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Yesterday, in the News Roundup, I posted a drawing of a lumpen and guilty-looking Chris Christie sitting naked on the Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge. And I asked if anybody knew who the artist was so we could…
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A Disappointing NY/NJ Port Authority Budget

In spite of the outrage expressed this summer over conditions at the NY/NJ Port Authority Midtown Bus Terminal don’t expect much to change next year. Also the appearance of New Jerseyans getting less than their fair share of PA resources remains an important issue. The PA just released its proposed Operating and Capital Expense Budgets.

The 2015 budgeted operating expenses (page 55) for the terminal remain at the same level as in 2014 and 2013, at $102 million. Unfortunately, there is no increase here.

Chris Christie’s Bridgegate Legal Bills: You’re on the hook for $6.51 million-plus

Gov. Chris Christie has already has New Jersey in his taillights, but he’s left behind for us a scandal-related mess he’s expecting others to clean up. And that would be us.

Christie’s legal bill – costs to be paid by all of us – is now $6.51 million. And that’s just through April. The windfall in legal fees racked up goes to the law firm of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, a tidy sum for rainmaker Randy Mastro, who comes into the picture via Christie ally Rudy Guiliani.

  • Billable hours: In March, the firm reported 59 people working the case. That includes one lawyer 2 years out of law school who billed 342 hours that month; averaging 11 hours every day including Saturdays and Sundays. Tab just for that guy? Nearly $120k.

  • Whitewash: The Mastro Report (issued this March) was 344 pages; 75 interviews, 97 pages of appendices, 600-plus pages of exhibits. It took months and dozens of professionals to produce. And nobody took it seriously. It was obvious, self-exonerating whitewash. Fictional. Contradictory on its face. A massive, leap of overconfidence on Christie’s part that backfired big-time.

  • Sirota: Chris Christie’s Political Team Was In Direct Contact With Pension Overseer During Campaign

    Chris Christie Official PortraitGov. Chris Christie, who made even public safety on a bridge subject to political payback, who is now running NJ policy for the benefit of his coming White House run, appears to have been less than truthful when he promised a firewall between his management of $80 billion in pension funds and his own political operation. Christie’s already under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission for possible securities law violations in diverting Port Authority funds to Pulaski Skyway. But the SEC also is responsible for enforcing pay-to-play law. And there, Christie may have more problems. David Sirota says he has documents to back that up.

    From Sirota’s piece, at International Business Times:

    The head of a New Jersey board that determines how the state invests its pension money was in direct contact with top political and campaign fundraising aides for Gov. Chris Christie as the governor last fall mounted a successful bid for a second term.

    The meetings between Christie’s political team and the state’s pension overseer challenge assurances from the governor that the investment of state pension funds has been fully insulated from the political process. The meetings occurred as Christie’s campaign benefited from contributions from executives at financial firms that have secured lucrative contracts to manage growing slices of New Jersey pension money.

    Federal prosecutors subpoena GWB scandal legislative panel’s records

    Even as Gov. Chris Christie continues his nothing-to-see-here, business-as-usual “town halls,” and his allies inside the legislative SCI continue to try and undermine their work and credibility from the inside, there is obvious due diligence going on at several levels of investigation of multiple scandals involving the Christie administration. Today, we see the confluence of two of the branches of investigation, with the subpoena from the office of U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman of the records of the legislative SCI’s probe into the deliberate traffic chaos orchestrated off the GWB by operatives in Christie’s inner circle.

    And committee co-chairs John Wisniewsk and Loretta Weinberg say they will comply with that subpoena:

    Federal prosecutors subpoena GWB scandal legislative panel’s records

    Even as Gov. Chris Christie continues his nothing-to-see-here, business-as-usual “town halls,” and his allies inside the legislative SCI continue to try and undermine their work and credibility from the inside, there is obvious due diligence going on at several levels of investigation of multiple scandals involving the Christie administration. Today, we see the confluence of two of the branches of investigation, with the subpoena from the office of U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman of the records of the legislative SCI’s probe into the deliberate traffic chaos orchestrated off the GWB by operatives in Christie’s inner circle.

    And committee co-chairs John Wisniewsk and Loretta Weinberg say they will comply with that subpoena:

    Federal prosecutors subpoena GWB scandal legislative panel’s records

    Even as Gov. Chris Christie continues his nothing-to-see-here, business-as-usual “town halls,” and his allies inside the legislative SCI continue to try and undermine their work and credibility from the inside, there is obvious due diligence going on at several levels of investigation of multiple scandals involving the Christie administration. Today, we see the confluence of two of the branches of investigation, with the subpoena from the office of U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman of the records of the legislative SCI’s probe into the deliberate traffic chaos orchestrated off the GWB by operatives in Christie’s inner circle.

    And committee co-chairs John Wisniewsk and Loretta Weinberg say they will comply with that subpoena:

    Drewniak, Renna, Schuber and Foye – latest 4 subpoenaed by legislative SCI

    The legislative joint committee investigating the swirl of scandal around the 5-day North Jersey traffic snarl intentionally created by top Christie flunkies in both his inner office and at the Port Authority, has readied its next 4 subpoenas. It is calling:

    Christina Genovese Renna – May 6 at 10 a.m.

    William “Pat” Schuber – May 6 at 2 p.m.

    Michael Drewniak – May 13 at 10 a.m.

    Patrick Foye – May 13 at 2 p.m.