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News Roundup & Open Thread for Monday, September 14, 2015

ON MEET THE PRESS

  • Christie’s reaction to the news about former PA Chair David Samson: “Let’s stop just reading the newspapers.” Oh really?
  • After NYC Police Commissioner said Christie made “a bit of a fool of himself” for criticizing NYC’s mayor on crime statistics, Christie, ignoring NJ’s crime problems, charged the commissioner with being “completely ridiculous.”

  • An interesting article on the origin of the feud between Christie and NYPD.

  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, September 9, 2015

    Bad omen for former Port Authority Chair David Samson: United Airlines Chief Executive and two other senior officials have stepped down during a federal corruption investigation on whether the airline had improperly sought to influence senior officials at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Samson was granted “The chairman’s flight” to South Carolina where he has a home.

    Federal government awards $256 million to PATH: to repair damage sustained by the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) rail system during Superstorm Sandy.

    Feds drop study of cancer risks near nuclear sites including Oyster Creek, arguing they don’t haver the time or resources.

    Christie is officially continuing his four-year, multi-million dollar battle for legal sports betting despite appellate court ruling. The state Legislature and the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association filed similar motions.

    Pinelands burning: Firefighters are battling a blaze that has burned through about 1,000 acres of the Pinelands.

    Obama said about Christie: “And then there was the guy – these guys are running for office, they’re running for the presidency – who said a union deserves a punch in the face. Really? Tell me how you really feel.”

    Thursday the NJ Economic Development Authority will consider a host of new tax breaks to corporations, including $253 million for a Camden venture. NJ Policy Perspective has detailed in the past that the subsidies the state has offered to companies to relocate in Camden are highly risky, “come at a tremendous taxpayer cost per job and mostly shifted existing jobs around the region, doing little to grow the broader economy.”

    If Christie were mayor of New York City he says, “Stop-and-frisk would be back in about five minutes.” Guess what guv: “Stop and Frisk” searches remain legal in NYC, just under more appropriate regulations.

    Finally Rep. Bill Pascrell says, he will vote for the agreement curbing Iran’s nuclear program.

    Mayor Steve Fulop indicated yesterday, he would oppose the nuclear deal with Iran reached by President Obama.

    Mayor of Jersey City takes another step toward gubernatorial candidacy. He opens his new website Steve Fulop 2017.

    Former Senator Joe Lieberman was in Teaneck yesterday to support Democrat Josh Gottheimer, who is considering a 2016 challenge to U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett.

    Pot Smokers beware: NJ Appellate Court ruled that police may still search people without a warrant when they detect the smell of marijuana.

    Add Bon Jovi to the list of artists scheduled to perform in China only to have their concerts canceled due to some sort of affiliation with the Dalai Lama.

    For Christie, Bridgegate is not behind him

    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.

     

    Avalanche of PA subpoenas provide breadth of investigations and hope for change

    The NY/NJ Port Authority (PA), once held in the highest esteem nationally, has post-Bridgegate suffered a severe blow to its reputation. In its “Preliminary Official Statement” of bond offerings (page I-4), it disclosed the huge number of subpoenas it has received. The subpoenas open a window into a broad investigation of PA-related activities. Those issuing the subpoenas include the NJ U. S. Attorney, County of NY District Attorney, Securities and Exchange Commission, NJ Select Committee on Investigations, and NJ  State Ethics Commission. Issuance of any one  subpoena does necessarily result in a criminal charge. However, the breadth of such an unprecedented number of requests is a harbinger of changes to come. PA Chair John Degnan discusses some of these changes and other matters on this weekend’s NJTV “On the Record.”

    Avalanche of PA Subpoenas provide breadth of investigations and hope for change

    The NY/ NJ Port Authority, once held in the highest esteem nationally, has post-Bridgegate suffered a severe blow to its reputation. In its “Preliminary Official Statement” of bond offerings (page I-4), it disclosed a huge number of subpoenas it has received. The subpoenas open a window into a broad investigation of PA-related activities. Those issuing the subpoenas include the NJ. U. S. Attorney, County of NY. District Attorney, Securities and Exchange Commission, NJ Select Committee on Investigations, and NJ  State Ethics Committee. Issuance of any one  subpoena does necessarily result in a criminal charge. However, the breadth of such an unprecedented number of requests is a harbinger of changes to come.  

    Bridgegate Shoes Falling: Does Wolff & Samson expect founder David Samson to be indicted soon?

    Chris Christie, David Samson

    I mean, they’re scrubbing his name off everything.

    David Samson, who faces a widening federal criminal investigation into his actions as the former Port Authority chair, is not only retiring from the practice of law, but Wolff & Samson is changing its name, completely eliminating his.

    Sounds like a defensive crouch on the part of Samson’s law firm. Maybe they’re expecting an indictment soon? David Samson is a towering figure in NJ law; the founder of a powerful firm, and a mentor of a national-figure Republican governor on track for a White House run. The Samson name should give the firm gravitas, even after his departure. But  – nope – it won’t get the chance; they’ll rebrand with another Christie insider, Jeff Chiesa, headlining the firm.

    Samson’s been under investigation by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman for months for dealings in a number of areas, including: