Bridgegate: The Criminal Charges Episode

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Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, speaking outside Newark federal court after his arraignment
· by David Furst
From New Jersey Public Radio and

After a year-and-a-half of traffic jams, emails, texts, legislative hearings, political casualties and late night TV mockery, Bridgegate has its first criminal charges.

But there was so much that wasn't revealed when the indictments were announced. Based on what we know about the administration’s involvement, why were only three Christie associates charged? When did the governor find out the lane closures weren’t really part of a traffic study? How many others were in on the planning?

“It’s like the end of Downton Abbey," U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said, "and you’ve got to wait until a whole other season” for more to be revealed.

Like many fans of the series, we can't wait that long.

This week, WNYC’s Matt Katz and Andrea Bernstein join host David Furst to examine some of the loose ends and take a close look at the testimony of the indicted Bill Baroni, who was Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority when the lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge were closed. The indictment calls his testimony a "sham."

Also this week, Star-Ledger Editor Tom Moran discusses an editorial in New Jersey's paper of record that called on the governor to give up a presidential campaign that has hardly begun.


Also: Check out the WNYC Data News App: The Christie Tracker.