Tag Archive: Associated Press

Christie Bridgegate lawyers to be subpoenaed & Christie Treasurer to be questioned on report’s cost

Oh, SNAP.

Yesterday, on Meet the Press, Sen. Loretta Weinberg rattled off what’s missing from the “internal investigation” report prepared by Christie lawyer Randy Mastro – including transcripts of interviews with the 70 “so-called witnesses” Mastro says his team talked to, and a list of who those people are. Via AP:

A New Jersey legislative committee probing a political payback operation carried out by Gov. Chris Christie’s aides and associates plans to subpoena interview transcripts and other documents from the lawyers the governor hired to carry out an internal investigation, the committee co-chairman [Wisniewski] said Monday.

Hotshot Reporting 2012: Best Reporting by Traditional News Media

In 2012, there were a lot of things we might never have known if good journalists, good editors and their news outlets had not devoted resources to uncovering them. Sometimes this was simply a matter of going through mountains of paper or on line communication that is public record as a matter of law. But somebody had to do it, which usually means somebody else would rather it stay hidden.

Here for 2012, are some that really impressed us here at Blue Jersey, with thanks to the news organizations, and their editors & reporters for what we now know because of their work:  

Associated Press on Surveillance of NJ Muslims AP’s 24-part 2-year probe of NYPD’s secret surveillance (by the questionably-named ‘Demographics Unit’) of Muslim students, neighborhoods and places of worship in New Jersey.

UNLOCKED: Sam Dolnick’s New York Times exposé  of the consequences of New Jersey’s privatized halfway house system run by Christie pal Bill Palatucci, which led to hearings in both houses of the NJ legislature, Palatucci’s exit out CEC’s back door, and at least one lawsuit, by the sister of murder victim Viviana Tulli, killed at the hands of a CEC escapee.  (Note: Bill Orr tracked the aftermath of questionable policies by CEC for Blue Jersey).

Dolnick was looking at CEC and how Christie and Essex party boss Joe D were connected to it almost 18 months ago.

Star-Ledger brought to light the video of a mentally disabled man getting a beat down by state police as well (as well as the fact that authorities initially cleared the trooper of wrongdoing before Star-Ledger began to make inquiries.

Sal Rizzo at Star-Ledger was responsible for the Ledger’s in-depth examination  of how closely legislation from Christie & NJ Republicans matched bills written by fake-charity American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Trenton Times recently pored over 500 pages of emails and documents after TCNJ employees fall sick during chemical use in roof reconstruction on the campus. And that includes shedding light on internal emails about how TCNJ school officials, concerned staff members might require inconvenient building transfers to somewhere on campus where they wouldn’t feel ill at work, encouraged “hand holding” by administrators and the school’s environmental health officers to get workers to “live with” the odor that was making them feel sick.

AP wins Pulitzer Prize for NYPD Muslim spying story

It happened this week: Associated Press won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for its series on NYPD surveillance of the Muslim communities of New Jersey and New York. Congratulations to journalists Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman with Chris Hawley and Eileen Sullivan. Originally, I pulled this story for the morning news roundup. But I think these reporters’ work requires more attention from us.

More – including a link to the Pulitizer Prize winning series, and an appreciation of some local NJ journalists, below the fold.

Jon Runyan runs afoul of transparency

Maybe the lesson here is that Sports Illustrated is a lot more forgiving than the opposition research anybody with a couple hours and familiarity with the internets can dig up. Though, come to think of it, Sports Illustrated is pretty good at that, too.

With uncomfortable details leaking out routinely now about Jon Runyan’s past decisions, the NJ-3 GOP candidate is rushing to get out in front of them all, just in time and weeks months after the wet slimies started crawling out from under the rocks.

Runyan called a press conference for damage control of his dirty laundry, which includes 2 lawsuits and 33 late payments on his property taxes. It should certainly be noted by journalists, and will be noted here, that Football Republican Runyan isn’t coming clean to come clean, he’s coming clean because he’s being forced to. Maybe the Associated Press is easily star-struck, becuase they lapped up what he served, reporting bad news like good news. Disappointing.

At his presser he promised to “open the floodgates” and provided some detail about the lawsuits, a tax lien on a business he owned and those 33 late property tax payments (memo to Chris Christie: collect on Mr. Runyan and maybe that’s a teacher or 2 that don’t have to get canned) on houses estates in Mount Laurel and Texas.

I take ownership of every mistake I’ve ever made in my life, and I think that makes me a better person for it.

Okay, Mr. Runyan. But I’ll bet your GOP handlers wished they did better vetting, and a little earlier, like before the property tax embarrassment, the lawsuits, your little donkey problem, the fact that you frequently skip voting, etcetera, etcetera.

Jon Runyan Watch: a good place to track the presumptive GOP nominee.

Headline on NJ Delegation and Iraq

The headline from this morning: NJ Dems lash out against Bush move on Iraq; Republicans cautious

Cautious?

What about timid, worried, and afraid? What about their actual quotes — that they’re “concerned” and “troubled?”

What about congratulatory?

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-Harding, said he commended Bush for “working to change the dynamic in Iraq and for putting a new team of military leaders in place.”

So to take a stand is to “lash out,” and to take no position, sit by and do nothing is to be “cautious.”

Cautious is the wrong word for their position.