Report: Controversial Christie Appointee Out at Port Authority

Friday, December 06, 2013 - 05:13 PM

David Wildstein (The Record)

A controversial appointee of Governor Chris Christie has resigned from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, just as lawmakers are stepping up scrutiny of alleged politically-motivated closures of the George Washington Bridge by the Christie aide.  The Record of North Jersey is reporting that David Wildstein has said the closures have "been a distraction," and that he's decided to "move on."

Wildstein, a former Mayor of Livingston New Jersey, has been a close Christie ally — indeed he went to high school with Christie. For years, he was an editor and columnist for the blog Politicker NJ under the pseudonym "Wally Edge."

The Wall Street Journal first reported Wildstein's ordering of the closures in November, two months after they occurred. The week-long traffic back-ups prompted a furious response from Pat Foye, the PANYNJ's executive director, who is a Cuomo appointee. Foye called the closures "abusive," and called them potentially illegal in an internal email. Foye said the closures, which were made without proper notice to emergency officials, could have resulted in loss of life.

Some Democrats have charged the action, which was made outside of normal Port Authority channels, was politically-motivated retribution against the Democratic Mayor of Fort Lee, who did not endorse Christie for re-election.

Last week, a Democratic Assembly member, Jim Wisniewski, considerably upped the ante by issuing a subpeona to Foye and demanding a host of documents. Foye has agreed to testify in Trenton on Monday, and Wisniewski subsequently subpeonaed two other officials.

News of the resignation came late Friday — a common time officials use for burying unflattering news.


Comments [4]

This same disgusting corruption, cover-up & retaliation is standard operating procedure 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.

Google "Port Authority - Passports."

NYC Police Commissioner 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 or any other crimes they uncover? The Port Authority's inaction and cover-up is tantamount to treason.

In this age of global terrorism and rampant identity theft, the Port Authority is a reckless shameful disgusting embarrassment of bi-state transportation agency when it comes to safety & security in this area. To ignore this gaffe would be a crime on all levels of local, state & federal government, who have the power to put a stop to this lunacy. 

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.”

The culture of fear is alive and well at the Port, because crime, corruption, cover-ups & retaliation is the Port Authority way. Believe me, I know firsthand and I have the evidence to prove it. General Manager of the George Washington Bridge Robert Durando’s testimony at the New Jersey State Assembly Transportation Committee on 12/9/13 exposes the culture of fear that exists at the Port Authority, he knew what happned to me would happen to him if did the right thing and spoke up against something that was clearly wrong. Intentionally gridlocking traffic on 9/11 for the sake of a "traffic study," a day that terrorist use to cause mayhem is absolute insanity.

It’s time to stop the madness!

Jan. 01 2014 03:35 PM
TOM from Brooklyn

Took one for the team.

Dec. 09 2013 03:53 PM

Thank you for following this story. Considering the number of recent stories about citizens' loss of privacy and the lack of accountability at every level of law enforcement & government, we should be very careful who we put in positions of power. The inclination to abuse it should be something that every voter considers if he really values liberty.

Dec. 07 2013 08:57 AM
Herb Ford

As a Livingston resident the name David Wildstein rings a very sour bell. He was elected to the Town Council about 25 years ago and then made a fast retreat as his actions were so repulsive to the residents he did not stand for re-election. In fact, his years on the council were so full of embarrassment for the Republicans that the party receded and has since never controlled a majority and often never finding candidates willing to run as Republicans. The title mayor is merely a rotating position among Town Council members, not a specific elected position. When I asked the Editor of the West Essex Tribune, Livingston's weekly newspaper her recollection was that Mr. Wildstein's mother threw an "inaugural" ball for her son at the local catering locale the Crystal Palace. After that everything was downhill.

Dec. 07 2013 08:17 AM

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