Gov. Christie last evening held a New Hampshire “Town Hall” at Fury’s Publick House which lived up to it’s name when Eileen Sahagian, a former NJ resident, exclaimed to him, “When I heard about the Bridge Scandal, I was beyond horrified. It reminds me of feudal times … when the king would say, ‘Who cares about the peasants?'” … She was “worried about having a president who has people around him who think that’s OK.” Christie sidestepped the concern by saying “I played no role in the lane closure incident. If they could have gotten something on me, I suspect they would have.”
The question was not whether he played a role but about those around him. Christie has been trying to put the issue behind him. He said, “I am going to stop apologizing for it.” However, he will have difficulty achieving that goal. Investigations continue. The lives of people trail him – those who appeared recently in federal court and those who wittingly or unwittingly were involved.
So far there are only 3 federal indictments. There remains a substantial likelihood that Christie’s close confidante David Samson who once ruled questionably over the NY NJ Port Authority will be indicted. The PA itself has received subpoenas from the NJ U. S. Attorney, County of NY District Attorney, Securities and Exchange Commission, NJ Select Committee on Investigations (NJSCI) and NJ State Ethics Commission (NJSEC). The NJSCI should want to delve further into whether state laws were broken and seek remedies. Although the NJ Acting Attorney General and NJSEC operate under the authority of the governor, they should also investigate and prosecute where necessary. Also there are civil suits.
For other individuals involved who may be “co-conspirators” go below the fold.
Thanks to WNYC’s Christieverse those who follow in Christie’s trail and may or may not be guilty of crimes include 1. Charles McKenna, former Christie Chief Counsel who led an inquiry on staff involvement; 2. Michael DuHaime, top strategist for Christie’s campaigns and in contact with David Wildstein; 3. Kevin O’Dowd who was Bridget Kelly’s boss and close to David Samson; 4. Bill Stepien, who was expected to be Christie’s presidential campaign manager and knew about the lane closures; 5. Regina Egea, Christie’s Director of Authorities Unit, who exchanged 12 since-deleted texts with Christie during Bill Baroni’s “traffic study” testimony; 6. Matt Mowers, who worked for Bridget Kelly and maintained a “T-100” list of towns targeted for Christie mayoral endorsements; and 7. Phillip Kwon, Deputy NY NJ PA General Counsel, an earlier unsuccessful nominee of Christie to the NJ Supreme Court, who coached Baroni on his testimony before the legislature. Five of these seven individuals are no longer in the same position they occupied during Bridgegate.