Christie Calls In the Lawyers

Friday, January 17, 2014

The George Washington Bridge (John Moore/Getty Images/Getty)

Chris Christie has brought in a set of lawyers to investigate bridgegate. Andrea Bernstein, WNYC metro editor, talks about who's involved. Plus, she discusses her reporting on the Port Authority.



Andrea Bernstein

Comments [18]

Aram Friedman from Princeton Junction NJ


With all due respect, the loss of the NJ Network had a significant impact on the news we hear in NJ. I applaud Ms. Bernstein’s excellent report this morning but it was the exception and a little too late.

As a resident of central Jersey we get plenty of news about NYC and Philadelphia. Christie’s heavy handed abuse of power has been going on for years but only now is the New York media paying attention. And I assure you we hear nothing from the Philadelphia stations (what do they care about the GWB).

The bigger issue however is Christie's decision to promote carbon belching cars vs the more efficient train system. 138,000 train riders use the tunnel into Penn Station every day. Twice that number take the bus.
Maybe you can tell me how many automobiles enter Manhattan every day.

Christie diverted tax dollars for the ARC tunnel that would have doubled train ridership and used the money to increase car and bus use instead. The gasoline tax he avoided would have been an incentive for more riders to use the train.

Imagine the amount of carbon his selfish decision has added to the environment. We all suffer.

Jan. 17 2014 02:19 PM
A listener

I can't stand the sound or Bernstein's voice. Good information, but painful to listen to.

Jan. 17 2014 12:45 PM


He will almost certainly be charging the state for their costs, and they will be extremely expensive. Both Wildstein and Baroni have just asked the Port Authority to cover theirs.

Jan. 17 2014 10:39 AM
Robert from NYC

Brian when you talk about the mob you don't always have to precede "mob" with the modifier "Italian". Giuliani went after "the mob" even if they were all italian (which all weren't).

Jan. 17 2014 10:34 AM
SamBrown from Michoacan, Mexico

I've never been on the "Christie is a moderate Republican straight shootin' guy" bandwagon, and am fine with seeing all this garbage from his administration come to light, but I fear that all this comparison with Nixon and water'GATE' will just make it easier for the right and his supporters to say "See? It's all just being trumped up by "the left wing meeedia!".

Jan. 17 2014 10:32 AM
Richard Simons from Garfield

As a side note, what also bothered me was seeing binders with hundreds of pages and the time wasted while people looked for specific paragraphs. How easy would it have been to just deal with all the info in a digital format.(Where most of it came from anyway.)

Jan. 17 2014 10:32 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Welcome to the Rachel Maddow Show.

(Hope your ratings are better.)

Jan. 17 2014 10:29 AM
Louise M

Follow the money....$25 billion Sandy aid x 10% pay-to-play kickbacks + a lot of dark money.

Christie controls all the disbursal agencies and vetoed the only independent oversight committee on Sandy aid

Jan. 17 2014 10:28 AM
antonio from baySide

Wow sounds like these guys are trying so hard to be composites in a Chase or Scorsese project...

Jan. 17 2014 10:14 AM

Christie is clearly "lawyering up." It is time to assume he is a hostile witness and start subpoenaing everyone and everything.

I would assume, when Christie says he is going to cooperate with investigations, that his lips are moving.

Also -- those who were doing "political work" while on the New Jersey payroll, like David Wildstein, need to return their salaries to the taxpayers if they wish to avoid prison.

Jan. 17 2014 10:13 AM
Anita Gould from Highland Park, NJ

Congratulations and thank you to Andrea Bernstein for a fantastic bit of journalism on “How Christie's Men Turned the Port Authority into a Political Piggy Bank”, heard in the 8:00 hour today, 9/17. One point central to the narrative seemed to me to be missing, though: didn’t it end up with Christie being told by US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood that he COULDN’T use the ARC money for roads, & ending up with egg all over his face?

Jan. 17 2014 10:12 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

This is what happens when the fox guards the henhouse. Time for independent oversight.:-)

@ ccinjc: Thank you.

What would also be interesting to know is exactly how many hundreds of thousands of hours have been spent reporting and commenting on this story. Investigate it, report it, take it to court and let's be done with it. It's a travesty, but I am getting SO sick of hearing about it!

Jan. 17 2014 10:11 AM

Tip of the iceberg, Brian? -- Will this be like Whitewater - it starts out as one thing, but ends as another? In this case, uncovering the wild abuses of the Port Authority.

Jan. 17 2014 10:11 AM
Stephen from Prospect Heights

Can you ask what prevented his aides from destroying the emails?

Jan. 17 2014 10:08 AM

Isn't Mastro also rep'ing the anti-NYU folks? It's like he's bi-political.

Jan. 17 2014 10:03 AM

Let us know specifically who is paying for Chris Christie's Lawyer?

Jan. 17 2014 10:01 AM

Let us know specifically who is paying for the set of Chris Christie's Lawyers?

Jan. 17 2014 10:00 AM
Nick from UWS

Oh that'll be REAL effective....Christie bringing in his own lawyers to "investigate" the situation. Why does anyone take all this complete crap seriously?

Jan. 17 2014 09:42 AM

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