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AT&T gives Regina Egea’s cell phone records to Bridgegate panel

From New Jersey Law Journal (paywall) we learn that AT&T has at least partially complied with a subpoena issued by the legislative panel investigating the Bridgegate scandal, chaired by Asm John Wisniewski and Sen. Loretta Weinbwrg, sending a 17-page list of phone numbers to and from the cell phone issued to Regina Egea. At the time of the sudden lane closures on the NJ side of the George Washington Bridge a year ago, Which we now know were deliberately ordered by some of Gov. Christie’s closest allies in his office and the Port Authority to create chaos, Egea was Director f the Authorities Unit in the governor’s office and a go-to for him on Port Authority issues. She is now his chief of staff.

Egea has testified to the committee that she sent Christie a text during a December hearing of the Assembly Transportation Committee (the first stage of legislative investigation, which later was broadened to include the Senate). Egea testified that she had deleted that text. Gov. Christie has said he doesn’t remember getting such a text.

Wisniewski said he does not yet know if any of the numbers belong to cellphones used by Christie.

Last week, the committee’s attorney, attorneys for the panel huddled with AT&T’s lawyers discussing the subpoena. That discussion is continuing, Wisniewski said, adding that he is “not prepared to say” whether AT&T has fully complied with the subpoena’s demands .

Bridgegate panel subpoenas Mike DuHaime

Yesterday’s nearly 6-hour testimony of former Christie insider Christina Genovese Renna made clear – though she carefully avoided saying so – that the resources of Christie’s governmental operation at the highest levels are used to advance Christie politically.

Without expressly copping to this fact, Renna described Christie’s executive-level office workings as a snakepit. And if the Governor did create a working culture of retribution, fear among his close underlings and political gotcha – where deliberately risking the safety of hundreds of thousands of GWB commuters for kicks was a day at the office –  there are still many questions still unanswered.

Who ordered the lane closures? Renna suggests Bridget Kelly was too “insecure” and scared to make decisions herself, though we’ve seen the email that told David Wildstein A/K/A “Wally Edge” it was time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee. If Kelly wasn’t the mastermind, it suggests somebody else whose top job was managing Christie’s political profile might have been. Somebody really good at that. Somebody who had the sway in Christie’s front office to get every one of the key players – Kelly, Wildstein, Stepien – to do what they were told. Somebody in direct communication with Chris Christie, the governor as political shark, who has a long history of abusing government power and casually denying it.

Mike DuHaime’s been subpoenaed for documents by the joint legislative SCI chaired by John Wisniewski and Loretta Weinberg. Read the 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:

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:

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.

Bridget Anne Kelly to the People of New Jersey: Drop Dead

Bridget Anne Kelly. Remember that name. She’s an amazing person. Everything I’m about to write concerning her is factual. If someone ever wrote about me what I’m about to write about her, I’d be fuming mad. I’d threaten to sue, not that such threats would help me due to First Amendment protections. With Kelly, there is very little speculation to the crimes she committed and what she can be held responsible for. We’ve already got the slam-dunk proof in communications sent between her and then-Port Authority official David Wildstein. But it is worth recounting because she’s topped her September crimes with newer ones.

You Get a Subpoena, and You Get a Subpoena — Everyone Gets a Subpoena!

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The Star Ledger reports 18 more subpoenas going out on Bridgegate.

  • Chris Christie for Governor, the governor’s re-election campaign
  • Christie’s office
  • Regina Egea, director of the authorities unit, governor’s office
  • Nicole Crifo, senior counsel to the authorities unit, governor’s office
  • Jeanne Ashmore, director of constituent relations, governor’s office
  • Rosemary Iannacone, director of operations, governor’s office
  • Barbara Panebianco, executive assistant to Bridge Anne Kelly, governor’s office
  • Custodian of records, State Police aviation unit
  • William “Pat” Schuber, commissioner at the Port Authority
  • Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director at the Port Authority
  • Custodian of records, Port Authority
  • Steve Coleman, deputy director of media relations, Port Authority
  • Phillip Kwon, deputy general counsel, Port Authority
  • John Ma, chief of staff to Executive Director Patrick Foye, Port Authority
  • Matthew Bell, special assistant to former Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni, Port Authority
  • Gretchen DiMarco, assistant to Baroni, Port Authority
  • Arielle Schwarz, special assistant to former Director of Interstate Capital Projects David Wildstein, Port Authority
  • Mark Muriello, assistant director of Tunnels, Bridges & Terminals, Port Authority

And in related subpoena news, the committee voted to compel Christie campaign director Bill Stepian and Bridgegate fall-gal Bridget Anne Kelly to respond to earlier subpoenas.  They had previously asserted their fifth amendment rights not to produce the requested documents.  

Bridget Kelly, called a “liar” by Christie, refuses to turn over documents

Via Star-Ledger, Bridget Anne Kelly through her attorney is refusing to produce documents and other info required by the subpoena issued her by the joint legislative committee investigating the sudden GWB local lane closures that sent Fort Lee into 5-day traffic chaos.

Through her attorney, Kelly cites both her Fifth Amendment constitutional right against self-incrimination and Fourth Amendment right against wrongful search and seizure as she denied the requests. Last month, Kelly dropped (or was dropped by) attorney Walter Timpone, considered in the Christie circle, and hired Michael Critchley.

Gov. Christie ridiculed press questions about the September incident, which affected drivers both on the first day of school and the 9/11 anniversary, and denied he and his office had anything to do with it until emails were traced right into his office. Kelly, his Deputy Chief of Staff sent an August 13 email to David Wildstein at Port Authority: “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” Wildstein replied: “Got it.” Both emails appeared to suggest prior understanding of what that meant, though speculation has ranged about the motive. Gov. Christie, on 101.5 tonight is still talking about a “traffic study,” for which no evidence has surfaced.

Now the circumstances suggest both Wildstein and Kelly have a story to tell, but we may not get it till their situation is protected.

Christie showed zero curiosity about what happened in Fort Lee until documents tracked the order to his closest circle of loyalists and operatives. He wasted no time throwing people under the bus, distancing himself from Wildstein, who he claimed to hardly know, and calling Kelly a “liar” who “betrayed” him.  

GWB Update Roundup:

Can you have imagined this headline even 24 hours ago from an outlet like Asbury Park Press? Is Chris Christie the ‘Thuginator’?

“There was a missing child that day. The police had trouble conducting that search because they were tied up directing traffic,” says Jan Goldberg, a Fort Lee city councilman who works with local emergency personnel. Police found the missing child, a four-year-old. “But with the streets in the condition they were, I would venture to say that the search took longer,” Goldberg says. [snip] Goldberg called the messages revealed on Wednesday “outrageous,” saying, “It’s unimaginable that they could stoop to that level.”

                  – Mother Jones



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