Bridgegate Unfolds

Friday, January 10, 2014

Chris Christie at a press conference discussing the scandal over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge (screenshot from Christie YouTube page/Youtube)

Mike Kelly, columnist at The Bergen Record, and New Jersey Public Radio's Matt Katz and Nancy Solomon discuss the latest in the George Washington Bridge closure scandal one day after Gov. Chris Christie's public apology.


Matt Katz, Mike Kelly and Nancy Solomon

Comments [79]

ken from beacon from beacon

Mat Katz's jab at Rachel Maddow was unnecessary & smacks of professional jealousy. Who is he to judge her credibility? Her focus on Bridgegate has done more to elucidate the scandal than anything he has done.

Jan. 13 2014 10:26 AM

So, how plausible is it that IF Christie HAD NOT sold off NJN, that the story would have been investigated and gained steam fast enough to impact November's election? Cagey move on Chris's part, if true.

Also, deeply struck by the irony of Christie forcing Pernetti out for not acting quickly enough when the Tim Rice coaching abuse scandal broke.

What day is Inauguration Day?

Jan. 11 2014 09:35 PM
Janet Moyers-Bowmer from New Jersey

@ Mike from NYC Thought I covered NJ pretty well but don't remember the story of which you speak. Do tell please. I definitely remember Zachary Fink, who broke a story about Christie being stopped by a cop for driving the wrong way down a one-way street and rebuffing the officer with "Don't you know who I am?". I thought that was why, once elected Christie proceeded to get even with NJN by quite literally GIVE AWAY one of the state's greatest assets, our own NJ focused TV network. Think of the timely coverage this would have gotten if we'd had an intact, local news network with reporters in place all over the state. I would like to see an investigation of the NJN issue. Those who questioned the deal at the time were completely ignored.

Jan. 11 2014 06:31 PM

Re. An open letter to Governor Christopher Christie

The following are good reasons why you not continue in the Governorship.

Regardless of your good work and obvious political skills, you remain blind to what defines power abuse in "ends justifying means".

Your legal actions alone, demonstrate a distorted sense of what a politician is entitled do to maintain support. You seem confused between leadership and authoritarianism:
 You threatened to veto legislation before you took office!
 In a far-worse misappropriation of a New Jersey Gov.'s unusual degree of "legislative" power you vetoed equal marriage legislation, then threaten to spend more of New Jersey's borrowed money on a Court of Appeal of an override!
 You used the extreme power of line-item veto to punish political enemies.
 Your legal right to call for a special election was not only a clear abuse of power, but ironically could have funded 24 teachers whose jobs you cut, for five more years. Just a 5% cut affects 18,000 students with reduced teacher attention. (Not to mention the costs to individuals and businesses of an unnecessary trip to the polls).
Enough examples; the question is, what can you do about it before we must?

Your political career has likely essentially ended in the minds of the public. Why take on the inordinate real-issue-distracting hurdles? You are a young man who still has time to understand that life is not a football game where the big guy should dominate. However, this cannot happen while you are in the office.

It is immoral to think that the allowable political action is to fire members of your staff, (who albeit suffer morale of the issues of their own), who would not be in their jobs were they not willing to push the practices of politics way beyond its fuzzy line of decency.

Resignation will be best for everyone, as you will realize.
Please enjoy spending time with your family. Why ruin their lives, your own, and cost the State more in investigation, defense, and distraction. Can you really carry on the duties of your office with your full attention on them? The Office of Governor is not primarily a political strategist position. You have already been re-elected. You have a fiduciary responsibility to run the State, not run for President, despite the acceptance of this despicable practice.

You will be remembered as our Sandy hero despite the harm. Please quit before you get further behind.
The fact that you wish to be President is further proof of myopic selfishness. You have inadequate experience and temperament for that job and have nothing philosophically special to offer.
Will you please watch the end of "White Lightning" where James Cagney begs his mother for forgiveness, if any question remains in your mind?


Jan. 11 2014 12:55 PM
Martin Chuzzlewit from SUNSHINE STATE

Did Christie lie? Knowingly lie?

I dunno .....
Did he say, "If you like your healthcare, you can keep your healthcare"?
Did he say, "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor?"
.... when he knew it wasn't true? Like, um, during a whole re-election campaign?


Jan. 11 2014 08:49 AM
Philip Turner from UWS

Why'd the Bergen Record's Mike Kelly hit at Rachel Maddow as "a political op not a journalist" on Brian Lehrer today? Having opinions doesn't equal having bias! I think Brian was a bit stunned when Kelly said that, but didn't ask him why he believed it. I would like to have known if he really had some basis to claim that, or just doesn't like her opinions. She has said on her show that it was the first place to cover #GWBridgeDebacle and maybe Kelly feels she hasn't been as careful to acknowledge the print reporters who covered it first. But that's something else to critique Maddow for. It was an odd moment from Kelly.

Jan. 10 2014 02:10 PM
Tam from Brooklyn

Whenever the "Bridge Scandal" is mentioned, it's some variation of :
" . . . it brought the Bergen County town to a standstill for four days in September."

How is that possible? It took the Port Authority FOUR DAYS to re-open one ramp? Will somebody please explain?

Jan. 10 2014 12:23 PM
Andrew Sprung from South Orange, Nj

Brian Lehrer did a poor job providing context for Rachael Maddow's hypothesis that the Fort Lee land closures were payback against state Senator Loretta Weinberg rather than Mayor Mark Sokolich. Weinberg is Senate Majority Leader, not a "member of the legislature"; Christie expressed rage against state Senate Democrats on Aug. 12 upon withdrawing his re-nomination of a sitting justice in the face of senate resistance that was payback for his unprecedented prior refusal to renominate another sitting justice; and Mike Kelly responded with an ad hominem attack on Rachael Maddow rather than assessing the strength of her case, which was meticulously constructed and included a fair-minded and plausible discounting of the likelihood that the closures were retaliation against Sokolich. Lehrer seemed ill-informed, and Maddow's hypothesis got short shrift.

Jan. 10 2014 11:40 AM

My comment regards a tangential issue with respect to the legal charges that those involved may face.

The actions of Christie's staff (and possibly Christie) affecting the lane closures, for the reasons they did so, is reprehensible and corrupt and has no place in a democracy. Those involved should be charged in the relevant manner.

There was a brief discussion on the show about the possible ways they could be charged, including one way suggested by a caller, which is endangering the welfare of children on there way to school. There is a tendency, too often, usually by legislators and prosecutors, when there is outrage at someone's actions, to find innovative and multiple ways to charge that person with crimes. I think this approach lacks foresight because these innovative charges and often newly proposed laws in reaction to a current event also often have long-term consequences, usually resulting in formerly minor offenses or even non-crimes (having been that way for a reason) being charged as crimes with serious penalties. Although it's difficult in the heat of the moment, sometimes our outrage and reaction need to be tempered with a broader view.

Jan. 10 2014 11:20 AM
Sandy C.

A tale of two cities:

In one, people in emergencies being unable to be transported to hospitals and school children in distress trapped on buses for hours;

In another, a man being transported by helicopter to a baseball game, then taking a limo 2000 feet to the field, and staying for two innings before flying off again!

All I need to know!

Jan. 10 2014 11:20 AM

What would have happened if these morons HADN'T sent emails. 5 extra minutes for a phone call.
If Chrissy hires stupid people, high school buddies, any wonder what the results are.

Apologies to morons.

Jan. 10 2014 11:17 AM
anonymous from NJ

It is not unreasonable to conclude that the matter of a declined endorsement by a Democrat was not highly relevant to the Gubernatorial race, in which polls had the incumbent leading by double digits, but was in contrast highly relevant to the long-term strategy of positioning the Governor as a Presidential candidate able to govern the nation with bi- partisan support.

Jan. 10 2014 11:03 AM

Gov. Christie may not be a warm and fuzzy or even a likable guy especially to the likes of BL in WNYC. To 'convict' him before there is any possible trial if that happens shows how Brian and your ilk are just as vindictive as your prey is. You are all just both sides of a oxidized penny that I would never pick up from the ground. Oh by the way, I will never contribute a penny to WNYC precisely for episodes like this.

Jan. 10 2014 11:03 AM
Jeffrey Yahooda Sternberg from Monsey, NY

On the Governor Christie's handling of his
betrayal by way of a dirty trick by some
of his personnel, unbeknownst to him, it
will turn out that this on the surface minor
embarrassment may alert him to intensify
internal vigilance of those in his circles
of management.

I am a student of political power and staffers
betraying their leaders occurs often in American
history. Harry Truman had many of State Department
official end running him often. Douglas MacArthur
betrayed Truman's trust as well as trust of General
Marshall. To lesser extent, Dwight Eisenhower
betrayed his mentor George Marshall, by not openly
challenging Joe McCarthy. Macarthur also betrayed
Herbert Hoover in 1931 in the matter of Bonus Marcher
imbroglio. At one point, Thomas Jefferson betrayed
George Washington and John Adams.

It better to experience a betrayal early in one's
career to be even more vigilant in the future.

Jan. 10 2014 11:02 AM

Excuse me: I believe the speaker was Mike Kelly. My apologies if I am mistaken.

Jan. 10 2014 11:02 AM

I respect Mr. Kelly, but his remark about Rachel Maddow's credibility was gratuitousness and uncalled for. Maddow is clearly very outspoken and enthusiastically liberal, but she nevertheless presented a sound alternative theory of the case.

Jan. 10 2014 10:59 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


"This proves why Obama's method of problem control works so well. Say you didn't know, don't take responsibility."

Nah ....that only works when the media is in bed with you (an image and a joke that even Little Barry used at a past correspondents' dinner) ... if you're a Republican, the little weenies in the media morph instantly into manly, courageous blood-drenched feeding sharks determined to "get to the truth", LOL.

Jan. 10 2014 10:55 AM

A bully doesn't have to be present at the playground for a culture of bullying to be in The Governors case i I am sure he could be found nearby and aware...more than likely in the cafeteria.

Jan. 10 2014 10:55 AM

Remember also how Christie publicly blasted Atlantic City Mayor Langford during Hurricane Sandy about giving residents mixed messages on evacuation, when it was later revealed that Mayor Langford did not cause the situation of jeopardy that Christie implied. I voted for Christie and remember feeling that he was right to single out a leader who did not heed the warnings, but then feeling disappointed after it was revealed the Mayor did heed the warnings that Christie chose to play politics when the storm was going down. This feels like an much bigger echo of that. I don't fault him for playing politics - he is a POLITICIAN after all - but this hardball style has caused major inconvenience and confusion for the people he is serving.

Jan. 10 2014 10:49 AM
Alejandro from Bergen

This proves why Obama's method of problem control works so well. Say you didn't know, don't take responsibility, take very few softball questions, rinse and repeat on next scandal. Cristie's problem was trying to take responsibility and having taking too many questions opening up a field fay for the press.

Jan. 10 2014 10:48 AM
Ben from nyc

I'm sorry, but all those remorseful callers from NJ... are you stupid?

Some of us actually paid attention and saw through Christie's facade early on. Not saying they other candidates were better, but if you really believed Christie was above politics... you got the governor you deserved.

Jan. 10 2014 10:48 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

I was just about to raise the issue of Christie's holding the special election on a different day than the regular election, which was an unnecessary expense to the citizens of Jersey.

Plus his totally obnoxious, condescending, and dismissive attitudes towards anyone who asked him about the BridgeGate episode.

It's then totally hypocritical of him to deny any involvement in what his staff did. HE SET THE TONE for his staffers! He obviously did NOT set a tone of integrity and respect for his office.

Now he's floundering and flailing away with a victim's attitude.

He's cooked.

Jan. 10 2014 10:47 AM
mike from nyc

Christie also CUT FUNDING TO NJN after the reporter there (Zachary Fink) broke the story about CHRISTIES SEX SCANDAL during the election where he was BUSTED sleeping with an aid in his group. As SOON as he gt ELECTED he CUT NJN funding from public money to private and forced many laayoffs

Jan. 10 2014 10:45 AM

@Alejandro from Bergen

"I find it so interesting that Brian would spend so much time on this which is ultimately a lane closure..."

I guess a bridge scandal will bring out the bridge trolls.

Jan. 10 2014 10:43 AM
Skeptic NYC from NYC

Did anyone die because their ambulance couldn't get across the GWB? Were there disabled kids sitting in distress on a school bus in the GWB traffic during Bridge-ghazi? Because of Christie's power trip? Let's hear about that, Brian.

Jan. 10 2014 10:43 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

The Chris Christie “crowd” are all thugs.

Jan. 10 2014 10:42 AM

@Alejandro. Be specific: what topic has BL not covered??? just to make reference but not name an issue just undercuts your point bigtime.

Jan. 10 2014 10:42 AM
Eddie O

I saw this reported by Diane Sawyer on the nightly could Christy not know this was a man made hell for so many commuters? The nation saw it on the evening news....and on the local level You can PAINT a bridge for 5 years and not cause as much traffic the playground of politics you don't have to be present to be a can lock the gate or vandalize the swings and slide and laugh from a his case, probably the Cafeteria.

Jan. 10 2014 10:42 AM
S.B. from NJ

To Brian and guests: Can we PLEASE stop adding the clunky "-gate" suffix to *every* political scandal? It's lazy and stupid and has nothing to do with the GWB. And the Watergate break-in was 4 decades ago. Thx.

Jan. 10 2014 10:42 AM
peter scheffler from Bergen County

The most revealing statement made by the Governor was, " I fired Kelly for lying to me"; it should have been for being a part of this apparent vindictive bridge scheme.
Also, his unconditional support of his chief of staff for AG is self serving.

Jan. 10 2014 10:42 AM
art525 from Park Slope

Joan from Waldwick NJ- what a great point and how sharp of you to catch that! I haven't heard any of the journalists point that out. Let's hear about that Brian.

Jan. 10 2014 10:40 AM

My jaundiced view...A hoped for GOP takeover of the statehouse would evaporate the subpoena power of the Democrats before Wednesday's Bergen Record revelations. The voters scotched that dream so they fell back to Plan B. Give up a lamb for sacrifice and beg forgiveness. This strategy, too, has its limit as more abuses of power are discovered.

However, the NJ Assembly, NJ Senate, US Senate, DOJ and FBI are now involved. Whoops...

Jan. 10 2014 10:40 AM

Yes Joan, "2 sleepless nights" was a big flub typical of lying people. Chris Hayes on msnbc did a segment on that one last night. I too am surprised that more folks didn't jump on that.

Jan. 10 2014 10:40 AM
dan k from park slope

The modern day Huey Long

Jan. 10 2014 10:40 AM
Laura from New Jersey from Westfield

Listen to his choice of words in his press conferences ,they smack of lawyerly word play to evade and hedge on topics. In his conference yesterday, I noticed how careful he was to use particular wording to distance himself from his staff -similar to "I did not inhale". You have an prime example of this in an interview that he did with one of WNYC's reporter on a climate change peice that I heard moths ago. He evades by tactic.

Jan. 10 2014 10:40 AM
Alejandro from Bergen

I find it so interesting that Brian would spend so much time on this which is ultimately a lane closure, and never would spend so much time on our own President's many " I didn't know" scandals we've had over the past year. Why has he glossed over those which have caused more deaths and disarray yet peruses this one with glee. Interesting.

Jan. 10 2014 10:39 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

I think the facts will eventually bear out that there was a traffic study but it was undertaken for no real purpose other than political retribution (evidence in the emails) and in a way designed to deliberately obstruct traffic. Sending a "message" this way is par for the course in NJ and NY politics, especially local politics. I believe Christie when he says he didn't know about it, I also believe that that makes him unfit for higher office owing to poor management skills. Those who say this doesn't sink him for 2016 are kidding themselves. He is a lawyer and a former prosecutor, he doesn't get to play "dumb" ... The national press will eat him alive. All his former flaws and missteps could have been glossed over but this is one step over the line because it strikes at the heart of his "honest blowhard" image. He looks stupid. He looks childish. He now looks like a minor league governor from a notoriously corrupt state with a corpulent government, high taxes and no accomplishments (all true). The bloom is off the turd and he is the essence of north eastern crass (sic) consciousness, the bloated face of a RHINO. It won't play in Iowa anymore, nor N.H., and that's what matters.

Jan. 10 2014 10:39 AM
fuva from fuva

WOW. That senior citizen could not see the hubris in...Christie and Guiliani? And she looked to them to save the country? Folks, we're in trouble

Jan. 10 2014 10:39 AM
John D. from Flushing, NY

Chris Christie reminds me of Rex Ryan from 2-3 years ago - arrogant, brash, borderline bully. Ryan was able to temper his behavior in order to keep his job. I think Christie will, too.

Jan. 10 2014 10:39 AM

If you don't like being lied to STOP electing LAYWERS!!
You deserved to mistreated if you don't change your ways!!!

Jan. 10 2014 10:39 AM

First Christie kills that Hudson river tunnel project, now this 'block the bridge' thing. Gee Christie and/or his administration just don't seem to care much about commuters do they? Incidentally, did I hear correctly that when he went to Ft. Lee to 'apologize', he took a helicopter?! Oh the irony!

Jan. 10 2014 10:39 AM
hicoachrich from murray hill

Please don't have Mike Kelly back--he is a typical Bergen Rocord political operative disguised as a journalist. How about Richard Aregood?

Jan. 10 2014 10:38 AM
Skeptic NYC from NYC

When you vote for a bully, this is what you get, people. Figure it out.

Please, bring your skepticism to your decisions in the voting booth.

Jan. 10 2014 10:37 AM
john from office

Christie must think he is an african ruler! Next we will be swinging machettes at each other and refuggees will be at the state border!

Jan. 10 2014 10:37 AM

Just an FYI
1.49 million less people voted in 2013 than 2012 for prez

Chrissy didnt win big. no one showed up on Election Day. Mitt got more votes in Nj than the governor did.
Too bad buono was the only person, man enough to stand against him

Jan. 10 2014 10:35 AM
fuva from fuva

Wow. That obviously opinionated voter didn't know about Buono and INSTEAD of learning about her, voted for Christie? The ignorance and passivity of the citizenry will be our downfall.

Jan. 10 2014 10:35 AM
Judy from NJ

As a resident of Morris County where Christie is from and as a democrat involved in local politics, I absolutely believe this scandal is indicative of the culture of Christie's administration. This is a big story but there are many instances of strong arming and bullying by this administration. I see it in my town. It is disillusioning for those who want to engage in local issues. Sadly, most people do not care or have the time to get involved locally and therefore these politicians get away with a lot of questionable practices. I would hope some reporter would take the time to fully understand what is going on in New Jersey on the very local level.

Jan. 10 2014 10:33 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Oh, yeah, like I really believe that the last caller "Phyllis" actually voted for Christie. Guffaw.
What a hoot this show and its callers are!

Jan. 10 2014 10:30 AM
Peter from Manhattan

I think I'm missing something basic here. If the idea was to punish someone (the mayor of Fort Lee according to the mainstream narrative, a state senator according to Rachel Maddow), how do lane closures accomplish that? Shouldn't the punishment affect the person who's being punished rather than a few thousand random commuters? And doesn't punishment require that the recipient knows that he or she is being punished, and what for? And if the recipient figured out that the lane closures were retribution for something, wouldn't that have caused instant blowback? I just don't get it.

Jan. 10 2014 10:29 AM
Joan from Waldwick, NJ

Is there anyone out there who noticed as I did that he stated that he had suffered 2 sleepless nights. He also stated that he found out about "Bridgegate" only 24 hours before. It doesn't compute.

Jan. 10 2014 10:27 AM

Wow. That was pretty insulting to Rachel Maddow to say that she isn't really a journalist. Especially considering that she has been following this story since the Bergen Record first reported it and that she helped put it into the national spotlight.

Jan. 10 2014 10:24 AM
art525 from Park Slope

Nick from the UWS- I don't think Christie is smart I think he is cunning. He has been successful up til now at bullying and attacking those who crossed him and I think he started thinking he was untouchable. He got away with harrasssing various political figures in Jersey including the mayor of Jersey City who is now speaking out. It seems pretty clear taht he had cowed people who were afraid to speak out against him and to call him on his thuggery. And he did have the nerve to call a specail election for Lautenberg's Senate seat just three weeks ahead of the general election at a cost of 12 million. So we cand see there his hubris and his arrogance. He is a thug and he got caught. And in typical fashion he hung his underlings out to dry.

Jan. 10 2014 10:24 AM
andy from Belmar

The protagonists held the citizenry in complete contempt. Not a thought about getting to work, doctor's appointments, flights, job interviews etc. etc. Christie recruited them, people capable of such arrogance and stupidity, his judgment has to be questioned.

Jan. 10 2014 10:23 AM
Michael M from Mendham

Christie's primary expressed concern was that his staff lied to him. NOT that they abused their authority and his office to inconvenience and endanger Fort Lee residents. Why is it all about Christie?

Jan. 10 2014 10:21 AM
Sarah from CT

Felt that BL was dismissive about the seriousness of snarling kids in the traffic on school buses.

My kid happens to have Type 1 diabetes. As such, I know how hard it can be to put a kid with a chronic medical condition that can very quickly become a serious medical emergency on a school bus, especially at the start of the school year when the driver may not yet have been briefed on the risk of hypoglycemia. Most bus drivers forbid eating and drinking - since a type 1 kid with a sudden low blood sugar of 45 NEEDS to drink a juice box the kids are often dependent on the understanding and training of the driver. This goes for kids with asthma, and other chronic conditions.

While kids being stuck for hours on a bus seems pretty inconsequential, there are lots of kids for whom it could have been not just frightening, but actually dangerous.

Jan. 10 2014 10:21 AM
The Truth from Becky

Republicans. Let the games begin.

Jan. 10 2014 10:20 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Wildsteins is going to sing and Chris Christie-aka Tony Soprano- will eventually fall in an impeachment.

Jan. 10 2014 10:20 AM
art525 from Park Slope

I want to hear from fervent Christie supporters who voted for his re-election but were stuck in the huge traffic jams. And from what I hear Christie carried Ft Lee. I want to know if those impacted have changed their view of him.

Jan. 10 2014 10:19 AM
Seth Peckstiff

This is a no-win situation for Christie:

If he knew about this, he should be fired.

If he didn't know about this, he really should be fired for negligence.

Jan. 10 2014 10:19 AM

Any assessment of Christie's arrogance and willingness to squander NJ resources needs to include his scheduling a special election for Senator Lautenberg's seat a month before the general election costing taxpayers millions of dollars.

Jan. 10 2014 10:17 AM
Geoffrey Weg from Manhattan

A big reason why I believe Christie is that: if he were lying, then the people he is saying deceived him would surely now come after him. They would definitely be able to get a platform to tell their side. They certainly wouldn't sit by while their reputations and careers are bashed.

Jan. 10 2014 10:16 AM

There was a potential violation of the Hobbs Act ((a) Whoever in any way or degree obstructs, delays, or affects commerce or the movement of any article or commodity in commerce, by robbery or extortion or attempts or conspires so to do, or commits or threatens physical violence to any person or property in furtherance of a plan or purpose to do anything in violation of this section shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.)

Usually applied against the mob but a jury could be convinced that it applies here.

Jan. 10 2014 10:14 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Christie's press conference yesterday was relatively effective. But he was dismissive of/ did not look into/ did not respond to calls about this consequential traffic jam AND the evidence makes the notion of him not knowing about it before Wednesday and other such claims incredible.

Jan. 10 2014 10:13 AM
Nick from UWS

As outrageous as he is, in this case I kind of believe Christie. Because one thing he is not is stupid, and I cannot quite believe he would voluntarily participate in such a mind-bogglingly idiotic and childish scheme so close to the presidential run and jeopardize his entire political career. I just don't think he is that stupid and his past management of his political career does not jibe with this.

Jan. 10 2014 10:13 AM
RCT from Nyc

Breach of fiduciary duty? Civil penalties - any criminal?

Jan. 10 2014 10:11 AM

@MartinC -

"...the 2nd day of a sure-to-be-weeks obsession with predictable Christie pounding..."

Wrong again, buzzard breath. The Bergen Record article revealing the Kelly-Wildstein email exchange came 123 DAYS after the bridge closings. If a robust press had been less willing to write off the Buono candidacy and investigate the facts at the time, the voters of NJ would at least been able to make an informed decision about the guy they gave a landslide to. It underlines the fact that a lively press is REQUIRED in a democracy. The Internet is gutting the revenue stream of our old media outlets and the ethics of the 'new media' are non-existent. Where should concerned citizens go for real news?

Rather than use your trollish talking points about supposed Obama misdeeds, get in touch with reality and ask why didn't the press uncover this sooner...when it could have mattered!

Jan. 10 2014 10:10 AM
Jenny from Brooklyn

Please explain how/why is it legal to redeact the names in these emails and texts?

Jan. 10 2014 10:10 AM

sorry tuned in late did you address-

What about Wildstein's pleading fifth, contempt in court what happens with that charge?

Jan. 10 2014 10:09 AM
Cory from Earth

WTF? A discussion of the potential criminal issues without a single ex-prosecutor or even a lawyer? Why not ask these newspaper people about nuclear physics? This is ridiculous.

Jan. 10 2014 10:06 AM
RJ from prospect hts

Please mention some of the other retributive actions that Gov. Christie appears to have engaged in. Per part of Michael Powell's column in yesterday's NY Times: "Our governor’s problem is that this is a patented rhetorical move. Somebody crosses the governor, on a matter large or small, someone displeases him, and unfortunate stuff often happens. Last month my colleague Kate Zernike collected a baker’s dozen examples of his retributive justice. A former governor blocked Mr. Christie on some matter, and the State Police superintendent pulled his police escort. A political scientist at Rutgers declined to endorse a Republican gerrymander of state districts, and darned if the governor’s office didn’t cut $169,000 for an institute directed by this professor.

"Then there are the three respected prosecutors in Hunterdon County who obtained an indictment of a Republican sheriff and asked questions of a favored Christie fund-raiser. The attorney general’s office — which is controlled by the governor — took over the Hunterdon office, tossed the indictments and fired or forced into retirement the three lawyers."

Jan. 10 2014 10:06 AM
Skeptic NYC from NYC

Where IS that $60,000 fraudulently obtained by the township from the State of NJ for the fake traffic study now?

Jan. 10 2014 10:06 AM
Skeptic NYC from NYC

The most striking thing about the emails that's NOT getting any play in the media is that the Township requested and received $60,000 from the State of NJ for the faked traffic study. That sounds like FRAUD to me.

Jan. 10 2014 10:03 AM

Another WNYC commenter shared Rachel Maddow's alternative theory for the Fort Lee closures payback.

In short, it's because of Governor Christie's on-going dispute with Senate Democrats over nominations to the NJ Supreme Court.

Jan. 10 2014 09:57 AM
Sheldon from Brooklynii

*as his

Jan. 10 2014 08:50 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

I want to take Christie at his word that he did not know, as he public career is over if he did, and that he's sincerely sorry.

My problem is.., nothing happens in a vacuum. For top members of Christie's staff to think that they could have gotten away with something that could have potentially killed people and be so flippant about it, says a lot about the hubris in that administration.

There have been too many other alleged incidents of intimation and retribution by this governorship to think that this was an isolated case.

For Christie to say he's not a bully, is laughable. Does any bully think he/she is?

Jan. 10 2014 08:48 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

LOL, the 2nd day of a sure-to-be-weeks obsession with predictable Christie pounding by the partisan Left Wing Media and the outraged, churlish peanut gallery here ... while Little Barry's use of his Justice Department to wiretap the phones in the Congressional Cloakroom, spy on a Fox news reporter and his lawless thug-like use of the IRS to go after critics/political opponents received scant one day coverage that dismissed it all as political.

You should all walk away from your keyboards and go find Dania a place to stay or get a homeless person off the cold concrete sidewalk. Do something useful.

Jan. 10 2014 08:45 AM
Joseph Hutchins from Bronxville

I notice on the WNYC news this morning (Jan 10) that the traffic problem is still being connected to the NJ election. Last night, Rachel Maddow on MSNBC pointed out that the First B. Kelly email saying "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" was sent August 13, long before the election and therefore it could not stem from the endorsement question. It clearly come from the huge and angry fight Cristie was having with the NJ Senate over lifetime tenure for Supreme Court justices. Cristie started this fight by throwing a well regarded black democratic justice off the court when was due for lifetime confirmation. The fight came to a head on August 12 when Christie pulled a republican justice (the wife of one of his staff) from the court rather than have her face confirmation hearings in a hostile senate. The next morning, Kelly sent her email. The head of the Senate is the representative from Fort Lee.

Jan. 10 2014 08:17 AM
Robert S from Brooklyn

Rachel Maddow found a more credible motive:

Jan. 10 2014 08:09 AM
Ed Sobin from Brooklyn

I think it makes a big difference that the lanes were closed for many (5 or 6?) days and Christie didn't investigate then or get the lanes restored. A one day closure can be a mistake by staff, but letting go on until a Cuomo appointtee reopened it was the Christie's fault all the way.

Jan. 10 2014 07:29 AM

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