastro said on “The Kelly File” his investigation was exhaustive and thorough, and in the end completely exonerated Christie. “There is not a shred of evidence that Governor Christie knew anything about this lane...
  • Internal Bridgegate investigation clears Chris Christie

    03/24/2014 2:45:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/24/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Does anyone seriously believe an investigation commissioned by Governor Chris Christie into Bridgegate will satisfy his critics? The New York Times waits until only the third paragraph of its report into the exonerating conclusion of the probe to mention the connections between the law firm and the Christie administration, but it still remains the first comprehensive look into the scandal — and finds no connection to Christie himself: 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...
  • NJ’s Christie keeps low profile as Dems attack

    02/22/2014 10:00:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2014 12:20 PM EST | Steve Peoples and Ken Thomas
    Moving cautiously to repair his image, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is maintaining a low profile this weekend as the nation’s governors gather in Washington. Republican officials have been eager to change the subject as Democrats link Christie’s troubles to vulnerable GOP governors in a challenging election season. The usually outspoken Christie is scheduled to attend just one public event over the three-day annual meeting. He avoided a media-sponsored forum on Friday, wasn’t granting interviews, won’t attend a White House dinner and was skipping a news conference hosted by the Republican Governors Association, an organization he heads. …
  • Bridgegate probe to check Christie chopper rides

    02/10/2014 8:33:31 AM PST · by topher · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 10, 2014 | 1:27am | By Beth DeFalco and Leonard Greene
    The New Jersey legislative committee investigating the Bridgegate scandal will probe records of helicopter rides Gov. Chris Christie took to see if he flew near Fort Lee while lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge were closed, sources told The Post. Lawmakers also want to know if the New Jersey governor took a ride with then-Port Authority exec David Wildstein, who allegedly orchestrated the lane closures on the order of a Christie aide.
  • HOBOKEN HOAX: What Hoboken Mayor Zimmer and the NY Times DON'T Want You to Know

    02/03/2014 6:57:10 AM PST · by W.A.R.room · 5 replies
    The New York Times reported last week on a May 2013 meeting between Hoboken Mayor, Dawn Zimmer and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The Times article cites email obtained from meeting attendees and states that the first item on the meeting agenda was a “‘review of concepts for flood control measures at Rockefeller property’”. The NY Times article suggests that Mayor Zimmer’s pleas were going unheard and is claiming that the email quote from the May 9th meeting shows a preference for the Rockefeller Group. But, does it? It certainly appears as though Zimmer was getting everything that...
  • Chris Christie attacks N.Y. Times, David Wildstein - Mike Allen and Maggie Haberman - POLITICO.com

    02/02/2014 11:15:06 AM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 32 replies
    POLITICO.COM ^ | 2/1/2014 | Mike Allen and Maggie Haberman
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, after a low-key initial response to Friday’s explosive allegations about his involvement in a bridge-closing scandal, mounted an aggressive defense late Saturday afternoon, attacking The New York Times and a former political ally in an email to friends and allies obtained by POLITICO. “Bottom line — David Wildstein will do and say anything to save David Wildstein,” the email from the governor’s office says, referring to the former appointee who reignited the controversy.
  • Ex-Christie Campaign Manager to Plead the Fifth, Lawyer Says

    01/31/2014 1:04:41 PM PST · by kristinn · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Friday, January 31, 2014 | Aaron Blake
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former campaign manager will plead the Fifth Amendment when he is asked about his role in an apparent plot to create a traffic jam in Fort Lee, N.J., according to a filing from his lawyer. The campaign manager, Bill Stepien, was one of two people disciplined for his actions related to the access lane closures, shortly after the apparent scheme was disclosed in a series of e-mails and text messages...
  • Christie Knew About Bridge Lane Closings, Port Authority Official Says

    01/31/2014 12:47:24 PM PST · by kristinn · 75 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Friday, January 31, 2014 | Kate Zernike
    The former Port Authority official who personally oversaw the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge in the scandal now swirling around Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said on Friday that the governor knew about the lane closings when they were happening, and that he had the evidence to prove it. In a letter released by his lawyer, the official, David Wildstein, a high school friend of Mr. Christie’s who was appointed with the governor’s blessing at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridge, described the order to close the lanes as “the...
  • Democrats stacked Bridgegate panel

    01/28/2014 2:45:56 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/27/14 | Amy Handlin
    Instead of getting to the truth of the Bridgegate affair, the new Legislative Select Committee on Investigation is looking more likely to obscure or distort the facts. **SNIP** But the Democratic majority structured the committee in ways guaranteed to cast doubt on its findings. Moreover, it has no mechanism for public input, no ceiling on costs and no limits on its scope or methods. For starters: With eight Democrats and four Republicans, the group’s extreme partisan imbalance undercuts any sense of shared purpose. Such a brazenly stacked deck sets the stage for unproductive bickering instead of thoughtful debate. The lack...
  • Federal prosecutors subpoena New Jersey Gov. Christie's campaign, GOP

    01/23/2014 12:07:41 PM PST · by massmike · 41 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 01/23/2014 | Associated Press
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's re-election campaign and the state's Republican Party committee have received subpoenas from federal prosecutors investigating allegations that his aides created traffic jams as political payback. Mark Sheridan, a lawyer representing Christie for Governor and the Republican State Committee, tells The Associated Press the subpoenas are for documents related to the closure of traffic lanes near the George Washington Bridge. A state legislative committee investigating the traffic jams has also issued subpoenas to the two organizations. Sheridan says the Republican governor's campaign and the party will cooperate with investigators. The traffic lane closures created gridlock in...
  • Bombshell sworn allegation against Tim Geithner

    01/22/2014 6:50:06 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 1-22-14 | Thomas Lifson
    If anyone thinks "Bridgegate" is an example of political bullying and abuse of power, then the sworn (under penalty of perjury) allegation of a corporate heavy hitter against Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner is off the charts. Bloomberg Businessweek reports: Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told McGraw Hill Financial Inc. Chairman Harold W. McGraw III in 2011 that Standard & Poor's downgrade of the U.S. debt would be met by a response, S&P said. S&P filed a declaration by McGraw yesterday in federal court in Santa Ana, California, as part of a request to force the U.S. to...
  • FLASHBACK: May 2013 Hoboken NJ Mayor Dawn Zimmer PRAISED Rockfeller Investment in Hoboken's Future

    01/21/2014 5:27:12 PM PST · by W.A.R.room
    W.A.R. Room ^ | 01/21/14 | W.A.R. LLC
    "We are thrilled..." Dawn Zimmer, Mayor of Hoboken, NJ May 22, 2013 This week, Dawn Zimmer, Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, has hit the media with accusations that NJ Lieutenant Governor, Kim Guadagno, threatened to withhold Hurricane Sandy Relief funding if Zimmer didn't throw her support behind a Rockefeller development project. Zimmer claimed earlier this week in an interview with MSNBC that, on May 13, 2013, she was approached by Lt. Governor Guadagno who suggested that the release of Hurricane Sandy Relief funds was contingent upon Zimmer's support of the "Rockefeller Project." According to Zimmer, Guadango was speaking on behalf...
  • Why Do We Have 'Bridgegate' -- But Not 'Gatesgate'?

    01/16/2014 5:21:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2014 | Larry Elder
    The media quickly came up with a term for the apparently politically orchestrated George Washington Bridge traffic jam: "Bridgegate." Now what catchy term do the media attach to the explosive new book castigating the incumbent wartime commander in chief? "Gatesgate"? Hardly. Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is suspected of orchestrating, for political payback, a traffic jam on the GW Bridge. "Meet the Press" spent more than half of its most recent show -- 28 minutes not counting commercials -- on "Bridgegate," less than 11 minutes on the Gates' allegations, another 12 minutes reporting on women living in poverty and...
  • The Christie Crumblers

    01/15/2014 2:44:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    During the 2012 presidential campaign, somehow each and every Republican presidential contender had a sink thrown at him (or her) via what reporters call "investigative journalism." Every time a Republican rose in the polls, the media tried to knock him or her down, like a game of Whac-A-Mole. The very last man standing was Mitt Romney, who didn't receive the official "Gotcha!" from The Washington Post until May, with a 5,000-word opus on "Teenage Haircutgate." That's why it's so strange the national media would decide so early it was time for journalistic carpet bombing of the Great Squishy Northeastern Hope...
  • MSNBC to Host One-Hour Special About New Jersey Traffic

    01/14/2014 7:14:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 01/14/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Finally Bridgegate has its own Woodward and Bernstein and his name is Chris Hayes or Mr. Rachel Maddow. Is he all in? You bet, he’s all in.Do you want to see this man talk about New Jersey traffic for one hour? Are you an MSNBC viewer? Then of course you do. It’s either that or Al Sharpton talking about how the Tea Party is just like the Klan or Ed Schultz talking about how the Tea Party is just like the Klan or Melissa Harris Perry talking about how the Tea Party is just like the Klan.Bridgegate is a chance...
  • Christie Saga Makes Clear Republicans Still Don't Know What They're Up Against

    01/13/2014 3:15:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 62 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 13, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Can I share with you something? This whole Chris Christie business. I said that when he first got out of trouble, it was noticeable to me that none of the other wildebeests came to his defense, other RINOs. He was just left to sink or swim on his own, and none of the Democrats that supposedly like him and have worked with him and Obama -- nobody -- rushed to his aide. Which is classic, by the way. But there's something else about this. If you watched the Sunday shows yesterday -- which I didn't. I get...
  • Karl Rove: Christie’s handling of this Bridgegate thing could give him “street cred” with tea party

    01/13/2014 11:24:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/13/2014 | AllahPundit
    “Mr. Rove has grown so controversial among some conservatives,” the NYT wrote recently, citing GOP sources, “that candidates worry that donors will not contribute to a super PAC if it is connected to [Rove's group American] Crossroads.” You trust a guy in that position, whose personal brand is now sufficiently toxic among righties that it can alter fundraising battle plans, to have a sharp read into the thinking of tea partiers, don’t you?On the other hand, he’s not totally wrong. I noticed over the weekend how conservative media, including columnists, are starting to pay attention to the amount of coverage...
  • Mika Demands: Stick To Christie Bridge Scandal, No Obama/IRS-Benghazi 'Distractions'

    01/13/2014 5:43:25 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 27 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    We got ourselves a good Republican scandal here, and we're sticking with it. No distractions about President Obama and his culpability in the IRS and Benghazi matters. Capiche? That was Mika Brezinski's message on Morning Joe today. When Mark Halperin mentioned that President Obama has never subjected himself to the kind of intense media grilling on Benghazi and the IRS that Chris Christie underwent on the bridge scandal during his 109-minute press conference, Mika laid down the law. Bringing up Benghazi and the IRS is "flailing for some sort of distraction. It's Chris Christie. It's New Jersey. Stick to that...
  • New Jersey pol leading Bridgegate probe says Christie impeachment ‘a possibility’ if governor lied

    01/12/2014 1:44:58 AM PST · by Zakeet · 42 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | January 11, 2014 | Larry Mcshane and Rich Schapiro
    Assemblyman John Wisniewski told the Daily News that he is convinced that 'laws were broken,' and said Christie could possibly be impeached if it turns out he had knowledge of the political payback scheme. Hours earlier, State Assembly Speaker-elect Vincent Prieto announced he planned to subpoena more emails and documents in the investigation. The New Jersey assemblyman leading the Gov. Chris Christie Bridgegate probe says he’s convinced “laws were broken.” “We had public employees use public resources for a political purpose,” Assemblyman John Wisniewski told the Daily News Saturday. “They closed the lanes of the George Washington Bridge to exact...
  • Joan Walsh: Forget 2016, Chris Christie may not even be governor much longer

    01/11/2014 7:25:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Salon ^ | January 9, 2014 | Joan Walsh, editor-at-large
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie strode to the microphones in Trenton Wednesday night and took an hour of reporters’ tough questions about a plot by staffers to punish Fort Lee’s Democratic mayor by snarling his city’s traffic for four days. Penitent, occasionally defiant, Christie insisted he didn’t know about the scheme. But he said he took full responsibility for the scandal, apologized to the citizens of Fort Lee and promised to get to the bottom of what happened. Oh wait. That’s not what Christie did at all. The famously fearless governor canceled his one public appearance of the day, ignored...
  • Democratic Ambulance Chaser Files Class Action Lawsuit over Traffic Jam (Krispie's Bridgegate)

    01/10/2014 4:00:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | January 10, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Democratic Party donor Rosemarie Arnold boasts that she’s the “Queen of Torts” based on a history of filing suits like a $30 million dollar dog bite lawsuit. Other attorneys don’t seem to think too highly of the Queen of Torts and her tactics. Which brings us back to Rosemarie Arnold and her claim on behalf of the child that he suffered a $30M injury to his ear. There are only two reasons for Ms. Arnold to do this: 1. The Queen of Torts is actually ignorant of the law; or 2. Rosmarie Arnold willfully elected to ignore the law, in...
  • Could Christie pull an Obama-Rev. Wright & say Kelly & Wildstein "aren't the persons that I knew"?

    01/10/2014 11:31:22 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 9 replies
    1/10/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Or maybe Chris Christie could say what most in the White House or MSM say or what most pro-Democrat shills in cable media say (be it on Fox News, CNN or MSNBC): he [Obama] was in the dark about this. Chris Christie was in the dark about this? Or could he pull a Hillary and say: what difference now does it make?
  • Rudy Giuliani among few Republicans supporting Christie during Bridgegate scandal

    01/10/2014 7:50:55 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 1/10/14 | LESLIE LARSON
    Christie, 51, leads the Republican Governors Association and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley was one of the few members to stand in support with Christie, expressing her support after his press conference. Rudy Giuliani came out to support Christie on Friday and RNC Chair Reince Priebus praised Christie for his transparency.
  • Carr: Deval Patrick should do Chris Christie dance

    01/10/2014 7:22:58 AM PST · by AU72 · 11 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | January 10, 2014 | Howie Carr
    “I am not a bully.” That’s yesterday’s takeaway line from Gov. Chris Christie, the most unforgettable quote from a New Jersey governor since Jim McGreevey in 2004: “I am a gay American.” Not to mention the most memorable quote from a Republican since Richard Nixon in 1973: “I am not a crook.” I’m no fan of Chris Christie, not since he acted as Obama’s head cheerleader after Superstorm Sandy in the run-up to the 2012 election. He’s a RINO’s RINO (Republican in name only). Gave a Senate seat to the Democrats a year early, supports in-state tuition for illegal aliens....
  • Maddow Suggests Plausible Alternate Theory to Christie NJ Bridge Scandal

    01/10/2014 6:17:44 AM PST · by FR_addict · 53 replies
    www.mediaite.com ^ | Jan 9, 2014 | Josh Feldman
    ... The e-mail sent by Christie aide Bridget Kelly to the Port Authority executive behind the lane closures was dated August 13th, 2013, “the order to unleash hell on Fort Lee.” And Maddow believed Christie “very convincingly quashed” the idea that this was because of a refusal to endorse, but connected the dots to suggest another motivation. In 2010, Christie took the unprecedented step of refusing to reappoint a New Jersey Supreme Court justice for another term, which set off the New Jersey Democrats, who got back at Christie by shooting down all the other Supreme Court justice nominees he...
  • Lawsuit Filed Against Christie, Others Over Traffic Jams (For Being Late to Work, Panic Attack)

    01/10/2014 4:59:15 AM PST · by lbryce · 13 replies
    Mail Online ^ | January 10, 2014 | AP and Daily Mail
    Six New Jersey residents have filed a federal lawsuit against Governor Chris Christie, the state of New Jersey, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and others over traffic jams in September that made them 'late for work.' The suit filed in federal court Thursday appears to be the first civil claim over traffic jams that appear to have been caused as political punishment for the Fort Lee mayor. The plaintiffs want it certified as a class action.
  • Gov. Chris Christie’s load of bull: Fired aide Bridget Kelly merely a patsy

    01/10/2014 4:44:32 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 73 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 1/10/14 | NY Daily News Editorial Board
    Gov. Chris Christie’s load of bull: Fired aide Bridget Kelly merely a patsy in attempt to shelter Port Authority cronies, himself What did the governor know about the George Washington Bridge lane closures, and when did he know it? Ex-Port Authority executive David Wildstein pleaded the Fifth Wednesday, so we wait until an independent investigation can reveal the whole story. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s one-hour-and-forty-seven-minute self-serving, self-pitying display of contrition on Thursday was a climactic act in a brazen cover-up that threatens to further unravel his political career. Ever so thoroughly the governor scoured the thesaurus for words of...
  • Chris Christie - The Liberals New Distraction

    01/10/2014 3:36:10 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 21 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 01/10/14 | LD Jackson
    I wrote earlier this week about President Obama changing the subject from ObamaCare to income inequality. We all know the man is a master at shedding the blame for his failures and pivoting to other subjects to keep the American people distracted from the disaster that is his presidency. As it turns out, he is getting a little help this week from a not so unlikely source. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and the scandal surrounding a traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge are driving a story that the media can't seem to get enough of. Every time I...
  • Christie on “Bridgegate”: I knew nothing.

    01/09/2014 8:15:38 PM PST · by chessplayer · 59 replies
    Obama said the same thing about the IRS targeting tea partiers, of course. To which conservatives replied: That’s no excuse. Even if he didn’t order the targeting, bad behavior coordinated by multiple subordinates typically doesn’t happen unless they have reason to believe it’ll be tolerated up the chain. Usually, when they play dirty, they’re taking some sort of cue from their boss to do so, whether in broad ideological terms or direct marching orders.
  • Christie and the IRS - Contrast the Governor's contrition with Obama's lack thereof

    01/09/2014 7:29:42 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan. 9, 2014
    Now that we have your attention, allow us to explain. Governor Chris Christie apologized to New Jersey on Thursday for aides who closed traffic lanes in order to punish a Democratic mayor, and he fired a deputy chief of staff. We mention the IRS because Mr. Christie's contrition contrasts so sharply with President Obama's handling of the tax agency's abuse of political opponents and his reluctance to fire anyone other than a military general for anything.
  • Obama, Christie and Big Government Punishment of the American People

    01/09/2014 4:47:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Yeah, I'm going through the audio sound bite roster here that Cookie gave me. Did you know that I am part of the Christie story? I was. I was part of the Christie story on the cable news networks all night last night. Yeah. Wait 'til you hear it. I spent three minutes on it yesterday. Anyway, greetings, my good friends, welcome, and Rush Limbaugh back at you, three hours of broadcast excellence from the distinguished and prestigious Limbaugh Institute for Advanced Conservative Studies. The telephone number is 800-282-2882. The e-mail address, ElRushbo@eibnet.com. So Christie's fired a...
  • Poll: Was Christie Involved in Closing the George Washington Bridge?

    01/09/2014 4:26:31 PM PST · by mystery-ak · 24 replies
    The Briefing Room ^ | Jan. 9, 2014 | The Briefing Room
    As always polls are open to guests....please vote
  • Poll: Will "Bridge-Gate" Hurt Christie's Chances in 2016?

    01/09/2014 4:20:45 PM PST · by mystery-ak · 30 replies
    The Briefing Room ^ | Jan. 9, 2014 | The Briefing Room
    Poll is open to guests.
  • Christie Says He Couldn't Pick Fort Lee Mayor 'Out of a Lineup'

    01/09/2014 3:49:23 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 38 replies
    WABC77 ^ | 1/9/14
    NEW YORK) -- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he couldn't pick the Fort Lee Mayor "out of a lineup" at his news conference Thursday. But, a photo posted on the governor's website, taken at a news conference on Dec. 8, 2011, shows Christie speaking on the issue of sick pay reform with several mayors, including Democratic Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, at the National Guard Armory in Teaneck, N.J. At his Thursday news conference responding to revelations that his top aides purposely snarled traffic in Fort Lee, N.J., Christie took steps to distance himself from rumors that the entire...
  • How Chris Christie Can Save His Career

    01/09/2014 3:46:04 PM PST · by Biggirl · 33 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 9, 2014 | Ron Fournier
    Since 1992, when Bill Clinton moderated the Democratic Party's image by criticizing a hip-hop artist for her racially incendiary comments, politicians have searched for their "Sister Souljah moment" – when a candidate takes what appears to be a brave stand against extremes in their party. In 2000, George W. Bush caricaturized conservative jurist Robert Bork in an attempt to appear more compassionate than the GOP brand. That same year, Republican presidential candidate John McCain demonized the far right's "agents of intolerance." Eight years later, Sen. Barack Obama distanced himself from his own pastor, calling Jeremiah Wright's racially charged comments "a...
  • Ex-Christie appointee pleads the Fifth during traffic chaos probe

    01/09/2014 2:55:25 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 31 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/9/14 | Tara Palmeri and Leonard Greene
    New Jersey lawmakers investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal held a former Port Authority executive in contempt today for refusing to answer questions about his role in the controversy. After losing a bid to quash a subpoena, former Port Authority executive David Wildstein invoked the Fifth Amendment more than 20 times at a state assembly hearing, refusing to answer any questions related to the political payback scheme. Providing only his name and the town where he lives, Wildstein remained silent about even the most innocuous of questions, including where he worked and whether a message with his name...
  • There's Already 17 Times More Coverage on Christie Scandal Than in Last Six Months of IRS

    01/09/2014 1:48:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 1/9/14 | Scott Whitlock
    In less than 24 hours, the big three networks have devoted 17 times more coverage to a traffic scandal involving Chris Christie than they've allowed in the last six months to Barack Obama's Internal Revenue Service controversy. Since the story broke on Wednesday that aides to the New Jersey governor punished a local mayor's lack of endorsement with a massive traffic jam, ABC, CBS and NBC have responded with 34 minutes and 28 seconds of coverage. Since July 1, these same networks managed a scant two minutes and eight seconds for the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups. In contrast,...
  • Maybe Christie should have a shill like Wasserman-Schultz say he was "in the dark" about the bridge?

    01/09/2014 1:36:49 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 18 replies
    1/9/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Doesn't Carney, the LMSM and most Democrats say that ("he [Obama] was in the dark") in defense of Obama when some scandal (NSA, IRS, etc) pops up? I don't care much for Chris Christie...but I am saying that if and when any Republican gets into trouble I wonder if they can have someone say for them "he/she was in the dark" about this.
  • CNN Host Grills Wasserman Schultz About Thinking Christie’s Hiding Something While Obama Always

    01/09/2014 12:42:39 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 1-9-2014 | Bridget Johnson
    CNN Host Grills Wasserman Schultz About Thinking Christie’s Hiding Something While Obama Always Claims to Be in the Dark Bridget Johnson CNN host Don Lemon grilled Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on how it’s OK to assume Chris Christie is hiding something while assuming that President Obama is always forthcoming. Wasserman Schultz was eager to spread the message that the New Jersey governor had committed wrongdoing, a news drop that conveniently steered attention away from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ revelations a day earlier about Hillary Clinton. “I think the investigation that is ongoing is going to —...
  • Boehner: Christie remains presidential contender

    01/09/2014 11:15:40 AM PST · by Biggirl · 34 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 9, 2014 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner says he believes Chris Christie remains a serious contender for the Republican 2016 presidential nomination, despite the traffic jam scandal engulfing the New Jersey governor. Reporters asked Boehner about Christie's problems on Thursday, even as the governor was holding a news conference in Trenton, N.J.
  • Chris Christie press conference on #bridgegate controversy (video)

    01/09/2014 10:15:14 AM PST · by digger48 · 16 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | January 9, 2014 | Mandy Nagy
    Update: “I had no knowledge or involvement in this issue – in it’s planning or execution.” Steve Doocy ✔@sdoocy Follow .@GovChristie just did what Barack Obama has not done, and that is hold somebody accountable for a big screwup #IRS, DOJ, ACA, Benghazi 11:23 AM - 9 Jan 2014 Erick Erickson ✔@EWErickson Follow The contrast between Barack Obama and Chris Christie in terms of owning a mess and fixing it is now pretty stark. 11:20 AM - 9 Jan 2014 141 Retweets 55 favorites Ezra Klein ✔@ezraklein Follow There’s something to this! RT @BuzzFeedBen: The GOP line on Christie today:...
  • Boehner: Christie remains presidential contender

    01/09/2014 10:04:51 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 38 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 1/9/14 | Associated Press
    House Speaker John Boehner says he believes Chris Christie remains a serious contender for the Republican 2016 presidential nomination, despite the traffic jam scandal engulfing the New Jersey governor. Reporters asked Boehner about Christie's problems on Thursday, even as the governor was holding a news conference in Trenton, N.J.
  • Chris Christie and the politics of jerks in office

    01/09/2014 10:01:21 AM PST · by topher · 47 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 9-January-2014 | Erick Erickson
    The media that built up Chris Christie as the salvation of the GOP is turning on him in the lead up to Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign announcement. It is what it is. The media does this routinely. The story of the day is Chris Christie’s staff behaving badly, possibly at his direction, to hurt elected officials who did not back Christie.
  • Christie bridge scandal: Woman died after traffic delayed medics (Christie's Mary Jo Kopechne...)

    01/09/2014 9:30:26 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 62 replies
    LA Times ^ | 1/8/14 | Matt Pearce
    A political retaliation scandal that erupted around Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday may be about to get worse. In September, according to a report from the Bergen Record, paramedics trying to reach an unconscious 91-year-old woman in Fort Lee, N.J., got stuck in a traffic jam that had apparently been created by Christie's associates as political punishment for the borough's mayor, a Democrat. Multiple lanes were forced to merge into one, gridlocking traffic for days. The woman later died at a hospital of cardiac arrest, according to a Sept. 10 letter that EMS coordinator Paul Favia sent...
  • Report: U.S. Attorney to probe bridge scandal (Christie Scandal)

    01/09/2014 8:16:15 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 55 replies
    Allentown Morning Call, Reuters ^ | 1/9/13 | Ellen Wulfhorst
    The U.S. Attorney in New Jersey will probe the scandal surrounding the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, a scandal that has engulfed Gov. Chris Christie, the New York Times is reporting. Christie, a possible Republican White House candidate, is holding a news conference at his office in the state capital of Trenton this morning. The controversy erupted with the public release of incriminating emails showing that a top Christie aide played a key role in closing some lanes to the bridge, in a ploy to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey, who didn't endorse Christie...
  • Christie faces political fallout over traffic jam

    01/09/2014 7:10:06 AM PST · by topher · 44 replies
    Yahoo News (AP) ^ | 9-January-2014 | Associated Press By ANGELA DELLI SANTI and STEVE PEOPLES
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has scheduled a news conference for Thursday, one day after emails and text messages revealed his administration may have closed highway lanes to exact political retribution. Related Stories Messages link NJ governor's aide to lane closures Associated Press Messages tie Christie aide to NJ traffic jam Associated Press N.J. Governor Christie says misled by staff in bridge scandal Reuters Bridge-Spat Emails Pose Questions For Christie The Wall Street Journal Chris Christie traffic scandal: An end to presidential plans? Christian Science Monitor There was likely to be fallout for the second time...
  • Christie’s Crucial 24 Hours: GOP Presidential Favorite Finds His Front-Runner Status Imperiled

    01/09/2014 6:45:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/09/2014 | Eliana Johnson
    The next 24 hours will be crucial for Chris Christie, top Republicans say. The New Jersey governor, who was on top of the political world two months ago as he cruised to reelection over his Democratic challenger now finds his status as the potential front-runner of the 2016 GOP presidential field imperiled. The test comes with the release of e-mails and text messages that tie top members of his administration to the closure of two lanes leading to a crucial bridge in what appears to be political retaliation against a Democratic mayor who refused to endorse Christie’s reelection. Republican communications...
  • Now All Can See Why Obama & Christie Get Along SO Damn Well!

    01/09/2014 3:56:55 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 29 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 09 January 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Both the same kind of unprincipled, vengeful,  mafioso-mentality thug that should never  be allowed anywhere near the levers of power... If we as constitutional conservatives somehow allow a Chris Christie nomination to become reality in 2016 after this latest scandal, then shame on us- the GOP Establishment golden boy's aides have been caught red-handed ordering bridge lanes closed for four days, creating traffic snarls  -and causing at least one death via ambulance delay- for no other reason than retaliation against a whole town (Fort Lee, NJ) because their Dem mayor (who Christie staffers referred to as 'that little Serbian') refused to endorse his...
  • Christie Faces Scandal on Traffic Jam Aides Ordered

    01/09/2014 2:59:30 AM PST · by bryan999 · 53 replies
    The mystery of who closed two lanes onto the George Washington Bridge — turning the borough of Fort Lee, N.J., into a parking lot for four days in September — exploded into a full-bore political scandal for Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday. Emails and texts revealed that a top aide had ordered the closings to punish the town’s mayor after he did not endorse the governor for re-election. “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” Bridget Anne Kelly, a deputy chief of staff to Mr. Christie, emailed David Wildstein, a high school friend of the governor who worked at...