Bridgegate Update

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Ted Mann, transportation reporter for The Wall Street Journal's Greater New York section, talks about the latest developments in the story he broke about the politics behind the George Washington Bridge access shut-down. New Jersey Public Radio's Sarah Gonzalez joins him to discuss Governor Chris Christie’s relationships with mayors in New Jersey.  

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Gov. Christie promised to disclose any evidence “that come forward that requires action to be taken.” He added, “I will take it, no matter how much it hurts me personally or dismays me, because this is the job I asked for, and I’ve got to do it.”

I hope this is true because this same type of Bridgegatesque corruption, cover-up & retaliation is standard operating procedure at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in NYC by Port Authority Supervisors. There is well documented evidence of rampant theft of Lost & Found property at the Port Authority Bus Terminal by Port Authority Supervisors, and the illegal written policy of throwing lost valid passorts in the garbage instead of mailing them to their respective embassies or consulates if their owners could not be located and reunited with their lost passports at the PABT.

Now just imagine the damage that a terrorist cell or an identity theft ring could do with those valid passports. Google “Donna Lebourne abc news" & see the vile face of shame being confronted and exposed for the world to see.

If the Gov. is a man of his word, he can start by axing all the supervisors at the Port Authority Bus Terminal involved in this criminal activity, the supervisors that turned a blind eye to it, and all the supervisors who participated in the coverup and retaliation as well. Every single one of them must be fired & prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. 

A traffic study on 9/11...really, what’s next, the Port Authority giving all TSA airport screeners the day off on 9/11/14 to see if that speeds up the screening process “study?” I guess that makes as much sense as the Port Authority’s written illegally policy of throwing lost passports in garbage & letting their supervisors steal from the Lost & Found Dept. at the Port Authority Bus Terminal. The new investigatory panel should investigate these well documented crimes of the Port Authority as well.

Jan. 14 2014 10:21 PM
Sandcastle from New Milford NJ

Christie to Jersey: DROP DEAD!

Jan. 14 2014 07:53 PM

"...Fourth Estate's current coverage -- borders on hysteria."

If it's asleep vs. hysterical (which it is) I pick the latter.

Jan. 14 2014 03:36 PM
Marc from Brooklyn


You missed the pieced aired in which a caller from Elizabeth claimed that Christie let a DMV office close there as payback for some slight in the very same year. The fact of the matter is is that the authorizations and the appropriations for those new DMV offices took place while Corzine was in office, but were only executed after he left. It would have taken new legislative acts to cancel those that Corzine signed off on. Now why was a suitable facility in Lodi replaced by one suitable perhaps only in Cape May?

I'm not defending Christie: as far as I'm concerned, he's a big boy, and he's on his own. All I'm saying is that this kind of payback is nothing new: many many years ago the late Tip O'Neill offered valuable commented on that issue. And now that a chink has been found in Christie's armor, every pi$$-ant player in the state is coming forward with tales of woe, which may very well have nothing to do with payback, but the normal course of state business. Christie may very well prove a bad guy, but the current clamor -- and the Fourth Estate's current coverage -- borders on hysteria.

Jan. 14 2014 12:48 PM

Please don't say "bridgegate"!!!

Jan. 14 2014 11:26 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I don't understand why there isn't more focus on Hoboken's getting <1/3 of 1% of what its mayor asked for in post-Sandy relief. Not to minimize the outrage of shutting down the GWB lanes, but denying funds to people whose homes were flooded/destroyed & who are in serious need of help is worse, in my opinion. Maybe now that these other instances are coming to light, this one will get more attention.

Jan. 14 2014 11:04 AM

Are Chris from NY, Dean from Manhattan, Fred from Brooklyn, etc., all the same person?

Jan. 14 2014 11:03 AM
Christina from Bay Shore

Hello Cuomo,why has he been silent? Funny in his SOS adress he said the Port Authorty was giving NY control of the constrution contracts for Kennedy and La Guiradia Airports. Smells like the call between Chris and Andrew might have had a little more substance.

Jan. 14 2014 10:54 AM

@Marc from Brooklyn

"Re DMV offices: In late 2010/early 2011, the rather large and spacious DMV in Lodi NJ was town down and replaced by a smaller, "green" building, pursuant to a directive laid down by Chris Christie's predecessor in Trenton,..."

Let me get this straight. A building that wasn't even TORN DOWN until the second year of the Christie Administration is Corzine's fault?!? Claiming that 'the plans were in place before we got here' does not play for me. Christie sure got active enough when it came time to build the ARC tunnel. [though not active enough when the RTTF were at stake] Christie used the same line on why the tolls on the Port Authority bridges had to shoot up so much.

It's hogwash and you ought not to believe it. The sign on Christie's desk would need to read "The buck stops there". Gimme a break.

Jan. 14 2014 10:54 AM
John from Suburban Bucolia

Lesniak trying to claim 'credit' for Christie bridge gate is laughable.
Now the game for Dems in Trenton to jump to front of line for being assaulted by CC.
Maddow's theory makes no sense as Weinberg was not the one holding the cards on judges. That would be Steve Sweeney.
So why didn't Christie close the Delaware Memorial bridge if that was his payback.
Not defending CC but the media is making a slobbery mess of this now with allegations that mayors might be paid back for lack of political allegiance in nefarious ways like cancelled meetings.

Jan. 14 2014 10:31 AM

To the naysayers -- don't you want to see whether Christie is a righteous and straightforward truth teller, or just another stinkin', lyin' politician?

As US citizen, I am… only one way to find out: the bright light.

Jan. 14 2014 10:29 AM

@Dean from Manhattan

"This coverage has jumped the shark... yawn."

Some of the media surfeit is to be expected due to their guilty consciences over not having covered the story when it could have done the voters some good. Ray Lesniak and others have been complaining about the tactics used by the governor's office since Day 1...or so it seems.

The governor turned off one of NJ's best lights for exposing Trenton hanky-panky, WNJN, as an expense that we could not afford. And has used bluster, bravado, and the other b-word to steamroll opposition. It's quite bold for a chief executive who has a Senate and Assembly held by the other party. How would you feel if another chief executive was unapologetically partisan in pursuit of his goals? I don't know you but let me guess. You wouldn't like it.

Jan. 14 2014 10:27 AM
Marc from Brooklyn

Re DMV offices: In late 2010/early 2011, the rather large and spacious DMV in Lodi NJ was town down and replaced by a smaller, "green" building, pursuant to a directive laid down by Chris Christie's predecessor in Trenton, Democrat Jon Corzine. The new building is clearly far too small to meet Bergen Co's needs, such that long lines encircle the building, and on warm days people feeling ill have fainted while on line and required emergency medical attention. Are we now to speculate that Jon Corzine was engaging in a bit of political pay-back against Lodi or Bergen Co?

I'm not in any way defending Christie, but now we're dumpster-diving for complaints against him, and I'm now compelled to consider WNYC's objectivity regarding a notable Republican.

Jan. 14 2014 10:24 AM
Fred from Brooklyn

Tell when Brian Lehrer's crusade to take down Governor Christie is over so I can turn my radio back on.

Jan. 14 2014 10:21 AM

Hoboken asked for $100 million to protect against flooding -- and got $300K??

Sounds like MSM is getting dragged into the real stories around us that never get told. Late nights, obscure reporters, big picture… for many news consumers, this period may serve as an awakening of what journalism is and does.

Jan. 14 2014 10:21 AM
Dean from Manhattan

This coverage has jumped the shark... yawn.

Jan. 14 2014 10:02 AM
Chris from New York

If this still is the top news in the area, the times must be pretty good. Unemployment down, stock market up, even the Knicks are on a winning streak!

Brian, please try to be remotely objective in this coverage. You're extrapolating a minor political spat into what should not be national news.

Yes, we know you're a Democrat. Yes, this was distasteful and tacky politics and confirms "Jersey" stereotypes. Is it shocking that the state that produced "Jersey Shore" produced "Bridge Gate"?

Jan. 14 2014 09:56 AM
John from Bklyn

Let’s try a new perspective.

In Iraq, Saddam Hussein knew he’d be arrested, so he hid in a “spider hole.”

In Pakistan, Osama bin Laden knew he was protected at the highest level, so he built a conspicuous house in a high-security city.

In New Jersey, none of the conspirators feared inquiry by Governor Christie - because they knew he was one of them.

Jan. 14 2014 09:41 AM

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