Tag Archive: investigation

New subpoena looking for evidence Team Christie retaliated against JC Mayor Fulop

Via WSJ, a new federal subpoena issued to the Port Authority shows a focus on Jersey City, looking at claims that Gov. Christie’s administration retaliated against JC’s Democratic mayor Steve Fulop. A source told reporter Ted Mann that this latest subpoena to the PA is a broad request covering correspondence among aides and allies of the Governor’s, and includes David Wildstein and Bill Baroni. WSJ:

The subpoena seeks records from a broad range of former authority officials regarding their interactions with Jersey City, according to a person familiar with the matter, including two Christie allies who resigned from the authority amid the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal, David Wildstein and Bill Baroni.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has said that the Christie administration punished him when he failed to endorse the governor’s reelection in 2013.

Fulop has reported that key meetings his administration had set up with state commissioners were all abruptly canceled within minutes after he informed the Governor’s office of his decision not to endorse Christie for reelection.

In a group of emails – notable for their political calculation – uncovered and first reported on by The Record is an exchange between Bridget Kelly and Wildstein. She asked if any of Fort Lee Mayor Sokolich’s many calls to Port Authority during the GWB lane closures had been returned. “Radio silence.” Wildstein replied. “His name comes right after mayor Fulop.”

David Samson works late, makes calls.

From David Samson’s call log, after hours on the first day of the Bridgegate lane closures.

David Samson phone log Bridgegate

David Samson, as a former NJ Attorney General was once the chief law enforcement officer in the state. And at nearly 75 is a trusted elder in Christie’s innermost circle. Close enough, that Christie brought Samson to celebrate with him when he was installed as RGA chair in Arizona last year.  

Michele Brown, Why do we so often find you in the middle of Chris Christie’s malarkey?

We already know that if Chris Christie doesn’t like the rules, he won’t follow them. Scandals under investigation by both federal and state officers (including a federal grand jury investigating possible criminal charges) are looking at possible gross violations of ethical conduct, abuse of power and possibly even illegal acts that may have been committed by Christie or by his close operatives in an administration we know he holds the reins tight. Today we find out – poof! – rules everybody else has to play by have been pushed aside so yet another friend of the Governor’s can rake in the cash. And once again, who do we see right in the middle of it? Michele Brown.  

Video – Drewniak Testimony

Longtime Christie mouthpiece Michael Drewniak, the consummate insider who followed Chris Christie from the US Attorney’s office, to his campaign, and then served him as one of the most visible members of Christie’s inner sanctum, testified before the joint legislative panel investigating the sudden GWB lane closures. Among things that stood out: Drewniak was so carefully monitored by his counsel that the counsel often addressed the panel himself. Drewniak particularly parsed the timeline of what was known, by whom, and when, sometimes being so specific in language that the effect was to evade the question, or not to answer it, instead redirecting his answer to give another unrelated piece of information.

NJTV broadcasting Bridgegate hearing live

Just a quick heads-up:

NJTV is broadcasting live the legislature’s Bridgegate hearing and the testimony of Christina Genovese Renna, who worked under Bridget Kelly in the inner sanctum of Gov. Christie’s executive office. It is EXACTLY what they should be doing, and I hope you will tweet your thanks to @NJTVonline.

At work? No TV? NJ Spotlight is live-streaming NJTV’s feed – here.

Right now, Loretta Weinberg is questioning Renna about how mayors they were trying to get Christie endorsements from were tracked in her office.  

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: