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New Report Directly Contradicts Chris Christie’s Bridgegate Story

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New Report Directly Contradicts Chris Christie’s Bridgegate Story

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Chris Christie’s former political associate is directly contradicting the governor’s assertion that he had no idea that lanes on the George Washington Bridge had been shut down until “after the whole thing was over.”

On December 13 of last year, Christie said this:

A letter from David Wildstein’s attorney claims the former senior official at the Port Authority knows of evidence “tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the time the lanes were closed.”

During a press conference in January, Christie said that he had not been in contact with Wildstein in some time, and was never particularly close to his high-school classmate — “…we passed in the hallways.” Since then a photo of the two together during the lane closures has surfaced. A high-school coach also asserted that Wildstein was active in the baseball team Christie was on.

Republicans praised the governor for his press conference, where he announced that his aide Bridget Kelly had been fired and that he was disassociating himself from former advisor Bill Baroni, a Christie Port Authority appointee, in response to released documents that showed the two discussing the closings, often flippantly. Wildstein resigned from his Port Authority position in December. He his currently seeking reimbursement for his legal charges from the Authority.

Christie’s aides claimed the lanes were shut down as part of a traffic study. Numerous theories have arisen about why they decided it was “time for traffic problems in Fort Lee.” The governor has not offered an explanation for who ordered the closures.

The New Jersey Star-Ledger is calling on Christie to step down if the allegations prove true.

Governor Christie responded to the letter with a statement on Friday evening saying that Wildstein’s lawyers’s letter confirmed what Christie had said in his press conferences. However, it clearly contradicts the governor’s assertion in the video above that the governor was unaware of the closures until after they were over.

AFP Photo/Jeff Zelevansky

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24 Comments

  1. Mike Anderson January 31, 2014

    Christie done. Kaput. Hasta la vista. Mike Huckabee is the front runner now. His control women’s libido platform doesn’t look so dumb after all.

    Reply
    1. SWFLORIDA1106 February 1, 2014

      It’s none of Huckabee’s damn business about a woman’s libido…I bet his wife doesn’t have enough libido to put in a thimble..Maybe, that’s his concern?

      1. Allan Richardson February 1, 2014

        Besides, Christian fundies believe that a wife should never refuse her husband, no matter how many kids they end up raising (the Full Quiver movement, as glorified on cable TV). HER libido has NOTHING to do with her getting pregnant; if she does enjoy sex, that’s an unintended side effect to them.

    2. mikem42 February 1, 2014

      It’s about as dumb as 9-9-9.

  2. Dominick Vila February 1, 2014

    Gov. Chritie’s political career, at a national level, is finished. What will be interesting to find out is who will be the GOP front runners in 2016. With Sen. McCain rapidly approaching assisted living facility conditions, Jeb Bush not interested in running, a Canadian natural born citizen pretending to be an American natural born citizen, and a Cuban-American angering the GOP base by endorsing immigration reform, it is going to be slim pickings for the GOP. Will it be Sarah, Romney, Lee, or Limbaugh? We can always dream…I hereby endorse Limbaugh with either Beck or Coulter in the ticket.

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    1. daniel bostdorf February 1, 2014

      Wall Street Journal reports that Jeb Bush may be reconsidering a run now that Christie is done……We have to follow the money…and the very safest candidate for GOP now, with the “moderate Republican” moniker, is Jeb Bush…his family has the money, political power and organization to pull this off…and they are Koch brother friendly….

      readd here:http://live.wsj.com/video/jeb-bush-thinks-about-running-for-president/DD6EC998-B7CD-46D4-A49D-DDD3080EC5BA.html#!DD6EC998-B7CD-46D4-A49D-DDD3080EC5BA

      1. Dominick Vila February 1, 2014

        …and as a former Governor he has relevant experience. I wonder how the Tea Party will react when they see his Mexican wife sitting next to him…

        1. daniel bostdorf February 1, 2014

          Now that is a great question!

          1. Dominick Vila February 2, 2014

            Don’t be surprised if Paul Ryan is the GOP nominee in 2016. He appeals to the Tea Party and many traditional conservatives, and with the exception of seniors concerned over his planned dismantling of MEDICARE, (that was a huge faux pas), he is likely to carry most of the white vote and most Red states.

          2. daniel bostdorf February 2, 2014

            You may be on to something….lets project all the red state members involved in nominating him that would certainly vote for him.

            Then project the way those in poverty, and middle class have been decimated by Ryan et all…It was those demographics that gave Obama 2 terms.

            Hillary has a higher “Q” rating than Obama and Paul Ryan, so we know the outcome of that match up..

            A “Q rating” is a scale measuring the popularity of a person or thing typically based on dividing an assessment of familiarity by an assessment of favorable opinion…

    2. Jim Myers February 1, 2014

      Never underestimate the Right Wing Nut Jobs when it comes to slandering opponents.

      Couple that with gerrymandering, voter restrictions, massive money flowing from the Koch Heads and their allies, lies, distortions and misleading “facts” that could well place the White House in their power.

      All I’m saying is be careful what you ask for. You might actually get it.

      1. Dominick Vila February 1, 2014

        I believe the GOP will keep control of the House in 2014. In fact, they may be able to gain a few more seats. Control of the Senate is up in the air. If the Dems retain control of the Senate it is likely to be by a tiny minority.
        2016 is likely to be a better year for Democrats. That is, unless gerrymandering and voter suppression go rampant if the GOP has full control of Congress after the 2014 election.
        The next 3 years are going to be interesting. BTW, it would not surprise me if the GOP moves to the center-right out of necessity. I live in Florida where our crooked Governor is busy trying to project an illusion of moderation that contrasts with his record during his first 3 years in office.

        1. Jim Myers February 1, 2014

          Ted Cruz will do whatever the Koch Heads ask him to do in order to keep the GOP headed towards the extreme right.

          However, I think you are probably correct.

          We truly are living in interesting times.

  3. FT66 February 1, 2014

    I can’t see how Christie can survive this. The man is done. Hearing from the man who ordered lanes to be closed, then you know for sure he was acting according to orders which came from the higher Office (Christie’s). If it was not all of us being observing how Christie behaved in the past, then with little sympathy, we could have thought there were no orders and people decided on themselves to act. But that was not the case. I suspect everything will be put on the limelight, sooner or later and Christie will be exposed.

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  4. itsfun February 1, 2014

    If Christie knew about the lane closures and lied to the citizens, he should be removed immediately from office. We have no room for liars in our City, State or National Governments.

    Reply
    1. FT66 February 1, 2014

      Finally itsfun we are sailing on the same boat. How nice to see even if we differ on political affiliation, we don’t differ when it comes abiding to laws and what it has to be done when one commits crimes.

      1. itsfun February 1, 2014

        I think we may agree on many issues. We just differ on the way to get things done.

  5. howa4x February 1, 2014

    I’ve said from the beginning that this scandal duplicates how Nixon handled Watergate. Now we have Wildstein doing his best John Dean impersonation.
    Although he just wants to get his legal fees paid Wildstein has just sent a shock wave into this investigation and has possibly derailed Christie’s national ambitions forever. This is not the only new development in this story. It was reported this morning that the Christie Administration violated state law by not having a monitor in place to oversee Sandy aid disbursement. Turns out 3 major expenditures have taken place using this aid without oversight. 1. a 68 million expenditure to hire a consultant who has just been fired with no reason given, 2. a 6 million expenditure to rehab a nursing home in Bellville, NJ that was far from the zone of destruction, and, 3 another funding of new construction far from the shore. This has to be seen in light of the fact that 26,000 people still have not received Sandy funds and are living outside of their primary residences in the midst of the destruction zone over 1 year after the event. Most are on some waiting list where the rules of what documents they need keeps changing.
    Also a federal grand jury is looking into the Hoboken Mayors allegation that her city was denied full Sandy aid because she wouldn’t approve a development project in her city. David Samson who is chair of the Port of authority (bridge scandal) was the lawyer for the project in Hoboken. There are also questions regarding conflict of interest by Samson on a Path train station redevelopment, paid by the PA, where he and the brother of Christie owned property.
    This story has now just begun to get long legs and there will be a drip, drip of information oozing out. The state paper today has said that if he knew the reason for the bridge closure he either should step down or be impeached. There are too many players in this story who could also ask for immunity who have hired high powered criminal lawyers, which is an indication some feel they are in real trouble.
    This is a continuing saga. A drama with a lot of tentacles going in different directions. The 1st to get immunity gets the best deal, so stay tuned.

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    1. mikem42 February 1, 2014

      I really think we need to know more about the firm that was hired to help distribute the funds for Sandy aid. Who were they really, what did they do, and why were they fired? I think there is a story here, and hope Steve Kornacki and/ or the investigative committee is looking into this. There are many moving parts to this story.

      1. howa4x February 1, 2014

        I agree. I think soon it will be a race for immunity between Wildstein and Kelly. Either one can spell trouble for Christie

  6. Jim Myers February 1, 2014

    It amazes me that when politicians get caught doing something mean spirited or even illegal, they inevitably lie to cover it up.

    The American public has a high capacity to forgive, or at least overlook, nearly anything they do, EXCEPT lying and trying to cover it up.

    Richard Nixon may well have survived Watergate if he had come forward when the details became public.

    Sure, there would have been a price to pay, but it is likely that it would not have gained the traction needed in order to force him out of office.

    It would have left the United States with a black eye, but as soon as the next crisis came to light, it would have lost its luster.

    Of course, there are some things that should stay in the limelight.

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    1. daniel bostdorf February 2, 2014

      i agree-Christie certainly orchestrated this. No question. But his dirty
      trickster, and Port Authority shill, David Wildstein, put it into
      action.

      Watergate taught us these lessons about how absolute power, in the hands of a political bully like Nixon, leads to being corrupted absolutely by that power. But it also taught us that Nixon did not act alone. And he tried to cover it up blaming others. Nixon had the henchmen of Haldeman, Ehrlichman, John Dean, Nixon
      Dirty Trickster Roger Stone and black operations mastermind , E. Howard Hunt. (who orchestrated countless break-ins including the botched Watregate break in that led to Nixon’s demise…

      Christie has the very same problem. And now that there is a movement afoot to impeach him….Christie must resign.

      Here is an interesting expose of Wildstein considered a “bully” in his own right….birds of a feather flock together…

      2 excerpts From the article:

      I1n 2007, Politico reporter Alex Isenstadt wrote in a Jan. 9 article
      about his experience working with Wildstein there, calling him
      “a big, forceful presence — someone who made the floorboards
      rattle when he walked and gave the impression of a guy who you
      didn’t dare mess with.” He wore fancy suits, expensive shoes
      and a big, shiny watch, and was hard to read, Isenstadt wrote.

      Wil2

      A 2012 article in the Record, a Bergen County newspaper,
      quotes Bill Baroni, a former Republican state senator and friend
      of Christie who was named the Port Authority’s deputy executive
      director, saying he hired Wildstein to “aggressively pursue”
      the governor’s priorities. dstein Played Hardball Politics Before Bridge Affair

      http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-02/wildstein-played-hardball-politics-before-bridge-affair.html

  7. irishtap February 1, 2014

    A corrupt politician can only keep his true character hidden for so long. Problem with New Jersey seems to be it’s unprecedented level of avarice. Most politicians in that state aren’t too dissimilar to Mr. Christie, or so it appears. No offense to the people of New Jersey.

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  8. daniel bostdorf February 2, 2014

    Christie certainly orchestrated this. No question. But his dirty trickster, and Port Authority shill, David Wildstein, put it into action.

    Watergate taught us these lessons about how absolutepower, in the hands of a political bully like Nixon, leads to being corrupted absolutely by that power. But it also taught us that Nixon did not act alone. And he tried to cover it up blaming others. Nixon had the henchmen of Haldeman, Ehrlichman, John Dean, Nixon Dirty Trickster Roger Stone and black operations mastermind , E. Howard Hunt. (who orchestrated countless break-ins including the botched Watregate break in that led to Nixon’s demise…

    Christie has the very same problem. And now that there is a movement afoot to impeach him….Christie must resign.

    Here is an interesting expose of Wildsteim considered a “bully” in his own right….birds of a feather flock together…

    2 excerpts From the article:

    I1n 2007, Politico reporter Alex Isenstadt wrote in a Jan. 9 article
    about his experience working with Wildstein there, calling him
    “a big, forceful presence — someone who made the floorboards
    rattle when he walked and gave the impression of a guy who you
    didn’t dare mess with.” He wore fancy suits, expensive shoes
    and a big, shiny watch, and was hard to read, Isenstadt wrote.

    Wil2

    A 2012 article in the Record, a Bergen County newspaper,
    quotes Bill Baroni, a former Republican state senator and friend
    of Christie who was named the Port Authority’s deputy executive
    director, saying he hired Wildstein to “aggressively pursue”
    the governor’s priorities. dstein Played Hardball Politics Before Bridge Affair

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-02/wildstein-played-hardball-politics-before-bridge-affair.html

    Reply

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