Tag Archive: scandal

Scandal-plagued Gov. Christie picks up endorsement from impeached-any-minute-now Gov. LePage

Fresh off his return to glory days announcement at  Livingston High School, where he once strutted the halls as both class president and a football player (but hardly knew David Wildstein), Christie picked up the GOP primary field’s first endorsement from a seated governor.

And that governor is Paul LePage. LePage is under a pretty dark cloud right now. Like Christie, he’s gotten into trouble inserting himself into situations where he does not belong. Unlike Christie, who retains Bridgegate unindicted co-conspirator status in the minds of many Americans, LePage looks like LePage may not be able to insulate himself from his (alleged, but pretty well-documented) wrongdoing. And he looks pretty friendless right now, so I’m sure he was glad to see even Christie show up.  

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:  

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.”

Loretta Weinberg – one of the “Forward 50” in America

The Forward 50 - Loretta Weinberg

Don’t mess with Loretta Weinberg. The Senate Majority Leader of the New Jersey Senate may be 79 years old, but she still knows how to throw a political punch.

– from The Forward 50, profiling the most influential Jews in America

The Jewish Daily Forward has named Loretta Weinberg one of the 50 Americans who has had the most impact on the national story. She joins Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Notorious RBG, with whom she has plenty in common), politicians Henry Waxman, Jared Polis, and Michael Bloomberg and creative artists cartoonist Roz Chast, and filmmakers Darren Aronofsky, Scarlett Johansson and Maggie Gyllenhaal among others in culture, religion, tech, food, and sports.

Her profile outlines for those who don’t know her her role in investigating the Christie administration Bridgegate scandal, and her legislative work towards greater accountability in government, including protections for whistleblowers. She describes herself to the Forward as a “feisty Jewish grandmother”. You’ve heard that one before but that’s not fully how I see her.