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Bridgegate: Wildstein admits conspiring with Bill Baroni & Bridget Kelly, both indicted

UPDATE 1:34: Fishman: “Based on the evidence that is currently available to us, we’re not going to charge anybody else in this scheme.” Fishman would not comment on Wildstein’s attorney’s claim that Christie had knowledge of the lane closures. And he did not offer comment on the Hoboken allegations. Asked if the special circumstances of GWB being a terror target might have led to charges, Fishman replies No. Bridget Kelly press conference coming later today.

Document: Wildstein plea.

Document: Indictment of Baroni and Kelly.

Statement: Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Statements: Sen. Loretta Weinberg, Sen. Steve Sweeney.

UPDATE 1:24pm: Fishman to press says the counts against Wildstein were a conspiracy “for what amounts to a political vendetta.” And that closing the lanes amounts to a violation of the civil rights of Fort Lee residents. That they deliberately waited until Sept 9 – the first day of school – to create the traffic chaos. A “real issue of life or death.”  That even after safety issues were raised, Baroni, Kelly & Wildstein “just kept up the scheme as long as they could.” The indictments charge that Baroni, Wildstein, Kelly concocted the “traffic study” story to explain away the lane closures, that it was a sham. Arraignment of Kelly, Baroni will be Monday 11am, per Fishman.

UPDATE 1:23pm: Wisniewski & Weinberg call Bridgegate admissions “sickening.”

UPDATE 1:00: Kelly and Baroni indictments are unsealed, were filed April 23. Wildstein signed his own plea agreement Jan. 21, 2015.

Report: David Wildstein to plead Guilty

UPDATE 6:30pm: APP reporting Wildstein did not get the immunity he was seeking, but the idea he would plead guilty before charges are brought against anyone else raises the possibility he is cooperating.

UPDATE 5:13pm: Now hearing via Bloomberg legal reporter David Voreacos and his college Elise Young, that Wildstein’s plea is now rescheduled to Friday.

David Wildstein is going to plead guilty tomorrow, we hear. Of all the people involved in the Bridgegate scandal, he probably knows the most, and has the longest loyalty to Gov. Christie – who threw him under the bus. And he almost certainly has stories to tell. Bloomberg is reporting Wildstein will go to federal court in Newark tomorrow, and plead guilty, unclear to what charges. Wildstein said last year that Christie knew about the GWB lane closures while they were going on, that he informed Christie himself. The “order” to shut the lanes, which has been discussed as the “Time for some traffic problems” email, came from Christie’s inner office, from Deputy COS Bridget Kelly. Christie has distanced himself from both Wildstein and Kelly, and denies any wrongdoing. New Jersey taxpayers have spent a fortune on the self-exonerating Mastro Report, which jumped to that conclusion. But this may now be the floodgates, and the indictments, how high will they go?

Christie’s effort to skate away from Wildstein? Epic. A full take-down. Implied that he – as an athlete and class president – was above Wildstein’s lowly circle. Played him as a loser as a nerd. When the chips are down, Christie doesn’t return loyalty, even to somebody who’d been lapping at his ankles for decades. Christie claimed he barely knew Wildstein; now we know that was a lie.

Chris Christie, David Wildstein Sept. 11, 2013
Christie with Wildstein (speaking), who he says he barely knows. Taken Sept. 11, 2013 (by Port Authority), the day Wildstein says he informed Christie of the lane closures, which were in their third day

In what world do indictments in Bridgegate equal vindication for Christie?

If reports are right, there could be indictments this week (or just about any week) in the Bridgegate investigation. But I just can’t get past this headline today over at PolitickerNJ, because the majority of people will never read the story, they will just see this:

For Christie, indictments in Bridgegate investigation could mean vindication

This is exactly what Team Christie is hoping for and counting on. Check it out: If you Google Christie and Indictments, look at the 3rd news story currently:

Seriously. In what world is potential indictment and perp walk of your closest advisors, Port Authority henchmen and campaign chiefs vindication? If they’re indicted, it will be for work they did for a seated Governor launching a campaign for president. If they’re indicted, it will be for carrying out the business they had reason to believe Gov. Christie wanted, even if he says – repeatedly – he wasn’t aware of any of it? Is that how far the bar has been lowered now?

“Vindication.” Just wow.  

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: