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Andrea Bernstein

Andrea Bernstein appears in the following:

New Bridgegate Emails: More Planning, More Cover-Up, More Jokes About 'Traffic Problems'

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A new set of uncensored documents shows two key Bridgegate figures joked about causing traffic problems for a Middlesex County rabbi three weeks before the shutdown of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge.

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Christie's Sandy Recovery Problem

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for Politics and Policy at WNYC, explains why Chris Christie is sticking by Port Authority chair David Samson, and Matt Katz, New Jersey Public Radio and WNYC reporter, explains how the slow distribution of Sandy aid money is dogging Chris Christie's reputation and further damaging his chances to be the GOP presidential nominee in 2016.

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How Christie Ally Profited From NJ Transit

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

WNYC

David Samson's law firm was hired for legal work on plan his transition committee recommended.

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Cuomo "No Opinion" On Whether Port Chief Should Resign

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

WNYC

New York's Governor offers no reaction to calls for resignation of Port Authority Chairman David Samson.

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Christie Rebuffs Reporters as Questions About his Port Chief Mount

Monday, February 24, 2014

More potential conflicts of interest have surfaced for Port Authority Chairman David Samson.

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Team Christie Mum After Paper Calls on Port Chief to Resign

Friday, February 21, 2014

Saying "beyond Bridgegate, his tenure has been a failure," the Star-Ledger says its time for Christie's top man a the Port Authority to resign.

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Port Authority: "We Apologize" For Bridgegate

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

WNYC

In their first public statements to date on the Bridgegate scandal, commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey apologized for the hazards to public safety and convenience caused by two appointees of Governor Chris Christie when they closed lanes at the George Washington Bridge last September. 

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This Week In Politics: An Unexpected Storm

Saturday, February 15, 2014

WNYC

Mayor Bill de Blasio was surprised by the cold this week. His pre-k plan is getting an icy push back from Governor Cuomo, reporters are grilling him at length, his Schools Chancellor is being mocked for saying "it's a beautiful day" in the middle of a sleet storm, and even ...

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The Port Authority's Big Money Shifting Scheme

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Port Authority board’s chairman David Samson is well connected to Chris Christie, and the head of a powerful law firm. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein discusses her reporting on how Samson uses all three positions to his benefit.

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Cuomo Dodges Bridgegate Questions

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo engaged in his most extensive back and forth to date with reporters about the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal that has engulfed his counterpart in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie.

Cuomo and Christie jointly run the entity that oversees the bridge, the Port Authority, but Cuomo has ...

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NJ Transit's Secret Deal With Christie's Favorite Firm

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

WNYC

The law firm run by Governor Christie's top man at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, David Samson, extracted a secret agreement from New Jersey Transit that it would build a transit station in a favorable location for Samson's client.

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The Power Broker: How Christie's Port Point Man Plays All Sides of Transit Deals

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

As chair of the Port Authority, head of a successful law firm, and — above all — as a confidante of Gov. Chris Christie's, David Samson has been able to maximize his connections, which spin out across the region's transportation network.

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After Bridgegate, Port Authority Axes Job of Chris Christie Ally

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

WNYC

David Wildstein's job at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has been eliminated, according to an agency spokesperson.

When he came to the Port Authority, Wildstein's resume included political blogger, rug store manager, and mayor of tiny Livingston, NJ. He was given the title "Director of Interstate ...

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Port Board To Distance Itself from Christie Ally

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

WNYC

As it takes steps to get its own house in order amid the Bridgegate scandal, the Port Authority will form a committee to take on what one official calls the "political bureaucracy" — and to investigate Chairman David Samson.

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Chris Christie's Public Records Foul

Friday, January 31, 2014

Documents show that the New Jersey governor's office has been keeping some expenditures quiet despite laws that require official business to be made public. Matt Katz and Andrea Bernstein have been covering the unfolding scandal, and join us to talk about Christie's transparency problems.

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Port Authority Board to Examine Conflicts of Interest

Friday, January 31, 2014

WNYC

The Port Authority's Board of Commissioners will be examining "all the facts and circumstances" surrounding the burgeoning bridgegate scandal, including whether the Board's Chair, David Samson, had conflicts of interest when he voted to approve a new PATH station near Harrison, two sources familiar with the board's thinking have told WNYC. The sources didn't want to speak publicly because of ongoing criminal investigations.

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Port Chief May be in More Ethical Hot Water

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

WNYC

David Samson, the Port Authority Chair and central figure in two scandals surrounding Governor Chris Christie, may be in more ethical hot water. Records show Samson voted to approve a $256 million PATH station renovation in Harrison, NJ that could end up benefitting two private clients. Other commissioners recused themselves from the vote but Samson did not, raising the specter of conflict of interest.

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This Week In Politics: The Snowball Effect

Saturday, January 25, 2014

WNYC

Snow created problems on both sides of the Hudson this week: for Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was forced to acknowledge that "more could have been done" when it came to snow removal; and for Chris Christie, whose inaugural party had to be cancelled. The Governor delivered his inaugural address even as FBI agents began to investigate a second allegation of abuse of power — this one over a Hoboken development deal and Sandy aid.

WNYC's Andrea Bernstein, Brigid Bergin and New Jersey Public Radio's Nancy Solomon break it all down.

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"It's Hard to Say" if U.S. Bike Share Systems Will Survive Bixi's Bankruptcy -- Reporter

Friday, January 24, 2014

WNYC

Earlier this week, Montreal's Bixi bike share program filed for bankruptcy. Now, a reporter closely following that company's sorry financial history says that could have implications for the Bixi-designed software used by many bike share systems in the U.S.

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Under Christie, Business Booms for Port Authority's Chief

Thursday, January 23, 2014

WNYC

Lobbying and bond work at the law firm of David Samson, a Christie intimate he named to lead the Port Authority, have skyrocketed over the four years of the Christie administration.

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