Fishman issues subpoenas for documents to Chris Christie’s re-election campaign

Governor Chris Christie’s re-election campaign has been subpoenaed by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman for records of a series of meetings between Jersey City’s mayor and officials of the Christie administration.  

In May of 2013, on the night he was elected mayor of Jersey City, Steve Fulop got a call of congratulations from Gov. Christie and a friendly offer of whatever help he could provide – from Gov to mayor. Texts and emails followed from Christie’s re-election campaign and his statehouse staff. Meetings were set up – all for the same day – with high-level commissioners.

Weeks later, when Fulop declined to endorse Christie over Barbara Buono, those meetings – all of them – were abruptly canceled, with phone calls coming directly from those commissioners, one after another and most within just a few minutes. Team Christie had left JC stranded – on Sandy recovery, Port Authority issues and funds, and transportation. Courted when Fulop was fresh meat, dropped like a hot potato when he was no longer useful for Christie’s political fortunes.

Compared to the ongoing probe of Christie’s “Bridgegate” scandal, the federal investigation led by Fishman – who now holds the job Christie rose to fame doing – has been comparatively opaque, with entirely different and less public processes. But this development suggests the investigation has deepened beyond the sudden lane closures on the George Washington Bridge that snarled traffic for a full workweek, risking the safety of commuters on the busiest bridge in the world. Bridgegate involved high-level Christie operatives at Port Authority, his campaign and inner office, and all apparently for retribution against the Fort Lee mayor, who also declined to endorse the Governor.

Some of the Democratic mayors who did endorse Christie got very different treatment from Team Christie:

Harrison’s mayor saw $250 million from Port Authority roll in for a new transit station; Christie ally Brian Stack saw an increase in state aid even as bigger cities were cut off, plus a bonus $3 million in Port Authority money which is funny because the PA doesn’t operate in Stack’s Union City; Essex County Exec Joe DiVincenzo, who corralled other mayors plus black clergy to endorse Christie pulled in $7 million PA money for a park, state aid for a vocational school at $4 million plus Christie as fundraising chair for Joe D’s pet project, the Turtle Back Zoo.

WSJ has more.  

Comments (7)

  1. interested observer

    that they are issuing subpoena’s to the political campaign over what appears it should have been the governmental functions.

  2. keepitreal
  3. Bob h

    the theme of Team Christie going to extraordinary lengths to obtain endorsements, including retaliation, and suggests they are buying into the assertion that Bridgegate was deliberate retaliation.

  4. John Witherspoon

    I realize the endorsement angle is an interesting one and may prove to have support sometime soon.  But as of right now, Bridgegate and other actions taken by Christie looks more like a business leverage issue than a purely political endorsement issue.

    By that I mean: Christie looks as though his actions are more about the increased power he can receive (and consequently reduced power he can impose on political opponents) by influencing the scope and outcome of business dealings within major towns/cities in the state than of punishment for failing to endorse Christie.

    The Hudson Lights project still seems to be a major question mark at the center of the GW Bridge closing. Development projects seem to be at the center of the Hoboken Sandy money. Affecting development in Jersey City (and to a lesser extent Newark) seems to be a real result of the PATH reductions.

    I wonder if the subpoenas are somewhat related to discussions on development projects.

  5. 12mileseastofTrenton

    before the legislative investigative committee.


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