BRIDGEGATE TRIAL – DEFENSE & PROSECUTION REST, CLOSING ARGUMENTS BEGIN TODAY
- Judge Wigenton says prosecutors do not have to prove that Kelly and Baroni intended to punish Sokolich for refusing to endorse Christie in order for jurors to convict. And federal prosecutors suggested jurors shouldn’t believe Kelly’s story, because doing so would mean that 7 witnesses had lied under oath in federal court – all people whose livelihoods depend on Christie, Kelly replied.
- Who is Bridget Kelly? The defense paints her as hapless, prosecution as ruthless. (WNYC)
- I guess we can’t blame Gov. Tom Kean for wanting to believe his mentee, that smart young whippersnapper Chris Christie, isn’t lying his ass off about his involvement in Bridgegate.
- First Sweeney wanted state takeover of AC, now he doesn’t. AC officials weren’t around to hear that, though. Sweeney was in AC, but they were in Trenton presenting a 5-year plan t climb out of the hole to the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
- And AC’s leaders signal the city will fight if Christie orders a state takeover.
Hat tip to POLITICO New Jersey’s Matt Friedman for digging this up: This 9-second video of Cory Booker showing luv to the tracker covering him for a right-wing PAC.
It was some sort of a “traffic study.” 10 protesters lay down on the GWB at morning rush hour, causing a way less severe and shorter traffic jam than the professionals who did it 3 years ago.
COUNTDOWN – 12 DAYS
- One poll puts Hillary Clinton 14 points ahead of Trump, with 12 days left.
- You think Christie is a big supporter of Trump? Not where it counts – in the wallet. Ditto Mary Pat. Ditto Todd.
- If you blow your shot to the White House, you talk hotels. Trump says his new one, just steps from Hillary’s new address at 1400 Pensy, is a “metaphor” for the country. Okay, then.
- Meanwhile, Esquire says his Trump Tower’s an overwrought dump. And Bloomberg finds it loaded with criminals and minor celebs.
- CD5: Smelling blood in the water, Working Families Party targets Scott Garrett’s loyalty to Wall Street at the expense of Main Street.
- CD5: Scott Garrett sits for The Record’s editorial board. Newsflash: Not happy with Josh Gottheimer’s portrayal of his record.
Did you think you had something more important to do? The new head of NJ Transit wouldn’t commit to answering a series of questions from legislators by Friday, their deadline, after which they’ve threatened to issue subpoenas.
Undocumented immigrants may soon get at least one useful document – a local ID card. Homeless people, too.
Exit Kyrillos: Who in Monmouth can fill Joe Kyrillos’ shoes? With longtime senator Joe Kyrillos not seeking re-election, Marlboro mayor Joe Hornik is considering trying for the seat
Monmouth folks near Colts Neck, you have another rich and famous neighbor. Jon & Tracey Stewart have officially bought the Hockhockson Farm on Route 537, where they plan to build a farm sanctuary and education center next year. #goodpeople