What’s Happening Today Fri. 12/13/2013


A Bombshell Revelation of a Coverup in the Making: The Wall Street Journal reports that “Gov. Christie complained in a private phone call to Gov. Cuomo that NY/NJ Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye was pressing too hard to get to the bottom of why the number of toll lanes onto the bridge from Fort Lee was cut from three to one in early September.”

OMG! Given all the damage done and the involvement of his own appointees, it is Christie who should be pressing hard to get to the bottom of the matter. Of course, Christie might already know or suspect exactly what happened and realizes the truth can only hurt him. He is not known for fostering transparency or admitting errors. Our former Federal Attorney in this case is actually reported in the act of trying to hide the facts and impede an investigation. The smoking gun in a coverup? Is this Watergate all over again?

SANDY GATE (Continued)

Fair Share Housing: Data it obtained through litigation with the Christie Administration and reviewed by the NAACP and Latino Action Network reveal, “African Americans and Latinos were rejected at higher rates for Federal Sandy relief funds. Also the administration provided misinformation on the Spanish version of the www.renewjerseystronger.org website, failing to inform many Latinos of options to appeal rejections and other key information. A summary of the data and charts is here.

New Jersey NAACP Housing Chair Mike McNeil stated, “Governor Christie made his appeal for funds to the federal government with a promise to help everyone equally. When African Americans are rejected at a rate two and a half times that of whites, we at the NAACP believe it is grounds for an investigation into the overall process and functionality of these programs.” A summary of the data and charts is here. Kudos to Fair Share for its excellent job of investigating Sandy Relief funds.

We have not yet heard the end of how the administration mismanage its task, misspent funds, discriminated against groups, and favored contractors (including AshBritt) which made political contributions. Then using federal funds Christie suffused the whole operation with the false glow of “Stronger Than the Storm” featuring himself in the ads while he was running an election campaign. Let’s not forget that in April “Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill requiring oversight of billions of dollars in federal aid for Hurricane Sandy, despite Democratic objections, calling the measure redundant and wasteful.” It is becoming increasingly apparent that it is our Governor who is “redundant, wasteful” and worse.

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