Showing posts with label NJ. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NJ. Show all posts

August 1, 2017

NJ Gov.Chris Christie Goes to Ball Pk Gets in The Face of Fan, Again






I remember when President Obama came to NJ about 8 years ago after the are was hit by a hurricaine that decimated the beaches and resident on low laying areas. President Obama invited Christie to AirForce One and they flew examing the damage. Governor Christie was so emotional and grateful for President Obama to have come in to help the area and give His highest priority that made Chrisite cry. He said he had never been on Airforce One and it was sad to see a guy that size with tears down the cheeks like a boy. Christie doesn't cry anymore and people don't shake his hand but by many other methods, mainly with fingers.

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Maybe New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie should just stay away from ballparks and beaches, not to mention bridges.

The month of July hasn't been very kind to the governor. First, Christie angered New Jerseyans by spending part of the July 4 holiday lounging on a popular state beach that was closed to everyone else due to a partial government shutdown. The internet memes created from a photo of Christie relaxing in his beach chair quickly went viral.

And then there was the foul ball the governor caught at Citi Field earlier this month that elicited loud boos from the crowd. Even one broadcaster couldn't help making a sly commentary: "Nice to see him get from the beach here to the ballpark."

Now, at yet another baseball game at Milwaukee's Miller Stadium over the weekend, Christie, a bowl of nachos in hand, got within inches of a heckling Cubs fan to give him a piece of the gubernatorial mind.

In a video of the incident posted on Twitter, it's difficult to hear, but Christie says "You're a big shot," to the man, identified as Brad Joseph, who is wearing sunglasses and a Cubs jersey. "I appreciate that," Joseph is heard saying sarcastically.

Speaking with WISN 12 News, Joseph says he saw Christie coming up the stairs: "I yelled his name and told him that he sucked ... I called him a hypocrite because I thought it needed to be said."

Joseph said Christie made contact with his knee and asked if he wanted to "do something" or "start something."

"(He) was yelling at me. First, he told me, 'Why don't you have another beer?' which I thought was a decent come back, and I thought that was kind of funny," says Joseph. "Then he started calling me a tough guy."

Even before "beach gate," Christie was experiencing some of the lowest approval ratings of any governor in the country. In fact, they've been falling more-or-less steadily since his 2013 reelection, followed quickly by Bridgegate.

And Christie, who can't run again due to term limits, hasn't shown much empathy either over what NJ.com describes as "the global outrage" over the beach episode. In a radio interview last week, the governor said the flap has hurt his family and that he's avoided looking at the internet memes that have emerged as a result.

He said in Thursday's broadcast of Ask the Governor on NJ 101.5 FM that his family has been "more hurt by this latest episode than they've been hurt by anything else that has happened in the eight years and they don't understand people's unfairness and, quite frankly, their ignorance."

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Many tears have passed away and Christie now can't run for goveror again because of term limits and Trump afer the election, have both become the men they relly are. Obnotious who care less about the voters because they care for number one first. They both used their position to acquire power. Not to solve problems. When Christie was passed over for the position he had been offered of Attorney General because Jarred Kutchner was opposed, after all Chrisite on the days he was working hard to do his job and politicly grow went after a billionaire, The head of the Family Kutcher. 

Who would have thought that one day that kid Jarred would have the power f Chrisitie to hae the ultimate orgasm. Not just to fly Air Force one but to Work in Washington with Doors open to the White House. Next it would be running for Presidet. Everything was writen on the carton of Breyers rockie road Ice cream. As far as Trump goes he could promised anything, as Trump would say it was a political campaign and you do what you have to but when he finaly gets where people have elected him to, he belives is all because of his own smarts that got him there. He does good if its also good for him and his otels and so many business. Doesn't even need the President's salary which is lunch money.  

To win it is required for many alliances working for themselves but believing this person will deliver on promises that contradict others he is also made, but they beleive he will deliver on theirs and are the ones that bring the votes together. 

As for many voters they vote for the "lesser of two evils" or because the other one went around prostituting, killing boys (many voter said this was a reason, it was put out by the pizza connection which was not unmasked by the FBI as made up stories. These ever competing political groups tell them those voters to beleive and they beleive. Others just stay home and thus voting for the candidate that won by neutralizing the vote of the one that lost. 

A percentage of voters and I have no idea how many are reading this. We get to know the person as a politician, never fall in love with a politician, politcians are not people you can totally trust. Liking a lot should be the most on that scale. Liking and respect should be the most a politicaian gets.

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May 8, 2017

NJ with Lowest Opioid Prescription Rates Is Made to be by Christie as the Worse-Why?








 New Jersey last year reported one the lowest opioid prescription rates in the nation, even before Gov. Chris Christie signed into law tough new restrictions limiting when doctors may prescribe potentially addictive pain killers, according to a new survey. 
In New Jersey, prescriptions declined from 5.16 million to 4.59 million, a decline of 11 percent, according to a report released by the American Medical Association.
That amounts to 0.5 prescriptions per capita, second-lowest behind California and Hawaii at 0.4 scripts. New Jersey is tied with Alaska, Massachusetts, Minnesota and New York, according to the report released Friday.
In its report, "Physicians' progress to reverse nation's opioid epidemic," the leading lobby for doctors said prescribing rates have declined in all 50 states. During the same period of time, physician use of state prescription drug monitoring programs and the number of physicians undertaking training programs on opioid prescribing, pain management, addiction have spiked dramatically.
"These are good signs of progress, but to truly reverse the nation's opioid epidemic, we all have much more work to do," said Patrice A. Harris, who chairs the AMA's Board of Trustees. 
Despite its dense population and ample access to physicians, New Jersey has ranked low in opioid prescription rates for some time. In 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found 63 prescriptions were written for every 100 people New Jersey, at the bottom with New York, Minnesota, California and Hawaii in the lowest group.
Alabama and Tennessee were the highest-prescribing states, recording 143 prescriptions per capita, the CDC found in 2012. 
Last year, the CDC set guidelines for prescribers which state a seven-day supply is typically all that is required. In February in a show of determination to combat an epidemic of overdoses, Gov. Chris Christie and the Legislature adopted a law setting a five-day initial prescription that a doctor could increase after four days if pain has not subsided.
The Medical Society of New Jersey, the state affiliate for the American Medical Association, opposed the bill and predicted  cautious doctors would be reluctant to recommend opioids when they are necessary. 
Mishael Azam, chief operating officer for the Medical Society, said that prediction has come true, based on conversations with its members.
"Since the CDC guidelines were released and (S3) was signed, patients feel like criminals for needing pain medication," Azam said.
"Patients who need medication for mobility or daily quality of life are losing access because physicians are being blamed for opioid addiction, thus reducing even legitimate prescribing," Azam said. "Physicians are in fact learning and changing behavior, doing their best to balance the goals of treating patients and reducing addiction."
Christie has made reducing the addiction and overdose rate of heroin and prescription drugs the centerpiece of his final year in office. 
Backed by CDC studies and statistics that have shown a corresponding rise in the number of opioid prescriptions and fatal overdoses, Christie has taken aim at prescribing practices in the state and expanded the requirements that pharmacists update and doctors consult the statewide prescription monitoring database.
The law says doctors treating patients for acute pain must limit the length of the initial prescription to no more than five days. The law allows physicians to add another five days to the prescription after the fourth day if the pain has not subsided.
The measure would not apply to hospice or cancer patients or people in long-term care facilities, according to the bill. Nor would it apply to patients who are being treated for chronic pain.
Susan K. Livio may be reached at slivio@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @SusanKLivio. Find NJ.com Politics on Facebook.


April 16, 2017

“Do Not Remove” Tag on Mattress More Popular than Christie




 


  




According to new, admittedly unscientific polls, Governor Chris Christie has the unique distinction of being the least popular governor in the United states. I don't know if there's an awards dinner, but if there is it's probably a bummer. 
The title of America's least popular governor is a little confusing. All this poll did was compare the approval ratings of governor's in their home states against each other. For example, Christie may be hugely popular in Wyoming but who gives a damn, because he's governor of New Jersey. So to paraphrase, amongst all the governors in the U.S. Chris Christie has the lowest approval rating in his home state thus making him America's least favorite.
You can say a lot of things about Chris Christie and his dubious new distinction, but you can't say he didn't earn it. As he nears the finish line of his two terms in office the state is inarguably worse off than it was when he took the reins. Our infrastructure is crumbling, mass transit is a mess, our credit rating is in the negative numbers and half his staff has been sentenced to prison. It's been a rough seven plus years for Chris.
Plus, naming him America's least popular governor seems a little mean spirited. I mean, he knows he’s done a terrible job and we know he's done a terrible job, putting a label on it seems a little bit excessive.

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March 29, 2017

Christie Allies Sentenced Today NJ Courtroom








Former allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were sentenced to short prison terms Wednesday for engineering lane closures at the George Washington Bridge as alleged retaliation against a Democratic mayor who didn’t endorse the governor. 
[They said they informed the Governor of their actions but the Governor denies it]
Bill Baroni, who served as deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will spend two years behind bars and must do 500 hours of community service. His conspirator Bridget Anne Kelly was sentenced to 18 months in prison, plus a year of probation. 
"I regret more than anything that I allowed myself to get caught up in this," Baroni told U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton. “I failed."
His defense lawyers argued for leniency, noting his longtime work as an FBI informant when he was a state lawmaker.  
But Assistant U.S. Attorney Lee Cortes responded that Baroni should have known better, and should have gone to authorities when he learned of the plot, but instead tried to cover it up. 
Baroni "corrupted his office to send a petty, vindictive political message," Cortes said. He called Baroni's behavior "out of the playbook of some dictator in a banana republic." 
Before imposing the sentence, Wigenton told Baroni, "This is a sad day for the state of New Jersey, and in particular for you." 
She added: "You have lived a life of service...that makes the offense that much more perplexing." 
Wednesday's courtroom appearances will bring a likely end to the more than three-year-old scandal known as Bridgegate, which brought down members of Christie's inner circle and damaged his attempt to run for president. Witnesses at a fall trial alleged Christie knew about the plan beforehand. But Christie was never charged, and he maintains that he knew nothing about it until after it broke as a news story. 
Kelly, author of the now-infamous email that said, "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee," and Baroni were seeking probation. 
They will have time to appeal their sentences.  
Another Christie operative, David Wildstein, has admitted to cooking up the plot and testified that Kelly and Baroni helped him carry it out. He has alleged that he and Baroni spoke to Christie about the closures as they were happening. Wildstein, who cooperated with the feds as part of a plea deal, has not yet been sentenced. 
Baroni and Kelly have said they believed the lane closures were for a traffic study and not a political retribution plot. 
Image: Bridget KellyThe scandal stems from the September 2013 lane closures in Fort Lee, on the New Jersey end of the George Washington Bridge, and where a Democrat, Mark Sokolich, was mayor. Christie was running for re-election that year on a platform as a bipartisan consensus-builder, and was aggressively seeking Democratic endorsements. Sokolich was a holdout. 




Bridget Kelly arrives for sentencing at federal court in Newark, New Jersey, on March 29. Seth Wenig / AP

That August, Kelly emailed Wildstein calling for "traffic problems." He replied, "Got it." Later emails captured them discussing the closures. which began Sept. 9. and caused massive jams on Fort Lee roads. 
The lanes were reopened on Sept. 13, and the Port Authority said publicly that the closures were part of a traffic study, which turned out to be false. 
Kelly and Baroni were convicted on Nov. 4 of conspiracy, wire fraud and other charges. 
Prosecutors asked for three to four years for each, accusing them in a court filing this week of lying during their trial last fall.

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March 28, 2017

Men Who Seem Gay R Entrapment Prey For Port Authority Cops









Port Authority cops target men who seem gay or androgynous and arrest them on false charges of public masturbation and exposure at the city’s bus terminal, a new class-action lawsuit claims.

The cops have been falsely arresting men for years to increase “quality of life” arrest statistics, says the suit, which was filed in federal court in Manhattan on Monday.

Cops spy on men who seems “gay or non-gender conforming” through the slats in the privacy dividers in the man’s bathroom and then lie and say that the men are touching themselves, according to the suit and plaintiff attorney Ross Kramer.

“It’s an absolutely unacceptable use of police power,” said Kramer. “They go into public restrooms and have plainclothed officer stare at people and then accuse men who they believe to be gay of engaging in lewd behavior. It pads their arrests stats by preying on a vulnerable group of people.”

One man who was arrested says he even heard other officers congratulate the cop who busted him, calling him “the gay whisperer” because of the large amount of seemingly homosexual men he cuffed.

The Port Authority cops look for men who seem gay or effeminate based on the way they carried themselves or clothing or jewelry believed to be “non-masculine,” the suit says.

The practice goes back to at least 2004, when Port Authority cops arrested Alejandro Martinez, accusing him of masturbating in public. Martinez was found not guilty and was awarded “substantial damages,” but the cops still continue the practice of arresting men for lewdness without probable cause, said Kramer.

“We want an injunction against this unlawful and unconstitutional practice that’s been going on for years,” said Kramer.

The attorneys are still collecting evidence, but they believe that “many, many men” have been targeted for false arrest by Port Authority cops, said Kramer.

Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo declined to comment on the suit, saying the agency doesn’t talk about pending cases.

October 31, 2016

NJ Rep.Garrett in Trouble After AntiGay Statement


Dems Ad (thehill.com)




For most of his career, Wall Street has been good to Rep. Scott Garrett (R, N.J.). Garrett is chairman of a powerful subcommittee that regulates banks, a job that traditionally comes with perks, including big political contributions from financial firms. But that was before Garrett made some controversial remarks about gays.
  
In a closed-door meeting with the National Republican Congressional Committee in 2015, Garrett reportedly said he would withhold his dues unless the party stopped supporting gay candidates. After those comments leaked to the press, Garrett found himself doing damage control.

"I have no problems with anyone running for office," Garrett told an interviewer from New Jersey public broadcaster NJTV earlier this year. "I support the Republican platform. Which I think you just mentioned is supporting of traditional marriage."

Now Garrett's comments are creating problems for his reelection bid. In 2012 and 2014, financial firms donated an average of $600,000 per cycle to Garrett's campaigns. After his anti-gay remarks, that number dropped by half. Capital One, Goldman Sachs, and big Japanese brokerage firm Nomura all stopped payments to Garrett's political action committee.

It's not just a fringe issue, as it might have been 10 years ago.
Out Leadership founder Todd Sears, on LGBT rights
"There are real risks from a brand perspective, and from a talent-recruiting perspective, from being associated with anti-LGBT, or anti-inclusive policies," says Todd Sears, a former investment banker and founder of Out Leadership, a group that promotes LGBT awareness in financial firms and other industries.

Garrett's situation underscores how quickly the politics around LGBT issues have shifted. It wasn't long ago that support for LGBT rights could have been a political liability in all but a handful of Congressional districts. Now polls show growing support for same-sex marriage and LGBT rights generally, especially among millennials. "It's not just a fringe issue, as it might have been 10 years ago," says Sears.

The Republican Party is still wrestling with how to respond. The party has supported a handful of gay candidates, which is what prompted Scott Garrett to withhold his dues in the first place.

Democrats have been trying for years to paint Garrett as too conservative for moderate voters in the New York City suburbs. So far, it hasn't worked. But they sound confident that this year is different.

"His anti-gay comments are just one part of a very extreme Tea Party record that's now out there," says Democratic challenger Josh Gottheimer, a former speechwriter for Bill Clinton who went on to work for Ford Motor Company and Microsoft. "I think as you peel back the onion here, people say 'Wait a second, I didn't realize just how extreme this guy is,'" Gottheimer says.

Gottheimer has raised more than $3 million, which has allowed the campaign to air TV ads like this one in one of the country's most expensive media markets. And the race has become a top target for House Majority PAC, which has spent more than $1.5 million attacking Scott Garrett.

I think as you peel back the onion here, people say 'Wait a second, I didn't realize just how extreme this guy is.'
(Democratic challenger Josh Gottheimer)

Democrats hope to persuade people like Karen Gerbatsch, a registered Republican and self-described fiscal conservative who's voted for Garrett before.

"I started looking at Scott Garrett and what he represents, and it's not me," says Gerbatsch. "The woman's right to choose isn't there. Legal rights for people of all sexual orientation to get married is not there."

Gerbatsch lives in Oakland, N.J., a leafy suburb about 25 miles from Manhattan. But if you keep driving west across this congressional district, the suburbs give way to fields and forests near the Pennsylvania border.

The northwestern corner of New Jersey is where Scott Garrett lives. And where his support is the strongest.

"I know I've changed his oil many times before some of the big votes," says Kevin Kennedy, who runs an auto repair shop near Garrett's house in Wantage. It's easy to spot, thanks to half a dozen Garrett for Congress signs on the lawn. Kennedy says Garrett is soft-spoken and serious — a regular guy.

"I heard on the radio they called him a bigot and all kinds of different things," Kennedy says. "I think it's totally unfair. Anything I've seen from the guy, he's just a gentleman."

Kennedy says they've talked a couple times about this year's election. And he says Scott Garrett seems pretty nervous.


October 25, 2016

Top Adviser Testifies Christie Knew about GWB Havoc Ahead of Time






Republican Gov. Chris Christie was told during the George Washington Bridge lane closures that a Democratic mayor expressed concern that the resulting traffic jams in his city were political retribution, a former aide to the governor testified Monday.
Ex-aide Bridget Anne Kelly testified in her criminal trial that she told Christie about Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich's concerns and Christie told her it was a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey project and to "let Wildstein handle it," referring to David Wildstein. Wildstein, an executive at the Port Authority, pleaded guilty to his role in a scheme to punish Sokolich for not endorsing the governor's re-election effort.
"I said, 'He's talking about government retribution,'" Kelly testified. "(Christie) said, 'It's a Port Authority project. Let Wildstein handle it.'"
Christie has consistently denied any knowledge of the plot or the lane closures while they were going on and has not been charged.
Kelly maintains she believed the September 2013 lane closures were part of a traffic study, but she testified Monday that she became confused on their final day after Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye ordered the lanes reopened even though Wildstein said the study was a success.
"None of that made any sense to me," she said. "This was totally contrary to anything he was telling me. I didn't understand it at all."
Kelly is accused of plotting with Wildstein and another former Christie ally, Bill Baroni, to close lanes on the bridge, which connects Fort Lee and New York, as revenge against Sokolich. Kelly and Baroni have pleaded not guilty and have said the government has twisted federal law to turn their actions into crimes.
Kelly's testimony again calls into question Christie's public comments about what he knew. She also testified Friday that Christie approved of the idea for a traffic study of the bridge, and she testified she spoke with the governor a third time about the lane closures while they were going on.
Christie spokesman Brian Murray has said the governor had "no knowledge prior to or during these lane re-alignment" and "no role in authorizing them." Murray added that anything said to the contrary "is simply untrue."
Kelly on Monday also testified that Christie said that he had told Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to have Foye back off in the days after Foye had testified to New Jersey lawmakers that the lane closures were ordered by Wildstein and that he had no knowledge about any traffic study.
One of Christie's top political advisers, Mike DuHaime, testified Friday that he told Christie ahead of a December 2013 news conference that Kelly and his campaign manager, Bill Stepien, knew about the lane closures. Christie then told reporters that no one in his administration was involved in the closures.
Wildstein, who was appointed by the Christie administration to a newly created position at the Port Authority, testified that he used the agency to help Christie for political purposes.
The scandal developed just after Christie won re-election handily and as his national political profile was rising. It ultimately weighed down his presidential campaign, which ended with a fizzle in the primary season after a poor showing in New Hampshire.
Kelly also testified Monday that working for Christie was "confusing and frightening" but that he could also be charming. She testified Friday that Christie once threw a water bottle at her, angry that she suggested he introduce local political leaders at an event following a massive fire at the Jersey shore. She said then that she was afraid of him.

September 19, 2016

Mapping Bombs in NYC and a Manifesto Claiming this to be a Moral Thing



 23 St and 8 Av. NYC

An online manifesto by a person claiming responsibility for an explosion in Chelsea that injured 29 people has been discovered, and police confirmed Sunday they are investigating the blog's validity.

The following is the complete manifesto from an individual or individuals claiming responsibility for Saturday night’s attack.
I don’t believe that this posting has nothing to do with the bombings but we will know more soon enough. To me it is someone who would like to create a backlash to the gay community. Lately why would people be connecting bombers to the gay community? May be it has to do with our elections and having one of the candidates stirring the pot for all kinds stuff flying under the radar of the media and where perhaps it ought to stay. We bring it to you because we wanted you to be informed.

The blog is titled, "I'm the NY bomber. This will be my manifesto," and contains two entries:

Taking a human life
I don’t know exactly how I feel about taking human lives
However, what I do know is that If I don’t do what needs to be done nobody will pay attention. LGBTQ+ people are much more likely to commit suicide than straight cisgendered people. It seems that nobody cares, however what if people from the LGBTQ+ community started lashing out in response to the violence and oppression we face with violence and possibly oppression? I’m sure that would give people a reason to not stand by while so many people are being oppressed. I suppose I’m just going to have to move forward knowing that what I am doing had a purpose and will in fact make a difference. I’ll keep you all posted.

Manufacturing Test Explosives
Hi.
You probably have all seen the news by now,
the explosives detonated in New York City, that was me. Those were just some tests, I know where I have made errors and I will not make the same mistake next time.
I did it because I cannot stand society.
I cannot live in a world where homosexuals like myself as well as the rest of the LGBTQ+ community are looked down upon by society.
It is 2016 and we are still being viewed as mentally ill, sinners, attention seekers, and just plain weirdos in general. I am not going to stand by while under classed and underprivileged people are oppressed. I am not going to stand by while there is inequality in my country such as the racism being seen in white police officers all over the country. I am not going to live in a country where it is OK to have a misogynist, xenophobic, racist Islamophobic, republican candidate running for President of The United States! That’s implying that republicans in general should even be taken seriously as they are all cisgendered privileged white people.
This is not the end, this is just the beginning. I will be remembered. I will make a difference. I will eliminate my targets before it is too late.
This so called manifesto was found out as a hoax after the suspect of the bombings in NY was shot in New Jersey today. Again as I mentioned at the beginning it sounded like someone wanted to drag the gay community into the terror argument coming in from the Middle East and the fringe right (Donald Trump).

July 15, 2016

Close Christie Aide Charge with Role in BridgeGate+more



       


Jamie Fox, a former state cabinet official and longtime power player in New Jersey politics, has been charged in connection with the federal government's long-running investigation into the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced the criminal complaint against Fox at a press conference Thursday about an hour after the Port Authority's former chairman, David Samson, pleaded guilty to a bribery count for his role in securing a special United Airlines flight between Newark Liberty International Airport and Columbia, S.C., not far from his vacation home.
David Samson meets with federal judge in Newark David Samson arrives at the federal courthouse in Newark Thursday ahead of his guilty plea.(Robert Sciarrino | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)  
Fox, a former Port Authority official who later became a lobbyist for the airline, is charged with conspiracy to commit bribery for allegedly using his influence to help arrange the flight, which shaved hours off Samson's commute.
If convicted, Fox faces up to five years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.
Fox has previously denied using his influence to secure the flight, which was canceled shortly after Samson stepped down from the Port Authority in March 2014.
An internal investigation by United led to the ouster of the airline's chief executive, Jeff Smisek, and two other executives in September 2015.
On Thursday, Fishman said United will pay a $2.25 million penalty for its role in the special flight, known to insiders as the "chairman's flight." The airline also agreed to institute "substantial reforms to its compliance program," Fishman said.
In a statement, Fox's lawyer, Michael Critchley, called his client an honorable public servant who believed the arrangement between United and Samson was "fully vetted and completely appropriate."
"Anyone who knows Jamie knows that he would never jeopardize his reputation by engaging in the behavior alleged in the indictment," Critchley said. "Jamie is not a lawyer. ... Jamie unfortunately has found himself caught in the middle of an arrangement that he believed was reviewed and approved by the necessary business and legal professionals."
David Samson pleads guilty in airline shakedown
Charges filed in the wake of the Bridgegate criminal investigation into abuses by political appointees at the Port Authority, then headed by Samson.

Critchley added that Fox, who is suffering from "multiple, serious" illnesses, "will not allow this unfair stain to be the last word on his distinguished career."
The U.S. Attorney called the behavior by both Samson and Fox "honestly so sad."
"They both should have known better," Fishman said. "They both did know better."
He added that when public officials misuse their offices, it shakes trust in government.
"It's a betrayal of our trust," he said. "It breathes more life into the cynical view that all people in government are corrupt."
The federal probe into the United route was an outgrowth of the investigation into the politically motivated lane closures on the George Washington Bridge.
Christie's former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, and his ally at the Port Authority,  former Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni, are charged with orchestrating the lane closures in September 2013 as payback to the mayor of Fort Lee for declining to endorse the governor in his re-election effort.
Another former Christie ally, David Wildstein, has already pleaded guilty in the case. Kelly and Baroni are expected to stand trial in September.
The closures caused gridlock for hours in Fort Lee, delaying ambulances on emergency calls and buses ferrying kids to school.
Bridgegate trial will go forward, federal judge rules
U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton denied motions to dismiss the case.

By filing charges against Fox, the federal government is pursuing another figure with an outsize imprint on New Jersey politics, particularly among Democrats.
Once a staffer in the administration of former Gov. Jim Florio, Fox later served as chief of staff to former U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli and former Gov. James E. McGreevey.
When McGreevey resigned in disgrace in 2004, Fox jumped to the Port Authority, where he held the position of deputy executive director, a position of significant authority at the bistate agency, which controls billions of dollars.
Fox left in 2007 to work a private consultant, briefly suspending that role while he served as a senior adviser to the Obama campaign. He then returned to his consulting firm, which counted among its clients United Airlines.
Fox is also a two-time commissioner of the state Department of Transportation, first from 2002 to 2003 and then from September 2014 to October 2015. He announced his resignation as commissioner amid increasing scrutiny about his role in the "chairman's flight."
Two former state officials accused him of violating ethics laws by failing to recuse himself from talks at a private meeting between Port Authority officials and United executives. Fox denied any ethical lapse.

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By Ted Sherman and Mark Mueller | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com 

June 30, 2016

Christie Hid Email Account Containing BridgeGate Related Conversations in Cover Up




 



For two-and-a-half years, New Jersey governor Chris Christie has maintained that he provided federal investigators looking into the 2013 George Washington lane closures with complete access to both his personal and government email accounts. According to WNYC, however, new court filings show that this was not actually the case, supporting earlier allegations from two defendants indicted in the scheme that Christie’s lawyers destroyed and withheld evidence.

 
Lawyers Say Chris Christie Destroyed Cell Phone, Text Messages and Emails to Cover Up Involvement in Bridgegate 
 
Christie:
“I turned over my email, both professional and personal, to all of the investigators who asked for them. And said, ‘Look at whatever you want to look at,’” Christie said at a campaign event in New Hampshire last year, insisting that he, unlike Hillary Clinton, did not conduct government business on his personal account. (Christie was running for president at the time.) “I had a private email account, but I didn’t do my business on a private email account. She did everything on that account and then when she knows people are concerned about it, she gets the server cleaned.”

As it turns out, Christie shared a personal email account with his wife, Mary Pat, that was never searched. (The sender was “Chris and Mary Pat Christie.”) He sent at least one Bridgegate-related email from that account to Port Authority chairman David Samson. WNYC reports:

That email forwarded an article with the comment “per our earlier conversation” that discussed a phone conversation Christie had with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo concerning the lane closure investigation.

Christie’s own taxpayer-funded attorneys from the Gibson Dunn law firm, which has so far billed more than $10 million to the state, were in charge of responding to federal and legislative subpoenas seeking such emails. The lawyers simply ignored this account, even though Christie regularly used personal email accounts, including the one shared with his wife, for government business, sources say. He even used this account to email journalists concerning state business.
In court filings, Christie’s lawyers said that they had been aware of the account, “which we understood was not used by the Governor for official business and contained nothing responsive,” and, as such, had not searched it for responsive emails. His lawyers say they have since searched the account but found no emails “related to and contemporaneous with the lane realignment.”

Perhaps even more unbelievable is the issue of Christie’s cell phone, which he was carrying at the time of the lane closings, and which has now simply gone missing. Attorneys for the two indicted officials want to review the phone’s contents, as they believe texts the governor exchanged with ex-aide Regina Egea in December 2013 will be useful to their case.

Last month, Christie said his cell phone was “in the hands of the government...I don’t know exactly who has it. But I turned it over in response to a request from the government, as I said I would.” The US Attorney’s Office said that it doesn’t have the governor’s cell phone and never did, NJ Advance Media reports.

However, Christie’s lawyers told the court this week that they had reviewed the cell phone and its contents to determine whether it contained any records responsive to the government’s subpoena. After that was done, they said, the phone was returned to the governor. His lawyers have thus far refused to comply with the other defense attorneys’ requests to share those records.


September 4, 2014

GW Bridge Officers Warned Supervisors about the Hazard Conditions, told to Keep Quiet


                                                                          

Police officers on the George Washington Bridge last September during lane closures apparently ordered by Republican Gov. Chris Christie's aides as political payback said they warned superiors about the hazardous conditions created and were told not to talk about it on their radios, according to a summary provided by their lawyer to a legislative panel investigating the scandal.
Attorney Dan Bibb, who works for the union representing the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officers, relayed information from 11 officers, including at least three who said they were told about the traffic change by a lieutenant who ordered them not to move the traffic cones blocking the lanes. Bibb's comments were included in a synopsis obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Bibb told the legislative panel's investigators that one of the officers, Steve Pisciotta, used his police radio to report hazardous conditions being caused by the severe traffic and was told to "shut up" by Deputy Inspector Darcy Licorish. Bibb said Pisciotta told him that Lt. Thomas Michaels and a sergeant visited him "to tell him that his radio communication had been inappropriate."
Michaels said in an earlier interview with the investigators that the Port Authority executive who ordered the closures, David Wildstein, called him the week before and asked him what would happen if three lanes were reduced to one. But the investigators said he told them that he didn't have any direct knowledge about why the lanes were changed and that he found out about the plan to change them the night before.
Lawyers representing Michaels and Licorish didn't immediately return phone calls seeking comment on Wednesday.
Christie spokesman Kevin Roberts referred to a statement issued earlier this year in which he said Christie never had conversations with Michaels about the bridge, which connects Fort Lee and New York City. Christie, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, has called the lane closings "inexplicably stupid" but said he didn't know about them beforehand.
Investigators are looking into who approved closing the lanes in Fort Lee, causing four days of massive traffic jams, apparently to punish its mayor, Mark Sokolich, a Democrat who didn't support Christie for re-election. The lane closures came weeks after Christie's then-deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly, sent a message to Wildstein: "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee."
Michaels, who grew up in Livingston with Wildstein and Christie and coached Christie's son's hockey team, told the investigators that he drove Wildstein through Fort Lee to get a closer look at the traffic on the first morning of the lane closures and that Wildstein told him they were part of a traffic study. He told the investigators that he didn't discuss anything "substantive concerning the lane closures" with Wildstein while eating breakfast with him that morning.
He told them he had only occasional interactions with Christie at the hockey rink and didn't otherwise talk with him. His brother was a campaign adviser for Christie in 2009.
Wildstein graduated from Livingston High School a year before Christie and was hired in 2010 at the Port Authority by Christie's top appointee there, deputy executive director Bill Baroni.
In January, Wildstein appeared before the legislative committee investigating the lane closures but declined to answer any questions. Kelly, who was fired in January, also refused to cooperate with the legislative committee.
The Record was the first to report on the Bibb document.
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Associated Press writer Jill Colvin contributed to this report from Mexico City.

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