Next GWB Controversy Target: Chris Christie

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 03:57 PM

New Jersey Democrats investigating the handling of mysterious lane closures at the George Washington Bridge subpoenaed correspondence today from seven government officials to help determine if Gov. Chris Christie was involved.

They're asking for any emails sent by Christie and his aides to Port Authority officials regarding the massive traffic jams triggered by the lane closures from the town of Fort Lee. And they are seeking any correspondence between Port Authority employees regarding the matter.

Among those subpoenaed are Bill Baroni, Christie’s top appointee at the agency that oversees the bridge, and David Waldstein, Christie’s high school friend who announced his resignation in the wake of the controversy.

The announcement about the subpoenas comes the same day that The Wall Street Journal reported about an alleged inter-state squabble between governors. The paper said New Jersey’s Christie called New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to complain about the handling of the investigation.

Specifically, Christie was bothered by sworn testimony delivered Monday by a Cuomo appointee, Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye. Foye refuted Baroni’s claim that the lane closures were triggered by a traffic study. Foye said he knew of no such study. According to The Wall Street Journal, Christie told Cuomo that Foye had been too aggressive in looking into the issue.

Speaking today to Susan Arbetter of WCNY in Syracuse, Cuomo avoided the question about whether he had spoken to Christie. “I don't know anything more than basically what's been in the newspaper,” he said. “Because basically it's a New Jersey issue.”


Comments [5]

Notzen from Morris County

Christie's been an arrogant, aggressive guy since he was a prosecutor, so while I can't dispute that his observations about the NJ political culture are usually accurate and his "straight talk" is often refreshing, he often takes it to far. In my view, it was just a matter of time before the adversarial and even mean-spirited attitude that Christie displays would start showing up elsewhere in his administration. Whether Christie knew about this or not is irrelevant because his example over the 3+ years leading up to this were enough to signal to his people that dirty tricks were definitely in bounds. Personally, I'd like to see him tied to it more directly, but that's pettiness on my part.

Jan. 09 2014 09:59 AM
John Cannizzaro from Lodi ,NJ

This GW Bridge situation is more than a political act of retribution ,
it shows the culture of arrogance that some politicians have towards the public.
Christie has been caught in lies on too many occasions to be a coincidence. This is just the last one in a long stream of lies to cover his bad decisions and outright vicious acts against any perceived political
enemy or member of the public asking " uncomfortable " questions.
You don't have to backtrack too far to see the pattern . The loss of millions of dollars of new NJT rail equipment including new bi-level cars and engines. The waste of millions of dollars of NJ taxpayers funds for a
"special election " to replace the late Sen. Lautenberg , the loss of five-hundred million dollars in school aid to offset taxes because of his refusal to use correct NJEA figures in the application. And ,oh yes . he threw his education commissioner under the bus on that one to cover his own decision in the application process . And so on . The examples are too many to list in a short comment , but I think you get the drift.
This governor personifies some of the worst stereotypes about NJ.

Dec. 16 2013 11:54 AM
iMan9796 from New Jersey

This same disgusting corruption, cover-up & retaliation is commonplace at the Port Authority Bus Terminal's Lost & Found Dept. in NYC concerning lost & found property brazenly stolen by Port Authority Supervisors. Google  “Donna Lebourne abc news" & see the vile face of shame being confronted & exposed for the world to see.

Port Authority Supervisor Donna Lebourne has an outside job, she is the Vice President of her & her husband’s charity Caribbean Sports International that donates cellphones & other electronics.  If you lost an item at the Port Authority Bus Terminal and did not get it back, contact her charity, perhaps she may donate your item back to you out of the kindness of her cold evil heart. It's very easy to be charitable when you are giving away other peoples' property.

Also, the Port Authority of NY & NJ has become a threat to national security and has placed everyone's safety & security in jeopardy, by undermining all the counter-terrorism measures that have been put in place by the United States. They have allowed crimes such as the illegal policy of disposing lost valid passports in the garbage that are found in the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Now just imagine the damage that a terrorist cell could do with those valid lost passports or an identity theft ring. 

What happened in Kenya could easily happen here, or anywhere else in the world for that matter, as a result of the Port Authority's intentional breach of national security. This is a willful act of treason against the United States of America. Google "Port Authority - Passports."

NYC Police Comminsioner Ray Kelly agrees with my concerns as well.

If the Port Authority will not prosecute and punish their own supervisors for theft, especially when they are caught redhanded, how much confidence do you have in their ability to actually put a stop to their illegal passport policy? The Port Authority's inaction and cover-up is tantamount to treason

Action must be taken against these corrupt incompetent criminals in the Port Authority before another terrorist attack takes place & more innocent lives are lost due to their utter disregard about our safety and security, not to mention their disgraceful feeling of self entitlement to patron's lost property found at the PABT.

Google “found, stolen, trashed by PA.”

It’s time to stop the madness!

Dec. 15 2013 10:42 PM

I doubt anyone would be dumb enough to write an e-mail about something like this. You know, the NY Times had an article by Matt Bai when Christie was first elected that was practically drooling over how manly and "straight-talking" Christie was. So, here you go, Here's a governor who settles petty scores and insults every teacher in his own state by calling NJ schools "failure factories." There's your straight-talker, everyone. Guaranteed problem-solver, I'm sure.

Dec. 15 2013 03:08 PM
gotopengel from Brooklyn

Christie: Control your man Foye over this bridge s*&@.
Cuomo: No. That's New Jersey's s*&@, not mine.

Dec. 13 2013 11:55 AM

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